Episode 162: Central claim victory in the Rosario clásico, River still lead the way and more

The hundred and sixty-second episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Peter and Andrés joined one last time (or so he claims) by Neil Clack, author of an actual published book. We look back on Rosario Central’s 2-0 win over Newell’s Old Boys in last weekend’s clásico rosarino, and consider where Newell’s go next, before reviewing the rest of the weekend’s action – and a very satisfying seven days for River Plate. The Argentine sides in the Copa Sudamericana get a once-over (except Boca, who only secured their place in the quarter-finals a couple of hours after we finished recording this episode), and we talk a bit about the incoming league structure and other annoying related things.

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s thirteenth round predictions
Belgrano v Central
Independiente v Tigre
Vélez v Banfield
Newell’s v Godoy Cruz
Olimpo v Racing
Estudiantes v Quilmes
Lanús v San Lorenzo
Boca v Defensa y Justicia
Atlético de Rafaela v River
Arsenal v Gimnasia

Episode 91: An enjoyable first round, Riquelme finally signs and more

In the ninety-first episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Joel look back on an opening weekend of Torneo Final action that Sam and Joel thoroughly enjoyed, and which English Dan missed almost all of. We discuss an unconvincing win for Vélez Sarsfield as they seek to defend their title, and rather more emphatic victories for Tigre and Lanús, among others. Joel attended a thriller in La Bombonera, as Juan Román Riquelme returned to the stands and Carlos Bianchi to the managerial bench and Boca came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2, with one of several stunning long range goals this weekend. All this and much more – enjoy.

As usual, you’ll find Mystic Sam’s predictions below the line. And don’t forget you can subscribe to us on iTunes; just click here.

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Episode 90: previewing the 2013 Torneo Final & wondering where Riquelme will go

In the ninetieth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Joel preview the 2013 Torneo Final, which kicks off with Unión hosting Arsenal de Sarandí on Friday evening. We discuss Fernando Gago’s move to Vélez Sarsfield – easily the most spectacular signing of the summer – and what Vélez’s chances are of retaining their title, as well as talking about Racing’s transfer window departures, River Plate’s relative success and most of the other ins and outs, before moving on – we couldn’t very well avoid him – to the interminable saga of Juan Román Riquelme’s ever changing mood. Will he play for Boca? Will he play for Tigre? Should we really care any more? After that, we answer listeners’ questions on Argentine sides in the 2013 Copa Libertadores and more.

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Episode 89: Grondona out, various players in & Riquelme still going nowhere

Hand Of Pod is back, and Sam, Joel and English Dan welcome 2013 with a nice laid-back chat about nothing in particular. There’s just the news that one of the most powerful men in world football will leave his charge of the AFA in 2015, a bunch of (admittedly often tiresome) transfer gossip from the summer and various other issues to mop up, including the ongoing saga of where (or whether) Juan Román Riquelme will be playing his football this year; could it be Tigre, now that they’re in the group stages of the Copa Libertadores for the first time? We discuss River Plate’s and Boca Juniors’ pre-seasons, as well as those of the other big boys, confusing goings-on surrounding Ricky Centurión’s transfer from Racing to Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia, Argentina’s latest Under-20 failure, and a lot more. It’s good to be back.

Here’s the ‘La concha de tu madre, All Boys’ video mentioned by Sam and Joel during the pod.

Episode 85: HOP turns 2 years old, some international talk, and crowd trouble at Independiente

The eighty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees us turn two years old, and to celebrate the fact that we’re still here we recorded in Seba’s very plush office. We discuss the likelihood of Juan Román Riquelme returning to action for Boca Juniors in the new year, and some of the local league action – but not much, since we were recording part way through the midweek round of matches – and the Argentine national team’s drab performance away to Saudi Arabia hours before we recorded. During our listeners’ Q&A session, crowd trouble caused Independiente v Belgrano to be abandoned, and we have some ‘as live’ coverage of that. Thrilling stuff as ever. Thanks for listening for the last two years, and here’s to two more…

What with the midweek round, there’s no Mystic Sam this week, but don’t forget you can click here to subscribe to us on iTunes, and follow our Twitter musings here.

Episode 77: Matías Almeyda gets a vote of confidence, Riquelme gives a press conference & much more

In the seventy-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Joel begin life without Australian Dan with another bumper episode, during which we look at the increasing impatience towards River Plate and Racing managers Matías Almeyda and Luís Zubeldía ahead of the clásico between the two clubs this weekend. We also recount last Friday’s hilarious press conference at La Bombonera in which Juan Román Riquelme led everyone a merry dance, and look back at last weekend’s results, as well as considering the importance of the Superclásico de Las Américas, a friendly double-header between the domestic national sides of Argentina and Brazil (Brazil won the first leg 2-1 shortly after we recorded this episode). And as of this week, Mystic Dan is replaced by Mystic Sam. Enjoy.

Mystic Sam’s predictions can be found below, and as usual you can click here to subscribe to us on iTunes, or here to follow us on Twitter.

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Episode 69: Returning from our holidays to tie up some loose ends

Episode 69 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Australian Dan and Joel joined by Christian, a Brazilian who exudes a quiet academic authority over the podcast. He’s writing a thesis on us. Sort of. We discuss our various holidays briefly, before diving into what we can remember (and mis-remember) of the last couple of weeks, including Juan Román Riquelme’s decision to leave Boca Juniors, River Plate’s excellent transfer market moves so far, Maxi Rodríguez’s return to Newell’s Old Boys and a rather inexpert guide to Córdoba’s football culture (you can tell we live in Buenos Aires). All this and much more!

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Episode 49: A very uncontroversial league name, Argentine football clubs as film genres and more

The forty-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod is the 2012 Torneo Clausura preview edition, and we begin with a brief discussion of the title name of this year’s competition, which has attracted really far more controversy than it merits in the British press. We then move on through our predictions for the next five months, to end by likening each club in the Argentine Primera (including a little-known, easily forgotten side called Boca Something-or-other) to a film genre. In between we discuss the key summer transfers, how much trouble San Lorenzo and Tigre are in and more. Enjoy.