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Episode 253: Tragedy in Córdoba, and River join the title race

The two hundred and fifty-third episode of Hand Of Pod features Sam and Andrés, who are joined via Skype by Luke Smith, who’s able to give us a Córdoba-dweller’s perspective on the tragedy that struck Argentine football over the weekend when Belgrano fan Emanuel Balbo was murdered in the stands at half time of the Córdoba… 194 more words

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The Early Sub: "On This Side" MLS, Liga MX and Argentine Primera Division Recap and Analysis

First and foremost, I want to thank you the audience for tuning into this article in particular for it’s the start of my new series, “On This Side.” This series will primarily focus on all the action happening here in the Western Hemisphere and will not feature any analysis from Europe. 1,344 more words

Episode 252: Bye-bye Bauza, Sampaoli next? And a domestic roundup

The two hundred and fifty-second episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Andrés and Peter meet to discuss the AFA’s sacking on Tuesday of Edgardo Bauza as Argentina manager, and who might the next candidate be – with news filtering out shortly after we’d recorded that, as suspected, Jorge Sampaoli is the only serious candidate. 151 more words

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Episode 251: Boca extend their lead, River hit form, and more stuff on Bauza's future

The two hundred and fifty-first episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss a weekend with a fair number of thrillers, including a 4-2 clásico win for Lanús over Banfield, a 3-2 win after being 2-0 and one man down for Racing away to Quilmes, and a controversial 4-3 victory for Tigre at home to San Lorenzo. 182 more words

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Episode 249: Previewing Argentina v Chile, and some league talk

The two hundred and forty-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discuss a week of domestic action which saw Boca Juniors lose for the first time since the opening weekend, San Lorenzo also defeated and an Ignacio Scocco hat trick for Newell’s Old Boys (surprisingly, his first) put the top of the title race back to how it was two weeks ago. 143 more words

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Episode 248: Finally reviewing the first football of 2017

The first weekend of Argentine football this year has finally been played, and in HOP 248 Sam and Andrés are here to go over the main talking points, consider how many teams were affected by a long and hard-to-time-just-right pre-season (nearly all of them) and look at whether this factor also influenced performances in the Copa Libertadores (yes). 150 more words

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Episode 247: Summer madness

What on Earth is going on in the world of Argentine football? The season was supposed to get underway on the second weekend of February and was only finally scheduled at all last week, and now we have some dates and kick off times it’s still not been anything like clear whether this weekend’s matches will even be played. 200 more words

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