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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Tuesday, August 24

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Hi, everyone!

Random things make me laugh so hard I start crying, and that’s what I did when I watched this video the other night.

Ramble of the Day

Here’s a random question I thought of the other day: Who’s the best footballer who shares a birthday with you?

I honestly thought Wikipedia would be the place to assist me in this search, but it turns out — a website with the weirdest algorithm I’ve seen — was the place to go.

I googled “soccer players born september 2,” and found some players I accidentally didn’t know or remember shared a birthday with me. The only person I remembered was Joey Barton, but I was very pleased to discover a few other contenders for the prize. I was stuck between Javi Martínez and Carlos Valderrama for a while, because it’s difficult to compare different types of players. In the end I picked Valderrama because he achieved an iconic status, an inherently hard thing to do.

tl;dr: Who’s the best footballer to share a birthday with you? For me, it’s Carlos Valderrama.

Stay informed, read this: Jackie Powell on the WNBA’s plan to make players’ mental health a priority for Sports Illustrated

Links of the Day

Rangers issued indefinite bans to supporters who racially abused Celtic’s Kyogo Furuhashi.

Angel City hired Freya Coombe as the team’s first head coach.

Liverpool will not release Mohamed Salah for Egypt’s World Cup qualifier against Angola so he can avoid a ten day quarantine when he returns to the UK.

Transfers: Angel City signed Christen Press as the club’s first player; Norwich signed Brandon Williams on loan from Manchester United; Lyon signed Xherdan Shaqiri from Liverpool

A longer read: Timothy Pratt on Colombia’s jersey serving as a symbol of protest in the country for The Undefeated