Lewis Holtby mows down Howard Webb during Ledley King testimonial

imageHoltby goes down quicker than a house of cards. (Image: Reuters)

Tottenham Hotspur lifer Ledley King gave his testimonial match on Monday night, with the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Edgar Davids and Dimitar Berbatov (duh) among the Ledley Guest XI.

The highlight of the game, however, belonged to an active Spur - Lewis Holtby, who was busy spending the past few months on loan getting relegated with Fulham.

At some point in the match, the Germany midfielder decided to lighten the mood by slide-tackling referee Howard Webb to the ground, no doubt living out the fantasy of hundreds of players the world over:

Playing along, Webb got up and shoved Holtby to the ground for a little revenge, but the German still drew the last laugh from the audience by then taking a dramatic dive.

Some good-natured fun at the end of a not-so-fun campaign for Spurs fans!


Lewis Holtby pays tribute to Jurgen Klinsmann


Image via tottenhamhotspur.com

When Jurgen Klinsmann made his debut for Tottenham in 1994, the fans at Sheffield Wednesday gave him quite the unique welcome. The German had a reputation for diving, and fans in the stands mocked him for it, holding up signs that said “5.8” or “5.9.”

But Klinsmann had something up his sleeve. When he scored in the Spurs’ 4-3 win, he celebrated in self-deprecating fashion with a dive worthy of a perfect 10. Skip ahead to the 1:55 mark to see it.

On Thursday, fellow German Lewis Holtby scored a beauty of a goal for Tottenham in the Europa League — his first for the club — he paid tribute to Spurs legend Klinsmann.


Holtby replicated Klinsmann’s signature dive celebration with just as much style as the original.

"I’ve seen it loads of times. He’s been a legend here. To do that here was great. The fans totally understand it, and I just wanted to pay tribute to that, being a fellow German," Lewis told Spurs TV after the match. “I was thankful to get that moment because I’ve been waiting for that goal a long time.”

Whatever Lewis does to celebrate his next goal, it’s pretty likely it won’t top this.