Episode 426: Boca and Racing cruise through; River and Estudiantes are shocked

The Copa de la Liga knockout stage has begun, and after Tuesday’s two matches brought the expected home wins for Racing and Boca Juniors, who’ll meet in the first semifinal on Saturday, Wednesday saw two shock results, as Argentinos Juniors outplayed Estudiantes before putting them out on spot kicks and Tigre took advantage of a howling defensive error to beat River Plate, in spite of a Puskás Award contender from Enzo Fernández. Sam, English Dan, Santi and Andrés are on hand to talk you through it all.

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Episode 425: the Copa de la Liga groups draw to a close

This week, Sam and English Dan look back on last week’s action and (most of) the midweek Sudamericana and Libertadores results, as well as looking forward to this weekend’s last group stage matches in the Copa de la Liga.

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Episode 424: the Copa de la Liga group stage edges towards a close

This week’s HOP sees the return of a prodigal son, as Sam, English Dan and Andrés welcome Seba back to the studio, and it’s an epic chat taking in Racing’s fine form, the Estudiantes machine, racism in Argentina (including a very brief history lesson on the colonisation of Patagonia) and more.

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Episode 420: Scaloni trolls Europe

In this week’s episode Sam, English Dan, Santi and Andrés are back in the same room. We look back on last weekend’s Copa de la Liga action, with Estudiantes dropping points for the first time. It’s hard not to admire Lionel Scaloni trolling Italy and (especially) Spain by calling up a plethora of dual nationals for Argentina’s final two World Cup qualifiers, too.

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Episode 419: two thrilling clásicos and Estudiantes’ great start continues

On this week’s Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi look back on a weekend which saw two all-Big Five clásicos both end 2–2: Independiente v Boca Juniors, which was played in a deluge of Biblical proportions (and saw some atrocious refereeing) and River Plate v Racing, which was a classic game of two halves. There’s plenty of love for Defensa y Justicia and Estudiantes, as well, as their good starts to the season continue (Estudiantes made it through to the Libertadores third qualifying round shortly after we finished recording), and some Argentina travel tips for one of our listeners!

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Episode 415: reviewing 2021

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?

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Episode 395: Estudiantes and Colón continue good starts, and Boca host River this weekend

In this week’s HOP Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi look back on two more weeks of Copa de la Liga Profesional action which have seen Colón and Estudiantes – who meet on Saturday – continue to impress, with Aldosivi and Central Córdoba (who are playing each other in Mar Del Plata as this episode is uploaded on Friday evening) also intriguing us early on. The big headline-grabber this weekend is the superclásico in the Bombonera, as we eventually remember, so we have a bit of a preview of that too.

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Episode 266: Boca still lead the way, Banfield impress and an all-Argentine Libertadores semi

The two hundred and sixty-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés look back on a weekend during which River Plate dropped league points for the first time this season to leave Boca Juniors as the only team with a 100% record after four matches. There were impressive wins for Banfield and Colón, who aren’t far behind the top two, and we look at a poor week for Estudiantes and San Lorenzo, who played one another on Monday evening. There’s also a brief look forward to an all-Argentine Copa Libertadores semi-final, after River’s thrashing last Thursday of Jorge Wilstermann in their quarter-final second leg, and Lanús’ penalty shootout win over San Lorenzo.

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Last week, Mystic Sam beat Mystic Liam 5-3 in the prediction battle. This week, Mystic Chris is the challenger.

Chris
Defensa y Justicia v Huracán
Unión v Olimpo
Atlético Tucumán v Belgrano
San Lorenzo v Colón
Temperley v Estudiantes
Gimnasia v Lanús
Argentinos v Racing
Talleres v Patronato
San Martín v Central
Independiente v Vélez
Boca v Chacarita
Tigre v River
Banfield v Arsenal
Newell’s v Godoy Cruz

Sam
Defensa y Justicia v Huracán
Unión v Olimpo
Atlético Tucumán v Belgrano
San Lorenzo v Colón
Temperley v Estudiantes
Gimnasia v Lanús
Argentinos v Racing
Talleres v Patronato
San Martín v Central
Independiente v Vélez
Boca v Chacarita
Tigre v River
Banfield v Arsenal
Newell’s v Godoy Cruz

Episode 253: Tragedy in Córdoba, and River join the title race

The two hundred and fifty-third episode of Hand Of Pod features Sam and Andrés, who are joined via Skype by Luke Smith, who’s able to give us a Córdoba-dweller’s perspective on the tragedy that struck Argentine football over the weekend when Belgrano fan Emanuel Balbo was murdered in the stands at half time of the Córdoba clásico on Saturday. What exactly happened, and what the punishment might end up being for Belgrano are among the topics discussed. We also look over a weekend of football which saw River Plate – in somewhat controversial circumstances – become the only member of the top five to win  their match, and in so doing arguably join the title race, although they still have some distance to make up on Boca Juniors. As well as all this, there are listeners’ questions on the second tier and on the most southerly clubs in Argentina’s pyramid (which also happen to be the most southerly clubs in the world).

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Mystic Luke’s twenty-first round predictions (last week Mystic Chris got 3/15)
San Lorenzo v Temperley
Aldosivi v Newell’s
Racing v Atlético Tucumán
Banfield v Quilmes
Defensa y Justicia v Lanús
Vélez v Unión
Central v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Huracán
Atlético Rafaela v Boca
San Martín v Belgrano
River v Sarmiento
Talleres v Godoy Cruz
Arsenal v Independiente
Patronato v Olimpo
Colón v Tigre

Episode 246: Rounding up the last weekend of 2016 action

The two hundred and forty-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod is the last one of the year. Sam, Andrés and English Dan round up the last week of Primera action this year, which included two good results for River Plate (who claimed the Copa Argentina last week), another big win for Boca Juniors, who thus end the year at the top of the table, more dropped points for Estudiantes and plenty of other talking points, including a number of emotional farewells to players and various managers either resigning or being fired. As well as all this, there’s also time to take a brief look at the current situation regarding TV rights for next year – which is currently up in the air. You’ll be hearing from us again at the end of the summer break – if you’re celebrating over the next week or two, enjoy!

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