the night is dark and full of turnips (epouvante) wrote in ontd_football,
the night is dark and full of turnips
epouvante
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oh when the spurs...

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fyi this post is picture/video/love-heavy



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to me there is no difference

Established in 1882, Tottenham Hotspur is a Premier League club based in North London with a history of style and occasionally winning shit (2 leagues, 8 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 1 European Cup Winners Cup and 2 UEFA Cups thus far). The first English club to win the double in the 20th century and the first to win a major European competition, there is a lot of pride in this history and with the 50th anniversary of the double winning side coming this season, expect the merchandise to be as bountiful and tasteful as ever. Currently playing in White Hart Lane, plans are underway to build a larger, gorgeous stadium soon-ish. The owner is Joe Lewis but the HBIC is Daniel Levy. He is the club chairman, and he's amazing, genius, bald, brilliant, etc. The current manager is Harry Redknapp. Honestly I think he'd get my goat if he managed another team because he's talks too much for my taste.
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I ain't mad though! He got the team to fourth and learned from his mistakes and occasionally says what I want to hear.

Rivalries

The most famous is the one with Arsenal. However, Tottenham Hotspur leave many other people pressed too. Haters will hate, etc. Other noted antagonists: Manchester United's wallet, lasagne, broken DVD players.

Squad

1- Heurelho Gomes
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The #1 goalkeeper

He gets the "you are the love of my life" chant.

3- Gareth Bale
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Defender/midfield. He shook off his ~jinx~ during the middle of last season and if he continues improving at the rate he was going, expect the "if only he were english ;_;" cries to last years.

4- Younes Kaboul
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Defender/midfield.

5- David Bentley
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Midfield.

6- Tom Huddlestone
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Midfield.

7- Aaron Lennon
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Midfield. (one of my favs, jsyk)

8- Jermaine Jenas
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Midfield. He is quite the polarizing figure

9- Roman Pavlyuchenko
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Forward. This was a dramatic storyline, let me tell you.

10- Robbie Keane
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Forward. It didn't work out when he was sold to one of his childhood clubs, so he came back Tottenham and then went out on loan to another childhood club.

12- Wilson Palacios
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Midfield. I honestly have all the respect in the world for him.

14- Luka Modric
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Midfield. One of three Croatians in the club and totally boss!

15- Peter Crouch
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Forward. I feel anything I'd write would pale in comparison to what crouchea could say, hahaha.

18- Jermain Defoe
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Forward. His mother is adorable.

19- Sebastien Bassong
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Defender. He came from Newscastle United summer 2009.

20- Michael Dawson
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Defender. I <333 him and I'm so glad he's getting the respect he deserves now Here's an interview with him, if you care to read it. You can see his blurry smile in the background of photos, what's not to like?

21- Niko Kranjcar
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Midfielder. One of the Croatians.

22- Vedran "Charlie" Corluka
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Defender. One of the Croatians and bffs with Luka.

23- Carlo Cudicini
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The number two goalkeeper. The ex-Chelsea player fully recuperated from a bad motorcycle crash in November so it's great he's still able to play!

26- Ledley King
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Defender and el capitan. Who actually needs two good knees and full practices anyway?

32- Benoit Assou-Ekotto
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Defender.

Also:
2- Alan Hutton (defender): out on loan to Sunderland the second half of last season.
5- Jonathan Woodgate: he was out for most of the season because of a hard to treat groin injury.
17- Giovani Dos Santos (midfield): from the Barca youth system, he played for Mexico during the World Cup and people wondered "wtf why isn't he playing first team club football." Well, according to Harry, "If he could pass a nightclub as well as he can pass a ball he would be all right." So you know.
24- Jamie O'Hara (midfield): had a year-long loan to Portsmouth, his wife Danielle Lloyd had a baby recently.
25- Danny Rose (midfield): made his first team debut in the second North London derby of last season, scored an absolute golazo in the first ten minutes.
Sandro: Spurs just got him from Internacional in Brazil.
Eidur Gudjohnsen: Another ex-Chelsea player, he was on loan from Monaco during the last half of last season and his natural viking strength was a big asset in the push for fourth place.

This and that

In case you wanted to know how the name 'Tottenham Hotspur' came about

The club motto is "Audere est Facere" and it means "to dare is to do."

I honestly haven't thought this far ahead (lol idk how to end this) but no Tottenham Hotspur intro would be complete without mentioning Bill Nicholson. He played for Spurs for years and then was manager during the double era, and he typified what Tottenham tries to be about (or at least what fans want the club to be about).

"It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory."

"It's magnificent to be in Europe, and this club - a club like Tottenham Hotspur - if we're not in Europe.... we're nothing. we're nothing."

"It's no use just winning, we've got to win well."

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"Naturally I'm a Tottenham man. So far as football is concerned, it means almost everything, doesn't it really? Because I can reflect back to being a player with, and manager of some of the finest players that have ever been in the game."

"When it is played at its best football remains the greatest game of all. And Tottenham, so close to my heart, is still to me the greatest club."


Obviously I left a lot out, I hope the ten other fans feel free to add whatever they think is necessary in the comments, lol. And I know Crouchy, Daws and Luka have their admirers :-P
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