Tag Archives: Copa Sudamericana

Episode 263: The new season’s started! Someone tell the national team

8 Sep

Hand Of Pod returns from an extended winter break, and in episode 263 Sam is joined by English Dan and Andrés to run the rule over Argentina’s latest two disappointing World Cup qualifying performances. What went wrong against Uruguay and Venezuela? Is the problem solely tactical or are there, in fact, not really any of the right options even available for selection in the midfield? These are just two of the question we ask. In the second half, we take a very brief look at how the Superliga season began two weeks ago, in an opening round Sam didn’t see and which Andrés and Dan have mostly forgotten. Don’t worry, we’ll be back up to full speed next week.

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Mystic Sam’s second round predictions
Arsenal v Colón
Vélez v Atl. Tucumán
Olimpo v Independiente
Belgrano v San Martín
Estudiantes v Defensa y Justicia
Patronato v Argentinos Juniors
Racing v Temperley
Chacarita Juniors v Tigre
Godoy Cruz v Talleres
Rosario Central v San Lorenzo
River Plate v Banfield
Lanús v Boca Juniors
Unión v Gimnasia
Huracán v Newell’s Old Boys

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Episode 262: Reviewing Boca’s title win, and some end of season tidying-up

29 Jun

The two hundred and sixty-second episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés bid farewell to a memorable 2016-17 season which ended with Boca Juniors crowned champions of Argentina for the thirty-second time, and with Sarmiento, Atlético de Rafaela, Quilmes and Aldosivi being relegated. Sam takes you through the ins and outs of Copa Libertadores and Sudamericana qualification (still pending, because the Copa Argentina final isn’t until the end of the year), and we discuss what made Boca worthy champions, what some of the other clubs will be thinking of their seasons, and our players of the season, including Sam’s Domestic Argentina Squad, which you’ll find on the HOP blogpost accompanying this episode. This is our last episode for a couple of months – we’ll be back when Sam returns from his holidays, probably at the start of September.

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Sam’s domestic Argentina squad of the season

Goalkeepers: Esteban Andrada (Lanús); Jorge Broun (Colón); Gabriel Arias (Defensa y Justicia); Alexis Arias (Gimnasia)

Defenders: Leonel Di Plácido (Atl. Tucumán); José Luis Gómez (Lanús); Alexander Barboza (Defensa y Justicia); Guillermo Ortíz (Colón); Jonatan Maidana (River Plate); Jonathan Silva (Boca Juniors); Nicolás Tagliafico (Independiente)

Midfielders: Iván Marcone (Lanús); Marcos Acuña (Racing); Gonzalo Martínez (River); Fernando Gago (Boca); Ignacio Fernández (River); Facundo Quignón (Newell’s Old Boys); Emanuel Reynoso (Talleres); Emiliano Rigoni (Independiente); Ricardo Centurión (Boca)

Forwards: Cristian Pavón (Boca); Darío Benedetto (Boca); Sebastián Driussi (River); Lucas Alario (River); Gustavo Bou (Racing)

Episode 256: Previewing a weekend of clásicos which might blow the title race wide open

12 May

Episode 256 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and Dan to look back on a weekend during which Newell’s Old Boys failed to take advantage of yet more dropped points from league leaders Boca Juniors. More to the point, we’re looking forward to a weekend full of clásicos in the Argentine Primera which could see Boca take a huge step towards the title – or, especially if a River Plate win in La Bombonera is combined with a win for Newell’s in the Rosario derby, could breath new life into the title race just ahead of the run-in.

The first attempt at uploading this episode was met with disaster due to a fault in the file – it was only online for a minute or two so hopefully subscription services won’t have picked it up, but if you find the sound on your file cuts out after about 26 minutes, download again from here or our Soundcloud page – the version that’s now online is the full show. Sorry.

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Mystic Simon’s twenty-fourth round predictions (last week Mystic Chris got 4/14, with Arsenal v Olimpo called off at half time due to a waterlogged pitch)
San Martín v Godoy Cruz
Atl. Rafaela v Atl. Tucumán
Estudiantes v Gimnasia
Huracán v San Lorenzo
Banfield v Lanús
Talleres v Belgrano
Olimpo v Aldosivi
Newell’s v Central
Independiente v Racing
Boca v River
Colón v Unión
Patronato v Sarmiento
Arsenal v Temperley
Defensa y Justicia v Quilmes
Vélez v Tigre

Episode 251: Boca extend their lead, River hit form, and more stuff on Bauza’s future

7 Apr

The two hundred and fifty-first episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss a weekend with a fair number of thrillers, including a 4-2 clásico win for Lanús over Banfield, a 3-2 win after being 2-0 and one man down for Racing away to Quilmes, and a controversial 4-3 victory for Tigre at home to San Lorenzo. That last result means Boca Juniors are now five points clear at the top of the league, and we also look at their 1-0 win over Defensa y Justicia (who are involved in continental football for the first time ever) and at River Plate’s 2-1 away win over Godoy Cruz which seems to confirm that River are rediscovering their best form under Marcelo Gallardo. All this as well as the first machinations of Claudio Tapia as AFA president, in the form of him desperately hoping Edgardo Bauza resigns some time soon as national team manager.

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Mystic Sam’s nineteenth round predictions (last week Mystic Vincent got 8/15)
Aldosivi v Estudiantes
Central v Atl. Tucumán
Colón v Godoy Cruz
Arsenal v Newell’s
San Lorenzo v Sarmiento
Atl. Rafaela v Huracán
Racing v Tigre
Talleres v Lanús
Banfield v Belgrano
Patronato v Independiente
San Martín v Unión
River v Quilmes
Vélez v Boca
Defensa y Justicia v Olimpo
Gimnasia v Temperley

Episode 243: The Argentine response to the Chapecoense crash, and some less important stuff

1 Dec

The two hundred and forty-third episode of Hand Of Pod couldn’t be solely about Argentine football, given events earlier in the week. Sam, Andrés and guest Lex meet up to discuss some of the Argentine reaction to the tragic plane crash on Monday night, with tributes planned across Argentina – and the rest of the continent – this weekend. There’s also a look at a surprisingly entertaining clásico de Avellaneda, a very good performance from Boca Juniors and a rather fortunate win for River Plate, as well as Estudiantes’ first defeat of the season, among much more.

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Mystic Gav’s twelfth round predictions (last week Mystic Michael got 4/15)
Quilmes v Sarmiento
Huracán v Colón
Newell’s v Banfield
Atl. Rafaela v Defensa y Justicia
Tigre v Aldosivi
Godoy Cruz v Atl. Tucumán
Olimpo v San Lorenzo
Estudiantes v Talleres
Unión v Rosario Central
Patronato v Vélez
Boca v Racing
Belgrano v Temperley
Independiente v River
Arsenal v San Martín
Lanús v Gimnasia

Episode 238: Estudiantes stay top, Newell’s end their Central hoodoo and more

26 Oct

In the two hundred and thirty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Tony are joined by Tony’s flatmate Jorge to discuss a weekend of action which saw Estudiantes win the big top of the table clash away to San Lorenzo, and Newell’s Old Boys end their eight year run without a win against bitter rivals Rosario Central. We also saw a rare clean sheet for River Plate, yet another away game without a win for Boca Juniors, and a club vice president asking to feel some balls, among plenty more.

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Mystic Chris’s round eight predictions (last week Mystic Sam got 6/15)
Patronato v Banfield
Belgano v Quilmes
Estudiantes v Racing
Independiente v Gimnasia
Vélez v Talleres
Godoy Cruz v Aldosivi
Arsenal v River
Olimpo v Atl. Tucumán
Boca v Temperley
Huracán v Central
Lanús v Tigre
Newell’s v San Lorenzo
Defensa y Justicia v San Martín
Unión v Sarmiento

Episode 234: Estudiantes maintain their lead, Bauza names his second Argentina squad & more

29 Sep

The two hundred and thirty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod is a two-man job, with Sam and Andrés discussing yet another win for Estudiantes, who’ve now won four out of four at the start of the league season, and two more points dropped for River Plate in a thrilling match, as well as an impressive Darío Benedetto-inspired win for Boca Juniors among plenty more. We then turn our attention to Tuesday’s announcement by CONMEBOL of some exciting (and long overdue) changes to the Copa Libertadores which should prove a great step forward for football across the continent, and look over Edgardo Bauza’s list of call-ups for Argentina’s upcoming World Cup qualifying double header against Peru and Paraguay, the first of which to Sam’s surprise is next Thursday.

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Mystic Liam’s fifth round predictions (last week Mystic Chris got 10/15!)
Quilmes v Olimpo
Godoy Cruz v Unión
Central v Arsenal
Aldosivi v Talleres
Temperley v Newell’s
Racing v Patronato
River v Vélez
San Lorenzo v Atlético de Rafaela
Belgrano v Lanús
Banfield v San Martín
Gimnasia v Estudiantes
Sarmiento v Independiente
Colón v Defensa y Justicia
Tigre v Boca
Atlético Tucumán
v Huracán