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Teemu's Tottenham dream

Posted on 6 July 2005  - 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).

Teemu Tainio felt instantly at home following his arrival for pre-season training on Monday as the dream of playing for his favourite team started to become a reality.


Make no mistake, the Finland international was not just mouthing arrival platitudes to suit his new environment. He is a Spurs fan and proud of it, explaining that he and a friend went a bit against the norm in his homeland where the red shirt of Liverpool was the popular choice during his childhood.


The 25-year-old signed up for the club in January following a seven year stint at French side Auxerre. Joining during the winter window has meant a long wait, but one he was prepared to go through.


"Yes it has because I like Spurs very much," said Teemu. "Since signing I have been looking forward to coming here and now it has happened. It was a long wait but I am the kind of person who lives for the day so it was not a problem.


"I have been a fan since I was about six or seven years old and it is a dream come true for me now. Two or us were always for Tottenham while everybody else seemed to be Liverpool - we still are.


"I remember Lineker and Gascoigne as my first favourites.


"Everyone in Finland watches the Premier League, I know quite a lot about English football and I think I can do well here. I like the physical side of the game, in France it was different and I admire the English game - you go straight to 'go'."


Were it not for the requirement of Military Service in his homeland, Teemu could have been an established Premiership player by now. He had a trial spell as a 17-year-old at Manchester United, but opted to complete his service before joining the just retired Guy Roux at Auxerre.


"I was in Manchester for two weeks for a trial and they wanted me there but I decided to do my military service. I then went to France and stayed there for seven years.


"Auxerre is very much a family club and we were all close to each other. Guy Roux was there 43 years, he is the one who built the team and we won the French Cup for him before he retired."


Teemu has been widely described as the 'complete midfielder', meaning he can perform admirably in all four positions. He modestly disputed the assertion, expressing a preference for the central area before making his own attempt to describe himself as a player.


"I don't know if I can - but I have played in all the four positions. I do prefer to play in the centre. Like you said I think I am quite complete, I like to defend and I like to attack."