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    INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP

    Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur

    Melbourne, 26 July 2016
    Kick-off 20.00 (12.00 CEST)
    Melbourne Cricket Ground

    History

    Founded in 1882 by a combination of local grammar school boys and members of the Hotspur Cricket Club, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has since established itself as one of the most decorated names in the English game.

    Eight-time FA Cup winners, four-time League Cup champions and twice kings of the land in 1950/51 and 1960/61, the second of which earned the club a first domestic double since Preston and Aston Villa in 1889 and 1887 respectively, it is safe to say that the North London outfit have returned to the peak of their illustrious powers.

    After spells outside the upper half of the Premier League throughout the 1990s, Spurs have appeared in the top six in each of their last seven seasons, with last term’s third-place finish representing their highest league position since 1989, securing Champions League football for the second time in their history as a result. 

    Though international heroes such as Osvaldo Ardiles, Ricardo Villa, Jurgen Klinsmann, former Juve midfielder Edgar Davids, David Ginola, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale have graced the White Hart Lane turf in years gone by, the club has historically been and is still known for its unrivalled contributions to the England national squad, supplying more players than any other team (75). 

    From Jimmy Greaves and Gary Lineker to Paul Gascoigne and Teddy Sheringham, the Lilywhites’ English traditions continue to this day with five Spurs stars – Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker - called up to the Three Lions squad for the European Championships in France.

    Fact file

    Name: Tottenham Hotspur
    Founded: 1882
    Home ground: White Hart Lane (36,284 capacity)
    Star names: Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Hugo Lloris
    Coach: Mauricio Pochettino
    Last 10 Premier League finishes: 3rd, 5th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 5th, 4th, 8th, 11th, 5th

    Stronger than ever

    And it was that core of homegrown talent that almost pushed Spurs over the line to their first ever Premier League title in the season just passed, only to be pipped at the post by shock winners Leicester City and beaten to second place by old rivals Arsenal on the final day of the season.

    While talisman and local hero Kane stole the headlines at one end, scoring 25 of the team’s 69 league goals – the second highest tally in the division – Mauricio Pochettino’s side laid claim to the top-flight’s joint meanest defence at the other, a combination that would produce the league’s longest winning streak of six throughout January and February. 

    Although Pochettino’s men eventually fell short, last year will still go down as one of the North London club’s most fruitful campaigns in recent history, an impressive feat considering their consistency in the past decade.

    With one of the youngest starting XIs taking to the field in the league, Spurs have just as much reason to look ahead to a bright future off the field: after a 119-year stay at their current White Hart Lane home, the club are expected to move to a 61,000 seater stadium for the 2018/19 season.

    Honours

    Football League Champions: 1950/1951, 1960/1961
    FA Cup Winners: 1900/1901, 1920/1921, 1960/1961, 1961/1962, 1966/1967, 1980/1981, 1981/1982, 1990/1991
    Football League Cup Winners: 1970/1971, 1972/1973, 1998/1999, 2007/2008
    European Cup-Winners’ Cup Winners: 1962/1963
    UEFA Cup Winners: 1971/1972, 1983/1984

    European exploits

    On the international front, Spurs’ third-place finish in the Premier League guaranteed that there would be Champions League football at White Hart Lane for the second time in six years.

    Under the guidance of former boss Harry Redknapp, the team reached the quarter-finals in their  debut appearance in 2010/11, finishing above reigning champions Inter in Group A before being eliminated by Real Madrid in the last eight.

    Elsewhere, Tottenham have triumphed twice in the UEFA Cup (now Europa League) on two occasions in 1972 and 1984 and became the first British club to win a major European trophy by lifting the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963. 

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Tottenham hold the record for the fastest ever Premier League goal (10 seconds), scored by club legend Ledley King against Bradford on 9 December 2000.

    Spurs striker Les Ferdinand would score the competition’s 10,000th goal almost exactly a year later in a 4-0 win over Fulham on 15 December 2001

    Returning Down Under

    Further afield, this summer’s visit will be Tottenham’s fourth to Australia following previous trips in 1976, 1985 and 2015, the latter of which was crowned by a 71,000 sell out at the ANZ Stadium for their friendly with Sydney FC. 

    In Spurs, Juventus could not have asked for a better opponent against whom to round off their International Champions Cup adventure down under, with the pair set to meet for the first time in history on Tuesday 26 July (kick-off 12.00 CEST).

     

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