By Renata Leite, FootballPredictions.NET, 14:13 21/09/2020
North London side Tottenham Hotspur has a rich history that stretches back to 1882. A European football regular and Premier League ever-present, Spurs have been striving to live up to some of their past glories.
Tottenham Hotspur can be considered to be a big club. They are a member of the Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’ clubs and reached the UEFA Champions League final as recently as 2019. Spurs also have a 62,000 capacity stadium and hold numerous records and firsts.
Whilst not the most successful club in English football in terms of recent silverware, Spurs have certainly enjoyed relative success throughout their history.
Developing Into a Member of England’s ‘Big Six’ Clubs
During the first decade of the 2000s, a group of clubs known as the ‘top four’ dominated English football. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United finished as the league’s top four sides in six out of ten occasions between 2000 and 2010.
In Europe, they reached six Champions League finals between them, with Liverpool and Manchester United lifting the trophy in 2005 and 2008 respectively.
The financial takeover of Manchester City in 2008 and Tottenham Hotspur’s 4th placed finish in the 2009/10 season signalled the beginning of the growth of the top four.
As a result, they have developed into being referred to as the ‘big six’ during the last decade. From 2010 to 2020, only six of the 60 top six finishers have not been from this group of clubs.
In fact, Tottenham Hotspur is one of only two sides to finish in the top six in each of the last ten seasons, alongside Manchester City.
It has been over a decade since their last finish outside the Premier League top six and they have finished sixth or higher in 13 out of the last 15 seasons.
This has also seen Tottenham play in the Champions League five times in the past ten seasons, including the last four in a row.
Spurs have reached six domestic cup semi-final as well, after reaching back to back League Cup finals in 2007/08 and 2008/09, winning the first against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
Spurs’ second-placed finish in 2017 is their highest Premier League finish to date and their highest league finish since 1963.
Spurs Have the Anatomy of a Modern-day Big Club
With the Tottenham Hotspur first-team squad for the 2020/21 valued at a staggering £650million and featuring players from 13 countries, with 18 of the 28 players being senior international players. According to Transfermarkt, there are three players in the squad currently valued in excess of £50million.
Both Dele Alli and Son Heung-min are valued at £58million, whilst club captain Harry Kane is believed to be worth an eye-watering £108million in today’s market.
In addition to these three, the squad includes club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele. The French midfielder was bought from Olympique Lyonnais in 2019 for £54million. Overall, Spurs have spent in excess of £20million on 12 players during their history.
Recently appointed manager Jose Mourinho has had an illustrious career, winning 25 trophies including the Champions League with FC Porto and Inter Milan in 2004 and 2010 respectively.
The club was also recently the subject of the latest entry in the behind-the-scenes Amazon Prime documentary series ‘All or Nothing’, following in the footsteps of fellow sporting giants Manchester City and the New Zealand All Blacks.
In 2019, Spurs were valued at £660million and their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which they moved into back in April 2019, is believed to have cost £1billion to construct.
In 2020, Tottenham welcomed back one of the biggest football stars on the planet - Gareth Bale.
Impressive Club History
In addition to never having been relegated from the Premier League, Tottenham has remained a top-flight club for the last 42 years. They also hold the honour of being the first British club to win a major European trophy, after lifting the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1962/63.
Their haul of eight FA Cup wins is the joint third-highest alongside Chelsea. For a long time they had never lost an FA Cup Final.
Their trophy cabinet also includes two league titles, four League Cups, two UEFA Cups and seven FA Community Shields, as well as the aforementioned trophies.