This lunchtime Hearts of the SPL were drawn against Tottenham Hotspur of the Barclays Premier League. With new Hearts boss Paulo Sergio out to prove he is the right man for the job Hearts won’t go down lightly. However, they may not face much competition with Harry Redknapp stating that he will field a weakened side in this season’s Europa League as it’s a “Distraction” . Spurs will travel to Tynecastle on Thursday 18th August with a young side it seems. Here is all you need to know about the two teams.
Hearts of Midlothian FC: An SPL side who are based in Edinburgh was established 137 years ago in 1874.
Stadium: Tynecastle Stadium which has a capacity of 17,420. In 2007-08 season, Tynecastle was voted as having the best atmosphere in the SPL. Spurs are in-store for a hostile reception when they do battle with the almighty Hearts. It’s the eighth largest stadium in Scotland and it has been the home of Hearts since 10th April 1886.
Owner: Vladimir Romanov has been under some criticism for his hands on approach at Hearts. Paulo Sergio became the 10th manager under Romanov at Tynecastle. Romanov bought the club in 2004 when Hearts and many other SPL clubs faced some severe financial difficulties. Vladimir Romanov had always been an admirer of Scottish football and he planned to bring over Lithuanian players to see how they would fare. At that time Hearts faced moving from their beloved Tynecastle but Romanov planned to redevelop Tynecastle which was a major plus for the fans. Romanov holds 82% of Hearts and he now had huge control over the club’s directors, managers and share-holders.
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Tottenham Hotspur: A premier league side who are based in London was established 128 years ago in 1882.
Stadium: White Hart Lane has been the backdrop for memorable European evenings. Having failed to emulate their success in finishing fourth for a second successive season Spurs now face a Europa League Campaign. White Hart lane has seen teams such as Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Werder Bremen do battle against Redknapp’s men. The stadium has a capacity of 36,310 and it’s been no secret that Spurs would like to re-locate. Having missed out on the olympic stadium they may re-develop White Hart Lane.
Owner: The club are owned by the ENIC Group ( English National Investment Company ) which is owned by Joseph Lewis. The group are a sports, media investment group who’s chairman is Daniel Levy. The ENIC group own 84% of Tottenham at the present time.
Verdict: I think this could go either way but I believe it all depends on what side Harry Redkanpp sends out. If it’s a load of youngsters and the reserves I think Hearts have a real shot but if Spurs take it seriously then Tottenham will walk the two legs. What do you think?