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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Thursday, January 13

another Boss look

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Carabao Cup - Semi Final - Second Leg - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images

Hi, all!

I’m going to try to cap the week off with some traditional Hoddle topics. I suppose real estate week is over.

Ramble of the Day

I realize that I have frequently rambled about the formalwear Tottenham players show up in as part of the club’s sponsorship with Hugo Boss. I forgot that I cared about this until I saw pictures of players arriving for yesterday’s match, and figured it was once again time to have opinions.

This might be the most boring iteration of the Boss and Spurs collaboration, and the best one. It is really hard to do multiple iterations of all black semi-formal outfits, and Boss has come up with a couple of awkward looks over the years. (Remember the turtlenecks that just did not work for everyone?) Just about every piece here works on just about everyone — there’s probably a version of this outfit that works for you, too. It’s boring, but unproblematic.

If there’s one thing I’ll be nitpicky on, it’s the shoes. I think it makes the look a little too casual, though I don’t doubt that they’re well made shoes. I would’ve preferred an all Black shoe, just to keep the look streamlined.

tl;dr: I forgot Tottenham still has a partnership with Hugo Boss, and this season’s outfits are the most boring but best ones yet.

Stay informed, read this: Megan Reyes on the workplace gaslighting she’s experienced in sports media for her Substack

Links of the Day

Tunisia filed a complaint after its 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations loss to Mali, in which the referee initially called full time in the 86th minute and caused confusion.

Greater Manchester Police launched an investigation after threatening letters and bullets were sent to the Oldham owner and sporting director.

54-year-old footballer Kazuyoshi Miura joined Japanese fourth division side Suzuka Point Getters on loan from Yokohama FC.

A longer read: Oliver Franklin-Wallis profiles Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah on becoming one of the world’s best footballers for GQ’s global February cover story