This week, Sam and Andrés are joined by English Dan, who’s back from holiday. We fill him in on what he’s missed – including several changes of leadership in the league, even though Atlético Tucumán currently lead the title race just as they did when he left. We also give a preview of Argentina’s chances in their friendlies in the United States against Honduras and Jamaica (we’re sticking our necks out and predicting two victories).
There are still a couple of matches left in Argentine football this year, but recording seems unlikely next week so Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi got together on Friday to look back on 2021. Which clubs enjoyed the year the most, which individuals stood out in the league campaign that’s just finished and, of course, do we think it was a successful year for the national team?
Allow us one indulgent episode title about ourselves rather than the football we’re covering, because this week’s episode was the first since March 2020 to be recorded with all of us in the same living room. Sam, English Dan and Andrés get reacquainted with one another and discuss Argentina’s World Cup qualifying draw with Paraguay and wins over Uruguay and Peru before going over the last couple of rounds of action in the Liga Profesional.
In this week’s HOP, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi discuss a week which has seen Argentina’s last two representatives – River Plate and Rosario Central – dumped out of the Copas Libertadores and Sudamericana, and look back on last weekend’s Liga Profesional action.
In this week’s HOP Sam, English Dan and Santi catch up on what’s been going on in the two weeks since we were last able to record. It’s been an OK couple of weeks for Independiente (who at least one their clásico), an underwhelming one for Boca Juniors (even though they won their clásico … well, a shootout), a poor one for River Plate and a manager-sacking one for Racing. Much happier, though, are league leaders Colón and Lanús striker José Sand, who just can’t stop scoring goals. Oh and apparently Lionel Messi moved clubs? We’re surprised no one’s really been talking about it.
On this week’s Hand Of Pod, Sam, Tony and Santi look back on the first two weeks’ action in the Copa de la Liga Profesional and three poor showings from Argentina in the SheBelieves Cup, as well as looking forward to the Copa América, which apparently is going to be played this year and may or may not be the first Copa América since 1991 to feature only CONMEBOL member nations.
In this week’s HOP, Sam, English Dan, Tony and Santi review three finals – the the Copa Diego Maradona, in which Boca Juniors beat Banfield on spot kicks, the women’s championship final, in which Boca thrashed River Plate 7-0, and the Copa Sudamericana final, in which Defensa y Justicia claimed their first major trophy (and Hernán Crespo’s first as a manager) by beating Lanús 3-0 in Córdoba. We also look at Vélez Sarsfield’s 3-1 win over Rosario Central in the participation final of the Copa Maradona, which sets up a playoff against Banfield on Wednesday for a spot in next year’s Copa Sudamericana.
This week, Sam is joined by English Dan, Tony and Andrés to look forward to Sunday evening’s Copa Diego Armando Maradona final between Boca Juniors and Banfield (and at how they got there) and to review Boca’s and River Plate’s eliminations from the Copa Libertadores.
At the end of this week, HOP turns ten years old, and we’re celebrating with a bumper episode. Sam, English Dan, Tony, Andrés and Santi review the recent action from the Copa Sudamericana and Copa de la Liga Profesional de Fútbol, consider the thorny issue of how clubs should deal with players awaiting trial in a country with a legal system which moves as slowly as Argentina’s and bid farewell to Fernando Gago, who announced his retirement shortly before we recorded. We also look forward to Argentina’s upcoming World Cup qualifying double header and look back on our favourite memories of Argentine football (and the podcast) over the last decade.
It’s been a long, long lockdown here in Buenos Aires, but last weekend Argentine domestic football finally returned, and in this week’s episode Sam, English Dan, Tony, Andrés and Santi look back on the first weekend of the Copa de la Liga Profesional de Fútbol, a mini-tournament for the top flight clubs which will keep us entertained (after a fashion) for the next couple of months. We also discuss the Copa Sudamericana and the national team.