Free podcast: The South American Football Show

 

Welcome to The South American Football Show in association with The Independent.

In this podcast, presented by Tim Sturtridge and Alejandro Pérez, we bring you all the latest football news, views and opinions from around South America. Featuring guests from across the continent this is the perfect place to get your fix of South American football, whether your interest is new or you happen to be an aficionado of the Latin game.

Find the latest episode of The South American Football Show below, or alternatively you can download it or subscribe for free on iTunes, simply by clicking here.



2011, Episode 24 (7 November): Join Ale & Tim as they meddle around the issues surrounding World Cup qualification in South America. The fearless expedition takes them from Argentina to Venezuela as we discuss who will be heading to Brazil one of these days in the near future. Please forgive the occasional echoes...

 

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2011, Episode 23 (23 August): With Argentina gripped by election fever El Show goes on the campaign trail. Tune in for a real ballot box to ballot box performance from the hosts as they debate all the big issues. South America has once again voted with their feet, here we go again...



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2011, Episode 22 (11 August): Just when you thought it was safe to return to the streets El Show once again rears it's ugly mug. That means Tevez is back along with lashings of violence, crack and even a little football chat. If you listen closely there could even be some free cash buried away for you somewhere. Backing, sacking and cracking, here we go again...



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Copa America Special, Episode 13 (25 July): Los hosts have a last sip of the Copa América as they take on the final at "El Monumental". A Celeste-painted party from Núñez, to Obelisco, from Buenos Aires to Montevideo, from Montevideo to all three million happy hearts! Here we go again... for the grand closing of July 2011's Americasts.



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Copa America Special, Episode 12 (22 July): Tempers flare as el Show gets caught up in the post-match brawl between Venezuela and Paraguay. Tune in for your blow-by-blow account plus a recap of all the semi-final action in the 2011 Copa America. Here we go again...



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Copa America Special, Episode 11 (18 July): It's shocks away in the 2011 Copa America and el Show is all over the action. The hosts were in place to see Colombia and Chile fall while the antics of Argentina and Brazil also come under the spotlight. The Copa America is on its head, listen to el Show, try to make some sense out of what is going on out there. Here we go again...



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Copa America Special, Episode 10 (14 July): A breathless conclusion in Group B of the Copa America saw 12 goals spread over two games. El Hosts were on the scene in Cordoba to see Brazil shift through the gears to beat Ecuador. The action is put through the blender and sits ready to be poured down your ears. Come join us in Argentina, here we go again...



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Copa America Special, Episode 9 (13 July): El Show soaks up the conclusion of Group C and spits the action right back out in easily digestible bite-size chunks. Get on it! Tevez also joins us for another question plus paf.com's bets of the day are laid on the table. Here we go again...



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Copa America Special, Episode 8 (12 July): El Show was on the scene in the Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes to see Argentina finally get their Copa America act together. It all got too Messi for Costa Rica as Argentina turned on the style and sent their guests back to the tropics. The hosts' win is dissected, Carlos Tevez pops up with another “very difficult” question and the paf.com bets of the day are dealt out. Here we go again…



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Copa America Special, Episode 7 (11 July): El Show is back after a packed weekend of Copa America action. All the games pass under the microscope, Carlitos passes out another 'very difficult' question and a brand new feature is unveiled. The business end of the group stage is upon us.



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Copa America Special, Episode 6 (8 July): What better way to spend a day stranded in Santa Fe than convalescing with the Colombian camp. El Show takes in a training session with the Group A leaders and catches up with El Cole, the Colombian birdman. Tevez pops up with another "very difficult" question before we look back on a cracking contest between Costa Rica and Bolivia. There will be buzz, here we go again...



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Copa America Special, Episode 5 (7 July): COLOMBIA!!! COLOMBIA!!! El show was in prime position to come direct from Colombia´s draw with hosts Argentina. The Beast is buzzing is this edition that takes in the game as well as a look around the stadium of Santa Fe's other Primera A team. Carlitos even manages to raise his spirits long enough to fire off another question, at least he did something right last night! Here we go again...



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Copa America Special, Episode 4 (6 July): It all got very messy on el Show's first day on the road. The hosts waded into a kick about on the pitch Lionel Messi first stroked the leather and then had a look around his old neighbourhood. Listen in for a guided tour of the Rosario's south side. After finding out more about the inception of la Pulga we headed off to watch the Argentina team train ahead of the Group A clash with Colombia. As well as a preview of Wednesday night's game we have Messi's international strike partner popping up with another "very difficult" question. Here we go again...



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Copa America Special, Episode 3 (5 July): El show takes a look back on the Group C double header that saw Uruguay take on Peru and Chile play Mexico. With bags more incidents and individuals to comment on, the hosts run down the games before inviting back Tevez for another "very difficult" question. The 2011 Copa America is shaping up to be a classic, don't miss a kick with your daily dose of el Show. Here we go again...



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Copa America Special, Episode 2 (4 July): With Argentina agitated and Brazil bothered it’s time for el Show to look back on the opening weekend of the 2011 Copa America. Ramiro Sanchez of Radio Panamericana provides the angle from Bolivia while Marcos Lavieri is sweating in Sao Paulo. All the action is signed, sealed and delivered, plus Carlitos Tevez fires off another question for the listeners. Here we go again…



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Copa America Special, Episode 1 (1 July): Welcome one and all to the first of el Show's daily podcasts direct from the 2011 Copa America. We kick things off by interviewing two-time Copa America winner Diego of Wolfsburg and in the Brazilians honour select our teams from the best players who missed out on a place in Argentina. Also in the mix is the latest news from each of the 12 teams, a preview the curtain raiser between Argentina and Bolivia and a special word from Carlos Tevez. Here we go again...



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2011, Episode 21 (22 June): The last but by no means least in el Show's series of Copa America preview podcasts sees the host nation coming in for the full treatment. Argentina's best loved sports writer, Ezequiel Fernández Moores from La Nacion, is on board to share his views and Carlitos Tevez is feeling good to be back as he fires off yet another question for the listeners. For those of you who have joined us over the past dozen weeks we salute you, now it's time to reach for the fernet and stick a slice of prime rib on the parrilla. Vamos, vamos Argentina, vamos, vamos a ganar!



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2011, Episode 20 (14 June): It's all about A Seleção for this week's Copa America special as we move our feet to the beat of football in Brazil. Marcos 'The Sage of Sao Paulo' Lavieri gives us his candid views on football in his country and our Copa Libertadores final preview is balanced out by Sebastian Giovanelli from Uruguay's Canal 20. Pour out the cachaça and let the jogo bonito begin. It's just like listening to Brazil, here we go again...



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2011, Episode 19 (7 June): Mexico's El Tri comes into sharp focus this week as we get to grips with the nation ahead of their trip to the 2011 Copa America. No stone is left unturned as we welcome on Carlos Contreras Legaspi, editor of La Aficion, to talk about a jam packed couple of months of football for Mexico's national teams. Help yourself to tacos, enchiladas, mole and pico de gallo, enjoy the mariachi band and let your mind drift off to Mexico. Here we go again...



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2011, Episode 18 (1 June): We're well out of the comfort zone this week as we cross the Panama Canal and hit the tropical shores of Costa Rica. Expert opinion on La Sele is supplied by Claudio Villalobos of Ticodeporte and also Diego Brenes from Costa Rica’s Canal 7. The Pura Vida continues throughout el show so shake out a little soca, shimmy to the salsa, bogle to the bachata, mince to the merengue and cavort to the cumbia. Don’t fight it people, this is peace loving Costa Rica, here we go again...



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2011, Episode 17 (24 May): The marching powder is served as el Show comes up to the heights of Bolivia for the latest instalment in our series of Copa America specials. The first ever Bolivian to grace the English Premier League, Jamie Moreno is on the show giving us his take on football on both sides of the pond and Ramiro Sanchez from Radio Panamericana in La Paz is back to offer his opinons on la Verde ahead of the Copa America. The nosebleeds are in check as we tackle the altitude and fully bolivianize the show, for one week only we're all Rock n Bol' stars! Blooming at the right time, here we go again...



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2011, Episode 16 (17 May): The latest stop on el show's tour of South America and beyond sees the hosts tackling la costa caribe. Just as Venezuela's esteemed leader likes to upset the apple cart on the global stage, we find out how his national football team are doing their best to take a coca leaf out of his book. Along for the ride is Venezuela's number one fan, Jorge Pulido of Planetavinotinto Radio, plus Laureano Gonzalez, vice-president of the Venezuelan Football Federation. It's harps and hayacas all the way folks, V for Venezuelan victory, here go again...



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2011, Episode 15 (11 May): Rohayhu Paraguay! El Show has reached the midpoint of our Copa America merry-go-round and there’s no better place to be than Paraguay, right in the heart of the Americas. Roque Santa Cruz is on the show giving us his impressions of international and domestic matters and Marcos 'OSage' Lavieri joins us for a Copa Libertadores last 16 post-mortum. This celebration of Paraguayan football was timed to coincide with the nation’s bicentennial anniversary of independence. The Guaraní state of mind is indeed a Roque road, here we go again...



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2011, Episode 14 (4 May): Time to wake up and smell the coffee on El Show as we unveil our Colombian Special. We're all over to Ale's place in Bogota for a full investigation into the bittersweet history of football in Colombia. To help us in our quest we hear from Alexis Garcia, one time Copa Libertadores and current head coach of La Equidad. Pour out the lulo juice, crank up the porro music, the ajiaco, frijoles and sancocho soup is served. Plus there’s a side order of football, here we go again!



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2011, bonus episode (28 April): El show has retraced its steps and re-entered Uruguay's atmosphere for this pocket sized podcast. Putting out our Uruguay Special without expert opinion from inside the bowels of the country was remiss of us in the extreme. That's why we now bring you top Uruguayan pundit Diego Munoz; he's talking Tabarez, Forlan, Suarez and everything else connected to La Celeste. Get out your thermos flask and your mate once more, here we go again, again...



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2011, Episode 13 (26 April): Come out of the cold and embrace Chile with El Show's La Roja Special. We'll be getting to grips with footballing matters between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean in the company of top Chilean pundit Pablo Lonza. Is there life after Bielsa? What next for Alexis Sanchez? We have the answers. Also in on the act is Marcos Lavieri with a run down of the silverware up for grabs in Brazil. We're on the attack in the Atacama, here we go again...



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2011, Episode 12 (21 April): The third installment of our series of Copa America specials finds El Show washed up on the Atlantic coast, saying hello to the little country with a big heart and even bigger huevos. Two-time World Cup winners Uruguay, come into focus, so we will be filling our flask and sipping our mate as we discover what makes Uruguayan football tick, retracing the glory days of old bringing the present to the team. Here we go again...



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2011, Episode 11 (12 April): El Show throws open the Ecua-doors of perception as we once again make a pacific coast stop-off as part of our season of Copa America specials. With a size ten Puma King in both hemispheres we tackle football in Ecuador with the help of some star guests straight out of the top Ecua-draw. From the rough ground of Valle del Chota to the golden sands of Montañita, el show embarks on a monumental Ecua-tour. Aided as ever by Carlitos' Question, Song from the Throng and Only in South America in addition to Dios, Patria y Libertad. Here we go again...



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2011, Episode 10 (5 April): To kick-off a 12 part series of Copa America Specials, El Show takes a trip to Peru and examines the state of play in the land of the Inca Empire. Nobby Solano drops in for a chat and top Peruvian pundit Eddie 'The Lion of Lima' Fleischman is also onboard to share his views. Features such as Only in South America, Crack of the Week and Song from the Throng all carry the strong flavour of cerviche. Even Carlos Tevez is in on act as he raises a pisco sour to the listeners for this week's 'very difficult' question. Quite simply the greatest thing to emerge from Peru since Paddington Bear, El Show's Copa America Special, here we go again...



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2011, Episode 9 (29 March): While speeding along the duel carriageway of international and club football El Show manages to pick up some interesting characters on the way. Portuguese international Hugo Almeida buckles up as we take a spin over to the old continent to discuss playing against Chile's La Roja, playing for the Special One and playing amongst Turkish Delight. The tank is bled dry with Terrace Talk, Only in South America, Carlitos’ Question and Song From the Throng as we prepare to unleash our new 'Copa America Special' model next week. The keys are in the ignition, here we go again...



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2011, Episode 8 (23 March): Are you ready to embark on a journey through the nine circles of South American football suffering? El Show takes you a pilgrimage to footballing heaven and hell in the company of the supreme poet of Brazil and the Bundesliga. Our divine comedy tackles escalating violence on and off the pitch in Argentina and races against the clock in Brazil with Marcos ‘O Sage’ Lavieri. Carlitos Tevez plays gatekeeper to those wishing to fan the flames while this week’s portion of crack provides some welcome relief. Dare you enter the inferno? Here we go again...



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2011, Episode 7 (17 March): El Show continues to bring you names from football's deep end, featured on this week's podcast is a recently retired player who played in four World Cups. Tune in to find out who is the latest big fish to be hooked by the hosts. Also in the pond this week is Marcos 'O Sage of Sao Paulo' Lavieri to top and tail the most pressing issues in Brazil. Lurking in the reeds is Peruvian football's answer to Charlie Sheen, Carlos Tevez comes up for air with another "very difficult" question and a Song from the Throng also surfaces from the terraces of Buenos Aires. The muddied waters of South America have been purified and we're waiting for you to quench your footballing thirst. Here we go again...



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2011, Episode 6 (8 March): El Show gets into full Carnival mode to bring you all the best news and views concerning South American football. Two-time Copa America winner Diego of Wolfsburg plays a blinder in the big interview as he talks Steve McClaren and give us his thoughts on the Premier League. Also on the show this week we hear the story of Huracan FC London and also get the latest on the wild man of Colombian football. The round-up is ready to tell you who's up and who's down in the leagues, Carlitos keeps his inquiries running and Grêmio's throng share a song. Here we go again...



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2011, Episode 5 (2 March): Carnival season is upon us and what better way to get in the mood than with our festival of South American football. Stop press! Brazilian international right-back Rafinha is on the show talking up a move to the English Premier League. We're not reporting the news, we're making it! Brazil is also represented by Marcos 'O Sage' Lavieri who makes sense of the samba beat on our behalf. We also hear how an owl caused a riot at a football ground in Colombia in the latest Only In South America casefile. Tossed in the mix is also another of Carlitos' Questions, a comprehensive round-up of domestic and international action and a derby day Song from the Throng. Here we go again...



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2011, Episode 4 (24 February): Argentina comes into sharp focus as we welcome on el diez del diario, Ezequiel Fernández Moores, for a specially extended interview to cover league, cup and international action. An early spring harvest of a show also features a Grêmio fan's take on Ronaldinho's move back while Carlitos Tevez pops up with yet another of his 'very difficult' questions. A tour around the leagues brings us up to date with the action and also squeezed into the mix is another Only In South America casefile plus the Song from the Throng choir belt out another tune. We really enjoyed making this one, we hope you enjoy it just as much. Here we go again...



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2011, Episode 3 (16 February): Even with the big Brazilian hanging up his boots we still found room on the show for a top to bottom look at football in South America. Respect is paid to Ronaldo but there's simply too much going on to get stuck in the past. The Lion of Lima, Eddie Fleischman, is on to tell us about the South American under-20 Championships which just wrapped up in his backyard. Also in the mix is anything and everything which caught our eye in the past week, the regular features such as a translated Song from the Throng plus the story of a professional footballer with Aids. Here we go again...



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2011, Episode 2 (9 February): International friendlies are on the menu as the football action catches fire in South America. Copa Libertadores and local leagues are kicking off and we give special attention to Colombia in this week's edition. Juan Felipe Mejia from the Colombian Football Federation joins the hosts in discussing the upcoming FIFA under-20 World Cup. Carlitos' question gets interactive, Song from the Throng turns into Jukebox from the Throng, and Terrace Talk will inevitably broaden your mind. Tolimination? Not for us, here we go again!



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2011, Episode 1 (2 February): With the Copa Libertadores and the South American under-20 Championship in full swing we could delay no longer so here is a fresh slice of the show. All the big topics are covered, such as Ronaldinho and Rivaldo's return to Brazil, plus features such as Song from the Throng and Carlitos' Question make a return. The Sage of Sao Paulo is also onboard to give us his thoughts on the state of play in the Samba Nation. If you think splashing a few quid on strikers has turned the English game loco-crazy wait until you here the news from South American. Here we go again...



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Episode 16 (15 December): The last show of 2010 sees the hosts get their hands on ridiculous amounts of silverware as championships close down in Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela while Colombia keeps serving up the good stuff. Emotions run high as terrace talk gets dyed blue, Carlitos' pops one more Question, a roaring Crack of the Week sees the light of day and Only in South America pays its respects to newly promoted contenders! It's been a pleasure to do this Podcast for all of you out there! See you right back here February, but before all that, here we go again...



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Episode 15 (8 December): With league champions being crowned left, right and centre in South America the show embarks on a whistle stop tour of the continent to bring you the latest developments. Crowd favourite Marcos 'O Sage de Sao Paulo' Lavieri returns to give his thoughts on the last day of the season in Brazil and the fun stretches north of the border with Mexico and the U.S.A. getting in on the action. Carlitos' Question, a weekly dose of crack, Song from the Throng and Only in South America are also whisked together in an overflowing foaming flagon of a 15th edition. Here we go again...



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Episode 14 (1 December): The Show brings back Marcos the "Sage of Sao Paulo" Lavieri to cover the controversial ending of Serie A and the hosts get to deliver the features that the listeners have grown to love. The Song from the Throng pays homage to Independiente's Copa Suda-Sudamericana run and the architect of the Sturtridge Generation takes over the microphone on the Terrace Talk. The hits keep on coming as fútbol in South American winds down for the year, here we go again...



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Episode 13 (24 November): We think we're turning Japanese as we talk Blue Samurai ahead of their trip to next year's Copa America. The hosts also pay their respects to Buenos Aires' grave digging community. Plus there's your weekly dose of Crack, a rundown of the big news on the continent plus footballers biting back. Another Song from the Throng and a Question from Carlitos are also thrown into the mix to complete the full package. Quite simply, here we go again...



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Episode 12 (19 November): Club and national derbies take centre stage as the hosts break down what happened in Buenos Aires' El Superclásico and the unfriendliest of friendlies: Argentina - Brazil. The big interview brings Uruguayan journo extraordinaire Diego Muñoz, aka "The Count Of Montevideo", to discuss Tabarez's plans for La Celeste as well as to run the rule over the local league scenario. Independiente fans get their voice on the show to provide due equilibrium, while Carlitos pops a new question to the audience! Last but not least, the Song from the Throng comes back. Chaotic as it ever can be, here we go again...



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Episode 11 (10 November): An almost unrecognizable show features a host of new guests and features. Ale and Tim chat to Alison Silveira of The Santiago Times for the inside scoop on Marcelo Bielsa's departure from La Roja. Elsewhere, Carlitos Tevez sets listeners a question while fellow Blue Patrick Widdall hits the streets of Buenos Aires ahead of el Superclásico. Join the Racing Club choir for the closing sing-a-long after the hosts put in their most pulsating performance yet. Here we go again.



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Episode 10 (3 November): La noche del Diez welcomes on our very own ten, Marcos Lavieri. The Iron Sage takes us through the alarming amount of ex-footballers elected to office in Brazil's recent elections. Elsewhere Ale and Tim look at the work that lies ahead for Argentina's head coach Sergio "Checho" Batista. Also investigated is the Beatles' influence on the biggest club fixture in world football.



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Episode 9 (27 October): Everybody needs good neighbours and this week the show welcomes guests from Peru and Bolivia. The Lion of Lima, ATV’s Eddie Fleischman, talks about players partying while on international duty with Peru and a doping scandal in the domestic league. Ramiro Sanchez from Radio Panamerica in La Paz tells us about the cash strapped Bolivian FA’s search for a new head coach plus we take his attitude on the question of altitude. The hosts also tackle violence and racism in Argentina plus Tim balloons about his beloved El Globo. Vamos, vamos...



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Episode 8 (20 October): The movement of players away from Argentina is examined in the presence of sports marketing guru Gerardo Molina. With paramilitary links at the Colombian FA and top of the league Santa Fe awash with drug money its time to bring back Juan ‘The Podfather’ Arango. We also head north of the border to get the view on Mexico’s recent matches against South America teams from Tom ‘El Rey de Rochdale’ Marshall. Here we go again...



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Episode 7 (14 October): New signing Angela Lerena is unveiled this week and an impressive debut sees her covering international and domestic action in Argentina. For our "Día de Colón Special" transfers are also discussed by Angela and Marcos Lavieri provides the perspective from Brazil. The Sage of Sao Paulo fills us in on the role of agents in Brazil among other spicy topics. Here we go again!



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Episode 6 (6 October): The show is honoured to welcome on Mel Young, co-founder and president of the Homeless World Cup. Mel tells us about his trip to Rio for the eighth edition of the tournament. Staying in Brazil we are joined by the Sage of Sao Paulo, Marcos Lavieri, who tells us even former World Cup winners can end up living on the streets. We also trouble El Sage for his insight in the Brazilian management merry-go-round. Will the show be music to Ale’s infected ears?



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Episode 5 (28 September): The show kicks-off with a Colombian conference, debutant Juan 'The Podfather' Arango makes us wake up and smell the coffee. Regular guests Gaby Franchini and Pablo Lonza come on to discuss El Diego's comeback and the Homeless World Cup - are the two topics related? Meanwhile the hosts tackle player power in Brazil and South American export trends, here we go again...



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Episode 4 (21 September): This week Ale and Tim go on the offensive as they investigate some of the continents soundest thrashings. In the company of The Big Four - Eddie Fleischman of Peru, Brazil's Marcos Lavieri, Gaby Franchini from Argentina and Pablo Lonza of Chile - the show puts in a real box-to-box performance. It's coverage of the South American game as you're coming to expect it, here we go again...



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Episode 3 (14 September): This week the show tackles the topics in Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and delivers breaking news on Uruguay's Maestro and Copa Libertadores de América. The hosts alleviate their football pains by talking about them, while Gaby Franchini and Marcos Lavieri provide the flair in the final third. It's all about perspectives in the new Crossing the Line section, this week unravelling the "Holy Water" scandal.



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Episode 2 (7 September): With six of South America's national teams drafting in new head coaches in recent months the show looks at how these gaffers are coping with the current international break. Tim and Ale are helped in their investigation by a clutch of the continent's top journos, new signings Eddie Fleischman of Peru and Diego Arcos of Ecuador join the old guard of Argentina's Gaby Franchini and Brazil's Marcos Lavieri.



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Episode 1 (1 September): How's Ronaldo getting on at Corinthians and why are River Plate, who are top of the table, in threat of relegation? Find out in the first episode of The South American Football Show, which also features guests Gaby Franchini and Marcos Lavieri as we bring you all the latest news and views from the football crazy continent.



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Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
Aston Villa vs Hull match preview: Villa were not surprised that Ron Vlaar was a World Cup star

Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef ekes out his holiday in Italy with divine, simple salads

Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution