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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, January 17

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Television shows about football? I’m in!

Tottenham Hotspur Mid-Season Training Camp Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

Hi, Hoddlers!

Let’s get down to business.

Ramble of the Day

Yesterday, it was announced that The History Channel will have a show called “History of Football” that airs over the course of two weeks in June right before the World Cup. David Villa, the Spanish forward Tottenham were linked to before the club signed fellow Spanish forward Roberto Soldado, will be the “global ambassador.” The closest thing to a description about the show comes courtesy of Villa himself, who said, “It gives my fellow players, coaches, and myself an opportunity to talk about what the game means to us and also to relive so many incredible memories.”

This show is one of many that will be hitting television and streamers about the sport we all love in the buildup to this summer’s World Cup. Back in September, YouTube announced that they will have a show called “Training Days,” following “soccer’s biggest stars off the field having a laugh,” with James Corden as an executive producer. Netflix, meanwhile, will be following Juventus for a series set to be available in “early 2018,” and Amazon will have a similar series about Manchester City, though that is set to air after the World Cup.

These are just the ones that I remembered off the top of my head; there may be more. After all, four shows specifically dedicated to the beautiful game is a lot to remember.

Maybe by the time the World Cup comes around, I will come back to you with a power ranking of sorts regarding all of these different shows. Regardless, I will clearly spend a lot of time watching The History Channel, YouTube, and Netflix in the buildup to the World Cup, which I did not see coming.

Now, for the obligatory links.

Links of the Day

Ronaldinho’s brother, who also happens to be his agent, confirmed that the player has retired.

Arsène Wenger was really mean to Mike Dean after that West Brom game.

Mike Ashley said that there is no deal from Amanda Staveley, head of PCP Capital, to purchase the club and that the whole thing has been “a complete waste of time.”

A list of the top ten European leagues, based on attendance, is out. The Premier League tops the list, followed by the Bundesliga and the Championship.

I know someone linked to this in the Hoddle yesterday, but in case someone missed it, David Squires’ latest cartoon was about Cyrille Regis.