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Tottenham Hotspur - The Rise to Prominence

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Mention the name Tottenham Hotspur in any part of the world and people would instantly come to think of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, the unforgettable night at the San Siro and Andre Villas Boas, among many other things.

However, things were not so promising for Tottenham Hotspur a few years back.

Look back to the early stages of the 2008-09 season, and you'll find that there was a point of time that Tottenham fans would look to forget. Sitting 20th in the league table in October, they sacked Juande Ramos.

In came Harry Redknapp from Portsmouth, where he had amazingly won the FA Cup with them, the last English manager to win an English Major Trophy.

Harry Houdini, as he has come to be known due to his ability to escape from inevitable relegation on numerous occasions, strengthened the team in January, bringing in the likes of Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane to strenghten the team.

In what was an extraordinary second half to the season, Tottenham was able to finish 8th in the league and reached the final of the League Cup, losing to Manchester United on penalties – not too bad for a team that could not rack up a win at the start of the season.

Harry Redknapp then proceeded to further strengthen the squad, instilling his philosophy that has worked wonders at other clubs to the Spurs squad. In the 2009-10 season, Tottenham Hotspur finished in 4th place, sealing berth in the Champions League playoffs.

Much of the success during this campaign was down to the magnificence of the Spurs talisman Dimitar Berbatov, whose partnership with both Robbie Keane and Defoe working wonders.

Then Spurs got into the Champions League, and began to come to look like a force to be reckoned with, they purchased Rafael Van der Vaart, a player with vast international experience.

In the Champions League, the club faced Inter Milan, on a day now written in the history books as the day a certain Welshman stepped onto the scene.

Gareth Bale proved unstoppable as Tottenham went on to beat both Milan clubs in the process, setting them up with a quarter-final clash with Spanish giants Real Madrid.

No one would have guessed this would be the start of many times both clubs are mentioned simultaneously in the media, with the Spanish giants also buying Luka Modric while coming to a partnership with Spurs.

These days, Spurs have evolved into a definite dark horse for the Premier League title.

Seeing that Spurs were the only team to remain undefeated against eventual champions Manchester United, we can certainly see the club has gone a long way since those dark days in 2008, particularly due to the excellent transfer dealings of Daniel Levy, the mastermind that is Harry Redknapp, the charismatic Andre Villas Boas, as well as members of the club.

It would be no surprise to see Spurs being one of the top teams out there in the near future.

 

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