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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, February 21

Spurs players and their luxury brand preferences

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Hello, all!

That’s co-manager Juan Amoros at the top today.

Ramble of the Day

Being a football at the top of the game in the current era means, at the very least, a mild interest in high fashion. Some are like Everton’s Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who spent their winter break in New York City at this month’s Fashion Week. (There’s a fun piece from Greg O’Keeffe for The Athletic if you have a subscription about their trip.) Most are less interested, but have their favorite brands, regardless.

As a result, I decided to take a dive into the Tottenham men’s squad’s individual Instagram accounts to see if I could find out which brands were popular amongst the players. Combing through Instagram followers and posts from the last year, I’ve come up with some answers.

Most players aren’t outwardly open about which brands they like, much like most people. In fact, of all of the luxury brands the players followed, no two players followed the same account. Most didn’t formally post about wearing specific brands, either, but casually posted images of themselves wearing something clearly from that brand. In the end, this is a list of what they cared to share in the last year.

In backwards order of the luxury brands I spotted most frequently:

Spotted once: Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Kenzo Moschino, Ray Ban, Saint Laurent (t-shirt worn by Ryan Sessegnon, $450), Valentino, Versace

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Congrats on making the cut, above luxury brands! Maybe there’s more love for you, but how am I supposed to know?

Spotted twice: Balmain, Dsquared², Gucci (t-shirt worn by Toby Alderweireld no longer sold in adult sizes; child shirt, $180), Louis Vuitton

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These are the brands one might expect to end up on this list, considering general popularity amongst footballers. (Never forget Phil Foden’s Gucci cake!) My apologies, though, to anyone who wanted Alderweireld’s shirt — a Gucci expert named Guido confirmed with me via chat that they no longer make it in adult sizes, but was very kind to share that they still make it for children. In an additional search, it appears the shirt is nowhere to be found on the internet.

Spotted three times: Balenciaga (t-shirt worn by Dele, $495)

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The second most popular brand appears to be Balenciaga, and Dele is a pretty big fan, considering he really bumped up the brand’s appearance. Sessegnon is also a fan, sporting a Balenciaga fanny pack that I cannot track down because I don’t have a person to chat with on Balenciaga’s site. (I have developed even more respect for people who track down the clothes of the rich and famous regularly.)

Spotted four times: Givenchy (t-shirt worn by Harry Kane, $445)

The most loved brand by Spurs players appears to be Givenchy. Kane has posted two pictures of himself in the last year wearing this t-shirt, while Alderweireld and Moussa Sissoko are also fans of the brand. That’s solid business for Givenchy, apparently liked by footballers looking for a staple t-shirt and a duchess-to-be in search of a wedding dress.

tl;dr: Tottenham players love Givenchy, and a t-shirt that costs at least $400!

Links of the Day

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was charged with inciting former FIFA secretary general Jerôme Valcke to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement.

Barcelona made the emergency signing of Martin Braithwaite from Leganés, though Leganés will not be allowed to make a signing to replace him.

Today’s longer read: Dipo Faloyin asked surveyed every Premier League team on what they would do if a player wanted to walk off the pitch after receiving racist abuse for Vice