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.
Season stats via Soccerway
Harry Hotspur and crest info via The Guardian