At the top today is forward Rosella Ayane.
Ramble of the Day
After Hugo Lloris earned 300 Premier League appearances for Tottenham and broke the club’s record, it only feels right to respond with a Hoddle that is a Lloris appreciation zone. After all, it’s no small feat.
A warm welcome for our record-breaker at training this morning... pic.twitter.com/fRBjlGSoBx— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 24, 2021
Every new player comes with expectations, realistic or otherwise, and I think Lloris has exceeded them. The best case scenario was always having him be reliable for a number of years, but it’s more than just the ease of a team not having to worry about its goalkeeper too much. He silently became so crucial to the team through a longevity and consistency on the field, to a point where it’s easy to understand the weight of the accomplishment.
It is so easy to respect Lloris, both for his effort and his performance over the last nine years. Becoming a club legend was probably certain at one point or another, but his legacy at Spurs is probably larger than we may have anticipated at one point. He’ll leave quite the hole when he does eventually goes (but we’re not quite there yet).
tl;dr: A Hugo Lloris appreciation post.
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Links of the Day
Members of the Afghanistan women’s national team were evacuated from the country.
FIFA, CONCACAF, and CONMEBOL will split more than $200m in funds seized during the US Department of Justice’s corruption investigation.
Denmark’s Simon Kjær and the medical team at Parken Stadium will receive UEFA’s President’s Award for their response to Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest at the Euros.
Liverpool’s Andy Robertson signed a contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2026.
A longer read: Tariq Panja on clubs’ recent appeal to FIFA not to add more World Cup qualifiers to the international window, and the balance of power in the global game for The New York Times