Connections - Columbia
Tottenham's connections to Columbia, apart from our current defender Davinson Sanchez who has proved so successful in his first season with the club is just one meeting at club level.
As well as a few international meetings.
England has met Columbia five times. The first time was in 1970 when England stopped there for a friendly prior to the World Cup in an attempt to acclimatize to high altitude they would face in Mexico. England won the game 4-0 with Martin Peters scoring in the second and thirty eighth minutes. Alan Mullery was also in the side. The game was overshadowed as Bobby Moore had been accused of stealing a bracelet prior to the game. This was seen by the English press as an attempt to unsettle the English team prior to the event as he was detained for four days. The Colombian police decided that Moore was innocent but the case was not closed for several years.
The second meeting was in The Rous Cup at Wembley in 1988. A 1-1 draw saw Gary Lineker then of Barcelona score. Chris Waddle played and Glenn Hoddle, then with Monaco came on for his 50th cap.
Left - Lineker's goal.
Terry Venables was the England manager in 1995 and a goalless draw at the same ground as Teddy Sheringham came on in the second half.
The game might be remembered for the antics of the Columbian goalkeeper, Rene Higuita, perform one of his famous scorpion kicks to clear the ball.
The two sides met in the 1998 World Cup (group stage) Darren Anderton scored in the twenty minute (left) as England won 2-0. Sol Campbell also played and Glenn Hoddle was the manager. The latest meeting was in 2005 and a friendly in the USA. A 3-2 win meant Columbia has never beaten England to date.
Peter Crouch (Southampton) made his international debut as Spurs had Michael Carrick start and Defoe joined him from the bench.
Tottenham have played Colombian opposition once in May 1987. The game occurred in the Orange Bowl, Miami. They met the Millonaries club based in Bogota. Before the game the Miami press warned Tottenham might struggle in the heat and quoted Tottenham coach Trevor Hartley as saying ‘We understand that it is important to project the game in America, We will look at how things go in the first half and if need be we will make changes but we will stick with our attacking style because we want an exciting performance.’ Tottenham lost the game by the only goal in front of a crowd recorded as 8,219.
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