The saying goes “in a world full of United’s, City’s, and Rovers, there is only one Hotspur”. While not the most glamorous of English Football teams, Tottenham are not without history and glory. Since the breakout season of 2009-2010 when they took 4th place and secured a spot in Champions League, Spurs have alternated between 4th and 5th place the last few years. Taking 4th 2011-2012 but missing out on Champions League when Chelsea won the CL final, and last year missing out on 4th place by 1 point to their North London rivals Arsenal.
The past few seasons have seen many big names leave the club for the bright lights of Real Madrid. This includes the most expensive footballer in history Gareth Bale. The year prior to the departure of Bale, Luka Modric booked his flight to Madrid. This has resulted in new signings, including 7 this past summer totalling over £100. The large investment in players and the departure of key players has led to an inconsistent start and the recent firing of André Villas-Boas. Yet Spurs sit only 3 points out of 4th place and a Champions League place.
Former Spurs as Sounders
Dempsey made the summer move from Tottenham to the Sounders after a single season with Spurs. Scoring 7 goals in 29 appearances, his most notable is the winner at Old Trafford to lift Spurs to their first win at Manchester United in 23 years. Dempsey also scored at White Hart Lane in the dying minutes against Manchester United to salvage a draw in the snow.
Kasey Keller also played for Spurs from 2001-2005 making 85 appearances.
Former manager of Tottenham Harry Redknapp was a player coach for the Sounders from 1976-1979.
The newly appointed manager Tim Sherwood was previously the youth team coach. He was given an 18 month contract after the departure of AVB and quickly changed tactics. Former teams were known for their free flowing football, under AVB the teamed lined up defensively with a single striker. Over the past 3 games in charge Sherwood has moved back to a 4-4-2 with 2 strikers. Gaining 7 of a possible 9 points over the span, it would appear that attacking, free flowing football is back at White Hart Lane.
A notable problem for Spurs the previous few seasons has been their lack of a world class consistent striker. Spurs brought in Roberto Soldado from Valencia for a reported £28 million. While it seems Soldado has struggled to find his feet in England, he has scored 10 goals in all competitions and has 4 assists. He has since flourished the last few games under Sherwood and the change in tactics. Making his return to first team football, Emmanual Adebayor was frozen out of AVBs squad, and has since made an instant impact under Sherwood. Partnering with Soldado up front he has scored 2 goals in the past 3 premier league games.
Spurs seem to have an abundance of central midfielders. With the likes of Christian Eriksen who made the summer move from Ajax. He is a creative central midfielder who adds sharp passing and flair. Another arrival this summer is Paulinho, he scored the winner in the semi final of the Confederations Cup for Brazil. Mousa Dembele the Belgian international that seems to be able to pass any player on the field with a touch or two. The steel of the central midfielder come from Sandro “The Beast”. He is a defensive/holding midfielder known for his willingness to do the dirty work. Other players to watch for include Lewis Holtby and Etienne Capoue.
The width for Spurs comes in the form of speedy winger Aaron Lennon. One of the longest serving players to the club with over 250 appearances. Lennon also has the great distinction of never having lost a game for Spurs when scoring, a total of 29 times. Andros Townsend is an academy product that also adds width and speed. After numerous loans the past couple of years Townsend has made the transition to first team football. The most expensive player for Spurs to buy to date is Erik Lamela. He arrived this summer from Roma for a fee of £30 million. While he has yet to make a big impact at Spurs, at 21 he is quite the talent.
The defence for Spurs is anchored by club captain Michael Dawson. Currently the longest serving player for Spurs and the heart of the club. He is often partnered with Jan Vertonghen in central defence. Vertonghen was voted into the Professional Football Associations team of the year for the 2012-2013 season. He is also a member of the strong Belgian nation team. At right back is the 2012 youth player of the year Kyle Walker. Currently the most consistent performer of the season he is a speedy defender that likes to push forward.
In goal Spurs boast one of the best keepers in the world in Hugo Lloris. He is quick off his line and a superb shot blocker. His ever ready back up is former USMNT player Brad Friedel.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was founded in 1882. They were Football League Champions in the 1950-1951 as well as 1960-1961. They have won the FA Cups a total of 7 times, the League Cup 4 times, the most recent in 2008. Spurs have won the UEFA Cup twice and the European Cup-Winners Cup in 1963.