In the eighty-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan, Joel and Ed run their critical eyes over the biggest clash of last weekend, Racing v Newell’s (2nd v 1st), and explain why we enjoyed it even though many who weren’t there thought it wasn’t such a great game on TV. We discuss the continued development of an interesting title race, before moving on to the biggest match of the year in Argentina: the return of the superclásico after River Plate’s year in the second division. We preview River v Boca Juniors – which will be played on Sunday afternoon – and talk about the history and some of the reasons it’s become the biggest fixture in the country. Enjoy.
Episode 80 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Joel welcome guest Ed Malyon to Buenos Aires, and in a bumper episode we go through last weekend’s Torneo Inicial action – which included a woeful loss for Boca Juniors, a very impressive win for leaders Newell’s Old Boys and a thumping 5-0 victory for River Plate against Godoy Cruz. We also answer listeners’ questions on the sons of ex players coming through club youth ranks and more, and cast our eyes over Argentina’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers – at home to Uruguay on Friday and away to Chile on Tuesday. Enjoy.
The seventy-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Dan and Joel meet to discuss a goal-filled weekend. There were thirty-five goals in ten matches, and Joel drew the short straw and managed to pick what turned out to be the only goalless draw of the round to attend. We wonder how anyone could possibly have doubted Matías Almeyda’s position at River Plate (ahem), consider yet more ridiculous pressure being heaped on Julio César Falcioni at Boca Juniors, and cast our expert eyes over Wednesday night’s Argentina v Brazil ‘local national team’ friendly, which will kick off just under a couple of hours after this episode was uploaded. Enjoy.
The forty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Dan, Dan and Seba discussing the reasons for Boca Juniors’ title win, which will almost definitely happen this coming weekend since their win at Godoy Cruz took them nine points clear with nine to play for. Leandro ‘Vegetable’ Somoza is praised, Cristian Chávez and Pablo Mouche are criticised. Elsewhere, there was an entertaining match involving Racing, for a change, and they finally lost, 3-2 at home to Belgrano. Seba Verón scored possibly his last goal as Estudiantes beat Arsenal 2-1, and we praise Tigre for their great campaign so far. We also have a Hand Of Pod first – an interview with Emiliano Tade, a forward playing for Auckland City FC in New Zealand, who’ll be one of six Argentines featuring in the Club World Cup in Japan, which starts next week. Enjoy.
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