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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, June 16

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Unlike Dustin, I don’t have song recommendations. I did, though, find a tweet worth sharing.

Ramble of the Day

I was talking about this with someone a couple of days ago — I find it hard to get fussed about international friendlies but enjoy the thrills of international competition. Club football is easy to get invested in because it’s constant, but international friendlies are neither constant nor the main attraction. They’re in service to the upcoming tournament, which nicely delivers that feeling of constant content on a short-term while also breaking up the format with a knockout style that should hopefully provide one or two thrilling moments.

It’s really that feeling of constant content that really builds that feeling of excitement. It’s not just that everyone’s talking about it, but a lot of times, people are having fun while talking about things. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is a classic example of that.

This is a classic example of harmless fun when it comes to content, but also an example of someone who has perfected both his brand and delivery. I have very little to add, other than the fact that this is enjoyable and that Patrik Schick did score a very nice goal.

tl;dr: International tournaments inspire endless content, so here’s a video of Stephen A. Smith’s take on Patrik Schick’s goal from the other day.

Stay informed, read this: Jeré Longman and Roman Molina on the systemic sexual harassment and assault at Mali’s women’s basketball program for The New York Times

Links of the Day

Brazil’s health ministry reported a total of 52 COVID-19 cases related to the Copa América so far.

UEFA will investigate Austria’s Marko Arnautović for making a nationalist comment after scoring against North Macedonia.

Sweden’s FA filed a police report after forward Marcus Berg received threats on social media.

England’s Dean Henderson will miss the rest of the Euros with a hip injury, and has been replaced by Aaron Ramsdale.

Several spectators were taken to the hospital because of an accident caused by a parachuting protestor ahead of France-Germany.

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy purchased a stake in US lower division side Rochester Rhinos.

A longer read: Andy Hunter interviews Jürgen Klinsmann on winning Euro 1996 with Germany and Joachim Löw’s legacy for the Guardian