2011 Torneo Clausura

Argentine league

Hand Of Pod end of season review with special guest Tim Vickery

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The end of season special of Hand Of Pod is an epic an hour and three quarters for which I apologise, but there's good reason: South American football broadcasting legend Tim Vickery was talking to us in person over ... Continue reading →

Bad luck, or karma? River Plate relegated for the first time in their history

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Sunday afternoon was bright and sunny in Buenos Aires, but there's a metaphorical black cloud hanging over the Estadio Monumental as, against what everyone expected back at the start of the Apertura, the unthinkable has actually come to pass: River ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 25: The River Plate relegation playoff special

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There's only one topic for this week's Hand Of Pod, and we make no apologies for that. Dan, Dan, Seba and River fan Sam try to make some sense of what none of us quite thought would come to pass: ... Continue reading →

Argentine relegation 2011: Huracán down & River hang by a thread (video)

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Wednesday saw two key clashes in the relegation struggle in Argentina's Primera División. First, in La Bombonera, Huracán and Gimnasia La Plata faced off in a one-match, winner-takes-all (or rather, loser-gets-nothing) tie-breaker to decide who was relegated and who gets ... Continue reading →

River travel to Córdoba, and the goals & scores from Sunday (video)

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Monday saw River Plate's squad travel to Córdoba for the first leg of their relegation playoff against Belgrano de Córdoba. River will be without Diego Buonanotte, who was given a plaque by president Daniel Passarella before Saturday's game in what ... Continue reading →

Clausura: River Plate’s catastrophy, Independiente’s romp & more: Saturday’s goals

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Saturday's goals from the 2011 Torneo Clausura are online now, including Godoy Cruz's 1-0 win over All Boys in the day's late game. There were seventeen goals in all over the six matches played, and if you're not sure where ... Continue reading →

River in the relegation playoff as Olimpo send Quilmes down

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A dramatic afternoon's action in the Primera División has left Quilmes relegated, Gimnasia La Plata and Huracán having to play a tie-breaker to decide who goes down and who gets a crack at the relegation playoff, and River Plate in ... Continue reading →

Clausura 2011: round 19 fixtures (relegation D-Day looms)

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The final round of the 2011 Torneo Clausura is upon us in Argentina, and with it an historic day. Never before since the short championships were introduced in 1992 have we gone into the final day without a single one ... Continue reading →

Clausura 2011: round 19 fixtures (relegation D-Day looms)

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The final round of the 2011 Torneo Clausura is upon us in Argentina, and with it an historic day. Never before since the short championships were introduced in 1992 have we gone into the final day without a single one ... Continue reading →

Grondona wades in on relegation fight as Quilmes & Olimpo managers get angry

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If Saturday wasn't already going to be a maddening enough day for fans of all the clubs involved in the relegation dogfight in Argentina, events on Friday made sure it would become just a little more nail-biting for fans of ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 24: Vélez’s title, the relegation run-in… & Palermo’s retirement

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In the 24th episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Dan discuss Vélez's title win on Sunday, and offer their commiserations to Lanús. Sam gives an impromptu history lesson about Alumni, the first side to dominate the Argentine top ... Continue reading →

Clausura: Godoy Cruz come from two down to beat Racing (video)

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The eighteenth and penultimate round of the 2011 Torneo Clausura ended on Monday night with Racing storming into a 2-0 lead courtesy of two goals from the Clausura's new top goalscorer Teófilo Gutiérrez (his first came after just 43 seconds), ... Continue reading →

Clausura 2011: Palermo leaves La Bombonera, and ¡Vélez campeón! (Video)

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A dramatic weekend's action ended in Argentina with Martín Palermo's final match at La Bombonera as Boca Juniors drew 1-1 with Banfield, but although that got more of the headlines and TV coverage, Vélez Sarsfield are the biggest winners of ... Continue reading →

Torneo Clausura 2011: round 18 fixtures

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The penultimate weekend of the 2011 Torneo Clausura will probably see a few issues resolved with the relegation dogfight as mentioned yesterday, a number of sides can, if the results go the right way, escape the thread of the ... Continue reading →

Survival in the Primera: who needs what, and how relegation works

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With two matches remaining of the 2011 Torneo Clausura, there are six clubs currently fighting to avoid the upper of the two relegation playoff spots in the notorious Promedio, Argentina's three-season-long, points-average table which is used to decide which sides ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 23: Gambling, prostitution and language learning

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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 ... Continue reading →

Clausura: Vélez top with Lanús close behind after a riveting evening

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Argentinos Juniors and Estudiantes de La Plata played out a dull 0-0 draw in La Paternal on Monday evening, but the best entertainment of the night was, fittingly, to come later, when all of the top three were in action ... Continue reading →

Clausura: River miss a chance to pull clear, Palermo scores as Boca draw (video)

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Sunday's Torneo Clausura matches saw Martín Palermo draw level with San Lorenzo legend José Sanfilippo as joint fifth highest scorer in Argentine league history, with 227 league goals (he'll need four in his final two games if he's going to ... Continue reading →

Clausura: Banfield beat All Boys, and trouble in Rosario (video)

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Saturday's two games in the Torneo Clausura turned into only one game, thanks to a firefight outside Newell's Old Boys' ground in Rosario which left one policeman wounded. The gunfight was between members of Newell's barra brava, and it's not ... Continue reading →

Clausura 2011: round 17 fixtures

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This weekend, no issues can be resolved, but a lot might become a little clearer. Two of the title-chasers meet on Monday, when Vélez Sarsfield, licking their wounds from their Copa Libertadores semi-final elimination, host Godoy Cruz. Gimnasia and Racing ... Continue reading →

Clausura: River still in trouble, Vélez slip up (video)

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The weekend's games in the 2011 Torneo Clausura have left things very tight at the top of the Clausura table, thanks to Tigre's home victory over league leaders Vélez Sarsfield. Vélez rested a lot of their first-choice players ahead of ... Continue reading →

Torneo Clausura 2011: round 16 fixtures

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A key weekend in the relegation battle in the Primera arrives. No matches were played on Friday evening, but Sunday sees a critical clash, as River Plate visit Bahía Blanca to take on one of the title challengers and ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 21: Maradona madness, poor refs & Arsenal’s transfer target

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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 ... Continue reading →

Clausura: Carrizo blunders & River Plate stumble again; Vélez win; Boca draw (video)

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For the second match in a row, River Plate goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo made a howler to blow his side's chance of a win, making a complete hash of pushing a seemingly harmless long-range shot over the crossbar to gift ... Continue reading →

Clausura: Olimpo & Independiente wins pile pressure onto River Plate (video)

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Saturday's games in the 2011 Torneo Clausura saw relegation-threatened pair Olimpo and Independiente both win their matches. Olimpo's win over Argentinos Juniors, in particular, shifts the pressure to one of Argentina's giants, River Plate, who go into Sunday's clásico against San ... Continue reading →

Argentina’s refereeing controversy continues as Godoy Cruz only draw (video)

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Friday evening's games in the 2011 Torneo Clausura saw the recent brouhaha over refereeing standards in Argentina deepen. Godoy Cruz were playing away to Banfield and needed a win to keep up the pressure on league leaders Vélez Sarsfield. They ... Continue reading →

Torneo Clausura 2011: round 15 fixtures

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This weekend brings another clásico for River Plate, who take on San Lorenzo on Sunday in the Monumental. Boca Juniors, flush from the success of last Sunday's superclásico win, travel to Sarandí to take on Arsenal. An English club of that name ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 20: superclásico review, Maradona’s new job & more

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For the 20th episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan, Dan and Seba welcome special guest Asli Pelit to the show. Asli's a Turkish TV presenter who was at La Bombonera to see Boca Juniors beat River Plate 2-0 in ... Continue reading →

Clausura: Boca see off River, & Lanús peg back Vélez (video)

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Sunday's biggest match in Argentina saw Martín Palermo a goal from a brilliant header in his final superclásico, and Boca Juniors win 2-0 aided by an uncharacteristic error from River Plate goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo in La Bombonera. Sunday's most ... Continue reading →

Boca Juniors vs River Plate: Live updates via Twitter

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The 2011 Torneo Clausura superclásico is almost upon us. Long-term HEGS readers will be aware I normally do a live update post here during the game. This time, though, I'm changing things slightly. Posting to the blog is more time-consuming and means ... Continue reading →

Boca Juniors vs River Plate: how to watch, & who to watch

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The 2011 Torneo Clausura edition of one of the world's biggest football derbies kicks off in an hour and a bit, with River Plate traveling south to La Bombonera to take on Boca Juniors in the superclásico. Boca have been ... Continue reading →

Clausura: Racing win again, All Boys get another lift (video)

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Racing Club won for the second match in a row to put their recent bad form well and truly behind them on Saturday, with Teófilo Gutiérrez bagging a double in a 3-0 win over Newell's Old Boys in Avellaneda. Gimnasia ... Continue reading →

Torneo Clausura: round 14 fixtures

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The fourteenth round of the the 2011 Torneo Clausura has arrived, and that, of course, means it's superclásico time. Don't forget the Hand Of Pod preview episode. There are nine other games taking place this weekend though or rather ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod: special superclásico preview podcast

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In the nineteenth episode of Hand Of Pod, me, Dan, Seba and Dan greet a couple of special guests to preview this Sunday's superclásico in La Bombonera. Samuel (no, not Sam) is our tamed River Plate fan, and the four ... Continue reading →

Clausura: Vélez extend their lead (video)

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Vélez Sarsfield extended their lead in the Torneo Clausura to four points over second-placed Godoy Cruz on Monday night with a comfortable 2-0 win over Banfield in Liniers. With the first team recovering from last Thursday's high-altitude long-distance trip to ... Continue reading →

Clausura: River slip up & Boca win in superclásico warm-ups

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One week to the day before they meet in La Bombonera in the first competitive superclásico of the year, River Plate and Boca Juniors had very different weekends in the 2011 Torneo Clausura. River, needing a win to keep up the ... Continue reading →

Clausura: Godoy Cruz recover, Tigre thump Colón (video)

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Godoy Cruz recovered from their 4-1 mauling at the hands of Arsenal de Sarandí last weekend by beating Newell's Old Boys 3-1 in Rosario on Friday night to move back into contention in the Torneo Clausura. On Saturday, Quilmes failed ... Continue reading →

Torneo Clausura 2011: round 13 fixtures

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This weekend sees one clásico on the menu, as San Lorenzo visit Avellaneda to take on Independiente on Sunday evening. Arsenal de Sarandí host Racing in a game only the home fans will be thinking of as a clásico, and Newell's ... Continue reading →

Boca & Independiente draw a blank, and Lanús go fifth (video)

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Monday evening's matches in the 2011 Torneo Clausura ended with Lanús fifth in the table, and Boca Juniors and Independiente getting a 1-1 draw in La Bombonera that won't really satisfy either team. Martín Palermo scored for Boca and youngster ... Continue reading →