Very few players in Tottenham’s recent history are as fondly remembered by the fans as Jermain Defoe.
The 36-year-old striker featured on 363 occasions for the club over two spells, finding the back of the net on 143 occasions.
He became an instant hit with the White Hart Lane faithful after moving to the club in 2004 and led the line superbly for several years. He left Spurs for Portsmouth after he lost his place in the side under Juande Ramos, only for him to return to North London just a year later when Harry Redknapp took over the reins.
The former England striker, who produced several memorable moments in Spurs shirt, has now opened upon on one moment during his Tottenham career that he will never forget.
The 36-year-old picked out his goal against BSC Young Boys in Tottenham’s 4-0 thumping of the Swiss side in the second leg of the Champions League play-off in 2010 as one of his favourite memories.
Speaking about the game, the former Spurs striker told the club’s official website, “It was such an important game and the goal, I was off balance after the turn and I had to quickly compose myself because I wanted to finish that chance and get us ahead in the tie.
“I wanted to beat the goalkeeper at his near post and I hit it perfectly, in off the post. I watched it again the other day! I was watching my ‘100 goals’ DVD with my nephew!
“Those nights – the atmosphere, the all-white kit, under the lights in the Champions League – there is no better feeling.
“The main thing was to get into the Champions League. We wanted to get in there and compete at that level. Not reaching the group stage would have been a nightmare and that’s why that goal is so special for me, my first in the Champions League. I’ll never forget that goal.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Qualifying for the Champions League in 2010/11 was certainly a fantastic achievement for the club at the time especially after going 3-0 down in the first half of the first leg against Young Boys. It shows how far the club has come that Spurs fans now expect their team to qualify for the competition every season.
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