Episode 75: Tactical confusion at River, and an Argentina v Paraguay preview

The seventy-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod is a bumper one ahead of Friday evening’s World Cup qualifier in Córdoba between Argentina and Paraguay. Gearing up for that match, we’ve got Asunción resident Ralph Hannah on to tell us what’s been going on with the Paraguayan national team, and also take a look at the Argentine side and their chances. There’s a full weekend of league games in Argentina as well, and we look back on the last round which included a draw for River Plate seemingly in spite of their manager, a hat-trick from a potential Next Big Thing at Racing, an enormous number of red cards, and no shortage of goals. Enjoy.

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Episode 27: The Copa América review special with Jonathan Wilson

The twenty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod is our look back on an eventful and historic Copa América Argentina 2011, and Sam, Australian Dan, English Dan and Seba are joined by award-winning author, journalist and editor and co-founder of The Blizzard, Jonathan Wilson, who shares his thoughts on the tournament with us over some fernet and empanadas. Jonathan gives us a tactical breakdown of why Brazil’s defence isn’t what it once was, why Argentina will never be able to replicate Barcelona, and we discuss the importance of silly hair to the Argentine footballing psyche. There are players of the tournament, praise for Uruguay and their brilliant manager Óscar Washington Tabárez, and Mister Wilson’s thoughts prior to the World Youth Cup, which he’s since travelled on to Colombia to cover. And of course, we kick it all of by discussing the AFA’s frankly ludicrous plans for the Primera División. We couldn’t ignore that.