Episode 124: Racing aren’t crap any more, River very much are, and more

The hundred-and-twenty-forth episode of Hand Of Pod is one of our shortest ever episodes, but hopefully we’ve still got enough to be going on with. Racing, having won twice in a row, are officially no longer rubbish, and English Dan celebrates by returning to the pod. He and Sam run the rule over Racing’s sudden improvement, and contrast it with River Plate’s absolutely awful form, which plumbed new depths on Wednesday night as they lost 3-1 at home to Lanús to go out of the Copa Sudamericana. We ask why David Trezeguet didn’t start for Newell’s Old Boys last weekend – he came off the bench to score twice, helping them claim a 2-2 draw away to Colón – and look forward to this weekend’s big top of the table clash between Newell’s and San Lorenzo. All this and much more.

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Mystic Sam’s fifteenth round predictions
Rafaela v Godoy Cruz
Olimpo v Quilmes
All Boys v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Central
Newell’s v San Lorenzo
Belgrano v Colón
Racing v Argentinos
Boca v Tigre
Vélez v River
Lanús v Arsenal

Episode 98: Lanús cling on at top, San Lorenzo goalie arrested for part in murder conspiracy & more

In the ninety-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and English Dan are introduced by World Cup final referee Horacio Elizondo, and joined by guest star Archie Whitworth for a bumper edition – there’s a lot to get through. We discuss the thrillers and fine goals scored during a weekend which left Lanús’ lead atop the Torneo Final cut to just one point over Newell’s Old Boys, question just how bad Independiente striker Juan Caicedo can get, and spend a good length of time talking about San Lorenzo goalkeeper Pablo Migliore, who was arrested after his side’s defeat to Newell’s on Sunday for his part in harbouring a friend suspected of murder. We answer listeners’ questions and talk about River Plate’s injury problems in defence and how they’ve affected the team’s building forward, and much more. Enjoy.

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Episode 84: Vélez, Newell’s and Belgrano in a tightening title race, San Lorenzo’s woes and more

In the eighty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Joel are joined again by that doyen of football journalism, Jonathan Wilson to look back on an eventful weekend in the Torneo Inicial title race which saw Newell’s Old Boys’ lead at the top cut to just one point ahead of Vélez Sarsfield, and two ahead of major surprise package Belgrano de Córdoba. We look at impressive performances from youngsters Leandro Paredes (Boca Juniors) and Facundo ‘Chucky’ Ferreyra (Vélez), and answer listeners’ questions ranging from how many languages Mr Wilson speaks to Julio César Falcioni’s greatest achievement as Boca Juniors manager. And we completely ignore the Supercopa Argentina, which was being played as we recorded (Arsenal de Sarandí beat Boca Juniors on penalties after a 0-0 draw, in case you care).

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Episode 14: Boca’s revival, River Plate’s liquid football, & the world’s tightest league?

In the fourteenth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Dan are once again back on the fernet (after an alcohol-free episode 13), whilst Seba is dry as ever. We discuss the two giants of Argentine football; Boca Juniors, who had another Riquelme-inspired win, and River Plate, who scored an absolutely fantastic goal which their latest wunderkid was at the heart of. We also take in the rest of Argentina’s ‘Big Five’, and Seba gives us some historical context on why they’re called that. We also look at how just six points separate the leaders from the team in sixteenth, halfway through the season. As well as warning us why you should never venture to Boca’s stadium without a massively overpriced tour guide, Mystic Dan is back with his predictions – place bets on four of these results this weekend, we just can’t tell you which four – and Zombie, once again, is chasing his own tail. One day we’ll get that on a videocast for you all.

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