Episode 205: Boca & Central fight for a domestic double, two managers step down on one day and more

The two hundred and fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and English Dan joined by Tony, a long-time listener and first-time caller. It’s a bumper edition, as we stick our teeth into last Friday’s Copa Argentina semi-finals, which leave Boca Juniors and Rosario Central – the top two in the league – going head to head in the final next Wednesday in Córdoba. San Lorenzo’s Edgardo Bauza and Racing’s Diego Cocca both announced they’ll be leaving their managerial positions at the end of 2015 mere hours before we recorded, and Bauza in particular will surely have the pick of the continent’s clubs. As well as this, we knew before recording that River Plate and Huracán were in the Copa Sudamericana semi-finals (Independiente played after we recorded, and went out), and there’s an Argentina squad to consider as the team prepare to take on Brazil and Colombia without Lionel Messi in two weeks’ time. All this and much more… HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s twenty-ninth round predictions
Godoy Cruz v Colón
Sarmiento v Chicago
Gimnasia v Atl. Rafaela
Belgrano v Estudiantes
Newell’s v Lanús
Racing v Crucero del Norte
Vélez v River
Unión v San Martín
Banfield v Central
Boca v Tigre
San Lorenzo v Temperley
Aldosivi v Independiente
Quilmes v Huracán
Arsenal v Defensa y Justicia
Argentinos v Olimpo

Episode 107: Looking back at a big domestic weekend & forward to a pivotal World Cup qualifying one

In the 107th episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Santi are joined by prodigal son Joel Richards to look back on a weekend of domestic action and look forward to a weekend of both domestic and international matches. Argentinos Juniors’ 2-0 win over River Plate had ramifications for both the relegation table and the title race, and means Independiente could (though it’d be a stretch) be relegated this coming weekend. Newell’s Old Boys missed the chance to pull five points clear, whilst Racing and San Lorenzo are both close to securing Copa Sudamericana places. We also look forward to Argentina’s World Cup qualifying double-header; they’ll play Colombia at home on Friday, and Ecuador away on Tuesday. It’s longer than the last few, but we hope you like it.

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Episode 97: Argentina edge closer to a World Cup place, and back to domestic matters

In the ninety-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Joel are joined (eventually) by Daniel Schweimler, another Englishman in Buenos Aires, who runs the Hand Of Dan blog looking at Argentine society through the prism of life on the terraces of Argentinos Juniors. We discuss Argentina’s impressive World Cup qualifying results (a 3-0 win over Venezuela followed by a 1-1 draw away to Bolivia) in reverse order, before briefly previewing a weekend packed full of clásicos – not least Guest Dan’s Argentinos v All Boys. Listener’s questions range from Argentinos Juniors to, um, Argentina’s senior national team. What variety.

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Episode 96: Huracan FC London, dodgy refereeing, and a World Cup qualifying preview

In the ninety-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Joel are joined by Henry May, founding president and former centre back of Huracan FC London, possibly the world’s most famous London Sunday league side. We discuss All Boys’ 100th anniversary (and their lovely, lovely commemorative shirts), Lanús’ three point lead in the league, Independiente’s ongoing woes and the chances of Unión actually surviving – surely not…? We also discuss some bizarre refereeing decisions, and preview Argentina’s two upcoming World Cup qualifiers, at home to Venezuela on Friday night and away to Bolivia next Tuesday afternoon. And all four us have a go at predicting how those matches will go. (Note: since recording it’s become apparent Oswaldo Vizcarrondo has been upgraded from ‘out for three weeks’ to… perfectly fit to play this Friday. Hmm.)

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Episode 76: Australian Dan says good bye… and some stuff about the national side & league

The seventy-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod is a sad affair, being as it is Australian Dan’s final appearance as a full HOP-er. As well as discussing this momentous event, we also find time for less important things, such as Argentina’s latest World Cup qualifying double-header and last weekend’s league action, which saw none of the top NINE win their matches, and in particular a brilliant 3-3 draw between River Plate and Newell’s Old Boys. We also, of course, have the last ever Mystic Dan. Enjoy.

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Episode 65: Messi leads Argentina to a win, Tigre v San Lorenzo preview and more

The sixty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod is another long one, because we have plenty to discuss. Sam, Dan and Dan are joined by Mariano, a San Lorenzo fan whose Twitter you can find here, to talk about Argentina’s Lionel Messi-inspired 4-0 World Cup Qualifying win over Ecuador on Saturday, how Alejandro Sabella’s doing so far with the national team, and look forward to this weekend’s friendly in New Jersey against Brazil. Then we get onto the real, earth-shaking stuff: previewing Mariano’s team San Lorenzo’s visit on Sunday to Tigre, a huge relegation clash given both sides’ standings in the table. We also look at All Boys midfielder Hugo Barrientos’ drug bust, and the Copa Argentina semi-finals (we’ll preview the final in more detail later on). Enjoy.

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Episode 37: Argentina’s mixed World Cup qualifying start, and a River Plate update

In the thirty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Seba discuss Argentina’s mixed start to World Cup qualifying, which began with a 4-1 thrashing of Chile and continued with a surprise defeat at the hands of Venezuela. What positives can Argentina take from the former, and what lessons can Sabella learn from the latter? As well as that, we give an update on the Copa Argentina – whose qualifying stage has now finished – and, with no Primera action to look back on due to the international break, Sam reviews a brilliant couple of matches for River Plate in the Nacional B, including a 7-1 win. Oh, and we fill in for Aussie Dan by reading out his predictions in dreadful Australian accents at the end.

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