Today’s lead image is from the weekend, when Tottenham Hotspur Stadium served as a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site.
Ramble of the Day
Following the rambles ranking the kits at this year’s Euros and Copa América, I will do the same for the upcoming Gold Cup and Olympic tournaments. One team that won’t be playing in any of these tournaments, though, is Nigeria. It’s a shame because the national team is continuing a tradition of amazing kits.
Nigeria did not qualify for either the men’s or women’s Olympic tournaments, but got to rock their 2020-21 home kit in a match against the US women’s national team on Wednesday. I have no idea if they’ll be wearing this at the Africa Cup of Nations in January, so it’s getting the spotlight now just in case we don’t see it at a major tournament.
I think what works in Nigeria’s favor is that the national team has an amazing set of colors — the dark green that comes from the country’s flag is a great shade, but the lighter green they use frequently on the Nike kits works so well. This is another great design, too; further away from maximalism the way the iconic 2018 home kit was, but still a strong look. It’s a shame it won’t be on display at international tournaments this year, but it’s a kit that deserves to be recognized.
tl;dr: Nigeria and Nike put out another great home kit.
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Links of the Day
UEFA is investigating Hungary after supporters shared homophobic and racist messages, and halted an investigation into Germany after Manuel Neuer wore a rainbow armband.
Washington Spirit’s Kumi Yokoyama came out as transgender, and will use the pronouns they/them.
Mexico will play its first two 2022 World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors as punishment for supporters using a homophobic slur.
Barcelona signed Memphis Depay on a free.
CONMEBOL will fine multiple Chile players for breaking COVID-19 protocols by inviting a barber into the Copa América bubble.
A US federal judge granted a preliminary injunction that would allow 15-year-old Olivia Moultrie to sign an NWSL contract.
A longer read: William Ralston on the art of caring for a football pitch, perfected in the UK for the Guardian