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The final frontier

Posted on 10 July 2016  - 12:00

Hugo Lloris is expected to make Club history tonight by becoming the first Spurs player to start a final in a major international tournament.

Christian Ziege with Germany boss Rudi Voller at the 2002 World CupOssie Ardiles in action in the 1978 World Cup FinalJimmy Greaves in action in the 1966 World Cup - but he would miss out on the FinalJurgen Klinsmann, Christian Ziege and Steffen Freund after Germany's Euro 96 Final win

Proud captain of Spurs and France, Hugo will lead out Les Bleus in the Euro 2016 Final against Portugal at the Stade de France (8pm UK).

Hugo will become the second player to grace one of football's two biggest showpieces - the European Championship Final or World Cup Final - while on our books.

Christian Ziege was first. The defender/midfielder stepped off the bench for Germany against Brazil in the 2002 World Cup Final in Yokohama, Japan.

"I didn't realise I was the first Spurs player to appear in a Final, that's a really big thing for me," he said at the time. "I'm very honoured to have achieved that for the club." Christian is now Head Coach at Spanish side CD Atletico Baleares.

Below: Jurgen Klinsmann lifts the Euro 96 trophy - that victory between his spells at Spurs

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Final countdown

1966 - Jimmy Greaves was in the England squad that famously won the 1966 World Cup, but missed out on being in the team that beat West Germany. Martin Peters played and scored. He later joined us in 1970.

1978 - Ossie Ardiles was part of the Argentina team that won the World Cup, beating Holland 3-1 in the Final. Ricky Villa was in the squad. The pair joined us soon afterwards.

1992 - Jurgen Klinsmann was part of the German team that reach the Euro 92 Final but lost against Denmark - he had two spells at the Club, 1994-95 and 1998.

1996 - Christian Ziege and Jurgen Klinsmann both played as Germany beat the Czech Republic 1-0 in the Euro 96 Final at Wembley. Steffen Freund was injured in the semi-final against England. Christian joined us from Liverpool in 2001, Steffen was signed from Borussia Dortmund in 1999.

2004 - Helder Postiga was in the Portugal squad that lost the Final of Euro 2004 against Germany. He scored against England in the quarter-finals but didn't play in the Final. Helder was with us in the 2003-04 campaign.

2006 - William Gallas played in the 2006 World Cup Final as France lost on penalties to Italy. William joined us in 2010.

2010 - Rafa van der Vaart appeared in the 2010 World Cup Final as Holland lost out to Spain in South Africa. Rafa joined us from Real Madrid soon after. Michel Vorm was also in the Dutch squad.