At the to of the Hoddle today is midfielder Chloe Peplow, who is in the midst of her first season with Spurs.
Ramble of the Day
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is fresh off losing at The Best FIFA Football Awards, held yesterday in Milan. It’s always a bizarre event, this year including another interesting performance that’s become a staple at any FIFA event and a stellar speech from The Best Women’s Player Megan Rapinoe. Regardless of how the ceremony shakes out, though, a guaranteed source of fun are the ballots, which are revealed after the ceremony’s conclusion.
Since Pochettino and Harry Kane were up for awards this year and considering this is a Tottenham blog, I figured I’d provide the comprehensive list of players and coaches who voted for them. More often than not, Pochettino and Kane were either second or third choices in ballots, but those who picked them first will have thier names bolded.
Feel free to treat this a bit like Eurovision, where people take a fondness to the countries that voted for theirs.
Votes: Mauricio Pochettino
National team captains: Mërgim Mavraj - Albania, Nicky Salapu - American Samoa, Ildefons Lima - Andorra, Lionel Messi - Argentina, Jamal Bhuyan - Bangladesh, Hadan Holligan - Barbados, Aleksander Martynovich - Belarus, Eden Hazard - Belgium, Troy Caesar - British Virgin Islands, Sairol Sahari - Brunei, Ivelin Popov - Bulgaria, Soeuy Visal - Cambodia, Chen Po-liang - Chinese Taipei, Radamel Falcao - Colombia, Simon Kjaer - Denmark, Enner Valencia - Ecuador, Harry Kane - England, Robel Teclmichael - Eritrea, Bertram Dlamini - Eswatini, Hugo Lloris - France, Jaba Kankava - Georgia, Manuel Neuer - Germany, Sam Cox - Guyana, Johny Placide - Haiti, Huang Yang - Hong Kong, Andritany Ardhiyasa - Indonesia, Bibras Natkho - Israel, Bauyrzhan Islamkhan - Kazakhstan, Jong Il-gwan - North Korea, Son Heung-min - South Korea, Samir Ujkani - Kosovo, Valery Kichin - Kyrgyzstan, Basia Makepe - Lesotho, Michele Polverino - Liechtenstein, Fedor Černych - Lithuania, John Langesi - Malawi, Michael Mifsud - Malta, Stefan Savić - Montenegro, Kyaw Zin Htet - Myanmar, Biraj Maharjan - Nepal, Joël Wakanumuné - New Caldonia, Goran Pandev - North Macedonia, Steven Davis - Northern Ireland, Stefan Johansen - Norway, Michael Foster - Papua New Guinea, Gustavo Gómez - Paraguay, Robert Lewandowski - Poland, Juan O’Neall - Puerto Rico, Ciprian Tătărușanu - Romania, Artem Dzyuba - Russia, Davide Simoncini - San Marino, Aleksander Kolorov - Serbia, Sergio Ramos - Spain, Thrizen Leader - St Kitts & Nevis, Zaine Pierre - St Lucia, Claydel Kohinoor - Suriname, Teerasil Dangda - Thailand, Djené Dakoram - Togo, Khaleem Hyland - Trinidad & Tobago, JC Mack - US Virgin Islands, Tomás Rincón - Venezuela, Quế Ngọc Hải - Vietnam
National team coaches: Edoard Reja - Albania, Djamel Belmadi - Algeria, Tunoa Lui - American Samoa, Koldo - Andorra, Lionel Scaloni - Argentina, Graham Arnold - Australia, Franco Foda - Austria, Nikola Jurčević - Azerbaijan, Nesley Jean - Bahamas, Perma Dorji - Bhutan, Olivier Niyungeko - Burundi, Félix Dalmás - Cambodia, Reinaldo Rueda - Chile, Zlatko Dalić - Croatia, Jorge Célico - Ecuador, Alemseged Efrem - Eritrea, Karel Voolaid - Estonia, Kosta Papić - Eswatini, Lars Olsen - Faroe Islands, Fabián Coito - Honduras, Igor Stimac - India, Marc Wilmots - Iran, Andreas Herzog - Israel, Michal Bilek - Kazakhstan, Yun Jong-su - North Korea, Slaviša Stojanović - Latvia, Liviu Ciobotariu - Lebanon, Moses Maliehe - Lesotho, Helgi Kolvidsson - Liechtenstein, Luc Holtz - Luxembourg, Iong Cho leng - Macao, Corentin Martins - Mauritania, Gerardo Martino - Mexico, Michael Weiss - Mongolia, Faruk Hadžibegić - Montenegro, Thierry Sardo - New Caledonia, Igor Angelovski - North Macedonia, Americo Gallego - Panama, Ricardo Gareca - Peru, Goran Milojević - Philippines, Elgy Morales - Puerto Rico, Mick McCarthy - Republic of Ireland, Cosmin Cosmin - Romania, Franco Varrella - San Marino, Aliou Cissé - Senegal, Ljubiša Tumbaković - Serbia, Matjaž Kek - Slovenia, Bashir Hayford - Somalia, Stuart Baxter - South Africa, Robert Moreno - Spain, Jamaal Shabaaz - St Lucia, Dean Gorre - Suriname, Samuel Garcia - Tahiti, Etienne Ndayiragije - Tanzania, Ante Miše - Turkmenistan, Héctor Cúper - Uzbekistan, Park Hang-seo - Vietnam
Votes: Harry Kane
National team captains: Mark Milligan - Australia, Sayed Mohammed Jaffer - Bahrain, Sam Cox - Guyana, Bauyrzhan Islamkhan - Kazakhstan, Son Heung-min - South Korea, Khaleem Hyland - Trinidad & Tobago
National team coaches: Perma Dorji - Bhutan, Michael Johnson - Guyana, Yun Jong-so - North Korea, Liviu Ciobotariu - Lebanon, Helgi Kolvidsson - Liechtenstein, Elgy Morales - Puerto Rico, Mick McCarthy - Republic of Ireland, Tatsuma Yoshida - Singapore, Bashir Hayford - Somalia, Earl Jones - St Kitts & Nevis, Dennis Lawrence - Trinidad & Tobago, Şenol Güneş - Turkey, Gregg Berhlater - United States
tl;dr: These are the people that voted for either Mauricio Pochettino or Harry Kane for The Best FIFA Football Awards.
Links of the Day
Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia will play their next home European qualifiers in empty stadiums after racist behavior from fans.
FIFA said women will be allowed in Iranian stadiums beginning next month.
Dover and Hartlepool considered taking players off the pitch after Dover fans racially abused some of the players during a National League match.
Today’s longer read: Max Rushden on the grind of amateur football for The Guardian