Episode 303: Replacing Sampaoli, and the Superliga season to come

The three hundred and third episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés to discuss where the Argentine national team go next after parting ways with Jorge Sampaoli, and also to look forward to the upcoming Superliga season (the fixtures for which were released on Thursday, after we recorded this episode) and go over the main transfer business of the window so far.

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Episode 302: picking over the bones of World Cup elimination against France

The inevitable has happened: Argentina are out of the 2018 World Cup after a 4-3 defeat to France in the second round. In the three hundred and second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by Andrés and English Dan to pick over the bones of the defeat, and of the chaotic campaign that led to it. Listeners’ questions cover what the next steps should be, who might come into the team in the next few years, whether Jorge Sampaoli should remain as manager, and much more besides.

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Episode 297: cancelling Israel v Argentina and more

In the two hundred and ninety-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés take you through the last week in Argentina’s World Cup preparations, which has included the cancellation of Saturday’s planned friendly away to Israel after the Argentine FA realised it wasn’t an idea absolutely everyone was completely delighted with. Elsewhere, the B Nacional playoff final ended with San Martín de Tucumán putting in an improved second leg showing to tear Sarmiento apart and win promotion to the Superliga, and we go through the other results so far from the lower divisions, as well as a restructuring of next season’s B Nacional.

A reminder that HOP is now on Patreon, where you’ll find two extra mini-episodes each week if you support us to the tune of US$5 per month or more. The latest HOP Extra, recorded right after we finished up episode 297, is already online. You can join the ranks of our supporters here.

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Episode 296: Trying to pick out the lessons from Argentina v Haiti

In the two hundred and ninety-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés discuss Argentina’s pre-World Cup friendly victory over Haiti in the Bombonera. Did we learn anything, or merely have various things confirmed which we already knew? Should Cristian Pavón start ahead of Ángel Di María? Who is the first choice goalkeeper? And is there really any point in playing friendlies against sides who (with the greatest respect to Haiti) aren’t at the level Argentina will be facing in Russia?

A reminder that HOP is now on Patreon, where you’ll find two extra mini-episodes each week if you support us to the tune of US$5 per month or more. The latest HOP Extra, recorded right after we finished up episode 296, is already online. You can join the ranks of our supporters here.

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Episode 295: Argentina’s World Cup squad, including Sergio Romero’s injury

The two hundred and ninety-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and Julián to discuss Argentina’s 23-man World Cup squad, and the chaos introduced to it by Tuesday’s news that first-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero would miss the tournament with injury. Should Willy Caballero or Franco Armani be Romero’s replacement? In the outfield positions, are there any players missing who should be there, or any who are there who shouldn’t be? And what should we make of Jorge Sampaoli’s stated desire to play a 2-3-3-2 if possible? Which players would that involve – both for Sampaoli, and if one of us were the manager? All these questions and far more are up for discussion.

A reminder that HOP is now on Patreon, where you’ll find two extra mini-episodes each week if you support us to the tune of US$5 per month or more. The latest HOP Extra, recorded right after we finished up episode 295, is already online. You can join the ranks of our supporters here.

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Episode 287: picking over the bones of Argentina’s 6-1 defeat to Spain

The two hundred and eighty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod was recorded on Tuesday evening, after the friendly which dominates this episode: Argentina’s record-equalling 6-1 defeat to Spain in Madrid. How much does Jorge Sampaoli need to change ahead of the World Cup? Is the situation salvageable from here? Is there any hope at all without Lionel Messi? Sam and English Dan consider the fallout. We also explain what’s going on with a court case involving Independiente, where a youth prostitution ring has been uncovered operating out of the club’s accommodation (without, we hasten to add, the club’s knowledge).

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This week’s guest predictor is Mystic Ahmed.

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

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

Episode 286: The gap at the top shrinks a little, Scocco shines again, and Argentina gear up

The two hundred and eighty-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by English Dan and Andrés to look back on a weekend of Superliga action which saw the gap at the top close to six points after Boca Junior could only draw following Talleres’ victory. That sets things up nicely for the resumption of hostilities after the international break, when Talleres visit Boca. Elsewhere, Racing thrashed Patronato and River Plate, fresh from their Supercopa win, deservedly beat Belgrano 3-1, with Nacho Scocco coming off the bench to score twice. Should he still be a sub? Finally, we discuss the Argentine national team, and how Jorge Sampaoli will be approaching their two upcoming friendlies.

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