The Sportsbench & Hand of Pod producers, Sam Kelly and Daniel Colasimone, got together ahead of the Argentina vs Venezuela international friendly to give you an idea of what can be expected from Argentines in the upcoming game on Sept 2 as well as over the medium term. Arunava Chaudhuri is conspicuous by his absence on this episode, as he is travelling with the Indian national team in the Caribbean.

We talk about Carlos Tevez & Fernando Gago - both of whom have failed to find a place on new coach Alejandro Sabella’s squad. While it will be difficult to take eyes off Lionel Messi, Sam & Dan tell Indian football fans that Javier Pastore, Ricardo Alvarez & Eduardo Salvio are others that should be watched.

South American teams - especially Argentina & Brazil - have a massive massive fan base in India (& especially in Kolkata) having made inroads into the hearts of football fans long before the marketing blitzkrieg of certain European leagues. While Pele, Maradona, Diego Forlan have played/made an appearance in this City of Joy, a FIFA-ratified international friendly is a biggie.

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Argentina squad

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Estaban Andrada (Lanús), Mariano Andújar (Catania)

Defenders: Martín Demichelis (Málaga), Federico Fernández (Napoli), Nicolás Burdisso (Roma), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Nicolás Otamendi (Porto), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Cristian Ansaldi (Rubin Kazan), Nicolás Pareja (Spartak Moscow), Marcos Rojo (Spartak Moscow)

Midfielders: Ángel Di María (Real Madrid), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Ever Banega (Valencia), Ricardo Álvarez (Internazionale), Fabián Rinaudo (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United), Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain), Luis González (Olympique Marseille), José Sosa (Metalist Kharkiv)

Forwards: Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Eduardo Salvio (Atlético de Madrid), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Lisandro López (Olympique Lyonnais)

Coach: Alejandro Sabella

 

Venezuela squad (check official listings)

Goalkeepers: Rafael Romo (Udinese), Renny Vega (Caracas), Daniel Hernandez (Real Vallodolid)

Defenders: Andres Tunez (Celta de Vigo), Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (Olimpo), Cesar Gonzalez (River Plate), Roberto Rosales (Twente), Rolf Feltscher (Parma), Fernando Amorebieta (Athletic Bilbao), Rohel Briceno (Caracas), Josef Martinez (Caracas)

Midfielders: Franco Signorelli (Empoli), Josmar Zambrano (Tenerife), Tomas Rincon (Hamburger), Yohandry Orozco (Wolfsburg), Raul Gonzalez (Anagennisi Dherynia), Gabriel Cichero (Lens), Juan Arango (Monchengladbach), Frank Feltscher (Grasshopper), Julio Alvarez (Numancia), Luis Manuel Seijas (Santa Fe),  

Forwards: Nicolas Fedor (Getafe), Salomon Rondon (Malaga), Mario Rondon (Nacional),

 Coach: Cesar Farias

Warren Brennan, CEO of BBG Sports and the man behind the Hot Spot technology used in the India-England series joins us to talk about his invention, challenges and the controversies surrounding Dravid's dismissal in the last test and of course, VVS Laxman's Vaseline non-incident.

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Arunava joins Nani to talk about the future of Indian football. With tight budgets, Indian clubs find themselves in a fix and with older players being part of the national side, things don't look bright for Indian football at the moment. Discussion on news like Ariel Ortega, the man who was supposed to be the 'next Maradona', arriving on the Indian club scene. What are the chances of international stars joining Indian clubs? How much will Indian football benefit? And reminiscing a bit on JCT, the club that was.

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BiziNation # 60: The Groupon Era Begins?

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Forbes has dubbed Groupon as the world's fastest growing company. In this podcast, we talk about the Groupon anxiety and how Ritika has learned to deal with it in Australia. She takes us through her experience of using different Groupon like services. (Groupon is till to make its debut in Australia). In other news, Maruti employees went on strike which lasted until the time we recorded this podcast. And a Gujarathi businessman in UK buys himself a flying car!

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Dhiman Sarkar of Hindustan Times joined us to talk about the growing concern surrounding the progress or lack of it in the Mecca of Indian football - Kolkata, West Bengal. This is the second part of the Goan football vs Kolkata football discussion we started off with the preceding episode.

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It is an essential topic of discussion because Kolkata football teams arguably remain the most popular names in the country but Goan teams have been winning the tag of Champions in recent years. Cup titles are still not rare for Kolkata clubs. Yet, only one manages to end in the top-5 in the difficult I-League, & two finish second-last & last in the I-League second division round.

Even a team going through a bad patch - say Mohun Bagan on recent form - can draw thousands to the ground for a local game. Yet, it is difficult to name even one local talent of any meaningful stature to have come through the ranks recently. The crowd support turns into a dead weight of expectations, the media interest becomes haunting, the ancient officials refuse to change and the guillotine above the coaches and the players forbids stability from setting in.

After a range of interesting points are raised, Dhiman da offers an easy solution to allow the football in the state regain its glory. Otherwise, in the absence of a learned approach towards the game, the emergence of other footballing power-centres in the country & the change in social habits, the future of Kolkata football looks bleak indeed.

This podcast was also published on East Bengal The Real Power. We insist that you listen the Goan side of things too on our earlier podcast here. And in a democracy, it is imperative that you let your thoughts fly by way of comments.

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