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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, May 24

A fact-based ramble leads to a discovery.

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Ramble of the Day

At times, I’ve tried to make “PC” stick as a nickname. It never really has, with people usually finding out my full name and sticking to it. I have no particular issue with this, and I’m happy to use “PC” when ordering coffee or lunch. That said, I obviously have an attachment to this particular combination of letters, so you can imagine I was interested when I heard there was a Brazilian footballer whose name is PC.

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He currently plays for MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps, and my sisters and I like to joke that he and I are the same person. We recently included our mom in this joke, and I’ll share with you an example from our group chat the other day to show you what I mean:

younger sister: Mom number 94 on Vancouver is named PC
That’s Pardeep
Your daughter is playing for Vancouver

mom: She didn’t tell me

me: Sorry mom

younger sister: She’s a bad daughter

mom: Haha

I remember finding out about him when he was playing for Orlando City back in 2017, and wondered what his PC stood for. As one does, I went to Wikipedia for my answers, and it turns out...this guy’s initials aren’t PC. His name is Victor Pagliari Giro, which definitely explains the “P,” but leaves me confused on the “C.” I remember trying to find if someone had explained it somewhere, but found nothing. I figured I’d give it a go again, since I’m rambling about the guy, and I actually found the answer. Many thanks to Simon Veness for, who provided it in February 2017:

“PC comes from when I was a kid and I played with Corinthians,” Giro explained via an interpreter. “There was an older player who everyone called PC because his name was Pablo Cesar. Everyone told me I looked like him, and that’s when everyone started to call me PC too. Physically and as a player, we both have straight hair, we’re both left-footed and we both played the same position.

“So now everywhere I go people call me that. I tried to get people to call me Victor, but everybody always calls me PC. I wasn’t able to change it and now everywhere I go, PC goes with me.”

He’s not a true PC, but I won’t take anything away from him, and because I accidentally stumbled upon this article, I now feel unexpectedly satisfied. Seems as good a place as any to end a ramble.

tl;dr: There’s a footballer that goes by PC that I have an attachment towards, and I finally found out why he has the nickname.

Links of the Day

Colombian youth international Leidy Asprilla has died at age 22 after her body was found on a highway in Colombia.

Bury players have urged the team’s owner to leave after going 12 weeks without being paid.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey has committed to representing Jamaica, accepting a call-up to the Concacaf Gold Cup.

A George Best statue in Belfast is competing for worst statue of a footballer.

Transfer updates: Borussia Dortmund has signed the trio of Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard, and Nico Schulz

Today’s longer read: Mina Kimes profiles Mal Pugh, the U.S. women’s team’s star in the making, for ESPN