Episode 186: The Argentine reaction to the FIFA arrests, Argentina’s Copa América squad and more

In the hundred and eighty-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by Andrés to discuss another lively week. There’s talk about the reaction in Argentina to this week’s FIFA arrests in Zurich, and how they affect Argentina (oh, how we wish Julio Grondona had lived long enough to have been bundled into the back of one of those electric cars), though we’re sceptical about how much will change. We then cover last weekend’s league action, during which Aldosivi dismantled Boca Juniors’ unbeaten league record and San Lorenzo beat Sarmiento to move joint top – River Plate’s chance to join them didn’t come, as their game away to Tigre was the only Primera game of the weekend to be delayed by the AFA decision to cancel the remainder of the weekend’s matches out of respect for Cristian Gómez, the Paraná defender who died of a heart attack during his side’s game against Boca Unidos on Sunday afternoon. We were deeply pessimistic about River’s chances of Copa Libertadores progression just after this episode was recorded, but as it happened we should have been more cheery – River got a 3-0 second leg win to qualify for the semi-final. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s fourteenth round predictions (last week: 3/14)
Quilmes v San Lorenzo
Newell’s v Banfield
Belgrano v Gimnasia
Unión v Godoy Cruz
Independiente v Tigre
Sarmiento v Argentinos
Chicago v Temperley
Vélez v Boca
San Martín v Defensa y Justicia
Estudiantes v Colón
Aldosivi v Racing
River v Central
Arsenal v Crucero
Huracán v Atlético de Rafaela
Lanús v Olimpo

Episode 150: Julio Grondona is dead, and San Lorenzo are Libertadores finalists

One story dominates the hundred-and-fiftieth episode of Hand Of Pod, and we make no apologies for it: Sam and Andrés mark a landmark episode with discussion of Julio Grondona’s exit from his position as head of the Argentine FA, which came to pass in the manner he frequently said it would; in a coffin. The FIFA Vice-President died on Wednesday afternoon, and we ask what the consequences will be for the AFA and for FIFA. If you don’t believe in speaking ill of the dead, you might want to avoid this one. We also congratulate San Lorenzo on reaching their first ever Copa Libertadores final, ask whether outgoing Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella was the man who killed Grondona (sort of), and answer a few listeners’ questions. Thanks to all our listeners for helping us reach this milestone; here’s to another 150 episodes!

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