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Goran set to face old foes

Posted on 5 August 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

It will be in considerably quieter surroundings when Goran Bunjevcevic takes on old rivals Partizan Belgrade at the Olympic Stadium on Seville tonight.

The former Red Star Belgrade player is more used to running the gauntlet from opposition supporters when the fierce rivals have gone head to head in the past and he recalls a time in 2000 when the players had to flee the pitch in order to avoid physical attacks.

"It was a bad time for my country. We played a game and the supporters came on and had a big fight with the players," reflected Goran, who happily reports this is no longer the case when the teams play.

"It was scary, but times have changed and Partizan played last season the Champions League and some players came back from abroad. They have some young talent and it is going to be an interesting game," added the Serbia-Montenegro international, who insists his former club still hold sway in his homeland.

"Red Star are the top team at the moment and beat Young Boys in the Champions League qualification last night. At the moment Red Star are the best but Partizan had success a year ago.

"I know the players and know the names of the youngsters. I have played with some of them in the national team.

"Partizan play typical Eastern European football, very technical and tricky.

"They like to play against English teams and eliminated Newcastle from the Champions League last season.

"I played and won against Leicester when I was at Red Star but teams tend to fear set-pieces when they play against an English sides.

"I think the teams are getting closer to doing well in Europe and I think in the future they can be part of the latter stages. I think this will be good for football in Eastern Europe."