Skip to main content

News

  • Tano against the odds
Subscribe to newsfeed 

Tano against the odds

Posted on 29 May 2002  - 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).

Mauricio Taricco says he harbours doubts as to whether his native Argentina should be classified as favourites for the World Cup - he fancies France to lift the trophy.

Argentina and France are widely touted as joint favourites to win the tournament, but Tano is slightly surprised that the odds on his country are so short.

"No, I wouldn't say they are favourites and I am quite surprised they are up there," said Tano. "Okay they have a good team, but I would say the favourites are definitely France.

"Argentina are strong though and hopefully they will do very well."

History appears to favour Argentina over the French as a European side has never won the trophy outside of the continent and a European nation has not retained the trophy since the very early days when Italy won two in a row (1934 and 1938).

Argentina won the World Cup on home soil in 1978 and also triumphed in Mexico in 1986. They were beaten finalists in both 1930, when Uruguay hosted the first tournament and at Italia 90.

CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE WORLD CUP NEWS FROM OUR SPECIAL ARCHIVE - TOP COVERAGE WITH A SPURS ANGLE!