Episode 104: Argentina’s Libertadores involvement, Migliore’s release & the relegation scramble

In episode 104 of Hand Of Pod, Sam and English Dan are joined by Mariano in a later-than-usual recording, which enables us to look back at (most of) Argentina’s Copa Libertadores involvement during this week – Boca Juniors eliminating Corinthians in controversial circumstances, and Newell’s Old Boys sending Vélez Sarsfield out on away goals (in the remaining fixture, which ended an hour and a bit after we stopped recording, Tigre were eliminated by Olimpia). We discuss the relegation battle, which could see Unión relegated next weekend, and an ever-intriguing title race, as well as the news that Pablo Migliore, now released on bail, has had his contract rescinded at San Lorenzo. Listeners’ questions include the signings of the championship so far, and Argentine footballers’ wages.

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Episode 100: Brindisi, Bianchi, Boca’s historic thrashing… and a centenary!

Hand Of Pod is one hundred episodes old. And we’re celebrating in style; recording in an almost silent flat, with current and former regulars and guests. Sam, English Dan, Seba, Asli and Mariano are joined on Skype by Ed Malyon (Aussie Dan and Joel sadly couldn’t make it this week) for a podcasting landmark, and we’ve got plenty to discuss. Independiente unveiled a new manager, and the day after he was appointed he was held up at gunpoint and robbed… whilst conducting a radio interview on his mobile phone! Boca Juniors fell to one of the worst defeats in their history on Saturday, Lanús lead the league by two points ahead of Newell’s Old Boys, and there’s a lot, lot, lot more besides. We hope you enjoy this bumper edition, and we’d all like to thank our listeners very much for your support. Not too many independent, non-English-league-focussed podcasts get to be 100 episodes old. So, here’s to the next hundred!

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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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