Wednesday night saw two big matches in Argentina: Independiente vs San Martín de San Juan, left over from the first round of the Torneo Apertura due to Independiente's pre-season trip to Japan, and Godoy Cruz vs Lanús in the second leg of the Copa Sudamericana qualifiers. The latter finished goalless, sending Godoy through on away... Continue Reading →
In the latest episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and the Dans discuss Denis Stracqualursi, and what Everton fans can expect from him in the Premier League, and an interesting weekend of Torneo Apertura matches which saw the championship finally get going properly. We talk about Ricardo La Volpe's possible return to Banfield (he's since... Continue Reading →
Six Argentine clubs play off against each other this week and next for the right to go into the round of sixteen of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana, thus beginning the new season of continental football. The first two to face one another were Arsenal de Sarandí and Estudiantes, who met on Tuesday night. Having qualified... Continue Reading →
The fifth episode of Hand Of Pod is online now, and you can listen to it right here on the HOP blog. Myself and the Dans discuss the climax of the Torneo Apertura as well as Independiente's Copa Sudamericana win and the local & 'Europe B' national teams. Enjoy.
I would not normally post an update on two competitions in the same post, but I don't normally have the bad fortune to be on an aeroplane when potentially decisive matches are played in both of those competitions. So excuse a rambling goal video post. On Wednesday night, Independiente beat Goiás 3-1 before winning the... Continue Reading →
The fourth episode of Hand Of Pod is online now, less than 24 hours before I return to England. You can listen to myself and the Dans discussing Argentine football over frankly slightly too much Fernet Branca on the HOP blog, or of course on iTunes. Enjoy.
The third episode of Hand Of Pod, featuring myself and the Dans English and Australian, is online now. We discuss Cristian Fabbiani's girth, Martín Palermo's slowness, Juan Sebastián Verón's lack of pace and reveal just how little we know about Goiás, Independiente's opponents in the Copa Sudamericana final. You can listen to it here.
Independiente lost the first leg of the 2010 Copa Sudamericana final on Wednesday night, 2-0 away to Brazilian club Goiás, who in the same week as their semi-final win were relegated from the Brazilian top flight. First half goals from Rafael Moura and Otacílio Neto were enough to give Antonio Mohamed's side a seriously tough... Continue Reading →
Independiente qualified for the final of the 2010 Copa Sudamericana on Thursday night, thanks to a 2-1 home win over defending champions Liga de Quito which, with a 4-4 aggregate draw, saw the Avellaneda side go through on away goals. Facundo Parra put the hosts one up on the night before Juan Manuel Salgueiro equalised... Continue Reading →