Champions League Round of 8… Tottenham

With the UEFA Champions League resuming play this week, we thought it would be nice to familiarize everyone with the remaining 8 teams.  Most of them will be familiar to everyone, but there are a few surprises…

So let’s take a look at the team that no one expected to be here – the 3rd team from the English Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

(the UEFA Champions League history contains figures starting from the ’92/’93 season – when it became more than just a competition between league winners)

Name – Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (originally only Hotspur FC, but there was another Hotspur FC in London, so they adopted their district name to avoid confusion)

Nickname – the Spurs (It is believed that the team name came from Henry “Hotspur” Percy, the 2nd Earl of Northumberland, so-called because of his nature.  Interestingly, Henry Hotspur is a character in Shakespeare’s Henry IV part 1.) and the Lilywhites because of their white and blue kits.

Established – 1882 – Tottenham, North London

League – English Premier League (currently in 5th place)

  • Team leading scorer – Rafael van der Vaart – 10 goals
  • Currently 5 points out of the top 4 after sitting in fourth for most of the season.

Stadium – White Hart Lane – Since 1899 – capacity 36,240

  • The stadium, as it stood in 1905, held 40,000!!

UEFA Champions League history (from ’92 til today) –

  • Total record – 4-3-1
  • Leading scorers in this year’s competition are Gareth Bale and Peter Crouch, each with 4 goals.
  • This marks the first year that Tottenham has made it to the Champions League in it’s current format.
  • Has never faced it’s opponent, Real Madrid, in Champions League play.

Official Website

Season stats via Soccerway

Harry Hotspur and crest info via The Guardian

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