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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, September 6

Internationally inspired.

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Hey, everyone!

Let’s start with a message from Tom Holland of Spiderman fame.

Ramble of the Day

Many, if not all of us, have heard of and/or seen the Wolverhampton Wanderers third kit for this season. It’s inspired by the colors worn by Mexico, which is clearly designed to enhance and expand the club’s brand the home nation of Raúl Jiménez. In this case, though, it also produced a lovely top in a naturally great color combination of green, red, and white.

This is a practice that could be easily repeated if a club wanted to do so, and could provide a savvy business opportunity (which I only bring up because clubs seem to remain in search of those). Regardless, it has me posing this question: If you could pick the home jersey of a national team a Spurs player represents to inspire the team’s third kit, which would you pick? (Take whatever you want into consideration, from business decisions to colors and design. I’m picking the second.)

I came up with a quick answer. I’ve always been partial to the many France kits Nike has designed over the years. When I was in Paris a few months ago, I left with the France away the team sported during the women’s World Cup after years of considering several different France jerseys and training tops. Between the colors and patterns — such as the hexagonal polka dots of that France away jersey I have or the regular stripes — I’d really love to see what Nike might do with a France-inspired Spurs jersey. (The traditional colors might not be different enough for a third kit, but we’re just talking hypotheticals here.)

Honorable mention to Argentina (which runs into the same color problem, but whatever).

tl;dr: If you could pick a Spurs’ player’s national team to inspire a Spurs third kit, which would you pick?

Links of the Day

Former Brazil international Cafu’s son Danilo has died aged 30 of a heart attack.

Madagascar canceled a friendly against South Africa because of an increase in xenophobic crimes in South Africa.

FC Copenhagen will hold Nicklas Bendtner’s debut behind closed doors after unexpected “Bendtner-mania” followed his signing.

Former Östersund chairman Daniel Kindberg is on trial for funneling taxpayer money into the club.

Today’s longer read: Sid Lowe on CD Tacón ahead of its takeover by Real Madrid and its impact on women’s football in Spain for The Guardian