Oh, hello. It’s been a while, hasn’t it. How are you all?
I’ve been thinking over the last few days about how to better use HEGS (that is to say, how to use it at all), and as with the beginning of every new championship – the Torneo Final 2014 begins at 5pm local time on Friday – I’ll be attempting to restart things here shortly, with a slightly new format. You can still enjoy Hand Of Pod on a weekly basis during the season, of course, and from this week onwards it’ll sound better than ever before, thanks to new recording equipment. To warm you up for the new season, I’ve had a couple of pieces published in the last couple of days, so thought I’d link to them. First, for ESPNFC, a look at why a quiet January transfer window for Argentine clubs is no good for the league’s finances; and secondly, for the Daily Telegraph – for whom I’m serving as Uruguay correspondent in the buildup to the World Cup – a piece on why Argentina’s neighbours across the Río De La Plata have overachieved so spectacularly down the years. Enjoy.