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Please, No More Excuses, Mr. Redknapp

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, seen here celebrating with players and fans after winning the 2008 FA Cup with Portsmouth, was unhappy after Spurs fell to Young Boys, 3-2, in the first leg of their Champions League qualification tie on Tuesday. (Photo Courtesy Sir Pix-A-Lot)

By Joe Meloni

When they were done laughing about it, many English soccer fans whose allegiances lie outside of White Hart Lane wondered if any top-flight English sides had suffered defeats as “humiliating” and “embarrassing” as Tottenham’s 3-2 loss to Swiss club Young Boys in the first leg of the final UEFA Champions League qualifying round.

Yes, Spurs fell 3-2 to the squad from Bern, and the adjectives quoted above were just some of the barbs tossed toward Totts following the defeat. To answer the question, there was one defeat I could come up with off-hand that seems far worse than losing to perfectly fine mid-level squad. In 1988 University College Dublin AFC qualified for the European Cup Winners Cup and pulled a scoreless draw with English side Everton in the first leg of the tournament’s opening round. While the Toffees didn’t fall to UCD, it’s seems like the more improbable result than Young Boys beating Spurs on Tuesday. Continue reading

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Race for Champions League Spot Comes Down to the Wire

By Mark Duckworth of The National Game

The current Premier League season is being regarded as one of the best since the league began, and proof of that will be on show tomorrow night when the fight for fourth place will gain everyone’s attention.

The title race may be going down to the wire, but the sub-plot for fourth place has also been building up nicely and at Eastlands on Wednesday night in front of the Sky cameras it could finally be decided.

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Bale A Boost for Hotspurs

White Hart Lane Courtesy cottontimer WikicommonsBy Ryan Fleming

Tottenham Hotspur are no longer an under-achieving team. They are no longer a team that should be near the top, but finds itself relegated somewhere near the middle of the English Premier League. Right now, the North London club just completed probably their most important week of the year and without a doubt, most impressive.

Spurs, who currently sit fourth in the English Premier League, beat Arsenal in the famed North London Derby, 2-1, at White Hart Lane, essentially ending the Gunners title hopes. Three days later they manhandled EPL leaders, Chelsea, 2-0, again at White Hart Lane.

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