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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Friday, August 20

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Hello, all!

Does the clip below make the new Puma third kits the worst kits or the best kits?

Ramble of the Day

There are many things to be said about Nuno Espírito Santo’s choice to give a number of young players a shot yesterday, many valid. Today, I’d just like to acknowledge that it was a fun opportunity to get some new names and faces on my radar. For me, it’s especially true for a pair of players that didn’t even get to play yesterday — identical twins Matthew and Michael Craig.

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I took one look at these kids and now hope they carry on the Bender twins’ legacy as the game’s most high profile twins. (I’m just kidding and mean to apply no pressure!) In all seriousness, it’s a cool enough thing and the club website promptly realized it by writing a piece on the twins. The website confirmed what I’m sure at least a few of us suspected, that the Craigs are the first identical twins to suit up for Spurs’ men’s first team.

There were a lot of other basics about Michael and Matthew, from the fact that they can play center mid to how well they did in school. (The second thing really serves as a reminder that they’re really young, but still feels slightly unnecessary.) There are some fun facts in there, though:

  • Michael is older than Matthew by two minutes.
  • Michael spent a year in the Arsenal academy.
  • The two used to do some modeling for catalogs. (I’m sure these pictures will pop up at some point if they reach certain levels of fame.)

There are also some fun quotes from the Craigs about being twins that make the piece worth the click. I wish them all the best in their footballing adventures, but if I could wish for one thing, it would be that they try to confuse the opposition just once.

tl;dr: Tottenham had identical twins on the bench yesterday.

Stay informed, read this: The Associated Press on English country cricket club Yorkshire, which apologized to former player Azeem Rafiq after it was investigated on suspicion of institutional racism

Links of the Day

Afghanistan international Zaki Anwari died Monday after falling from an American plane at Kabul’s airport.

Four Arsenal players tested positive for COVID-19.

Four ex-Chelsea youth players took legal action against the club, saying former youth coach Graham Rix and development director Gwyn Williams racially abused and assaulted them.

Ex-Scotland international Denis Law was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia.

CONCACAF will hold the first women’s Gold Cup in 2024 and expand the World Cup qualifying tournament ahead of the 2023 World Cup.

Leicester’s Harvey Barnes signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2025.

A longer read: Claire Watkins on US international Carli Lloyd’s legacy and the results of her singular focus for Defector