Episode 379: Boca’s COVID-19 outbreak as the Libertadores returns

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.

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Episode 378: CONMEBOL strongarm the AFA

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.

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Episode 316: The River v Boca Copa Libertadores fiasco

It’s not often HOP gets to talk about genuinely the biggest story in world sport of the last week. In episode 316, Sam, Andrés and podcast newcomer Chris take you through the timeline, fallout, mistakes and conspiracy theories surrounding the postponement of the Copa Libertadores final second leg between River Plate and Boca Juniors. We also talk a bit about the Argentine Superliga, to lighten the mood.

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Episode 277: Independiente win the Sudamericana, Boca end the year top of the table

The final episode of Hand Of Pod in 2017 brings together Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Peter to discuss Independiente’s entertaining run to the Copa Sudamericana title, after they beat Flamengo 4-2 on aggregate in an enthralling final which saw its second leg in the Maracanã on Wednesday night. Why they deserved the title, and how Ariel Holan has turned the team around are among the topics for discussion. Will Holan stay? How good is Ezequiel Barco? These questions are also considered. We also have a look at the Superliga weekend which saw Rosario Central beat Newell’s Old Boys in the clásico rosarino, and Boca Juniors claim a win which ensures they end 2017 top of the league. Oh, and River Plate won the Copa Argentina! It’s a lot to cover, and this is an extended episode as a result. Enjoy.

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Episode 275: Libertadores heartbreak for Lanús, with a very special guest

The two hundred and seventy-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and English Dan joined by a very special guest, because Phil Carney – author of the Lanús in English Twitter account – has flown down to Buenos Aires all the way from Manchester for a few days. Unfortunately his first visit to the city wasn’t enough to help Lanús to their first Copa Libertadores title, as they were totally outplayed by Grêmio in Wednesday night’s final second leg; we review that match, and Lanús’ run in the tournament, as well as last weekend’s Superliga matches. A second straight defeat for Boca Juniors and a good run for San Lorenzo means we have a title race, all of a sudden (they’re now tied on points, though Boca have a game in hand, after San Lorenzo wrapped up a victory shortly after we finished recording). And there’s praise for Independiente, who not only beat Racing in the clásico with a reserve team but also advanced to the Copa Sudamericana final in a thrilling second leg on Tuesday night.

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Last week, Mystic Sam again lost to Youssef, 7-4 (with both of us forgetting to predict Estudiantes v Atlético Tucumán, for some reason). This week, Sam takes on Phil – having a real-life listener here in the studio was too good an opportunity to pass up!

Mystic Phil
Unión v Belgrano
Defensa y Justicia v Godoy Cruz
Huracán v Patronato
Argentinos v Temperley
Olimpo v Chacarita
Independiente v Central
Newell’s v Racing
Talleres v Estudiantes
Tigre v San Lorenzo
Boca v Arsenal
Gimnasia v River
Lanús v Vélez
Atlético Tucumán v Colón
San Martín v Banfield

Mystic Sam
Unión v Belgrano
Defensa y Justicia v Godoy Cruz
Huracán v Patronato
Argentinos v Temperley
Olimpo v Chacarita
Independiente v Central
Newell’s v Racing
Talleres v Estudiantes
Tigre v San Lorenzo
Boca v Arsenal
Gimnasia v River
Lanús v Vélez
Atlético Tucumán v Colón
San Martín v Banfield