After Argentina made their way past Ecuador and Colombia to reach a third Copa América final in four tournaments, Sam, English Dan and Santi preview Saturday’s final against host nation Brazil, who’ve never failed to win a Copa on home soil.
On this week’s HOP the world’s newest football commentator Sam is joined by English Dan, Santi and Andrés for a look back on the group stage of the 2021 Copa América – in particular at Argentina’s performances – and a preview of the quarter-finals, which kick off on Friday evening.
This week, Sam is joined by English Dan, Tony and Andrés to look forward to Sunday evening’s Copa Diego Armando Maradona final between Boca Juniors and Banfield (and at how they got there) and to review Boca’s and River Plate’s eliminations from the Copa Libertadores.
Happy new year! In this week’s HOP Sam is joined by English Dan and Santi for a quick roundup of the most relevant action in the Copa Diego Maradona over the Christmas and new year period (including a very entertaining 2-2 draw between Boca Juniors and River Plate), and a look back on the first legs of the Copa Libertadores semi-finals, which saw River get humped by Palmeiras and Boca involved in a cagey draw at home to Santos (since we recorded it’s been reported that Santos goalkeeper John was positive for COVID-19 during the match).
In this week’s HOP, Sam, English Dan, Santi, Andrés and (for the first few minutes, before he gets cut off) Tony look back on a World Cup qualifying double header which again saw Argentina look a bit iffy at home but impress away, before reviewing the latest round of Copa de la Liga Profesional de Fútbol action.
At the end of this week, HOP turns ten years old, and we’re celebrating with a bumper episode. Sam, English Dan, Tony, Andrés and Santi review the recent action from the Copa Sudamericana and Copa de la Liga Profesional de Fútbol, consider the thorny issue of how clubs should deal with players awaiting trial in a country with a legal system which moves as slowly as Argentina’s and bid farewell to Fernando Gago, who announced his retirement shortly before we recorded. We also look forward to Argentina’s upcoming World Cup qualifying double header and look back on our favourite memories of Argentine football (and the podcast) over the last decade.
The 2022 World Cup qualifiers are finally upon us, and in this week’s HOP Sam, English Dan, Andrés, Tony and Peter preview Argentina’s opening double header at home to Ecuador and away to Bolivia. Prior to doing that, we look back on last week’s Copa Libertadores games.
This week on Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan, Tony, Andrés and Santi look back on the first two post-lockdown rounds of Copa Libertadores matches, which went better than expected for Argentine clubs. We also run the rule over Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad announcement, and give you the latest news on the likelihood of domestic football returning to Argentina this year.
No idea what’s going on with Sam’s voice in this one, by the way.
This time on Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by English Dan, Tony and Santi to discuss how preparations are going for the return of the Copa Libertadores next week – in particular at Boca Juniors, whose plans have been somewhat hamstrung by almost the entire first team and a bunch of coaches testing positive for COVID-19. Will Argentine clubs be at a disadvantage due to not having played football in six months? What’s happening to the women’s game in the country? These questions and more are answered here.
In this week’s HOP, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi discuss CONMEBOL’s recent strongarming of the AFA – and, perhaps, the Argentine government – into opening football in Argentina before they wanted to, with the rather sudden announcement that the Copas Libertadores and Sudamericana will be kicking off again later in the year.