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Copa Sudamericana 2011: Vélez stumble in their semi-final first leg

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Vélez Sarsfield suffered a setback in Quito in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana semi-final, away to LDU Quito. With two goals from Hernán Barcos, the Argentine former Racing  and Huracán striker, Liga won 2-0 at home to set ... Continue reading →

Copa Sudamericana: Vélez win a thriller late on to advance to the semis (video)

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Thursday night was the time for Vélez Sarsfield's quarter-final second leg in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana, and it was a brilliant match. Having drawn the first leg 1-1 away to Santa Fe of Colombia last week, Vélez stormed into a ... Continue reading →

Copa Sudamericana: Independiente go out despite a win (video)

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Defending Copa Sudamericana champions exited the tournament at the hands of 2009 winners Liga de Quito on Wednesday night, winning 1-0 on the night in the Estadio Libertadores de América but losing 2-1 on aggregate by virtue of Liga's 2-0 ... Continue reading →

River Plate hit seven in the Nacional B, Vélez win away in the Sudamericana (video)

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It was inevitable, in spite of a certain lack of cohesion in their play to date, that at some point River Plate were going to click and put in a good team performance, and that their opponents that day were ... Continue reading →

Brazil beat Argentina; Independiente lose in Quito (video)

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In the Superclásico de las Américas, Argentina's domestic national team lost 2-0 to their Brazilian counterparts on Wednesday night in Belém, going down to a 2-0 aggregate loss. Lucas opened the scoring for Brazil, and Vélez Sarsfield defender Emiliano Papa ... Continue reading →

Vélez click into gear to thrash Arsenal in Copa Sudamericana (video)

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Vélez Sarsfield have had a woeful start to the season, by their own high standards, but on Thursday night their engine finally crunched and ground into the gear they'd been looking for, and the result was a 4-0 thrashing of ... Continue reading →

Independiente win with a caretaker boss (video)

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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 ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 31: Everton’s new centre forward, and the Apertura finally takes off

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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 ... Continue reading →

Copa Sudamericana playoffs 2011: Arsenal de Sarandí start well against Estudiantes (video)

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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 ... Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

Libertadores: Vélez out on away goals in semi-final thriller (video)

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Vélez Sarsfield exited the Copa Libertadores on Thursday night in a thrilling match against Uruguayan giants Peñarol, in which the visitors took the lead on the night to go ahead 2-0 on aggregate, and eventually went through on away goals ... Continue reading →

Libertadores: Vélez lose semi first leg in Uruguay

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Vélez Sarsfield suffered their first defeat of their Copa Libertadores knockout stages on Thursday night, losing 1-0 to Uruguayan giants Peñarol in Montevideo's Estadio Centenario. Darío Rodríguez scored the game's only goal on the stroke of half time to complicate ... 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 →

Libertadores: Vélez storm into the semis (video)

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Vélez Sarsfield returned to the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores seventeen years after they last reached that stage on Wednesday night, with a 4-2 away win over Libertad in Asunción, Paraguay. The scoreline meant a 7-2 aggregate victory for Vélez, ... Continue reading →

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

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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 ... 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 →

Libertadores: Vélez through, Estudiantes out (video)

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Thursday night saw Vélez Sarsfield as the last Argentine club standing in the 2011 Copa Libertadores. The Liniers side got a highly impressive 2-0 win away to Liga de Quito to complete a 5-0 aggregate win over the 2008 champions, ... Continue reading →

A love note to the Copa Libertadores

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Those who are already avid readers of world football website In Bed With Maradona will probably have noticed that it's relaunched this week, and I'm pleased to say that relaunch has prompted to contribute something for them again. It's an article ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod Episode 17: Díaz quits San Lorenzo; the new old Messi, and the old old Torres

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In the seventeenth episode of Hand Of Pod, Seba rejoins Sam, Dan and Dan. He's not happy with the way referees have been treating his club, and he's not afraid to make his anger heard, but a little surprisingly it's ... Continue reading →

Libertadores: Vélez put one foot in the quarters (video)

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Vélez Sarsfield put one foot in the quarter-finals of the 2011 Copa Libertadores on Tuesday night with a comfortable 3-0 win over 2008 winners Liga de Quito of Ecuador. Augusto Fernández got Vélez's first two goals in the opening minutes, ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod episode 16: Episode 16: River’s title challenge, Fabbiani’s double, Racing’s clásico win & more

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In the sixteenth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Dan discuss the weekend's footballing action in Argentina, which included a hat trick at La Bombonera from a visiting forward you may never have heard of, a double strike ... Continue reading →

Vélez go top of Clausura, Argentinos out of the Libertadores (video)

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This is around 20 hours late, but last night Vélez Sarsfield went top of the 2011 Torneo Clausura after winning their postponed match against San Lorenzo 2-0 in an empty Bombonera. Goals from Santiago Silva and Augusto Fernández sealed the ... Continue reading →

Libertadores: Independiente win but they & Godoy Cruz both go out (video)

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Both Argentine sides in Group 8 of the 2011 Copa Libertadores exited the competition on Tuesday night, after very different results. Seven-times winners and Copa Sudamericana champions Independiente already all-but out, barring a miracle visited Peñarol in Montevideo, ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 15: Racing full back’s impressive showing & an Avellaneda clásico preview

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In the fifteenth episode of Hand Of Pod Sam, Dan, Dan and Seba discuss what we can only term a startling revelation from Racing full back Iván Pillud. We round up all the salient points from the Torneo Clausura in ... Continue reading →

Episode 14: Boca’s revival, River Plate’s liquid football, & the world’s tightest league?

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In the fourteenth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Dan are once again back on the fernet (after an alcohol-free episode 13), whilst Seba is dry as ever. We discuss the two giants of Argentine football; Boca Juniors, ... Continue reading →

Libertadores: Argentinos lose, but can still hope (video)

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In Mexico City, Argentinos Juniors were on Wednesday night playing in a stadium known (in my opinion fittingly) in Spanish as 'mythical' the Estadio Azteca, the only ground to have hosted two World Cup finals. They were away to ... Continue reading →

Libertadores: 7-times champs all but out after draw (video)

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Independiente, the most successful club in the history of the Copa Libertadores de América, were all but eliminated from this year's Copa on Tuesday night by a 1-1 draw at home to 2008 winners, Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito of ... Continue reading →

Libertadores: Godoy lose again to giants Peñarol (video)

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Uruguayan giants Peñarol beat Godoy Cruz for the second time in their Copa Libertadores group on Wednesday night, 2-1 in Montevideo with goals from Juan Olivera and Andrés Frietas (Peñarol defender Darío Rodríguez's own goal was a temporary equaliser for ... Continue reading →

Libertadores: Estudiantes go through with a draw (video)

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Estudiantes de La Plata travelled to Colombia to take on Deportes Tolima in Group 7 of the 2011 Copa Libertadores on Wednesday night. Federico Fernández gave them the lead midway through the first half, but it didn't last long; Nelson ... Continue reading →

Libertadores: Argentinos lose unbeaten record (video)

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Argentinos Juniors started Tuesday still unbeaten in all competitions in 2011, and were seeking another win in the Copa Libertadores that would have ensured their qualification for the knockout stages with two matches to play. They were at home to ... Continue reading →

Libertadores: Vélez lose, & Godoy beat Independiente (video)

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Three Argentine teams took part in only two matches of the 2011 Copa Libertadores on Thursday night. First up Vélez Sarsfield travelled across the Andes to Santiago de Chile, where they started woefully and, although they recovered in the second ... Continue reading →

Libertadores: Estudiantes win with a quick double (video)

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Estudiantes de La Plata were 1-0 down away to Paraguay's Guaraní in Group 7 of the Copa Libertadores, and bottom of the provisional table at half time of their visit to Asunción. Former Tigre and Racing forward Pablo Caballero had ... Continue reading →

Libertadores: Argentinos go top in group of death (video)

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Argentinos Juniors visited Montevideo on Wednesday night, and with a goal from pint-sized striker Franco Niell, they beat Nacional 1-0 to go top of Group 3, with seven points from three matches. You can see Niell's goal right here. Copa ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod episode 9: relegation-threatened title challengers, & picking a team

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In the ninth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan, Dan and Seba talk about River Plate and Olimpo, the league leaders who are also battling against relegation. The non-Argentines also field a question on how they came to support ... Continue reading →

The Rest

The European Dilemma

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The European Dilemma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The continental football is back again. It's a treat for football lovers all over.

UEFA Champions League, the well to do sibling, attracts huge crowds, revenue and massive European clubs, while the Europa League has been unfairly treated by the governing authority as well as many clubs from the influential leagues.