Episode 366: No one wants to win the title

In the penultimate Hand Of Pod of 2019, Sam, English Dan, Tony and Andrés review a round of Superliga action – the last before the summer break – in which most of the title hopefuls dropped points, not for the first time.

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Episode 361: A visit from two special guests as Argentinos go clear at the top and River go third

This week in the Hand Of Pod studio, Sam, English Dan and Andrés are joined by two very special guests: Phil Carney, who runs the Lanús in English Twitter account, and Jamie Ralph, who runs the Newell’s in English account, are both visiting Argentina for a couple of weeks, and came in to say hello. With them, we review a midweek round of Superliga action which saw Argentinos Juniors go clear at the top, and River Plate go third – with Lanús, whose win over Boca Juniors was watched by Phil, and helped both of those clubs to climb the table, sitting between them. Jamie’s first trip to the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa didn’t go quite as well: Newell’s were tonked by Diego Maradona’s Gimnasia, who might be allowing themselves to dream of survival after all …

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Episode 353: Boca frustrate River in the superclásico, and Gimnasia unveil Maradona

This week on Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Andrés look back on a superclásico in which Boca Juniors weren’t giving anything away against River Plate, and consider how and why the astonishing news came about – just an hour or so before we started recording – that Diego Maradona has been named manager of Gimnasia La Plata. There’s also a bit of national team talk.

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Episode 338: we wanted to preview the Copa Superliga semis, but well … you’ll see.

In the three hundred and thirty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss three quarters of the Copa Superliga quarter-finals … but not three quarters in that way; three quarters in the other way. Two of the ties conclude after this episode goes online, so previewing the semi-finals is tricky, but we are able to look at Argentina’s preliminary squad lists for the Women’s World Cup and the men’s Copa América, among other things.

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Episode 337: Warming up for the Copa Superliga quarter-finals

In the three hundred and thirty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés look back on an action-packed weekend of Copa Superliga action which saw River Plate eviscerate Aldosivi, Boca Juniors breeze past Godoy Cruz on a sodden Bombonera pitch, and a hilarious – if distinctly amateur-hour – kit mixup at San Lorenzo v Argentinos Juniors, among plenty more. We also look forward to a weekend which contains the first legs of the quarter-finals and a last-weekend title decider in the women’s Primera, as River Plate host UAI Urquiza on the final day knowing one team will emerge from the match as champions.

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Episode 235: Central hit form, a dull La Plata clásico and upcoming World Cup qualifiers

The two hundred and thirty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Andrés convene to discuss a weekend of Primera action which saw a very dull derby in La Plata and, at almost the same time, a considerably more dramatic showdown in Banfield, where the hosts came back from an early 2-0 deficit to win 3-2. There was an impressive, if not uncontroversial, win for River Plate over Vélez Sarsfield, yet another failure to win away from home for Boca Juniors, and a first home win for Ricardo Zielinski as Racing manager. As well as all this we discuss why plans to force Liniers to get a football pitch which actually fits the regulatory definition of the phrase ‘football pitch’ are a great loss for Argentine culture, and turn our attention to less important matters such as Argentina’s upcoming World Cup double-header, and how they’ll do without Lionel Messi.

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Episode 217: Boca get their first win under GBS, an up-and-down week for River, and more

Episode 217 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam welcome Andrés and English Dan to the studio to go over the last week in Argentine football with a fine-toothed comb. It’s been a distinctly mixed seven days (and three matches) for River Plate, who were thrashed in the league but might have regained some confidence in the Libertadores on Wednesday night, and a good week for Boca Juniors, who claimed their first win of the Guillermo Barros Schelotto era on Monday. Estudiantes totally outplayed Gimnasia in the La Plata clásico on Sunday, and one of the consequences was the sacking of Gimnasia boss Pedro Troglio – though it might not have been a solely footballing decision. Lanús’ and Rosario Central’s unbeaten starts to the season have come undone, and there are some surprising competitors for the championship final positions, especially in Group 2.

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Mystic Tom’s predictions for round 8 (last week Mystic Harry got 2/14):
Arsenal v Gimnasia
Aldosivi v San Martín
Estudiantes v Defensa y Justicia
Belgrano v Vélez
Colón v Unión
Godoy Cruz v Olimpo
Argentinos v Atlético Tucumán
Independiente v Patronato
Quilmes v San Lorenzo
River v Banfield
Huracán v Temperley
Lanús v Boca
Rosario Central v Sarmiento
Atlético de Rafaela v Racing
Tigre v Newell’s

Episode 144: Argentina’s World Cup longlist, and River Plate close in on a long-awaited title

The hundred-and-forty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod is recorded in Sam’s living room, and he, Peter and Andrés – backed by a dog, an antiquated and improperly removed former doorbell and a passing heavy goods train – discuss Argentina’s World Cup longlist, including why Carlos Tevez has NOT been left out for Franco Di Santo. We then move on to look at the last weekend of the Torneo Final, which begins on Friday but sees all its crunch matches on Saturday; will River Plate claim their first title since their return to the Primera? Will Estudiantes given Juan Sebastián Verón a trophy-winning send-off? Will Gimnasia finally end the wait for a professional Primera title? We also look at the relegation table, which sees Godoy Cruz enter the last weekend one point ahead of Colón and Atlético de Rafaela (if two or more sides end up tied on points, there’ll be a playoff to decide who goes down). Enjoy.

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Mystic Sam’s nineteenth round predictions
All Boys v Belgrano
Central v Argentinos
Arsenal v Atlético de Rafaela
Godoy Cruz v Racing
Colón v Olimpo
River v Quilmes
Gimnasia v Boca
Tigre v Estudiantes
Lanús v Newell’s
San Lorenzo v Vélez

Episode 143: Gimnasia & River joint top with two games left, All Boys relegated and more

The hundred-and-forty-third episode of Hand Of Pod  is upon us, and Sam, Peter and Andrés review another weekend of Torneo Final action as River Plate draw back level with Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata at the top – both have 31 points – with just two rounds of matches left. All Boys have been relegated following a 3-1 defeat to Boca Juniors, and there were tremendously entertaining matches between Arsenal and Newell’s Old Boys, and River and Racing – both of which ended 3-2. Wasn’t it just last week we were asking whether it was a dull league after very few goals had been scored? We ask why a barra brava group feel able to demand free World Cup tickets from the AFA, wonder who’ll replace ‘Mostaza’ Merlo as Racing manager, and try to explain how the bloody hell Copa Sudamericana qualification works, among other subjects.

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Mystic Sam’s eighteenth round predictions
Olimpo v Godoy Cruz
Atlético de Rafaela v Tigre
Estudiantes v San Lorenzo
Newell’s v All Boys
Vélez v Colón
Racing v Central
Belgrano v Arsenal
Quilmes v Gimnasia
Boca v Lanús
Argentinos v River

Episode 142: Crazy league restructuring from the AFA, Gimnasia go top & Argentinos are down

The hundred-and-forty-second episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Peter and Andrés begin with an in-depth consideration (much more in-depth, we’d be prepared to bet, than the AFA gave it) of the Argentine Football Association’s decision this week to expand the top flight to thirty teams and change the entire league structure as from next February. What it means for the top flight, what the second half of 2014 in Argentine football will look like, why it’s been done and how many people are happy about it (just the one, and you can guess his name), among other subjects. We then get on to the football from last weekend, in which Argentinos Juniors were relegated, Gimnasia La Plata took a two point lead at the top of the Torneo Final, Boca Juniors looked impressive and there were some fine goals scored. Oh, and down in the second division, Independiente won a match!

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Mystic Sam’s seventeenth round predictions
Quilmes v Argentinos
Colón v Estudiantes
Central v Olimpo
Godoy Cruz v Vélez
San Lorenzo v Atlético de Rafaela
Arsenal v Newell’s
Gimnasia v Lanús
River v Racing
All Boys v Boca
Tigre v Belgrano