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Day: June 5, 2012

Match Of The Past: Tottenham Hotspur

There may not have been any league championships for Tottenham Hotspur since 1961, but the club has had its fair share of excitement in both cup competitions and the league since then. This evening, we have six matches from Europe, the FA Cup, the First Division and the Second Division. First up, we’re going back to 1972 and a semi-final of the UEFA Cup against Milan. Within a couple of seasons, though, Spurs were struggling in the league but they were still capable of winning some of the big matches, and our second match comes from the 1973/74 season and is a North London derby match against Arsenal. Relegation to the Second Division for the first time since 1950 followed in 1977, and Spurs supporters spent a year in the wilderness before betting promoted back. We have one match from that season, an unlikely looking league encounter away to Mansfield Town. Having got back to the First Division, Spurs won the FA Cup in 1981 and the following year sought to repeat the feat. In the quarter-finals of the 1982 FA Cup, they faced a tricky trip to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea. Spurs went on to win the FA Cup that year and two years later they won through to the final of the UEFA Cup, where they had to play Anderlecht over two legs. Our final video...

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Euro Moments: Sweden

This afternoon’s Euro Moment comes from Scandinavia, where a bug-eyed goalkeeper spent the whole of his career being pursued by a giant bear. Don’t forget, you can see plenty more Dotmund artwork here, and you can read his trenchant opinions on just about everything here.   Don’t forget that with Euro 2012 approaching you can download the Twohundredpercent Euro 2012 spreadsheet here (for Excel 2007), whilst a version that will be compatible with older versions of Excel is available here. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Euro 2012: The Runners & Riders – Italy

Those that do not learn from history are destined to repeat its mistakes. Italian football has been gripped by scandal before and the events of the last couple of weeks have been the culmination of a story that has been bubbling under for some months now, but those writing Italy off on account of the distraction that the recent match-fixing allegations may bring with them should, perhaps, proceed with caution. In 1980 the Italian game was gripped by the Totonero scandal, which led to points deductions or relegation for seven clubs and bans for twenty players and two club presidents. Two years later, they won the tournament with Paolo Rossi, one of those banned two years earlier, ending the tournament as its top scorer. In 2006, the Italian game was again engulfed in crisis as the ramifications of the Calciopoli scandal became apparent. That very summer, they won the World Cup again. Italian supporters, therefore, might even be forgiven wondering whether the one positive that they can take from this dismal story is the potential omen that comes with it. The History: Italy have, considering their record in the World Cup, a surprisingly patchy record in the European Championships. Between the beginning of the tournament in 1960 and its expansion to take in sixteen nations in 1996, they only qualified for the finals of the competition on three occasions,...

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