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TEEMU CLOSES IN ON IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

Posted on 22 February 2008  - 12:00

You could excuse Teemu Tainio for feeling his dream of playing at Wembley was a million miles away as he grew up.

You could excuse Teemu Tainio for feeling his dream of playing at Wembley was a million miles away as he grew up.

The tigerish midfielder was born in Tornio, in the frozen wastelands of northern Finland and the home of Father Christmas.

So when asked, as a Spurs fan, if it was his dream to follow in the footsteps of Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker and co and play at Wembley, he smiles.

“Everyone says that but it’s so far away when you are a seven-year-old sitting at home watching television in Lapland.

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“I didn’t watch those games live, but I saw them afterwards. I remember Gazza’s free-kick and it was a special goal, special moments for fans. I’m so happy to be part of a team now that could give those special moments to our fans.

“It was my dream and now I’m here, so I must have done something right.”

You could say that. Teemu played a key role in our memorable semi-final victory over Arsenal, excelling in his favoured holding midfield role. He’s now battling it out for a place in the 16 in the final against Chelsea. “I’ve never played at Wembley, so it will be a special game for me,” he said.

“I’ve played in three cup finals in France and never lost one. There is so much pressure on these occasions, lots of expectation and it’s just great to be out there on the pitch. Anything can happen in one game and hopefully we can lift the cup. We are playing well, we are confident but look who we’re playing against, a good Chelsea side that has won plenty recently.

“It’s a big game for everyone involved at the club and when you see fans around, you can feel how much it means to them.”