In this week’s HOP Sam, English Dan, Andrés, Santi and Tony look back on the first three rounds of action in the 2021 Liga Profesional de Fútbol, as well as on both legs of the last sixteen ties in the Copas Libertadores and Sudamericana, which have left just River Plate (in the Libertadores) and Rosario Central (in the Sudamericana) flying the flag for Argentine football in the quarters.
This week’s HOP was meant to be a quick affair but ended up being a full-length episode, as Sam and Santi looked back on the final weekend of group stage action in the Copa de la Liga, look forward to this weekend’s quarter-finals, including the third superclásico of the year as Boca Juniors host River Plate on Sunday afternoon, and round up the Copa Libertadores and Sudamericana action.
This week on Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan, Tony, Andrés and Santi bring you up to date with the Copa de la Liga as the group stage enters its final weekend, and also look at the Copa Libertadores group stage so far. It’s news to Sam, but this year the Copa Sudamericana also has a group stage!
In this week’s HOP, Sam, English Dan, Tony and Santi review three finals – the the Copa Diego Maradona, in which Boca Juniors beat Banfield on spot kicks, the women’s championship final, in which Boca thrashed River Plate 7-0, and the Copa Sudamericana final, in which Defensa y Justicia claimed their first major trophy (and Hernán Crespo’s first as a manager) by beating Lanús 3-0 in Córdoba. We also look at Vélez Sarsfield’s 3-1 win over Rosario Central in the participation final of the Copa Maradona, which sets up a playoff against Banfield on Wednesday for a spot in next year’s Copa Sudamericana.
This week, Sam is joined by English Dan, Tony and Andrés to look forward to Sunday evening’s Copa Diego Armando Maradona final between Boca Juniors and Banfield (and at how they got there) and to review Boca’s and River Plate’s eliminations from the Copa Libertadores.
This week’s HOP is our last episode of 2020, but Argentine football isn’t quite done yet – unusually, matches continue throughout the summer in the Copa Diego Armando Maradona, Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores. Sam, English Dan, Santi and Andrés look back on the action since we last recorded and set the scene for what’s to come. We’ll be back in the new year to update you on what’s transpired between now and then, but our Patreon supporters will be getting short updates from Sam every week during our break – if you’d like to join them (or to give someone a subscription for Christmas?) get on over to our Patreon. See you in the new year!
Alejandro Sabella, who managed Argentina to the final of the 2014 World Cup, died on Tuesday. In this week’s Hand Of Pod, Sam, Santi, Tony, English Dan and Andrés begin by looking back on his life in football, before reviewing the action over the last week in the various Copas – Diego Maradona, Libertadores and Sudamericana – that Argentine sides are involved in at present.
After the emotion of last week, this week Sam, Tony, Santi and Andrés return to Earth with a look at what’s gone on in the Copa Diego Armando Maradona, Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana and women’s top flight since we last recorded.
At the end of this week, HOP turns ten years old, and we’re celebrating with a bumper episode. Sam, English Dan, Tony, Andrés and Santi review the recent action from the Copa Sudamericana and Copa de la Liga Profesional de Fútbol, consider the thorny issue of how clubs should deal with players awaiting trial in a country with a legal system which moves as slowly as Argentina’s and bid farewell to Fernando Gago, who announced his retirement shortly before we recorded. We also look forward to Argentina’s upcoming World Cup qualifying double header and look back on our favourite memories of Argentine football (and the podcast) over the last decade.
It’s been a long, long lockdown here in Buenos Aires, but last weekend Argentine domestic football finally returned, and in this week’s episode Sam, English Dan, Tony, Andrés and Santi look back on the first weekend of the Copa de la Liga Profesional de Fútbol, a mini-tournament for the top flight clubs which will keep us entertained (after a fashion) for the next couple of months. We also discuss the Copa Sudamericana and the national team.