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+The A-Z of Reto Ziegler

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).

ACTOR…If you were an actor, who would your leading lady be?
Monica Bellucci, who appeared in Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.

BOREDOM…What do you take on a long journey to keep you occupied/amused?
My laptop to watch DVDs

CARTOONS…Who is your favourite cartoon character?
Tasmanian Devil — he’s crazy and funny!

DESTINATION…What is your favourite town/city and why?
Zurich — I lived there for four years when I was playing for Grasshoppers. It has everything you could want and I know the city like the back of my hand.

ELECTRONIC…Are you a gadgets person and what is the most hi-tec piece of equipment you own?
I am not really into gadgets, the best I have is maybe a projector which I use to watch TV and play PlayStation games.

FAMOUS…What’s the best/worst thing about being famous?
The best thing is that people respect you and you are a role model for young kids, but the worst is that you have no privacy.

GROUNDHOG…Which day would you like to repeat over and over again?
In 2002, I was part of the Swiss Under-17 national team which won the European Championships in Denmark. In the final we beat France in a penalty shoot-out and I scored the winning penalty — so it was a very good day for me and one I wouldn’t mind repeating.

HARASS…What annoys you, or winds you up?
Losing matches, I’m not a good loser.

ICON…Who is your all-time favourite sports person?
In football, it was Diego Maradona — he had something special, something different. Away from football I would say Mike Tyson — he was the youngest heavyweight world champion and a real winner.

JACKET POTATO…What filling would you have in a jacket potato
I don’t really eat them !

KARAOKE…If you had to sing a song, which one would it be?
I’m not a good singer but it would be a French song, I don’t think you would know it !

LUCKY…Do you have a lucky charm or a superstition?
No, I don’t.

MOVIES…What’s the last film you saw?
Ocean’s Twelve — it was good, but I think Ocean’s Eleven was maybe better.

NERVOUS…What are you scared of?
I’m not very relaxed when it comes to flying — I would prefer to travel by coach or train.

ORIENT EXPRESS…What’s the best journey you’ve ever been on?
I went on holiday with my whole family to Spain a few years ago and we had a great time but it’s not something that has happened recently because I don’t have the time to do that anymore. I hope that we can all do it again soon though.

PARANORMAL…Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen a ghost?
No, not at all.

QUICK…Who’s the quickest player you’ve ever played against?
Thierry Henry. I had seen him play before on TV, but it isn’t until you come face to face with him that you realise just how fast he is. I played against him for the first time this season, he is incredibly quick.

RECIPE…When did you last cook…and what did you cook?
A few weeks ago, I cooked a chicken curry and rice. I thought it was ok, but you’ll have to ask my mum for an honest opinion !

SOUNDS…What did you listen to in the car today?
An R&B hip-hop compilation CD by DJ Abdel

TOMORROW…What do you always put off until tomorrow?
Opening the post.

UNEXPECTED…What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?
When I was playing for Grasshoppers and I found out that Tottenham wanted to sign me. It was completely unexpected.

VANILLA…What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?
I really like banana splits — banana, chocolate sauce, cream and vanilla ice-cream.

WITHOUT…Is there anything that you just can’t live without?
My Family and friends, and football.

XYLOPHONE…Have you ever played a musical instrument?
No I never have.

YELLOW CARD…When did you last get a yellow card, and did you deserve it?
In the 5-4 defeat to Arsenal — I ran into one of their players, it wasn’t a bad challenge and it was the first contact I’d had with anyone in the game, so I don’t think I deserved it.

ZOO…What’s your favourite animal at the zoo?