A few facts on...Tromso IL
18 September 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
As we get set to welcome Tromso IL to the Lane on Thursday night, here are a few facts about our Norwegian visitors...
Tickets are still available for our opening match in Group K - kick-off is 8.05pm.
Tromso in Europe, 2013/14 - Tromso began their Europa League journey on July 4 with a 2-1 defeat at home to Celje in the first leg of the first qualifying round. They secured a 2-0 win in the return match, going through 3-2 on aggregate.
Qualification - Tromso IL were admitted to this season’s Europa League via the Fair Play rule, whereby they are being rewarded for showing good discipline on the pitch.
On the road in Europe - Tromso’s biggest away win on the continent was a 5-0 victory over FC Daugava in a Europa League First Qualifying Round first leg encounter in 2011.
Against the English - Tromso have only ever met English opposition one before in a UEFA competition. They faced Chelsea in the Second Round of the 1997/98 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, winning the home leg 3-2 before slumping to a 7-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Tough time - The aforementioned 7-1 defeat at Chelsea remains Tromso’s heaviest away defeat in Europe.
Norwegian opponents - The only time we have faced a Norwegian side in UEFA competition before was 41 years ago, when we scored six goals in both legs against Oslo-based FK Lyn in a UEFA Cup First Round tie. We won 6-3 in Oslo, before hitting six without reply at the Lane.
Group Stage - Tromso made it through to the Group Stage of the 2005/06 UEFA Cup, as it was then known. Their record of one draw and three defeats saw them finish bottom of their section.
Looking to break new ground - No Norwegian side has yet managed to secure a victory in England in UEFA competition.
Glove it – One player who Spurs and Tromso have in common is goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld. The Canadian stopper was on our books between 2002 and 2004, although he never made a first team appearance, while he played for Tromso in 2005, notably performing well in the UEFA Cup.
Past experience - Tromso defender Jaroslaw Fojut spent time at Bolton Wanderers between 2004 and 2009 as a trainee. He had loan spells at Luton Town and Stockport County during that time.
In form - Tromso are coming into Thursday night’s game on the back of an eye-catching 1-0 win over Rosenborg in the Norwegian top flight, known as the Tippeligaen.
Road block - Our visitors on Thursday have lost their last seven away games in the Tippeligaen, and are currently in 13th place in the standings.