Episode 443: Previewing the last weekend of the 2022 Liga Profesional

This week Sam, English Dan, Santi and Andrés gather to discuss three rounds of Liga Profesional action and preview Sunday’s two title-deciding Big Five clásicos – will Boca Juniors lift the trophy as expected, or can Independiente get a result in the Bombonera which could put Racing’s title hopes in their own hands as they host River Plate? We also look at the Independiente presidential elections of a couple of weeks ago with Santi’s wisdom, and discuss the news that Marcelo Gallardo is stepping down as River manager.

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Episode 436: Vélez are the last Argentines standing in the Libertadores

This week Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Tony are visited by listener Tommy to discuss a week of action that’s seen Atlético Tucumán remain top of the table with an unlikely chasing pack, and Vélez Sarsfield emerge as the only Argentine (and indeed non-Brazilian) semifinalists in this year’s Copa Libertadores, after they beat Talleres pretty comfortably over two legs and Estudiantes got hit by the mother of all sucker punches from Athletico Paranaense.

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Episode 432: Racing claim the clásico; Newell’s remain top

This week, Sam and English Dan look back on last week’s league games, including a whole load of 3–2s and a 1–0 win for Racing over Independiente, consider the main runners in the title race and more bad results for River Plate and Boca Juniors. The title is already out of date, because thanks to a 1–0 win over Aldosivi on Friday night, at the time of uploading this episode Atlético Tucumán(!) were top of the league.

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Episode 429: Messi passes Pelé and Puskás, and the Liga Profesional 2022 begins

This week Sam, English Dan, Santi and Andrés look back on the opening weekend of the 2022 Liga Profesional and Racing’s shocking (but not really that shocking, perhaps) Copa Argentina exit against Agropecuario Argentino. We also talk about Santi’s experience last week at Wembley for Argentina v Italy and look back on Argentina’s 5–0 win over Estonia, in which Lionel Messi scored all five goals, going past Ferenc Puskás in the all-time international goals list and Pelé in the all-time goals in official matches list in the process.

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Episode 425: the Copa de la Liga groups draw to a close

This week, Sam and English Dan look back on last week’s action and (most of) the midweek Sudamericana and Libertadores results, as well as looking forward to this weekend’s last group stage matches in the Copa de la Liga.

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Episode 424: the Copa de la Liga group stage edges towards a close

This week’s HOP sees the return of a prodigal son, as Sam, English Dan and Andrés welcome Seba back to the studio, and it’s an epic chat taking in Racing’s fine form, the Estudiantes machine, racism in Argentina (including a very brief history lesson on the colonisation of Patagonia) and more.

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Episode 422: reviewing the clásicos and previewing the CONMEBOL WCQ Royal Rumble

This week, Sam and English Dan review the weekend of clásicos, which saw away wins for … well, quite a lot of teams actually, including Boca Juniors over River Plate and Racing over Independiente. We then switch our attention to Thursday night’s upcoming CONMEBOL WORLD CUP QUALIFYING FIGHT TO THE DEATH which, erm, actually probably won’t finalise things, but Uruguay v Peru should be tremendously entertaining for the neutral all the same.

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Episode 421: it’s clásico weekend!

This week on HOP, Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss last weekend’s matches and look forward to this weekend’s glut of clásicos, including most notably Saturday’s clásico de Avellaneda and Sunday’s superclásico.

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Episode 419: two thrilling clásicos and Estudiantes’ great start continues

On this week’s Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi look back on a weekend which saw two all-Big Five clásicos both end 2–2: Independiente v Boca Juniors, which was played in a deluge of Biblical proportions (and saw some atrocious refereeing) and River Plate v Racing, which was a classic game of two halves. There’s plenty of love for Defensa y Justicia and Estudiantes, as well, as their good starts to the season continue (Estudiantes made it through to the Libertadores third qualifying round shortly after we finished recording), and some Argentina travel tips for one of our listeners!

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Episode 418: the 2022 season is underway

This week’s HOP is the first since the 2022 domestic Argentine season began, so Sam, English Dan and Tony look back on the first three rounds of the Copa de la Liga. Unión, Platense and Estudiantes have started well, Racing aren’t looking terrible and most importantly for everyone who likes sexy football, Juan Fernando Quintero is BACK.

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