Friday 24 March 2017

Tottenham Hotspur

Manager: Harry Redknapp

Star Player: Luka Modric is the standout although his future has been a matter of debate all summer. You can take your pick of a host of other household names. The excellent Rafael van der Vaart is another blue chip performer, and you can expect Redknapp to be busy before the close of the transfer window.

Ground: White Hart Lane, London (Capacity 36,000).

History: A storied list of honours. They were the first English club to do the League and FA Cup double in 1961, collected the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963 and triumphed in the inaugural staging of the UEFA Cup in 1972.

They won that competition again in 1984 and have won eight FA Cups in total, although the only silverware they have collected in this century is the 2008 Carling Cup.

Biggest Achievement: Different generations will have their own perspective, but the double-winning heroics of Bill Nicholson's team -- captained by the inspirational Belfast man Danny Blanchflower -- stand out above everything else.

How They Got Here: Their fifth-place finish in the Premier League brought them straight to the final qualifier, where they brushed aside Hearts with little difficulty.

Ambitions: It depends on how seriously they choose to take the competition. At their peak, Spurs would have genuine reason to fancy their chances of making the final in Bucharest.

Irish Independent

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