Hand Of Pod covers the world of Argentine football, from the domestic league to the national team. Sam Kelly and a rotating cast of friends give weekly updates during the season on what's happening on and off the pitch.
Episode 397: the Copa de la Liga continues
This week's Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Santi review the last few weeks' main talking points in the Copa de la Liga Profesional, including Godoy Cruz's return to their own stadium and a woeful – but controversial – clásico de Avellaneda.
Episode 396: Short and sweet
In this week(end)'s HOP Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi look back on the last couple of weeks of Copa de la Superliga action, including the superclásico of two weeks ago and two matches which saw the winning team hit six goals.
Episode 395: Estudiantes and Colón continue good starts, and Boca host River this weekend
In this week's HOP Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi look back on two more weeks of Copa de la Liga Profesional action which have seen Colón and Estudiantes – who meet on Saturday – continue to impress, with Aldosivi and Central Córdoba (who are playing each other in Mar Del Plata as this episode is uploaded on Friday evening) also intriguing us early on. The big headline-grabber this weekend is the superclásico in the Bombonera, as we eventually remember, so we have a bit of a preview of that too.
Episode 394: Reviewing the first two weeks of the Copa de la Liga
On this week's Hand Of Pod, Sam, Tony and Santi look back on the first two weeks' action in the Copa de la Liga Profesional and three poor showings from Argentina in the SheBelieves Cup, as well as looking forward to the Copa América, which apparently is going to be played this year and may or may not be the first Copa América since 1991 to feature only CONMEBOL member nations.
Episode 393: RIP Santiago García, and previewing the Copa de la Liga 2021
There's sad news this week, as we kick things off with talk of Godoy Cruz striker Santiago García, who died by suicide at the weekend. Afterwards, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Tony preview the Copa de la Liga 2021, which was changed to a cup competition rather than a league championship shortly after we recorded HOP392. We look at the summer transfer activity (such as it's been) of the Big Five and some others, explain the structure of the competition and more.
Episode 392: Reviewing three (and a half) finals
In this week's HOP, Sam, English Dan, Tony and Santi review three finals – the the Copa Diego Maradona, in which Boca Juniors beat Banfield on spot kicks, the women's championship final, in which Boca thrashed River Plate 7-0, and the Copa Sudamericana final, in which Defensa y Justicia claimed their first major trophy (and Hernán Crespo's first as a manager) by beating Lanús 3-0 in Córdoba. We also look at Vélez Sarsfield's 3-1 win over Rosario Central in the participation final of the Copa Maradona, which sets up a playoff against Banfield on Wednesday for a spot in next year's Copa Sudamericana.
Best coverage for Argentine football.
The coverage of the Primera División of Argentina is perfct in this podcast! With in-depth analysis of every team in Argentina these guys provide so much content for fans of every team. It is especially helpful in keeping me tuned in to Argentine football while living in the US.
Interesting view on the world of Argentine football
The guys do a great job of highlighting the wild storylines surrounding the Primera. For example, the latets episode featured talk of : car accidents, referee training, concerts causing issues with the pitch, scheduling and fighting within Racing's barras.
They focus on all results along with the national team and Liberatadores and Copa Sudamerica. Can be a little disorganized at times and can include background sounds of horns honking etc, but adds to the feel of talking about the matches with friedns at a local bar of cafe. Also refreshing that is is not over-produced like a lot of pods about the Premiere Leage.