Episode 79: golazos by the bucket full, and an Argentina Z v Brazil B preview

The seventy-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Dan and Joel meet to discuss a goal-filled weekend. There were thirty-five goals in ten matches, and Joel drew the short straw and managed to pick what turned out to be the only goalless draw of the round to attend. We wonder how anyone could possibly have doubted Matías Almeyda’s position at River Plate (ahem), consider yet more ridiculous pressure being heaped on Julio César Falcioni at Boca Juniors, and cast our expert eyes over Wednesday night’s Argentina v Brazil ‘local national team’ friendly, which will kick off just under a couple of hours after this episode was uploaded. Enjoy.

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Episode 68: Arsenal campeón, Tigre survive, and River Plate return to the Primera

The sound on the sixty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod is bad. We apologise for this, but there’s not a lot we could do about it. Sam and English Dan meet via Skype to discuss the final weekend of the 2012 Torneo Clausura, which saw Tigre survive (and thus enter the Copa Sudamericana) and Arsenal de Sarandí claim the first top flight title in their history. San Lorenzo and San Martín are in the relegation playoffs (the first legs of which have been played whilst this pod was being uploaded), whilst Banfield join Olimpo in the automatic relegation spots. But never mind all that: the biggest story in Argentine football right now is that River Plate are back in the Primera! Sam was at the 2-0 win over Almirante Brown which sealed their promotion, and gives his impressions of the season just gone and what there is to come, as well as an apology to Rogelio Funes Mori – yes, really. Enjoy; if you can hear it. HOP will be back in a couple of weeks.

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