Episode 200: Tevez makes headlines as Boca stay top, Martino’s first WCQ Argentina squad and more

Hand Of Pod is 200 episodes old, and this week Sam is joined by Peter and Andrés for a champagne celebration in a bumper episode. We look back over a weekend of Primera action which saw Carlos Tevez make more bad headlines (for breaking an opponent’s leg) than good (for scoring twice) during Boca Juniors’ 3-1 win over Argentinos Juniors which saw them remain top of the table. There were a few belting goals as well, and there’s praise for the fine form of Independiente, Quilmes and others. We examine the run-ins of the title candidates – of whom we’ve decided there are three, with both leaders Boca and current second-placed San Lorenzo still yet to play third-placed Rosario Central, and also look at Gerardo Martino’s first World Cup qualifying Argentina squad, which among more predictable calls includes Paulo Dybala’s first call-up and Gonzalo Higuaín’s exclusion. All this and plenty of listeners’ questions! Thanks for your support over our first 200 episodes, and here’s to plenty more… HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s twenty-sixth round predictions (last week: 9/15)
Olimpo v Godoy Cruz
Atlético de Rafaela v Unión
Colón v Belgrano
Racing v Argentinos
Crucero del Norte v River
Tigre v San Lorenzo
Chicago v Aldosivi
Boca v Banfield
Defensa y Justicia v Quilmes
Central v Gimnasia
Lanús v Independiente
Huracán v Vélez
San Martín v Sarmiento
Temperley v Arsenal
Estudiantes v Newell’s

Episode 87: Ramón Díaz returns to River, Vélez move to the verge of the title & more

One subject looms large over this week’s (belated) episode of Hand Of Pod, the eighty-seventh since we started. Sam, English Dan and Joel discuss Ramón Díaz’s emotional return to the club he loves and which loves him, River Plate, after Matías Almeyda was fired in the extremely early hours of Wednesday morning/late hours of Tuesday night. What Díaz’s return means for River, whether Almeyda really deserved the sack and more. We also discuss Vélez Sarsfield, who could win the title on Sunday afternoon, and whether their boss Ricardo Gareca is really the Argentine Sir Alex Ferguson, as some in the Argentine media would have us believe. There’s an appreciation of Tigre – who hours after recording reached the Copa Sudamericana final, the first continental final in their history – and listeners’ questions ranging from Sam’s ideal River starting XI to who Julio César Falcioni’s replacement as Boca Juniors manager might be. Enjoy.

Don’t forget you can click here to subscribe to us on iTunes, and follow our Twitter musings here.

Episode 82: reviewing Racing v Newell’s, and previewing a monumental superclásico

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.

Mystic Sam’s predictions are below the line, and don’t forget you can click here to subscribe to us on iTunes, and follow our Twitter musings here.

Continue reading “Episode 82: reviewing Racing v Newell’s, and previewing a monumental superclásico”

Episode 79: golazos by the bucket full, and an Argentina Z v Brazil B preview

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.

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.

Continue reading “Episode 79: golazos by the bucket full, and an Argentina Z v Brazil B preview”

Episode 78: River and Independiente’s troubles, Newell’s title chances and more

In the seventy-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Joel return to discuss last weekend’s Torneo Inicial action, and the fallout. Racing beat River Plate in the derby, and Matías Almeyda’s job security – as well as the bit of a non-story about quotes from his autobiography finally reaching Europe – are up for discussion. We also look at Newell’s Old Boys’ excellent form as they top the table, ask when Independiente, Tigre and Unión will finally manage to win a match, and discuss a second straight 4-0 home win for San Martín de San Juan. All this, and much more.

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.

Continue reading “Episode 78: River and Independiente’s troubles, Newell’s title chances and more”

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.

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