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