Day: January 28, 2018

The New Hitters from England, Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur FC is one of the big six in English Premier League. In previous years, especially in 2000’s, they always finished in mid-table. Starting from early 2011 up until now, they always finish in the top tier of the league, managed to enter UEFA Europa League and Champions League. This is what made them the new hitters from England alongside Manchester City so the English Premier League (EPL) might have the fiercest competition across European soccer.

Current performance and position of Tottenham Hotspur

About the club

Tottenham Hotspur FC was first found in 1882 with the name of Hotspur Football Club. The club is originated from North East London, so they are the biggest rival of other EPL top tier club Arsenal FC that also comes from the same region. The club often times called as Spurs and has nickname which is The Lily Whites. The club’s logo is a cockerel standing above a ball with navy color. Spurs famous phrase or motto is Audere est Facere or To Dare is To Do. They were called new hitters because previously, they only won 1 trophy in 2008 and always considered as mid-table clubs. They first enjoy first tier of England football in 1920 and continue to fight in the top league up until now. The home base of Spurs is The White Hart Lane, which is undergoing a construction for a new stadium starting from 2017. So they play in Wembley for the rest of 2017-2018 season. The jersey used in 2017-18 season is coming from Nike after using Under Armour in three previous season. The main sponsor of the club is AIA, an insurance company which has been the Spurs’ main sponsor from 2014 until 2017-18 season. The club is owned by Daniel Levy, who is a genius man because he can manage to build new stadium and bring new player so Spurs can be at their current position and strength.

The player and gaffer of Hotspur

The player and gaffer

Focusing on 2017-18 player, Tottenham has top notch player comparable to those bigger clubs in the same league. The current manager of the club is Mauricio Pochettino who managed the club since 2014. His revolutionary way to promote youngster from Spurs’ U21 squad is quite successful and he became a manager that famous for utilizing young and academy players.  The signing of new player managed by him are also involve young players. New signing like Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, and Juan Foyth are all belo 25 year old. In goalkeepers, Spurs has the France National Team captain, Hugo Lloris who is also the current Spurs captain, Paulo Gazzaniga, and Michel Vorm. In central defense, they have Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, and Davinson Sanchez. In side or wing backs, they have Serge Aurier, Dany Rose, Kierran Trippier, Kyle Walker-Pieters and Ben Davies. In holding and central midfielders, Spurs has Moussa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko, and Harry Winks. In attacking midfielder, they have the fan favorite Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Heung Min Son, and Delle Alli. The forwards of Spurs are the prolific Harry Kane and Fernando Llorente. This squad performed exceptionally well in the last 3 years and their fans are hoping them to continue play in their current form so Spurs can always enter the UEFA Champions League.

The Tactics

Under Pochettino’s managerial career, Spurs mainly used two types of formation. The Main formation is 4-2-3-1 and the second is 3-4-2-1 which is quite new and used in late 2016-17 season up until now. When in 4-2-3-1 formation, the 4 defenders composed of 2 central defenders and 2 wing backs as supporting/defensive role. The 2 holding midfielders are needed to give support and defensive needs with the support as the bias. The 3 attacking midfielder usually composed of two wingers on the side that can penetrate enemy’s defensive line and one attacking creator which can distribute killer pass and dictates the tempo of the game. Then, the one forward is needed to finish off the supply given by the midfields. As for the 3-4-2-1 formation, the 3 back lines are all central defenders. The wing backs are pushed forward alongside with the two holding/central midfielders to prove depth and support. Then the two attacking midfielders behind lone striker are there to pose attacking threat. With high defensive line, Spurs plays quite boring soccer if seen by common people because Pochettino apply possession-style and slow build-up soccer. So, spurs will pass around the ball safely between the players starting from the back up to the forwards.


Current performance and position

Currently in 2017-2018 season, Spurs is now in 5th position behind Manchester City, Manchestere United, Chelsea, and Liverpool. Managed to beat Arsenal in 6th place, Spurs is currently ranking points and it is all thanks to the performance of Harry Kane. He is the top scorer up until January 2018 with 20 goals. The performance from Heung Min Son with his incisiveness, goals and assists are also a key part to Spurs’ performance. Complimented with the supply and key passes from Christian Eriksen and Delle Alli, and also strong defensive line managed by the holding midfielders and the central backs Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez, Spurs will aiming to finish at least 4th of the league so they can enter UEFA Champions League for three times in a row. The competition is also quite tough up until January 2018 because the points difference between 2nd until 5th places are only 6 points. Already passed the halfway mark of the league, the fans and the clubs are still optimistic to fight their way up to reach their goals.

As the new powerhouse from EPL, Spurs is often times considered as the weaker team amongst them. This is because they are lacking the financial capability and previous glories compared to other big hitters like Manchester duo, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool. But, in the next years we could see that Tottenham Hotspur FC will grow into bigger club and hold their status as one of the biggest soccer club in Europe.

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UEFA Champions League, a Place Where Giants Fights

Just like the title said, UEFA Champions League is a competition where all big clubs of football across the Europe compete each other to gain the ultimate supremacy over the continent. The clubs that compete in this competition are all high-end clubs from top league across the Europe. Currently, this is the most anticipated soccer competition due to the contestant that fights for the UEFA Champions League trophy. Here are the things you should know about the competition.

UEFA Champions League, a Place Where Giants Fights

Entering the Competition

Because it is the highest competition in Europe, the competition demands a qualification so only the top tier clubs can compete in UEFA Champions League. Almost all soccer league in Europe can enter this competition. The first thing that happens when a new season begins is qualification. Minor soccer league will send their champions to qualify in the first stage. Then the qualifier will be narrowed down and until the big hitters shown up. In Europe’s top league, a soccer club must stay in a specified ranking at the end of their local league, so the club can go through the league without having to go through qualification. For example, in Spanish, German, and English league, the clubs that finish between 1st until 3rd place will go straight into the competition, while the 4th place need to do one home and away match qualification with other European club that has passed the previous qualifying phase. Also, the previous winner of UEFA Champions League can enter the competition regardless of their ranking in their local league. After the qualifying round ends, there will be 32 teams from all of the Europe ready to fight for the ultimate soccer supremacy. agen sbobet terpercaya

Form of Competition

The competition usually started a couple weeks after the local league started. The 32 teams that have been selected will be divided into 8 groups. When putting the clubs into a group, the UEFA will hold a draw where there are 4 tier that represents the financial power and performance of the club in previous season. Tier 1 and 2 is where the big clubs from Europe’s top league gather, where tier 3 and 4 is usually filled with champions from minor league in European competition. But there are also big clubs that performed poorly in the previous season so they are categorized in tier 3 or 4. After that the club will compete every two weeks, where there will be 6 match day where each team in the group will meet twice. So it takes 12 weeks to complete the group stage. After that, the competition will take a break usually in December and then started the next phase, which is the knockout phase, usually in February. The winner and runner-up from each group will be drawn once again to decide the match-ups. While the third ranked club of the group will be sent to the lower competition, which is the UEFA Europa League. The knockout phase will use home and away system. This will continue until the competition reaches the final where there will be only 1 match played. The winner of UEFA Champions League will have a match with the winner of UEFA Europa League in the next season to win UEFA Super Cup.

Favorite clubs

Because it is the most prestigious soccer competition in Europe, probably in the world, there are clubs that always reach a certain phase of the competition. Europe’s top league performers are usually have the biggest chance to win the league. From English Premier League, you can expect clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea to be fan favorite. The, from Italia Juventus is still the number 1 club because in 2017, they reached the final and always dominate the local league. It goes the same for PSG or Paris Saint Germain from Ligue 1, France. From Germany, you can expect Bayern Munchen to win this prestigious trophy like they did before in 2013. From Spain there are 2 clubs that probably have bigger chance to win the competition because of their player and performance. Real Madrid has won three recent UEFA Champions League trophy which are the 2014, 2016, and 2017. The other team is Barcelona who has won the 2011 and 2015 trophy. Of course there are other big clubs that have big fan base and perform exceptionally well in their local league, but somehow they can’t compete well in higher competition like in UEFA Champions League so they usually end up in Semi-Final or lower phase.

The black horses In Champions League

The black horses

Aside from the competition favorites, of course there are other big clubs that almost participate in the competition in the last ten years but never win the title. These big clubs usually play high performance soccer in the local league but somehow can’t compete against bigger club from other league. From English Premier League, clubs like Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, and recently Tottenham Hotspur are always anticipated by soccer fans to compete in the competition. From Germany, they have Borussia Dortmund who reaches the final in 2013. From Spain, they have Atletico Madrid that play very well in local league and once reach final in 2014.  From Italia, they have Inter Milan, Napoli, and AS Roma. There are also other big clubs from lower tier league that almost enter the competition in every year. SL Benfica, Shaktar Donetsk, and Ajax Amsterdam are from Portugal, Ukraine, and Netherlands respectively. All of them usually won the local league. Monaco that won Ligue 1 in 2017 and reach semi-final of UEFA Champions League in the same year. From Spain, they have Sevilla that always play well in the UEFA Europa League after finished third in UEFA Champions League.

In general, this competition is the greatest soccer competition since European giants, which are arguably the best clubs around the world, will compete with each other. The match in this competition is always good because big clubs often times play attractive football. So, you shouldn’t miss a match of UEFA Champions League if you want to feel the ultimate thrill where big clubs of soccer fights and compete in one competition.

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