Tottenham To Face Sydney FC At ANZ Stadium

6 March 2015
Read Time: 1.7 mins

"Come on you Spurs!" will ring out across ANZ Stadium in Sydney on May 30 when English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur heads to Australia to take on A-League side Sydney FC.

 English giants Tottenham are heading to Sydney.

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Led by 21-year-old striker Harry Kane and with marquee names Hugo Lloris, Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela in their midst, the North London giants will bring a star-studded squad to Australia for the marquee one-off friendly.

Some 60,000 fans are likely to pile in to the Homebush venue to catch a glimpse of some of English football's biggest stars, with striking prodigy Kane expected to lead the line.

Michael Lynch is one of Australia's most respected football reporters and having grown up in north-west London, where his father took him to games at Tottenham's legendary White Hart Lane, The Age journalist says he's looking forward to the trip.

"I've always been proud to be a Spurs fan and look forward to seeing them in Australia," Lynch says.

"Tottenham have always played the game the 'right way', with an emphasis on attacking, passing football which has seen them embraced by many who like to see the game played in an attractive manner," he adds.

With striking sensation Kane having already blasted home 14 Premier League goals to date, Sydney FC's back four could be in for a rough time against Mauricio Pochettino's free-scoring side.

Sydney-based Tottenham fan Mahesh Roy says that for Australians accustomed to supporting an underdog, Spurs generate an obvious appeal.

"They are entertaining, have great history and loyal fans," says Roy of Tottenham's worldwide popularity. "They are the most gloriously frustrating team in the world – like a prize dog that eats your shoes, they might make you angry, but you'll always let them back in."

The North London side – whose bitter rivalry with local foes Arsenal is one of the fiercest in world football – were formed in September 1882.

Success has largely eluded The Lilywhites during the Premier League era, but such is the star quality of Pochettino's talent-laden squad, Australian fans are expected to flock to ANZ Stadium regardless.

"Harry Kane is obviously a player I'd like to see, as well as Christian Eriksen, who is a joy to watch both on and off the ball," says Roy of the Spurs stars he's looking forward to seeing up close.

There's no doubt that Tottenham are one of English football's biggest names, and while the spacious confines of ANZ Stadium may not quite match the grandeur of the compact White Hart Lane, they'll nevertheless be transformed into a sea of white come kick-off.

"Spurs have always been special to me, and they occupy what I regard as a special place in English football history," says Lynch.

One of English football's most storied clubs will soon be looking to write a new chapter on Australian soil.
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Mike Tuckerman

From Europe to Asia and many places in between, there's rarely a town or city I've not enjoyed exploring. When I'm not wandering the streets and discovering new destinations, you can usually find me hanging out with the locals at major sporting events.