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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, July 31

Just Tottenham players hanging out

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Hey, everyone!

At the top today are midfielder Chloe Peplow and forward Rosella Ayane.

Ramble of the Day

I couldn’t wrap up the week without mentioning a couple of fun videos of Tottenham players from the last several days, so I’ll get right to a session that could be called This Week in Eric Dier Videos.

First, Harry Winks drives Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen to McDonald’s after the season finale against Crystal Palace.

I am thrilled that the players are rewarding themselves after a long season, and followed up the pizza from three years ago with a trip to McDonald’s. I think I’d like to know what type of car Winks is driving because that screen in the front is massive. There’s not a ton to say because it’s only 29 seconds and the video does all the work, but it was extremely amusing and I’d love to know what they ended up getting. (I haven’t been to a McDonald’s in a very long time, so I have no recommendations.)

Next, an actual sneak peek of the upcoming Amazon docuseries, featuring Dier and Dele.

My first takeaway is the very sad thing Dele says about people saying there are no friends in football, something I imagine came from adults who hadn’t quite thought out what that fully meant. That quote from Dele sets up the scene quite nicely, though, because workplace friendships are normal and Dier and Dele very clearly have one. As for the rest of the clip, I’d like to what a person being “jammy” means, but otherwise, this is actually a pretty good first clip to share from All or Nothing, I think. It demonstrates that there might be something of interest in the series, even if it’s not just drama and instead some candid clips of the players hanging out.

tl;dr: Just some videos, Eric Dier happens to be in both of them but that was not by design.

Stay informed, read this: Jessica Luther and Jon Wertheim report on sexual misconduct claims against Dallas Mavericks director of player personnel Tony Rozone for Sports Illustrated

Links of the Day

A Swiss special prosecutor opened criminal proceedings against FIFA president Gianni Infantino relating to meetings he had with former Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber.

Saudi Arabia withdrew its bid to buy Newcastle United.

The USL Championship game between LA Galaxy II and San Diego Loyal was postponed after 11 Galaxy players tested positive for COVID-19.

Aston Villa signed Stine Larsen from Fleury.

An arrest warrant is out for Cruz Azul president Guillermo Alvarez because of suspected financial fraud and connections to organized crime.

England will not participate in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup in the U.S. because of concerns about coronavirus.

A longer read: Tom Marshall interviews the Philadelphia Union’s Warren Creavalle on the Black Lives Matter movement and designing the t-shirt worn at the MLS is Back tournament for ESPN