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Sep 092010
 

I know this isn’t Spurs related but it is something I would like to discuss.

Hopefully this article attracts the attention of some of the Rangers and Celtic fans. I was watching Sky Sports News last night when I saw that the Old Firm proposed switch to the English Premier League has once again been ruled out. Personally I wouldn’t mind seeing them play in England but I don’t think they have any right to go into the Premiership without earning it.

The SPL standard is nowhere near that of the EPL so if you ask me winning the SPL year in year out still doesn’t earn you a place in England’s elite. Part of me would find it exciting seeing the Old Firm in England and if that were to ever happen then they should be prepared to start in League 1 or even 2 and prove they deserve a place in the Premiership by winning promotions. There are arguments because we have let Welsh teams play in England and now Rangers and Celtic feel they deserve the same treatment.

I can understand from the fans point of view that it would be great to see them playing in a top league to see if they can hold their own, personally I think they would get ripped apart in the Premiership, 10 years ago I think the gap was a lot smaller and they might have stood a better chance. The financial gain would be massive because of the world wide TV exposure the EPL gets Rangers and Celtic want a slice of the pie.

If you go back 10 years the quality of the Scottish league was of a higher standard, the likes of Di Canio, Larsson and Laudrup used to grace the SPL. Fair enough that Rangers and Celtic dominate the SPL but the financial power of the two clubs compared to the rest of the SPL is startling. You could argue we had the same problem here in England with the top 4 for a few years but at least there is a sign that things will change.

There is no doubt that both Old Firm clubs are massive clubs and probably deserve to play in a better league but the harsh reality is that they are Scottish and therefore have to play in that league. If there were to come down to England then let’s say Hearts started to dominate the SPL would we then have to let them move to the EPL too? Where would we draw the line?

So let’s have a small debate here, keep it nice and let’s see what people think, would you like to see Rangers and Cetlic here in England? If there are Rangers and Celtic fans reading this how would you feel about your teams coming to the EPL?

Sep 062010
 

It has been a quiet week at the Lodge as the usual round of international qualifiers have seemingly robbed us of the majority of our first team squad,albeit with the exception of our very own Wilson Palacios who was put through his paces along side some of our up and coming stars namely Harry Kane and Kudus Oyunega of whom the club hold great hopes for.

For the youngsters to mix it up with the first teamers every now and then must do them the world of good as they are able to pick up new techniques from some of the best players in the country,it must also give them a taste of what awaits them should they perservere.

There was also the returning to the fray of one David Bentley who having suffered an ankle injury picked up in one of our pre season games found himself dealing with the unwished for advances of another of our under eighteens Adan Smith.

It is always good to see one of our more experienced players returning from injury as I have no doubt he will have a part to play in our rather frantic season.Although with the arrival of Van der Vaart I’m unsure as to how much,especially if the rumours were true and he was being lined up for a loan deal with Mark Hughes and Fulham.

Amongst the few there was also a welcome sight in the form of William Gallas who being put through a strenuous training program seemed rearing to go as he prepares for a behind closed door game this coming Tuesday,with the hope of him then being made available for the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 11th kick off 3pm,a game in which we must return to winning ways.

After seeing Dawson crumple in a heap whilst on England duty I wonder how many Tottenham fans had the almost unnatural thought rush through their mind,a second,which took the form of “Thank goodness for William Gallas,” now I bet you never believed you would ever be thinking that.

Below are some more training photos to keep you going whilst we await the completion of the second England game tomorrow night with hopefully no more injuries sustained,enjoy.

TRIFFIC TOTTENHAM WISH TO THANK SPURSONSIDE FOR THE USE OF ABOVE PHOTOGRAPHS.

Sep 052010
 

Someone said it on here the other day and if what we are reading today is to be believed then could the reason we got Rafael van Der Vaart on the cheap mean that Real Madrid get first option on Gareth Bale?

Since breaking into the Tottenham side in the second half of last season Gareth Bale has gone from strength to strength, he played a vital part of Spurs securing 4th spot. Bale’s form has been noted by some of the top European clubs and it seems Real Madrid are his latest admirers. The Spanish giants are tipped to make a £25million move for the Spurs star in January after reportedly making a bid on transfer deadline day only to have it turned down.

Bale recently signed a new deal with Tottenham so the club are under no pressure to sell but if Real do come knocking then it will be a test of Bale’s loyalty to the club. The way I see it, it’s vital we finish top 4 again this season otherwise the top top clubs will come knocking for Modric and Bale and if we can’t offer them champions league football anymore could we really blame them if they wanted to move on?

Last Tuesday we picked up Van der Vaart for around £8million and apparently Bayern Munich were also after the Dutchman but for a much higher price. So why was the price a lot cheaper for us, it might not be such a great deal after all if this is in some way linked to a future transfer of Gareth Bale. Hopefully there was no promise made to sell Bale and at worst it is only a first option on the lad should we decide to sell.

So let’s have your thoughts, it seems strange but it could be totally innocent, we know Jose Mourinho loves the Premiership and still watches our great league so maybe he has just noticed what a brilliant young player Bale has turned in to.

Sep 042010
 

The latest news coming from ESPN is that the scan to Michael Dawsons leg has revealed now fracture or no snapped ligaments and that he is likely to be back in action in around 6 weeks time. If this is true then i suppose you have to class it as good news, it as feared he would be out for 6 months or more.

Dawson landed awkwardly in England’s Euro qualifier against Bulgaria and looked to be in excruciating pain as he was stretechered off. My initial thought was that it looked like ligament damage but it turns out it might not be as serious as first thought. The news will delight Harry Redknapp.

In a recent statement issued by the FA, it said that Michael will be missing the team’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on Tuesday. Dawson has now been released back to Tottenham for further treatment, but Fabio Capello has decided not to call up a replacement for him.

**UPDATE**

The club have confirmed that Dawson will be out from between 6 to 8 weeks as our source informed us. This is a blow for us but it could have been a whole lot worse so I guess you could say this is good news. We have sufficient cover for this period with Galls,Bassong,King and Kaboul and Corluka can also play in the center.

Sep 042010
 

Panic over,we have surely found Tottenhams newest jewel and by all accounts it’s a beauty.

Anthony Ruben Lozano Colon the most recent prospect seemingly too hot to touch without regulation asbestos gloves has finished a successful ten day trial period at Spurs Lodge and has since jetted back to Honduras to tie up a few loose ends whilst also saying his farewells before returning to Tottenham where he hopes to lay the roots of what will hopefully grow into an wonderful career.

Here are a few details that might help you familiarize yourselves with our newest young prospect,

  1. BORN: 25th April 1993 (age 17) .
  2. PLACE  OF BIRTH: Yoro,Honduras.
  3. HIEGHT: 5ft 11″.
  4. PLAYING POSITION : Forward.
  5. YOUTH CAREER: Platense jnr.
  6. SENIOR CAREER: Olimpia,six appearances-six goals,2009-2010.
  7. NATIONAL TEAM: Honduras under 17,eight appearances-eleven goals.

Anthony has been described as the “Promise of new Honduran soccer football.” His style has been compared to that of Carlo Costly an extremely composed finisher good with both his head and feet that plays for SC Vaslui.Lozano however was recently starring for the Hondurans under seventeens and though the game turned into a defeat at the hands of a very good young German side, the loss aside our young forward scored a lovely goal,one which showed experience beyond his years.

Tottenham have beaten off a host of top clubs that were also seeking to sign the youngster.A quote from the Promise said “I am living the biggest dream of my life.” Well I’m sure having Wilson Palacios about the place will help him to adjust to his new surroundings and here’s to his dream carrying him all the way to the top.

Triffic Tottenham would like to thank both JimmyG2 of Spurs Musings and Glory Glory for supplying the information that helped in the writting this blog.Special thanks to Wikipedia.

Sep 042010
 

Amid all the euphoria (save for poor old Daws ‘s injury) surrounding Englands victory over the Bulgars I took some time out to catch up on some of our other players on international duty for their respective countries. In doing so  I came across this exciting prospect flying down the right flank, bamboozling defences and puting in quality crosses time and time again.

So effective was this player the opposition in their frustration resorted to the most cynical of tactics blocking and fouling at every opportunity yet most of which went largely unpunished by the match official. The picture gives it away and no Spurs fan will be surprised to learn the kind  of superlatives that accompany a Gareth Bale performance these days be it for club or country.

What might surprise them is  most of the good work done by Gareth happened down the right (yes I said the right) hand side of the field. Is anyone else aware of this phenomena?  Since Gareth’s amazing rise in form the majority of debate has centred on whether his best position is at left back or left midfield but after watching him perform just as effectively on the right side I think its an area that Harry would do well to look at in future.

Now I’m not saying for one minute Gareth should switch to the other flank, far from it but Lennon is often used to less effect away from his preferred side and Harry could do a lot worse than to try this option in future games if for no other reason than to freshen things up or provide a poser for the opposition?

Sep 032010
 

Jermain Defoe hit a hat-trick as England stormed to victory in their opening match of the European Championship qualifiers. Defoe latched onto a pass in just the 3rd minute to slam the ball into the roof of the net. It wasn’t till the second half when Defoe struck his 2nd goal when he slotted a one on one through the Bulgarian keepers legs.

Adam Johnson looked to have wrapped it up in the 83rd minute when he hit a low drive which beat the keeper at the near post for his first international goal, however just a couple on minutes later Rooney put Defoe through once again for the Tottenham striker to put it across goal and complete his hat-trick.

Overall a solid team performance, although the likes of Lampard, Rio and Terry were missing Capello seemed to get the team balanced right. The players looked to be on the same wavelength with their passing and moving, not the greatest performance but a big improvement from the team we saw in South Africa in the summer.

The one low point was an injury to Spurs captain Dawson which saw him stretchered off in the second half, it looked like he was in a lot of pain and no doubt we will have to wait for the results of a scan to find out the severity of the injury. If this turns out to be as bad as it looked then Dawson may be out for quite a while which may see Gallas get his chance in the Spurs team sooner rather than later.

It was good to see Defoe look sharp again, he looked to have almost shaken off his groin injury andhopefully can carry his form back in to the Tottenham side, no doubt he will have gained a massive confidence boost with his first England hat-trick of his career.

Aug 282010
 

As Harry rightly said, it’s now back to business, after our emphatic 4-0 win over Young Boys on Wednesday we now welcome Wigan to the Lane. I can only speak for myself but is anyone confident? 9-1 last season and Wigan only look to have got worse at the back than last season. On paper this is an easy Spurs win all day long.

Gomes is definitely out of this one after a groin injury picked up in midweek which will see Cudicini start his first game of the season. It seems to me that this groin injury going around the club is contagious. Bentley will begin training on Monday and may will be back after the international break. Defoe was a doubt but does travel and may feature should Harry decide to risk him. Modric won’t be risked for this one and Ledley will be given a rest.

3pm kick off this one is, so if you sign up for the Forum, there will be Spurs v Wigan streams to choose from as well as chat with other Spurs fans, anyway come on you Spurs and for the next few hours I will also be a Blackburn fan.

Tottenham likely line-up: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Huddlestone, Palacios, Bale, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko
Wigan likely line-up: Kirkland, Figueroa, Alcaraz, Gohouri, Stam, Watson, Diame, McCarthy, Rodallega, Thomas, Boselli

Aug 262010
 

It still hasn’t quite sunk in yet just what we have achieved, I suppose it will seem strange watching the draw for the Champions League group stages and seeing Tottenham pulled out. However nobody can deny that we don’t deserve this chance. For once a Tottenham team with real promise has actually delivered.

Last night was perfect because of the early goal, it was so nice to be able to watch a Tottenham game and have the nerves taken away so early on, we are used to going through agony for the whole 90 mins before we are finally put out of our misery but last night was different. The result never looked in any doubt, what a contrast from last week’s match.

Friday will see us in the 3rd seeds pot but to be honest nothing else matters from here, everything is a bonus, bring on the big boys. Inter and Real could be in our group but I say bring it on. We can beat anyone at White Hart Lane because we have something no other team does…. Gareth Bale!

Our group will end up with any three of these teams in it, one from each pot.

Pot 1

Inter Milan
Barcelona
Bayern Munich
AC Milan
Lyon

Pot 2

Werder Bremen
Real Madrid
Roma
Shakhtar Donetsk
Benfica
Valencia
Marseille
Panathinaikos

Pot 4

Hapoel Tel Aviv
FC Twente
Rubin Kazan
Auxerre
Cluj
Parizan Belgrade
Zilina
Bursaspor

Aug 252010
 

First and foremost for the grammar experts, yes I have been drinking heavily tonight but considering the occassion please firgive any spelling errors.

Watching tonight’s match and oh boy what a feeling, the sense of what we have actually achieved hasn’t properly sunk in yet as I am sure it hasn’t for most of you. Well let me try to hit it home for you, Tottenham Hotspur are a Champions League club, you can get used to sitting in on a week night to enjoy our beloved club play Champions League football.

Like a lot of others I was skeptical tonight, I knew we had the ability but the best thing about supporting Spurs is you never know, we could just as easily have gone out and lost tonight as when something is usually too good to be true it usually turns out that way and we end up with heartache.

Tonight though things were different, for once we delivered our promise and finally delivered the club Champions League football. Peter Crouch scored a hat-trick in a convincing 4-0 win over Young Boys. Crouch set us on our way in just the 4th minute which was the perfect start we all hoped for and we never looked back from that moment.

This means a windfall of over £20million for Spurs so don’t be surprised if our quiet summer turns into a spending frenzy in the next few days. I don’t think there will be many new faces but maybe one or two big signings and I expect Luis Fabiano to be on the cards even more so now because we are Champions League and Sevilla are not and new Uefa rules mean he is now not cup tied.

So Say it and believe it Tottenham Hotspur will be hosting Champions League football at Whie Hart Lane, we are now amongst Europe’s elite and a much more glamorous club.

Aug 252010
 

Thanks Willo for sending this in, good read.

I lay in my bed last night, 3am, the dreaded alarm reaching touching distance and still I was hours away from sleep. The fresh stitches in my knee from a touch of horrific-tackle-induced surgery were not helping, but it was glory I had in my mind.

With the best part of 25 years behind me as a Spurs fan, I am that generation of fan that was a bit too young at the time to have vivid memories of Gary and Gazza, as was my father for the glorious Double Winning Team. 3 trips to Wembley, 1 to Cardiff, 2 League cups and 2 sad days, and that’s it really. We have had some unbelievable nights at the Lane; Bonfire Night 2007, the 5-1 Drubbing of the Arse, Danny’s Volley and occasional 9-1 scorcher, but have we ever had a night of tonight’s ilk?

In a way, the defeat last week was a blessing. It has given us a night that I can remember forever, the night we finally stood up and were counted for. At school, my peers were mainly Scum supporters, and they revelled in silverware they picked up season after season – as if taking our rock wasn’t enough, we had to sit back and take their success coupled with our relative failures. Martin took us to the brink, and lasagna jokes aside, we nearly got ourselves into the position we sit today, without ever looking like we wanted it, or deserved it.

Today is a different picture. Harry has pumped fresh life into 90% of our squad. Not only do we want to take our place amongst Europe’s Elite, we deserve it. We are not Tottenham of old, we have strength, depth, skill and flair. In Bale and Lennon we have 2 wingers that have and will run circles round some of the best defenders the world has to offer, and we are 90 minutes away from giving them that opportunity.

Last Tuesday night, for 28 minutes I saw a team that I had watched for a decade. A team that got scared of the stage they were on and the crowd that was watching them. At the risk of tarnishing my reputation before it is born, F*ck the pitch. We were not good enough. At 3-0 down we looked like the side who bottled it against West Ham. Then Tom came into the fold and showed us all why Harry has picked him as his Quarter Back – agile and mobile he may not be, but without him we looked like a door with no hinges – as soon as he stepped foot onto the pitch belief came back and we looked more like the side who earned their place in Bern.

We are 90 minutes away from achieving something I can hold my hands up and admit that I never thought possible. When we beat them, we will go through to the biggest club competition in our game, and we will do it with a squad big enough to handle it. Our Chairman, and I say Ours because he is Ours, he is a business man yes but he runs the club impeccably, and when we qualify, a kitty will open and White Hart Lane will emerge as The Place to Be. Losing is not an option, losing is not a possibility, we have come too far and tried too hard, tonight is the night Arsenal fans wish they were Lily Whites, the night Chelsea fans regret riding the wave of success on the back of an Oligarch’s Billions, tonight is our night.

COYS.

Aug 252010
 

This is what it has all come down to, all the hard work from last season now boils down to this one important game. The winner of this final Champions League qualifier stands to make around £25million, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

We all know what happened in the first leg and if it wasn’t for Bassong and Pav pulling us back two goals them it’s almost safe to say we wouldn’t have much hope for tonight. However we now have just a one goal deficit and home advantage on our side. Last night’s games however were a remind that upsets do happen with Sevilla crashing out at home to Braga, so it is important to show Young Boys the respect they deserve.

Jermain Defoe looks to play through the pain of a groin injury one final time before going under the knife which will see him out of action for a month. Modric has failed to recover from the injury he picked up last week and will play no part in tonight’s match. Giovani dos Santos, Robbie Keane and Pavlyuchenko all picked up knocks in the game as well, however were in training on Wednesday morning and ready to play a part. Robbie Keane has also made the trip and is likely to play some part after rumours of a bust up behind the scenes with Joe Jordan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNr4TdzpOPU

So this is it, have we really broke the top 4 or are we merely just a flash in the pan? Come around 21:30 tonight we will know the answer, as the hours go by I feel myself getting more and more nervous and I am sure with every shot on target tonight from both teams that my heart will be in my mouth.

Tottenham Hotspur v Young Boys, Champions League qualifier, it doesn’t come any bigger than this. The game will be live on ITV or the ITV website plus as always I will put it into the Triffic Tottenham Forum so sign up to be able to watch and chat for live reactions from fellow fans, the forum is active now with almost 1,000 members and I really appreciate the effort from you guys so far.

Spurs shirts on tonight, this is what we have waited all summer for, I dread that sick feeling if it doesn’t go our way but I am feeling confident.

COYS!!!!

Kick Off 19:45

Highlights to the first game and any other matches so far can be seen here