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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Brendan Greeley joins us after a long time to talk about his feature story in Bloomberg's Businessweek on Spotify entering the United States. In this podcast, he talks about how Spotify cracked the long standing question: 'How do we make something so much more convenient than piracy that we get people to pay for it?' He also talks about his recent article on the US debt crisis and explains the standoff between the Democrats and the Republicans through the concept of game theory.

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Indicast # 146: Mumbai again..

Friday, 22 July 2011 05:30

Mumbai went through another series of blasts leading to another pointless discussion on Indicast about it. Frankly, we are tired of talking about terrorism in India, especially Mumbai. We try to bring up several points about the blasts and not talk about the usual things. Minal, who is part of Indicast's Sport podcast, joined us int his episode to tell her about us experience of being at Lord's Cricket Stadium on Day 1 of India vs England Test. needless to say, we dragged her into things she wasn't prepared for but handled herself quiet well.

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  • 13/7 Mumbai Serial Blasts
  • Rahul Gandhi says cant stop all terror attacks
  • Chidambaram's weird comment about Intelligence failure
  • Cabinet Reshuffle
  • India v/s England Test Series Begins at Lord's

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Indicast # 145: Dandi March Trivia

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 05:30

We decided to start this episode by running through the top stories during our absence and then come to this week's newsmakers. The talking points this week include the treasure found at Sri Padmanbhaswamy Temple and it's interesting legal aspects. We then moved on to talk about Ghulam Nabi Azad and his panache for getting into verbal trouble, Rahul Gandhi's PR Padyatra and Indicast's Mobile apps.

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  • Treasure found at Kerala Temple
  • Ghulam Nabi Azad's faux pas
  • Rahul Gandhi's Padyatra (Dandi March trivia)
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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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Armando Colaco, Maldives, Qatar, Asian Cup, Dempo, Salgaocar, Jeje, Lalrindika, Jewel Raja, Raju Gaekwad, Ranty Martins, Ortega, Churchill, Odafe, Baichung, Carlton, Chapman, Ancheri, Vijayan, return on investment

BiziNation # 60: The Groupon Era Begins?

Saturday, 02 July 2011 12:48

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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TKM #46: Indicast Apps are here

Saturday, 25 June 2011 00:00

In this episode, Manan & I talk about the much talked about Google's Street view mapping program being launched but as soon as it did the Bangalore police sent them a shut down notice. YouTube also launched the Box Office with Band Baja Baaraat seems to be making an aggressive push into publisher content. We also spend sometime talking about 100 glorious years of IBM and wonder which new age company will still be around 100 years from today. We also briefly talk about Aaramshop.com, and NIC website getting hacked.

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