Above is defender Ria Percival, who will be at the Olympics with New Zealand this month.
Ramble of the Day
English Hoddlers, take today to begin the recovery from a tough day yesterday. The only take I’ll offer today is that a bank holiday should’ve been promised, even in defeat. I imagine many could’ve used it.
If you need the distraction, here’s Copa América’s mascot Pibe. He went formal for the final, and I respect the choice.
Fully aware of the grandness of the occasion, Pibe, the Copa America mascot, is wearing a bow tie for the final. Magnificent. pic.twitter.com/nSEYH7dEKa— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) July 11, 2021
tl;dr: Take today to yourselves, English Hoddlers.
Stay informed, read this: Kevin Baxter on Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith, who advocates for athletes’ right to protest decades after his own protest at the 1968 Games for the Los Angeles Times
Links of the Day
Former England international Paul Mariner died aged 68 after a battle with brain cancer.
Hungary will play its next three matches behind closed doors as punishment for discrimination by fans during the Euros.
Curaçao was dropped from the Gold Cup after a COVID-19 outbreak, and replaced by Guatemala.
Mexico’s Hirving Lozano will miss the rest of the Gold Cup with a head injury.
Arsenal is the subject of the next installment of Amazon’s All or Nothing docuseries.
Rapper Common will produce Rising Above, a film following the 1971 Howard University team, alongside several former US internationals.
A longer read: Rory Smith on Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, Italy’s defensive stalwarts for The New York Times