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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, October 20

Halloween kit

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At the top today is defender Esther Morgan, who shares her name with a poet.

Ramble of the Day

Clothing is part of getting into the spirit of certain holidays — the ones that spring to mind in my part of the world are the year-end holidays and Halloween. The year-end holidays, Christmas particularly, seems to have quite the command in that department even though the big Halloween thing is wearing costumes. It’s pretty easy to tailor one’s selection of products to meet the year-end holiday clothing demand — you’ll find something to wear in a lot of different stores, and that includes a football club’s online shop.

It seems like Halloween beat the year-end holidays to one, normal wear category: the football kit. Napoli unveiled a Halloween kit over the weekend, going with the most classic spooky look of spider webs on a black backdrop.

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It feels like an introduction to Halloween imagery, which I don’t necessarily think is a problem. I think the design might pop more if there weren’t two sponsors on the front of the shirt. (My general opinion is that sponsors kill a shirt’s look; two is even worse.) It is, though, a solid first entry in the category of Halloween kits.

I also think it works well enough outside of Halloween — the design isn’t overly evocative of Halloween, so it might not overstay its welcome by November 1. I look forward to other Halloween kit, even if the genre gets tired quickly.

tl;dr: Napoli came out with what might be football’s first Halloween kit.

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Links of the Day

The Premier League said 68% of its players are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

More than a dozen European federations have reportedly threatened to quit FIFA over plans of a biennial World Cup.

Everton’s Abdoulaye Doucouré will miss time with a fractured metatarsal.

A Premier League footballer had his bail extended until January following his July arrest on suspicion of child sex offenses.

A longer read: Jonathan Liew on the “unspeakable strangeness” of Tottenham’s 3-2 win at Newcastle on Sunday for the Guardian