The fifty-second episode of Hand Of Pod begins with Sam, Dan and Dan in discussion of Diego Sosa’s ridiculous own goal which gifted Estudiantes a win over San Martín last weekend, and continues to take in topics including a double managerial sending-off in the Santa Fe derby, River Plate’s latest league result in the second division and Tigre’s increasingly impressive battle against relegation, which just might start to look possible if results this coming weekend go the way Mystic Dan predicts. Racing are still rubbish, so for a change we don’t spend too long on them this week. Oh, and this week’s episode was recorded a few hours before Boca Juniors’ 11-month unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end. Enjoy.
This week’s Hand Of Pod is a sensible length, so rejoice! Sam, Australian Dan and Seba meet again, and there are plenty of hot topics to get through. Santiago Silva has left Vélez Sarsfield for Fiorentina, seriously damaging the champions’ title defence. We discuss the relative economic strengths of the Argentine league with Europe (and Brazil), a listener asks why Estudiantes are so rubbish, we admire Racing’s tenacity under Diego Simeone, and talk about the return of visiting fans to the second division (Nacional B) after Independiente Rivadavia’s president forced the AFA’s hand in his club’s match against River Plate at the weekend. There’s also a call for your feedback on the pod (please send suggestions to sam [at] hastaelgolsiempre [dot] com), and a mention for an excellent new(ish) online football magazine, Man And Ball, whose second issue includes an Argentina-inspired piece of fiction.
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