Holtby 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!
Is the Tottenham Hotspur social media team at it again? Or is this just a strange case of cyber coincidence.
Check out the following Tweet sent out by the club on Friday, and see if you notice anything peculiar:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial)May 9, 2014
Find it? The Bitly shortlink to poor Tim Sherwood’s likely last-ever pre-match interview includes the not-so-subtle message "Saq me."
You couldn’t make this stuff up! Or could you?
There is a very small chance Bitly really did spew out that series of random letters for the link, but based on some very recent history, we have our suspicions that this is a cruel joke at their own manager’s expense.
Just last week, Tottenham had to apologize to Liverpool for tweeting out the following Vine, which openly mocked the Reds’ throwing away the Premiership:
You’re on a roll, Spurs social media team. That, or you’re all fired. One of the two.
Thursday wasn’t a great day for Tottenham, having had their Europa League dreams essentially dashed by Benfica in a 3-1 loss.
The already-tense affair grew even more testy after Luisao scored his second goal of the contest. Benfica boss Jorge Jesus celebrated by throwing up three fingers, which appeared to be in the direction of the Tottenham technical area.
Spurs manager Tim Sherwood caught sight of it and took exception. At one point it looks as though Sherwood even squared Jesus up before thinking better of it. The world’s tiniest fourth official then stood between the managers as they shouted at each other, and cooler heads finally prevailed.
After the match, Jesus pleaded his innocence, saying: “I was saying ’number three, Luisao. Number three.’ That’s his own problem if he felt like that.”
Sherwood was unamused and accused Jesus of lacking class. “I thought his team were very good and showed a lot of class. It’s just a shame their manager didn’t,” Sherwood said.
"Waving goodbye like that? It lacks class. Why would anyone do that? He’s got a good side, of course he has, but not for me thank you. I have no intention of speaking to him.”
We can’t wait to see what the second leg has in store next week at Lisbon.
Something to cheer for
The seething rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham is one of fiercest in all of football.
Just four miles separate the stadiums of the two combatants, and such proximity breeds plenty of ill-will in the North London derby.
As an example, Arsenal’s Spanish winger Santi Cazorla (with Arsenal legend Robert Pires at his side) held up a sign expressing what Gunner fans believe of anything Spurs-related:
Image via @ZouMSS
Whoops. Not exactly a deft public-relations move. Cazorla was quick to apologize, but the damage was essentially done.
— Santi Cazorla (@19SCazorla)January 20, 2014
That excuse might hold as much water as a screen door, but for some reason we’ll give Cazorla and Pires the benefit of the doubt.
But we’re not sure Spurs fans and players will be so understanding.
(h/t Daily Mail)
Tottenham Hotspur spent over £100 million on signings in the summer transfer window. That summer of love looks to turn into a winter of discontent as the misfits look to engineer a move away. With so many new signings, some of the players have struggled to fit in. Wednesday’s newspapers report that Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue head the queue to depart White Hart Lane.
For this rumor and the rest of Wednesday’s transfer gossip, click here.
Tottenham have had a season to forget so far. Having lavished over £100 million on fresh talent after Gareth Bale’s exit, they are languishing outside the Premier League’s top four. Sandro has been one of the bright sparks in a so far disappointing campaign.
Monday’s newspapers say the Brazilian midfielder has rejected interest from Italian clubs including Roma and giants Inter Milan.
For this story and the rest of Monday’s transfer gossip, click here.
¡Ay carumba! Spurs TV has done it again. Last month, Sandro, aka “The Beast,” was quoted as saying, “The Beast does not cry.”
Searching for a way to make Tottenham’s Brazilian midfielder eat his words, Spurs TV took to social media to field suggestions. One fan recommended waxing the decidedly hairy man’s legs.
And thus, the video above was born. The exchange between The Beast and the Spurs TV host before the act itself is pure comedy, but if you’d prefer to skip to the nitty-gritty, go ahead and fast forward to the one-minute mark.
Sandro handles it like a champ, and even asks for more! And then, after laughing off the feeble attempt to make The Beast cry, Sandro curiously takes a whiff of the waxing strip.
Whew! Good thing it wasn’t a Brazilian wax.
A 6-0 defeat does little for the moral of any side, and so it’s expected that Premier League outfit Tottenham will dip into the January transfer market when the window opens.
Despite an outlay of well over $100m - mainly thanks to the record-breaking sale of Gareth Bale - in the summer, Spurs have struggled to set the world alight, and so have Sevilla winger Diego Perotti high on their transfer targets.
You can find out about this rumor and many more in today’s Paper Chase.