Copa Libertadores 2013: the Argentine competitors and their group stage chances

Tonight, the 2013 edition of the Copa Libertadores de América gets started in earnest; the qualifying rounds are now over, and the group stage gets underway. Four of the five Argentine sides involved will play matches in the competition this week, with Tigre's group stage debut held over to next week due to their final... Continue Reading →

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In the ninetieth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Joel preview the 2013 Torneo Final, which kicks off with Unión hosting Arsenal de Sarandí on Friday evening. We discuss Fernando Gago's move to Vélez Sarsfield - easily the most spectacular signing of the summer - and what Vélez's chances are of retaining their... Continue Reading →

As Vélez Sarsfield and Boca Juniors fans won't have failed to notice, last week saw the conclusions of the ties in the 2012 Copa Libertadores quarter-finals. There were mixed fortunes for Argentina's two remaining sides; Vélez went out on penalties to holders Santos after a heroically backs-to-the-wall performance in Brazil saw them surrender their first... Continue Reading →

In the 23rd episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan, Seba and Dan return to guide our listeners into the closing rounds of the Torneo Clausura. We cover the Nigeria v Argentina match last week which is being investigated by FIFA, Sam suggests Daniel Passarella might like to sell his body to help fund River... Continue Reading →

We had difficulty shutting up this week. A full 45 minutes of actually quite good stuff (if we say so ourselves) was cut, and the podcast still comes in at over an hour. Diego Maradona is the focus of much of the early part, his ongoing wars of words with AFA president Julio Grondona and... Continue Reading →

Copa Libertadores: Vélez take a step towards the semis (video)

Vélez Sarsfield weren't allowed to play the home leg of their Copa Libertadores quarter-final in the Estadio José Amalfitani on Thursday, owing to incidents involving pyrotechnics during Monday's Primera División match against Banfield, and as a result they played in an unimpressively-populated Bombonera against Libertad of Paraguay. The visitors were expected to offer stiff resistance,... Continue Reading →

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