Starting today, I’ll have Tottenham Hotspur women’s players at the top of the Hoddle. There are a few reasons why I’m doing this, based both in fairness to a set of professional footballers and out of the wonderful convenience that is Getty allowing us easy access to images of their matches. As the male footballers of the world are in an international break, I expect to have the women’s team’s player at the top. Most weeks, though, I’ll do some rotation, trying to get both teams over the course of the five days.
Additionally, since I imagine most of us aren’t completely familiar with the women’s team’s players, I’ll also name them. Today, we have Ashleigh Neville at the top.
Ramble of the Day
This is coming to you on a slight delay, since the original tweet went up about a week ago. Even with a bit of age, this is worth sharing:
Many will remember the infamous “Come to Beşiktaş” video the club announced the signing of Pepe in a video where Ricardo Quaresma asked him to come to Beşiktaş. The slogan has gained a life of its own since, with the club and supporters alike embracing the phrase. It’s an interesting enough rabbit hole to spend a half hour in on a given day, full of items both expected and unexpected. That includes the above Instagram account, which is very much in the unexpected category.
Going off the Instagram bio, the account seems to be an unusual way of aggregating transfer rumors, since I imagine the most practical use involves using it to lure players. Part of the slogan’s phenomenon, though, means that the account will include items like a car sporting the words “come to Beşiktaş.” One could call it unique, like I did in a group chat. Another could call it weird, like my older sister did in this group chat.
Then again, the creation of a weird social media account is probably a sign of a successful social campaign, so well done Beşiktaş creative team!
tl;dr: There’s a weird Beşiktaş transfer aggregator out there.
Links of the Day
Portland Thorns’ Adrianna Franch was racially abused during the team’s victory at the Utah Royals.
The Andorra national anthem was played instead of Albania’s at the country’s Euro qualifier against France.
Watford has fired Javi Gracia and rehired with Quique Sánchez Flores.
The FA WSL record for attendance was set at the Manchester derby, as 31,213 watched at the Etihad.
Burnley’s Danny Drinkwater will miss about a week with an ankle injury that was reportedly sustained off the training ground.
Today’s longer read: Bill Wilson on Lizzie Durack, the Chelsea goalkeeper turned Goldman Sachs employee, for the BBC