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Episode 224: Lanús close in, Godoy Cruz win again and Argentina’s Copa América shortlist

5 May

The two hundred and twenty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod is short but sweet with plenty of food for thought. Lanús and Godoy Cruz continue to look like the two favourites for the title playoff – indeed, Lanús could confirm their place with two matches remaining depending on results this weekend – whilst last year’s bigger sides all had underwhelming weekends due to Copa Libertadores commitments (Huracán went out on Tuesday night; River Plate and Racing followed them shortly after this episode was recorded). As well as this, we run the rule over Gerardo Martin’s 40-man Copa América squad shortlist, answer listeners’ questions, and predict what results will be like this weekend with the help of a die, to see whether it really is just pot luck…

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The Mystic Die’s predictions for round 14 (last week Mystic Gav got 2/15)
Unión – Argentinos
Quilmes – Godoy Cruz
Newell’s – Defensa y Justicia
San Martín – Temperley
Vélez – Colón
San Lorenzo – River
Racing – Estudiantes
Arsenal – Central
Lanús – Aldosivi
Atlético Tucumán – Belgrano
Boca – Huracán
Atlético de Rafaela – Tigre
Gimnasia – Independiente
Olimpo – Banfield
Sarmiento v Patronato

Episode 222: Copa Libertadores group stage round-up and much more

22 Apr

The two hundred and twenty-second episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss the Copa Libertadores group stage, which has finished (or had almost finished, when we recorded) with five of Argentina’s six clubs qualifying for the last sixteen – San Lorenzo are the odd one out. Boca Juniors’ transformation under Guillermo Barros Schelotto continues apace; they’ve now scored ten goals in their last two matches, which isn’t great news for their next opponents. Those next opponents are River Plate, of course, because this weekend is clásico weekend across the league, and Phil Carney is our Mystic Guest Predictor. All this and much more…

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Mystic Phil’s twelfth round predictions (last week Mystic Jose got 4/15; matches in red are clásicos)
Atlético de Rafaela v Patronato
Vélez v Argentinos
Olimpo v Aldosivi
Unión v Colón
Arsenal v Defensa y Justicia
San Lorenzo v Huracán
Godoy Cruz v San Martín
Lanús v Banfield
Gimnasia v Estudiantes
Newell’s v Central
Boca v River
Racing v Independiente
Belgrano v Atlético Tucumán
Tigre v Sarmiento
Quilmes v Temperley

Episode 221: Racing’s inconsistencies, River’s ongoing problems and some Libertadores mathematics

15 Apr

The two hundred and twenty-first episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and English Dan to look back on another goal-packed weekend of Primera action which saw Vélez Sarsfield hand Rosario Central their first home defeat in nearly a year and a half, Lanús get a well-deserved win over Banfield in the clásico, and Huracán claim victory by the odd goal in seven over San Martín. Racing are having consistency problems, and travel to La Paz next week in need of a result against Bolívar (a one-goal defeat or better) to qualify for the Copa Libertadores knockout stage. English Dan is bullish about their chances. River Plate also continue to have issues, but in spite of a 2-1 defeat away to São Paulo on Tuesday will still almost definitely be in the last sixteen, whilst Boca are already there, Central sealed their place just after we recorded, and San Lorenzo are out.

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Mystic Jose’s predictions (last week Mystic Mr Numbers got 6/15)
Sarmiento v Colón
Gimnasia v Godoy Cruz
Lanús v Atlético de Rafaela
Atlético Tucumán v Defensa y Justicia
Newell’s v Huracán
Boca v Aldosivi
Unión v Tigre
Racing v Argentinos
San Lorenzo v Rosario Central
San Martín v Estudiantes
Vélez v Independiente
Temperley v Quilmes
Patronato v Banfield
Olimpo v River
Arsenal v Belgrano

Episode 212: River thrash Quilmes, Boca edge towards crisis and the rest of the first round

12 Feb

The two-hundred and twelfth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Peter, Andrés and returning panel member Rob Brown to look back on the opening weekend of Primera División action; matches which saw River Plate tonk Quilmes 5-1, Boca Juniors held to a 0-0 draw away to Temperley and Racing suffer the indignity of defeat away to newly-promoted Atlético Tucumán, among other results. Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s job as Boca manager is in serious jeopardy after a 4-0 defeat in the Supercopa Argentina (which happened after we recorded this episode), but he’ll still be in charge this weekend – though for how much longer? We also give you the latest on Huracán’s coach crash in Venezuela. Rumours of Patricio Toranzo having toes amputated are untrue. This week’s predictions are brought to you by listener Mystic Liam.

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Mystic Liam’s second round predictions
Arsenal v Banfield
Union v Temperley
Quilmes v Colón
Godoy Cruz v Independiente
Tigre v Huracán (postponed)
Atlético de Rafaela v Estudiantes
Aldosivi v Argentinos
San Lorenzo v Sarmiento
Racing v San Martín
Vélez v Olimpo
Central v Newell’s
Lanús v Defensa y Justicia
Gimnasia v Patronato
Boca v Atlético Tucumán
Belgrano v River

Episode 209: Huracán put River out of the Sudamericana semis, and the playoffs so far

28 Nov

The two hundred and ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by English Dan, Andrés, Fran and guest Rob Crisp for a brief roundup of the qualification playoffs for the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, and a preview of the finals for same (including a Racing v Independiente double-header for the final Libertadores spot, which is going to be great fun for the neutral). On Thursday night, Huracán reached their first ever continental final, a 2-2 draw at home to Copa Sudamericana holders River Plate giving them a 3-2 aggregate win and meaning River’s amazing run of continental success under Marcelo Gallardo has come to an end, a couple of weeks before they get underway at the Club World Cup. We look back on that tie, on what Huracán have got to shout about and how they might do in the final against Independiente Santa Fe, and at River’s ongoing issues ahead of their trip to Japan. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Episode 207: We are five! Previewing Argentina v Brazil with Tim Vickery

12 Nov

Episode 207 of Hand Of Pod is a very special one, because on Friday we turn five years old. Sam is joined for the celebration by Andrés, English Dan, Peter and very special guest Tim Vickery, who’s flown down from Rio de Janeiro specially for the occasion. Entirely coincidentally to Tim’s visit (honest), on Thursday night Argentina host Brazil in World Cup qualifying, so after a review of last weekend’s most important league action – which saw Nueva Chicago relegated in spite of an impressive win over Quilmes – and a discussion about our team of the championship, we move on to previewing Argentina v Brazil. There’s plenty of chat throughout about the differences between football in the two countries, from the trends in management (Argentina good, Brazil bad) to player development, in which it seems both countries have something of an imbalance in very different ways. 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 predictions for Argentina’s two upcoming WCQs:
Two draws

Episode 205: Boca & Central fight for a domestic double, two managers step down on one day and more

30 Oct

The two hundred and fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and English Dan joined by Tony, a long-time listener and first-time caller. It’s a bumper edition, as we stick our teeth into last Friday’s Copa Argentina semi-finals, which leave Boca Juniors and Rosario Central – the top two in the league – going head to head in the final next Wednesday in Córdoba. San Lorenzo’s Edgardo Bauza and Racing’s Diego Cocca both announced they’ll be leaving their managerial positions at the end of 2015 mere hours before we recorded, and Bauza in particular will surely have the pick of the continent’s clubs. As well as this, we knew before recording that River Plate and Huracán were in the Copa Sudamericana semi-finals (Independiente played after we recorded, and went out), and there’s an Argentina squad to consider as the team prepare to take on Brazil and Colombia without Lionel Messi in two weeks’ time. All this and much more… 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 twenty-ninth round predictions
Godoy Cruz v Colón
Sarmiento v Chicago
Gimnasia v Atl. Rafaela
Belgrano v Estudiantes
Newell’s v Lanús
Racing v Crucero del Norte
Vélez v River
Unión v San Martín
Banfield v Central
Boca v Tigre
San Lorenzo v Temperley
Aldosivi v Independiente
Quilmes v Huracán
Arsenal v Defensa y Justicia
Argentinos v Olimpo