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An English-language podcast about Argentine football, recorded weekly in Buenos Aires during the season (and very occasionally when the season's not on).

An English-language podcast about Argentine football, recorded weekly in Buenos Aires during the season (and very occasionally when the season's not on).
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Argentina

Description:

An English-language podcast about Argentine football, recorded weekly in Buenos Aires during the season (and very occasionally when the season's not on).

Twitter:

@HandOfPod

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 334: the Copa Superliga is born

4/19/2019
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In the three-hundred-and-thirty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss the first ever weekend of Copa Superliga action, which was ... less than thrilling, it's probably fair to say, although there were a couple of decent matches. We also give you the latest on the women's Primera, and the boys' Under-17 and Under-15 national teams, who've had successes in recent days.

Duration:00:54:03

Episode 333: tidying up the loose ends from the last weekend of the Superliga

4/11/2019
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In the three-hundred-and-thirty-third episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés look back on the final weekend of Superliga action of the season, and tie up the loose ends that were left after Racing's title win a week earlier: who won out in the battle to not get relegated? Which teams prevailed in the struggle to qualify for the Copa Sudamericana? Did Atlético Tucumán get the 13-goal swing (plus close the points gap) they needed to qualify for the Libertadores ahead of River Plate? There's...

Duration:01:06:50

Episode 332: ¡Racing campeón!

4/3/2019
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In the three-hundred-and-thirty-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Andrés look back on a weekend of Superliga action which saw Racing crowned champions of Argentina in spite of late goals for both Tigre and Defensa y Justicia. They also look at what's left in the final weekend of the campaign coming up: the relegation battle, the race to finish in the Copa Sudamericana spots, and whether Boca Junors can leapfrog Defensa to claim second place.

Duration:01:19:47

Episode 331: trying to ignore the negatives, but there are just so many of them

3/28/2019
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In the three-hundred-and-thirty-first episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Andrés and English Dan look back on two woeful friendly performances by Lionel Scaloni's Argentina – a second-ever defeat to Venezuela and a narrow win over Morocco – which did absolutely nothing to breed optimism ahead of the Copa América. We also preview the last two weeks of the Superliga season, with the title run-in and the Copa Sudamericana qualification battle taking centre stage.

Duration:01:20:57

Episode 330: reviewing everything in the league, and previewing the internationals

3/22/2019
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In the three hundred and thirtieth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Andrés and English Dan meet to discuss a weekend of Superliga action which saw the title race and relegation battle become abruptly less tense with two games to go – although the only thing confirmed so far is San Martín de Tucumán's relegation – and to preview the international friendlies of the next few days, which see Lionel Messi return as Argentina face Venezuela and Morocco.

Duration:01:22:30

Episode 329: the title race tightens, and details of the 2020 Copa América

3/15/2019
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In episode three hundred and twenty-nine of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss the title and relegation battles in the Superliga, which have both tightened up considerably with three matches to go, and look at the interesting decision by CONMEBOL to award hosting of the 2020 Copa América (yes, there will be a 2020 Copa América) to Argentina and Colombia.

Duration:01:27:31

Episode 328: Racing's league lead remains at 3 points, and Scaloni welcomes Messi back for Argentina

3/7/2019
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The three-hundred-and-twenty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and English Dan to review a weekend on which the gap at the top remained at three points, with Racing and Defensa y Justicia the only realistic title hopefuls (and likely to be the only ones with even a mathematical chance by the end of the coming round). We also look back on Tuesday's Copa Libertadores matches involving Argentine sides, and consider Lionel Scaloni's Argentina squad – which was named after...

Duration:01:11:21

Episode 327: Racing go three points clear thanks to Defensa y Justicia's finishing problem

2/28/2019
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In three hundred and twenty seventh episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and Andy Jacobs of TalkSPORT's Hawksbee and Jacobs to discuss a weekend which saw Racing pull three points clear at the top of the Superliga thanks to a 3-1 victory away to Independiente in the clásico de Avellaneda and Defensa's defeat the following day to Boca Juniors in spite of dominating the match – which is becoming a familiar story.

Duration:01:13:17

Episode 326: Still neck and neck at the top, and previewing the Avellaneda clásico

2/22/2019
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In the three hundred and twenty-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss an interesting weekend of action which saw Tigre win their first game under Néstor Gorosito, and victories for both of the top two (Racing and Defensa y Justicia), who remain neck and neck with six games to go and that tantalising clash between them in the Cilindro on the final weekend. River were held and Boca Juniors won and then lost, and we announce the lucky winner of the six-month free...

Duration:01:17:54

Episode 325: Quintero scores a stunner, Defensa go joint top, and welcoming our new sponsors

2/15/2019
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In the three hundred and twenty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Andrés, Tony and English Dan have some exciting news: HOP is now sponsored by Fanatiz, and as well offering HOP listener 20% off their first three months with the code 'hopfz' if you go to www.fntz.co/hop, they're also giving you the chance to win a six-month subscription entirely free! One lucky listener will win the prize, but you'll have to listen to the episode to find out how. We look back on a weekend which saw River...

Duration:01:24:53

Episode 324: a low-scoring weekend, and Argentina's Sudamericano Sub 20 progress

2/7/2019
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The three hundred and twenty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by English Dan, Andrés and Tony to discuss a low-scoring weekend of Superliga action in which the title race remained much the same (Racing and Defensa y Justicia both won), Saturday was about as exciting as we told you last week it was going to be, and Patronato got their second win in a row (and fourth of the season). We also discuss Argentina's Sudamericano Sub 20 performances, and answer listeners' questions.

Duration:01:22:33

Episode 323: Racing maintain their lead, Argentina U20s progress, and Almirón to Newcastle

1/31/2019
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In the three hundred and twenty-third episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Andrés are joined by Jon Arnold, who tells us a bit about his impressions of football in Argentina and Uruguay during his holiday. We discuss the first full weekend of Superliga action in 2019, which saw Racing maintain their three-point lead over Defensa y Justicia at the top, and River lose yet again. And we have a few words on new Newcastle United record signing Miguel Almirón, who we saw during his time at Lanús...

Duration:01:18:32

Episode 322: the Superliga is back, Emiliano Sala, and Argentina's women want professionalism

1/24/2019
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The three hundred and twenty-second episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by English Dan, Andrés and Tony to look back on the first two Superliga matches of 2019, as River Plate lost at home to Defensa y Justicia and ten-man San Lorenzo ground out a 0-0 draw at home to Huracán. We have a few words on Emiliano Sala after the news that his aircraft disappeared on Monday night, and discuss a developing disagreement between clubs, league and players in the Argentine women's game which has seen...

Duration:01:04:16

Episode 321: Marcelo Bielsa and the philosophy of ethics

1/18/2019
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There's not much actual football to discuss on this week's Hand Of Pod, but episode 321 sees Sam, Andrés and Tony run the rule over Marcelo Bielsa's hilarious/heinous (delete as you see fit) headline-grabbing in the English Championship, as well as a bit more transfer talk with Boca Juniors captain Pablo Pérez on his way to Independiente.

Duration:00:58:01

Episode 320: Summer transfers, the Sudamericano Sub 20, and Messi's return?

1/11/2019
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Hand Of Pod is back for 2019, and in episode 320 Sam is joined by English Dan, Andrés, Tony and Mariano to review ... well, no football at all, obviously. But we do have talk of some of the early moves in the transfer window, including the shocking news of Luis Rodríguez's move from Atlético Tucumán to Colón (Colón!), as well as discussion of the possibility of Lionel Messi returning for Argentina, and a look at Argentina's squad for the upcoming Sudamericano Sub 20.

Duration:01:12:28

Episode 319: Where next for River and Boca?

12/21/2018
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In the final HOP episode of 2018, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Tony look back on River Plate's Club World Cup semi-final failure, before taking a look at what lies ahead for River and defeated Copa Libertadores finalists Boca Juniors in the summer break. We also discuss the 2019 Copa Libertadores group stage draw, and the first round of the Copa Sudamericana. Merry Christmas or the holiday greeting of your choice to all our listeners, and we'll see you again in 2019!

Duration:01:27:38

Episode 318: River lift the Libertadores, and Racing take a healthy lead into the summer

12/14/2018
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In the three hundred and eighteenth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Tony, Andrés and English Dan meet to review what turned out – for all the controversy and sadness surrounding the match – to be an entertaining Copa Libertadores final second leg, which culminated in River Plate being crowned champions of South America for the fourth time after beating Boca Juniors in extra time. We also review the final weekend of Superliga action of 2018, which sees Racing very much in the driving seat as the...

Duration:01:27:10

Episode 317: Racing open up a gap at the top, and the Libertadores final second leg awaits

12/6/2018
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In the three hundred and seventeenth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés discuss a weekend of action which saw a five-goal thriller in the Tucumán clásico that helped Racing open up a five-point lead at the top of the Superliga going into the last weekend before the summer break. We also preview the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors – again ...

Duration:01:09:25

Episode 316: The River v Boca Copa Libertadores fiasco

11/29/2018
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It's not often HOP gets to talk about genuinely the biggest story in world sport of the last week. In HOP316, 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.

Duration:01:34:38

Episode 315: The superclásico Copa Libertadores final preview

11/23/2018
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Well, this is quite a way to return from our month-and-a-half-long hiatus. On Saturday, River Plate will host Boca Juniors in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final; the biggest match in the history of Argentine – and probably South American – club football history. In episode 315 of Hand Of Pod, Sam and English Dan look back on the semis and the first leg of the final, before previewing the superclásico to end all superclásicos.

Duration:01:05:27