Connections - Germany 8
We probably have more connections with Germany than any other country outside the United Kingdom. The series continues with another European clash whilst Eric Dier skippers England against them.
We also remember the international when two of our boys were on the score-sheet and an earlier club tour.
The Cup Winners Cup in 1982 saw us meet Eintracht Frankfurt and the first leg in London saw Spurs struggle to overcome the Germans. After an hour Paul Miller scored from outside the box after an Ardiles shot was blocked. Micky Hazard aided the second late on after going past several defenders. Ray Clemence underworked until then pulled off an excellent save just before the end and that away goal would have proved valuable.
The Daily Mail told us that ‘it would take a drastic collapse of teamwork and temperament for Spurs to fail to reach the semi-final’ Clearly Spurs wanted to test the theory and went two behind in the first quarter of an hour.
Tottenham fought hard to stay in the game and in the last ten minutes Hoddle scored what he later called the most important goal of his career following Villa fighting his way through the defence. Hoddle (below) instead of blasting the ball sidefooted it home and Spurs went through.
We met Hamburg again in November 1986 at WHL. Clive Allen hit a hat trick and Mabbutt and Claessen one each as we won 5-1.
Schalke 04 came to The Lane in preseason August 2014 for a game which Spurs won 2-1, Adebayor and Soldado getting the goals.
The World Cup was held in West Germany (1974) and the reunited country (2006) as well the European Championships in 1988. Details of all these competitions can be found @
The most famous meeting between England and Germany was the 1966 World Cup final. The 1970 quarter finals saw the sides meet again Martin Peters and Alan Mullery (left opening the scoring) both scored for England but the Germans came from two goals down to win 2-3.
To bring the internationals up to date and the international friendly England drew 0-0 with Germany at Wembley, the first goalless game at Wembley for 7 years. Tripper and Rose both featured and the side was skippered by Eric Dier.
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