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Tottenham Hotspur FC was founded in 1882 and won its first major title in 1901 when the club recorded an FA Cup triumph as a non-League contestant – this has never happened before or since. In the club’s long history, Spurs won the oldest football competition on seven more occasions, two League titles, two UEFA Cups, one European Cup Winners Cup and seven FA Community Shields, most notably.
At the end of the last season Tottenham fans were pretty satisfied, even though the players were left empty-handed once again. For the first time in 22 years, the club finished the Premier League campaign above their neighbors and arch-rivals, Arsenal. The second position behind champions Chelsea meant qualification for 2017/18 Champions League group stage and a solid base to launch a firm attack on the league title next season. It would be the club’s first since 1961!
The London side will have a tough task accommodating some new circumstances. Since their old home (from 1899) White Hart Lane is being demolished and the new stadium won’t be fully constructed until the 2018/19, the Lilywhites will play their home matches of the new campaign on Wembley Stadium. They already played last term’s Champions League games on this national venue, but a change of environment will still be an added challenge for the team.
Tottenham has established remarkable stability in many areas in the last couple of years. Mauricio Pochettino was appointed as the manager in 2014 and slowly integrated his own ideas and visions of how the team should play. The club is attracting high-profile players once again.
The core of the team was built around recruitments from Ajax AFC – imaginative playmaker Christian Eriksen and two versatile centre-backs Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. On the goal is a reliable and experienced club captain Hugo Lloris, the full-back are England internationals Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, while their countryman and an all-round player Dele Alli dominates the midfield. Great displays last season brought him the title of PFA Young Player of the Year. But the fans favorite is certainly forward Harry Kane, the top scorer of the League for 2016/17 season.
Covered on all fronts and with a great tactician for a manager, Tottenham Hotspur should be able to have another strong season and maybe end it with some silverware. Finally.
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