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  1. JJ.

    Yid Army

    I understand what Top_2 is getting at. It's something from a different era and is potentially outdated and perhaps not essential to being a Spurs fan now. However, there will be great grandfathers, grandfathers and fathers who followed Spurs through the times of much more visible racism and will look at the way the fans took the word and abuse and changed it into something that gave a sense of solidarity and pride. Something that united the fans in the face of hate. This sense of pride will have been passed down through generations. I appreciate that some people will find it offensive, but from what I've read there are a lot of Jewish people in the community who are not Spurs fans, but who understand the history of it and have absolutely no problem with it. I'm immensely proud to be part of a community that was able to take power from a situation that normally leaves you with none. Having said that, I would have no problem with the club letting it fade out, if it was the case that the hatred had stopped. It hasn't. It's still potent in small groups and is still present regularly during matches. I'm not talking about light hearted banter and stuff like that, taking the piss out of opposition fans is part and parcel of the game. A part of the game that makes it all the more beautiful. But the hissing, Nazi salutes and physical attacks because of a Jewish history? That goes way beyond banter, way beyond the power of one word and that is what should be the primary target. Once the FA come out to say that they will be taking proper action against that sort of thing, and actually making an effort to stop it, then I'll be willing to accept that we can let go of the word Yid. Until they get their priorities right, they can go fuck themselves.
  2. JJ.

    Yid Army

    It's bullshit of amazing proportions. We're the ones that get targeted yet we're the ones who have to change our behavior? Fuck that.
  3. JJ.

    Yid Army

    Well the term Yid is specifically used to describe someone Jewish and was adopted by Spurs fans decades ago in the face of racial abuse. It was originally used by opposition fans in a derogatory way so the Spurs fans started using it themselves in a positive way. Comparisons can be made with black people using the N word themselves to remove/replace the negativity attached to it, although only loosely. Obviously the level of racism has decreased a lot since then, but it's become part of our history as a club and a community. The FA seems to think that if we stop saying it that opposition fans will stop making gas chamber hissing sounds and doing Nazi salutes. It's almost impressively naïve to think it will make any difference at all. Racist fans won't suddenly stop being racist because we stop saying a word. Our fans weren't attacked in Rome and Lyon because we call ourselves Yids, they were attacked because of the clubs Jewish history. That history won't change simply because we stop saying it.
  4. JJ.

    New to The Spurs Web

    It's a way of life
  5. JJ.

    Cardiff City vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

    Should be a good opportunity to get Kaboul, Sandro and Holtby some more minutes under their belts. I suspect Lamela might start as well. For the sake of rotation it might be worth giving Walker a rest and putting Naughton at RB. Friedel will probably also play.
  6. JJ.

    Cardiff City vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

    Yep, home against Tromso
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    TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs Norwich City

    As Surrey said, Jan suffers for pace in the full back position. He's played a fair amount at LB for Belgium and he is competent there, but it's a bit of a risk. There will be some games where teams don't really have a small, pacey winger. Sometimes the opposition player will be bigger, more physical and an aerial threat. We might see him put at LB in those situations to ensure that we have sufficient height at the back post when teams cross from the left. He has also played in the midfield for Ajax, and apparently Arsenal wanted to sign him to play him there. The ability to play several positions just shows how good he is. However CB is his best position, something he's said himself several times, and why he ruled out going to Arsenal. It's extremely rare to have a CB with such high technique and confidence on the ball. Most CBs throughout the league are blunt instruments who will just punt anything that gets near them. That can be effective alone as a defensive tactic, as it means the ball is away from danger, but you can't build from that. Jan's reads the game so well that he cuts stuff out early and starts the attack off. There were a lot of moments yesterday where Paulinho dropped very deep to get the ball from Dawson. That doesn't happen as often with Jan because the team know he can carry the ball or play a pass so they don't need to give him such an easy option. Once Kaboul is back up and running we'll have 2 CBs who are confident on the ball. This should allow the midfield to push a little bit further up. There will also be times where either Jan or Kaboul will carry on running forwards once they start a run. That's when you'll see one of the CMs drop seamlessly into CB to cover, only temporarily of course. Having the ability to pull opposition players around with this sort of movement can make a huge difference to your team going forward. Vlad is also a ball playing CB. AVB clearly wants players who are happy to have the ball in the team. Something else I'm liking the look of is that although there are a lot of similarities with our CMs, Sandro/Capoue/Dembele/Paulinho, they all offer something very different in terms of their style. Expect to see lots of movement in the middle, players pushing ahead while others sit back. It means that we can attack from all over the pitch. Eriksen looked like the missing part of the puzzle yesterday. Plugging the gap between Dembele/Paulinho and Soldado. Alright Soldado still didn't get many chances but he was vastly more involved in the play. Worth noting that Eriksen can also play deeper, if needed. I think Holtby will progress considerably playing/training/watching with Eriksen. Holtby is still raw but appears to have it all in his locker. Eriksen is a freak. He's like a 30 yr old wrapped in a 21 yr olds body. Lamela has a certain swagger and looks like he's very difficult to get off the ball. He's pretty tall and wirey so keeps getting touches on the ball even when being pushed and pulled around. He will take Townsend's place, probably sooner rather than later. Townsend has a refreshing desire to attack his man every time, which is fine, but his decision making once he's beaten him is starting to look very predictable. Get it on the left, shoot. He had about 9 shots in the game, and I believe only 2 hit the target? Something like that. Townsend is clearly a talent, but Lamela looks more cultured and a bit more wise. Norwich were poor, but a lot of that was down to how good we were. We were quick into tackles and pressed hard. Dominated possession, made them chase everything which just killed them.
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    TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs Norwich City

    The thing that was noticeable from the beginning was the tempo. There was a lot of taking a touch and moving the ball on. Was probably Dembele's best game of the season so far. Even when Eriksen is off the ball, he's trying to find those little holes. He's a truly gifted player. He made his pass into Sig look easy, it really wasn't. Playing it into his stride with the perfect weight without looking is quality. It's good to see the signs of gelling are starting to appear. It will take time, but we've all now seen in snippets what we will be able to do more regularly once everyone is comfortable with each other.
  9. JJ.

    WHAT IS OUR BEST MIDFIELD ?????

    I think we will see a more constant selection as time goes on. At the moment it's still all a bit early so still figuring out what works best. The hope is that the quality of the players will still be enough to win us games while we handle the transition. I think it will, there's some real talent in there. Just a case of finding the balance.
  10. JJ.

    Gorgeous

    Haha well it was about time you knew how I felt, mate.
  11. JJ.

    Gorgeous

    Exciting times! Also makes you realise just how much of a unit Chadli is. Big boy. I think Paulinho is getting bored of all of the photos.
  12. JJ.

    Adebayor loan?

    He pretends that he isn't upset by the fact that he went from England manager favourite to being in the Championship with a dogshit team. Everything he says about Spurs always sounds like a thinly veiled attempt to add pressure to AVB. Saying we should be challenging for the title etc. That way when we don't win the title, both him and his mongo son can say AVB failed.
  13. JJ.

    WHAT IS OUR BEST MIDFIELD ?????

    I love the idea that there are so many possibilities. It can be totally customised based on opposition and game-plan.
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    Adebayor loan?

    No chance. Wouldn't surprise me if Arry was trying to put pressure on AVB by making the whole thing even more public. He's training with the development team because he isn't anywhere near match fit. The training regime will be considerably different to the 1st team currently. The whole AVB putting him there as some form of punishment or dislike thing is a load of rubbish.
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