White Hot Lines

September 2010

Thursday  30.09.2010
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   Kyle Walker and Danny Rose have been called into the England U21 squad to play Romania in the European Under-12 Championship qualifying play-offs on October 8th and 12th.


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Wednesday  29.09.2010
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   Tottenham beat FC Twente Enschede 4-1 at White Hart Lane tonight in the Champions League.  For a match report click here.
   A Spurs XI beat Norwich City 4-0 in a friendly at Spurs Lodge, with the goals coming from Kudus Oyenuga, Tom Carroll, Harry Kane and Jesse Waller-Lassen.


   OTHER NEWS ... Chris Sutton has left the manager's post at fifth from bottom Lincoln City for personal reasons ... 

Tuesday  28.09.2010
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs will be without Younes Kaboul (hamstring), Jermain Defoe (ankle), Michael Dawson (knee & ankle), Jonathan Woodgate (groin), Jamie O'Hara (back), William Gallas (abductor) and Ledley King (groin). Benoit Assou-Ekotto is doubtful with a knock on his knee, but Heurelho Gomes might return in goal.
   For a preview of the Champions League match against FC Twente Enschede, click here.


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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Leeds United were 4-1 up against Preston North End at home tonight and managed to lose 4-6.  Even Spurs might find that hard to emulate.

Monday  27.09.2010
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   William Gallas and Ledley King could both be out of the Spurs side for a while, as Gallas pulled an abductor muscle in training and might be out for three weeks and King did a groin at the same time and is awaiting the news  of how long he might be missing for.  With Spurs short on central defenders, it could be a makeshift side that takes to the field against Twente Enschede in the Champions League, with Harry Redknapp vowing to attack as the best form of defence.
   Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne has been appointed as manager of non-league Garforth Town.


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Sunday  26.09.2010
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   Spurs' young central defender Steven Caulker has returned to the West Country on loan, this time to Bristol City, for a season long spell, but he can be recalled at any time after 28 days and he will return to train with Tottenham and play reserve matches.
   The Sunday People reckon Tottenham are still keeping tabs on Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano, as he has fallen out with the new Sevilla coach.
   A number of papers are reporting that Jonathan Woodgate may be facing the end of his career, as a resolution to his on-going groin condition cannot be found.


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Saturday  25.09.2010
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   Tottenham lost 0-1 to West Ham United at Upton Park this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.
   Harry Redknapp has confirmed the Daily Mirror's story of yesterday that Tottenham are finalising a 1.5 million deal for SuperSport United's centre half Bongani Khumalo.  The 23 year old South African international defender has been on trial at Spurs and will join in January.
   The TalkSport website claims that Spurs are interested in France and Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro, but Hamburg are also keen to sign him.
   Tottenham's Under-18s lost 0-1 at Leicester City today.


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Friday  24.09.2010
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -   Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka will both be available for selection after over-coming shin and back injuries, but Benoit Assou-Ekotto picked up a knee knock on Tuesday in the League Cup tie against Arsenal.  Ledley King still has a little swelling on his knee so is doubtful, while Heurelho Gomes is back in training, but will not be fit to play until Wednesday.  Rafael van der Vaart is ready to play after being rested for Tuesday's game.
   WEST HAM UNITED TEAM NEWS : -   West Ham could see the return of Matthew Upson, Herita Ilunga, Danny Gabbidon and Winston Reid after they were all omitted form Tuesday's League Cup win at Sunderland.  Valon Berhami might also be ready to play, although Hitzlsperger, Hines, Kurucz and Collison are all definitely rules out.
   The Daily Mirror report that Tottenham have signed South African World Cup central defender Bongani Khumalo from SuperSport United for 1.5 million.  The player will join Spurs for training when fixtures allow and will join up the squad permanently in January.
   Young striker Paul-Jose Mpoku has joined Leyton Orient on a one month loan.
   Former Spurs Head Coach Juande Ramos has applied for the Ghana national manager's post the Mirror tells us.


   OTHER NEWS ... Ian Baraclough has been appointed as the new manager of Scunthorpe United ... 


  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The Super Eagles must be more worried about getting to the African Cup of Nations finals than ever as the BBC headline proclaims "Nigeria drop Shittu for qualifier" !!

Thursday  23.09.2010
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   The Daily Mirror report that Harry Redknapp may be willing to offer Everton a cut-price deal for midfielder Steven Pienaar in January.
   Midfielder Jake Livermore has joined Ipswich Town on loan until 13th November.
   Defender Adam Smith has joined Bournemouth on a one month loan deal.
   For a preview of Saturday's match against West ham United, click here.


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Wednesday  22.09.2010
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   Giovani dos Santos has been fined 2,517 for his part in a party at the Mexico team hotel following their 1-0 friendly win over Colombia on 8th September.
   The Daily Star claim that Portsmouth hope to secure the loan signing of full back Kyle Naughton.
   Travel to West Ham for Saturday's match will be severely disrupted as the District line will not be running between Whitechapel and East Ham.  Travel to the game is advised via Canning Town (Jubilee Line) then a 2.1 mile walk or take bus 5.  Alternatively, travel on the District Line from the Eastern end of the line.


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   CRIME WATCH ... Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has been arrested on suspicion of rape of a woman in Newcastle this morning ... 

Tuesday  21.09.2010
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   Tottenham drew 1-1 with Arsenal after 90 minutes of the League Cup Third Round tie at White Hart Lane tonight and went on to lose 1-4 in extra time.  For a match report, click here.


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Monday  20.09.2010
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs will be missing Jamie O'Hara (back), Jermain Defoe (ankle), Michael Dawson (ankle/knee), Heurelho Gomes (groin), Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Luka Modric (shin), Vedran Corluka (back), William Gallas (match fitness) and Ledley King (knee) .  Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale may be rested, while it is likely that Niko Kranjcar, Sandro, Giovani dos Santos, David Bentley, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Wilson Palacios and Alan Hutton will start.  There may be an opportunity for Steven Caulker to come in at centre half, with most of the Tottenham central defenders missing and Kyle Naughton, Stipe Pletikosa and Jake Livermore might also feature.
   ARSENAL TEAM NEWS : -  With a number of forwards injured, Arsene Wenger may have to take time out of berating match officials to pick Marouane Chamakh up front.  Other changes will be made as the Emirates side continue their blooding of youngsters in this competition.  Cesc Fabregas is out with a hamstring injury, Diaby has a foot injury, Thomas Vermaelen is troubled by an Achilles problem, Theo Walcott's ankle injury sustained while playing for England will rule him out, while Niklas Bendtner (groin), Aaron Ramsey (broken leg) and Emmanuel Frimpong (knee) are also not going to be involved.
   For a match preview of tomorrow night's League Cup tie against Arsenal, click here.
   French international striker Kevin Gameiro is a 12.5 million target for Spurs, West Ham United, Liverpool, Valencia, Sevilla, Monaco, Lille and Marseille according to the Sky Sports website.  However, Lorient are hoping to hold onto the rising star, who made his national team debut last week.
   Former Spurs youngster Stuart Thurgood has had to retire from playing with a persistent knee injury and was offered a job as an Academy coach at Dagenham & Redbridge, but he has turned that down to come to terms with the end of his playing career.


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   CRIME WATCH ... Arsene Wenger will face an improper conduct charge from the FA for remonstrating with the fourth official over the fifth minute of added time in which Sunderland scored on Saturday ... 


  MEHSTG's spin story ... Marlon King's punishment has continued following his release from prison for assaulting a woman in a night club, when he was today sent to Coventry.

Sunday  19.09.2010
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   The Sunday Mirror claim that Spurs and Everton are both chasing 19 year old Togo international striker Peniel Mlapa of Hoffenheim.


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Saturday  18.09.2010
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   Tottenham beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 at White Hart Lane today.  For a match report click here.
   Bobby Smith, the legendary Spurs striker of the 1950s and 1960s, died in Enfield today following a short illness.  MEHSTG send their sincerest wishes to his family and friends at this sad time.  For an article about Bobby, click here.
   Spurs Under-18s beat Chelsea 4-2 at Spurs Lodge in the FA Premier League this morning.  The goals came from Kudus Oyenuga 2 and Alex Pritchard 2.


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Friday  17.09.2010
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -   Spurs will be without Jamie O'Hara (back), Jermain Defoe (ankle), Michael Dawson (ankle/knee), Heurelho Gomes (groin), Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Luka Modric (shin) when they face Wolves on Saturday.  Rafael van der Vaart is doubtful with a sore calf, but the rest of the squad are fit and available.
   WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS TEAM NEWS : -  Defender Christophe Berra will be serving a ban for getting sent off in last weekend's match against Fulham, while Jelle van Damme (ankle) and Stephen Hunt (foot) are on the injured list.  Ronald Zubar might be available after recovering from his hamstring injury.
   Portsmouth have been ordered by the Premier League to pay Tottenham 1 million for the short-fall in the deal that took Younes Kaboul back to White Hart Lane.  He was expected to be accompanied by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, but the keeper decided to join Stoke City and the deal thus left Spurs short-changed when they paid the money to the CSSCC and Begovic changed his mind at the last minute.  The money will be docked from Portsmouth's parachute payment for getting relegated to the Championship if they don't pay.
   Former Spurs defender and Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton has told the Daily Mirror that Tottenham transfer target Andy Carroll is not for sale.


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  MEHSTG's spin story ... West Ham United are reported to be interested in signing Mauro Formica ... it will be the only way they get to top the table !!  (For those who don't get it, click here.)

Thursday  16.09.2010
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   The TalkSport website reckon Spurs are looking at the 19 year old Togo international striker Peniel Mlapa who plays in Germany for Hoffenheim and is rated at 5 million.


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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The Daily Mail reports that Jens Lehmann's criticism of Werder Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese's positioning was at fault against Spurs on Tuesday brought this response ... "He [Lehmann] belongs in the Muppet Show, on the couch or in a mental institution."

Wednesday  15.09.2010
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   A Spurs XI beat Fulham 3-0 at Spurs Lodge this afternoon.  The goals were scored by Robbie Keane (p), Harry Kane (p) and Roman Pavlyuchenko.
   For a preview of the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend, click here.


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Tuesday  14.09.2010
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   Tottenham drew 2-2 with Werder Bremen in their Champions League Group A match at the Weserstadion tonight.  For a match report, click here.
   TalkSport's website claims that Spurs could make a 6 million move for Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll in the January transfer window.
   The Daily Mail reveals that new signing Sandro was left behind at Stansted airport when Spurs flew off to Germany for their Champions League game in Bremen, as he was not part of the squad for that tournament.
   The Daily Mirror reckon that Spurs want Kyle Naughton to sign a new deal at the club before he can join Portsmouth on loan for the season.


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Monday  13.09.2010
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -   Ledley King is likely to start in the middle of defence and could be paired with William Gallas, as Spurs open their Champions League group matches away to Werder Bremen.  Harry Redknapp will assess the fitness of Gallas and Rafael van der Vaart after their first games since the World Cup on Saturday at West Bromwich Albion.  Spurs will be without Jermain Defoe (ankle), Jamie O'Hara (back), Michael Dawson (ankle and knee), David Bentley (ankle), Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Heurelho Gomes (groin).  Better news in the shape of Luka Modric travelling with the squad, as the kick he received on his shin on Saturday, has shown not to have caused a break in his leg, although he remains a doubt for the game.
   WERDER BREMEN TEAM NEWS : -   Central defenders Per Mertesacker and Naldo will both miss the game through injury.  Former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro will also miss the game with a thigh muscle strain.
   For a preview of the Champions League game at Werder Bremen tomorrow, click here.
   Defender Kyle Walker has joined QPR on loan until October 11th.  The Daily Mirror had claimed this morning that Spurs were looking for a loan fee of 200,000 for Walker to go to Hull City for the season.
   Spurs keeper David Button, who is on loan at Plymouth Argyle, has been sent back to Tottenham to have an ankle injury picked up in Saturday's match against Colchester United assessed.
   The new book "
In Search of Alan Gilzean" will be available in all good bookshops from September 20, priced 9.99. However, the publishers Back Page Press are offering a 25% saving if you pre-order now and the offer only lasts until Saturday Sept 18.  So get in quick to get your copy of a very good read.


   OTHER NEWS ... Nigel Adkins has left Scunthorpe United to take over as manager of Southampton ... 

   CRIME WATCH ... Everton manager David Moyes and his assistant Steve Round have been charged with misconduct after charging onto the Goodison Park pitch at the end of the game against Manchester Unite don Saturday to confront referee Martin Atkinson to remonstrate that he had blown his whistle too soon, with the Toffees seeking an unlikely injury time winner ... 

Sunday  12.09.2010
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   Luka Modric will travel to Germany with the Spurs squad for the Champions League game against Werder Bremen as the scan on his leg, where he took a kick yesterday in the West Bromwich Albion match, came back clear.
   Former Spurs striker Bobby Zamora yesterday broke a leg when playing for Fulham in the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.  We wish him a speedy recovery.


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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Apparently, according to the Mail on Sunday today, Gerard Houllier had his heart tested before taking the Aston Villa manager's job.  At MEHSTG, we had heard that he had his brain tested before he took the post.

Saturday  11.09.2010
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   Tottenham drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns today.  Click here for a match report.
   Luka Modric limped out of the game today and may have taken a kick on the point where he broke his leg last season against Birmingham City.
   Spurs Academy team beat Charlton Athletic 4-0 away this morning.  The Spurs goals were scored by Laste Dombaxe, Alex Pritchard 2 and Jesse Waller-Lassen.


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Friday  10.09.2010
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -   Spurs striker Jermain Defoe could be out for up to three months with the ankle ligament damage, which required an operation.  He is joined on the sick list by Michael Dawson (knee and ankle), Heurleho Gomes (groin), Jamie O'Hara (back) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin).  Therefore, there could be first starts for Rafael van der Vaart and Stipe Pletikosa, while Harry Redknapp has to decide whether to play one up front like he did at Stoke City with Peter Crouch fit again or to twin Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko in attack.  David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas are both available after coming through the friendly in mid-week against QPR, as well as new arrivals William Gallas and midfielder Sandro.  With Ledley King set to be rested for the this match so he can play against Werder Bremen on Tuesday and Robbie Keane not a certain starter, the Spurs manager has said he may make William Gallas captain at the Hawthorns.
   WEST BROMWICH ALBION TEAM NEWS : -  Star midfielder Graham Dorrans may miss the game tomorrow as he was left out of the Scotland games last week for personal reasons and has not trained with Albion since his return form international duty.  Missing Ismael Miller (thigh), Joe Mattock (ankle), Jerome Thomas (ankle) and James Morrison (suspended), the Baggies will be hard hit by their absences.


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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... West Ham United are to allow manager Avram Grant to miss their game on September 18th against Stoke City at the Britannia stadium as it falls on the Jewish Holy Day of Yom Kippur.  I bet that will go down a storm with sections of their fans !!

Thursday  09.09.2010
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   Jermain Defoe has been ruleg out for up to eight weeks after picking up an ankle ligament injury playing for England on Tuesday in Switzerland.
   Young winger Danny Rose has joined Bristol City on loan until the end of the season, although Spurs will have the option to recall him after an initial 28 day period.
   Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has said that he would find the England manager's job hard to turn down if it was offered to him, following Fabio Capello's confirmation that he will leave his post after the next European Championships finals in 2012.
   Former Spurs defender Ricardo Rocha has re-signed for Portsmouth on a two year deal, after being released at the end of the season.
   For a preview of Saturday's match at West Bromwich Albion, click here.


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Wednesday  08.09.2010
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   TalkSport claim that Spurs could not close a deal for Ashley Young before the transfer deadline because of Martin O'Neill's departure.  However, the radio station reckon Tottenham will return in January with an offer worth 22 million and it could include Robbie Keane and Jermaine Jenas as part of the deal.  Spurs may have to be ready to offer him 65,000 a week as the England winger is on that wage at Villa Park.
   MEHSTG have contributed to an article on the Brand Times website and you can read about branding in football at http://brandtimes.co.uk/issue/august-2010/article/when-saturday-erm-sunday-monday-tuesday-wednesday-thursday-and-friday-comes.


   OTHER NEWS ... Gerard Houllier has been named as the new manager of Aston Villa ...  Ilkeston Town Football Club was today wound up in the High Court for non-payment of a tax bill totalling 50,000 ...

Tuesday  07.09.2010
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   A Spurs XI beat QPR 3-1 at Spurs Lodge this afternoon.  William Gallas played 70 minutes of the match and the goals came from Kudos Oyenuga, Harry Kane and Massimo Luongo.
   Jermain Defoe played 70 minutes of England's 3-1 away Euro 2012 win on Switzerland tonight before coming off injured.
   Robbie Keane captained and scored for the Republic of Ireland in their 3-1 Euro 2012 qualifier win over Andorra in Dublin tonight.
   Scotland beat Liechtenstein 2-1 at Hampden Park in a Euro 2012 qualifier tonight and Alan Hutton played the whole game.
   Roman Pavlyuchenko came on as a 71st minute substitute for Russia in their Euro 2010 home qualifying match against Slovakia, which they lost 0-1.
   Rafael van der Vaart played 64 minutes of Holland's 2-1 home win over Finland in the Euro 2012 qualifiers tonight.
   Luka Modric, Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar all played the whole of Croatia's 0-0 home Euro 2012 qualifer against Greece tonight.  Spurs new signing, Stipe Pletikosa was an unused substitute for the game.
   Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Sebastien Bassong both played in a 3-1 win for Cameroon in Mauritius in their African Cup of Nations qualifying game.
   Kyle Walker played 45 minutes and Danny Rose 90 minutes of England Under-21s 3-0 win over Lithuania U21 at Colchester United FC this afternoon.  The win puts the in the play-offs for the European Championship finals after finishing as one of the best runners-up in the groups.


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Monday  06.09.2010
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   Goalkeeper Oscar Jansson has returned to Spurs from his short loan spell at Northampton Town.
   Thanks to Doug Bagley, who got this from a source in Milan ...

Last Season Inter played Chelsea at the San Siro in The Champions League, first knock-out stage. Chelsea were given 5,500 tickets at 32.50 on the 3rd Tier Blue.   When Manchester United played Milan they were given 4,500 tickets at 20 on the 3rd Tier Green.
The away Sections at the San Siro both normally hold 4,500. Inter used areas that have badly restricted views and also the usually empty segregation areas to boost the allocation to 5,500. It is not sure IF they will be allowed to do this again.
So, the Spurs allocation will be minimum 4,500 and maximum 5,500 on the 3rd tier blue (Curva Sud)
http://www.acmilan.com/InfoPage.aspx?id=76714
The Spurs fans will be in Blocks 302 to 318 and 301 to 315 IF YOU CLICK ON THE BLOCK YOU CAN SEE THE VIEW.  However, fences and netting have since been added and this will change the view to similar to Block 350.
The opinion that we would get 8,000 tickets is based on the fact that the away sector for away games used to be on Tier 1 of the Curva Sud but it was moved to Tier 3 last Season.
Although the crowd will only be in the region of 55,000 leaving 30,000 empty seats Spurs will not be given any more Tickets except 200 Category 1 Tickets in Red Tier1 in Block L and these will go to Sponsors / Box Holders etc.
Entry to the San Siro is like going into an Airport and even more restrictions have again been put into place this Season. It will be easy to buy a Ticket for an Inter section of the Stadium - but you will NOT get in. It will be enforced 100 % that you show your Italian ID card to enter these sections.
I am sure that some people will say that they will not enforce it but they will. On a positive note Milan is not Rome and we should all have a great trip with no problems with the Inter Ultras.


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Sunday  05.09.2010
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   The Sunday Mirror claim that Real Madrid will make a move to try and tempt Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu in the January transfer window.
   Former Spurs players Tim O'Shea and Neil Smith have left their posts as manager and assistant manager of Croydon Athletic.  The club are struggling financially and are caught up with the club's owner Mazhar Majeed involved in the Pakistan cricket team betting scandal.


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Saturday  04.09.2010
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   Michael Dawson's initial prognosis for his injury picked up in Friday's England game v Bulgaria is that he has a sprained medial knee ligament and a sprained ankle.  It is expected he will be out for six to eight weeks, thus missing half of Tottenham's Champions League group games.
   Spurs Under-18s lost 2-4 to Norwich City in the FA Premier Academy League at Spurs Lodge this morning.  Laste Dombaxe scored both the Spurs goals.


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Friday  03.09.2010
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   Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson both started for England in their 4-0 Euro 2012 qualifying win over Bulgaria at Wembley tonight.  Neither player finished the game, with Dawson leaving the pitch on a stretcher in the 56th minute with suspected knee ligament damage, while Defoe was substituted after completing his hat-trick in the 87th minute, but should be fit for the next qualifier against Switzerland on Tuesday.
   The Republic of Ireland's 1-0 away win in Armenia saw them get off to a good start in the Euro 2012 qualifying match, with captain Robbie Keane starting.
   Alan Hutton completed 90 minutes of Scotland's 0-0 draw in Lithuania in their first Euro qualifying group match.
   Wales' 0-1 reverse in their European Championship qualifying game Montenegro saw Gareth Bale play the whole game.
   Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka both played all of Croatia's 3-0 win in Latvia to get the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign off to a winning start.  Stipe Pletikosa was an unused substitute.
   Rafael van der Vaart was a half time substitute in the Dutch side's 5-0 Euro 2012 demolition of San Marino in Serravalle tonight.
   England Under-21s beat Portugal 1-0 away with Kyle Walker and Danny Rose both playing the 90 minutes as the side tries to qualify for the Under-2 European Championship finals.
   The Daily Mirror today report that John Toshack claims that Gareth Bale was the target for a big money offer in the summer, although he does not reveal who the bid came from.
   Over at the Daily Mail, they run a piece stating that SuperSport United have told Tottenham to come back with a bigger bid for their defender Bongani Khomalo.
   Meanwhile TalkSport's website reckons Middlesbrough might make a move for Carlo Cudicini on a season long loan.
   The Daily Star claim that Portsmouth want to take Kyle Walker on a season long loan.
   Rafael van der Vaart has revealed that the only other club who were in the bidding for him was Atletico Madrid, but Real did not want to sell to their rivals and a 8 million move to Spurs was the best option for both Real and the Dutch midfielder.
   Coverage of Tottenham's Champions League group games has been announced and Sky Sports will cover all of the matches apart from the away game at Internazionale, which will be on ITV.  The home match against Werder Bremen has not yet been finalised for coverage by either of the channels.


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Thursday  02.09.2010
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   Little news around ahead of the Euro qualifiers and other international matches this weekend, but the club have announced that the squad number for the new signings will be
11  -  Rafael van der Vaart
13  -  William Gallas
30  -  Sandro
37  -  Stipe Pletikosa
   The Daily Mail claims that Robbie Keane turned down a 8 million move to Turkish side Besiktas in the August transfer window to stay with Spurs.
   Peter Crouch has had to drop out of the England squad for their Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland because of a back injury.


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   CRIMEWATCH ... Carlos Queiroz has been suspended for six months by the Portuguese FA as head coach of the national side for taking an aggressive approach to random drug testers in the run-up to the World Cup finals in South Africa ... 

Wednesday  01.09.2010
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   Tottenham finally got confirmation that the transfer of Rafael van der Vaart from Real Madrid for 8 million was ratified by the Premier League this afternoon.  Apparently, there were technical problems with the computers that prevented the paperwork being lodged before the 18:00 deadline yesterday.
   And van der Vaart goes straight into the 25 man squad named by the club for the Premier League season until the end of the January transfer window.  The players in the squad are : -
 

Benoit Assou-Ekotto Jermain Defoe Robbie Keane Wilson Palacios
Sebastien Bassong William Gallas Ledley King Roman Pavlyuchenko
David Bentley Heurelho Gomes Niko Kranjcar Stipe Pletikosa
Vedran Corluka Tom Huddlestone Aaron Lennon Rafael van der Vaart
Peter Crouch Alan Hutton Luka Modric  
Carlo Cudicini Jermaine Jenas Kyle Naughton  
Michael Dawson Younes Kaboul Jamie O'Hara  


   In addition, Spurs have named the following under-21 players in the squad : -
 

Lee Angol Sandro Jesse Waller Lassen Alex Pritchard
Jordan Archer Daniel Day Jake Livermore Mirko Ranieri
Gareth Bale Giovani dos Santos Ryan Mason Danny Rose
Jack Barthram Olumide Durojaiye Paul McBride Ramil Sheriff
John Bostock William Ekong Jonathan Miles Adam Smith
Callum Butcher Zaine Francis-Angol Paul-Jose Mpoku Kevin Stewart
David Button Ryan Fredericks Jack Munns Callum Tapping
Nathan Byrne Ronnie Hawkins Jake Nicholson Andros Townsend
Tom Carroll Oscar Jansson Jon Obika Kyle Walker
Steven Caulker Harry Kane Kudos Oyenuga James Yeboah
Frederick Champion Cameron Lancaster Dean Parrett  

   A Spurs XI won a friendly against Crystal Palace 8-0 at Spurs Lodge today.  Harry Kane scored five goals, Kudos Oyenuga 2 after Jake Livermore had opened the scoring.


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