There are still a couple of matches left in Argentine football this year, but recording seems unlikely next week so Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi got together on Friday to look back on 2021. Which clubs enjoyed the year the most, which individuals stood out in the league campaign that’s just finished and, of course, do we think it was a successful year for the national team?
On this week’s Hand Of Pod Sam, English Dan and Tony discuss a couple of weeks of action which included Boca Juniors lifting the Copa Argentina after a shootout win over Talleres, River Plate’s long unbeaten run finally coming to an end in a thrilling game against Defensa y Justicia and the highest scoring clásico platense ever, as Gimnasia and Estudiantes drew 4–4.
This week’s Hand Of Pod was recorded late in the week, because it made little sense to record before Thursday night, when River Plate did just about enough to scrape the result they needed at home to Racing to claim their thirty-seventh Argentine league title. Sam, Andrés and English Dan look back on a thoroughly convincing title win, ask what comes next for Marcelo Gallardo and tell you about Argentina’s National Monument to the Football, which Sam unexpectedly saw on holiday last month as a result of a car breakdown.
On this week’s Hand Of Pod, Sam, Tony and Santi look back on the first two weeks’ action in the Copa de la Liga Profesional and three poor showings from Argentina in the SheBelieves Cup, as well as looking forward to the Copa América, which apparently is going to be played this year and may or may not be the first Copa América since 1991 to feature only CONMEBOL member nations.
There’s sad news this week, as we kick things off with talk of Godoy Cruz striker Santiago García, who died by suicide at the weekend. Afterwards, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Tony preview the Copa de la Liga 2021, which was changed to a cup competition rather than a league championship shortly after we recorded HOP392. We look at the summer transfer activity (such as it’s been) of the Big Five and some others, explain the structure of the competition and more.
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.
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.
The 2022 World Cup qualifiers are finally upon us, and in this week’s HOP Sam, English Dan, Andrés, Tony and Peter preview Argentina’s opening double header at home to Ecuador and away to Bolivia. Prior to doing that, we look back on last week’s Copa Libertadores games.
This week on Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan, Tony, Andrés and Santi look back on the first two post-lockdown rounds of Copa Libertadores matches, which went better than expected for Argentine clubs. We also run the rule over Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad announcement, and give you the latest news on the likelihood of domestic football returning to Argentina this year.
No idea what’s going on with Sam’s voice in this one, by the way.