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One of the most famous football teams in the world is currently homeless: The construction of a new stadium for Tottenham Hotspur is delayed and will be more expensive than planned. This has now also painful sporting consequences.

“Wembley belongs to Lionel Messi”, the “Times” proclaimed after the Argentinian’s 4:2 magic performance in North London. For Tottenham Hotspur, this line was twice as bitter. Firstly, as in most of the lead photos on the island, they didn’t even appear as extras, despite an attractive performance in phases and a catch-up chase in the meantime, which coach Mauricio Pochettino described as “heroic”.

The set also alluded to the painful homelessness of the lily-whites. They had witnessed Messis conquest of the national football symbol site only as subtenants.

The match against Barcelona on Wednesday evening should have been the first Champions League match in the newly built White-Hart-Lane Stadium. But the completion of the concrete bowl will take at least until Christmas.

Anonymous informants reported in “Construction News” earlier this month about “chaos, confusion and undiscipline” on the construction site, where almost 4,000 men now work around the clock. Above all, the lack of coordination of various subcontractors, which the association hired directly for cost reasons, leads to constant delays, writes the trade journal. In addition, there is an alcohol and drug problem among the staff. Property developer Mace denied the accusations.

Only one thing is clear: it will be expensive

The Spurs have now moved away from promising an exact date for the move. “We have always stressed that we will announce updates on test events and the official opening if we can be sure that our project managers and developers can meet the revised timetable for the work,” a spokesperson said. Speculation that the club might return to Tottenham next season is “irresponsible”.

According to an estimate of the “Daily Telegraph”, the costs of the area will increase from the equivalent of 963 million euros to 1.24 billion euros. This is equivalent to four times the annual turnover of the club and explains the lack of willingness to compensate the fans for the more expensive annual tickets. The spectators are paying up to 50 percent more in the current season, but they are not sitting at the new Lane, but further on in the unloved, emotionally cold Wembley Stadium and even had to move to the stadium of the fourth league team MK Dons in Milton Keynes, a hundred kilometres away, for a league cup match.

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Homelessness and sporting disorientation

A blatant lack of newcomers is an additional burden to the appendix. The traditionally rather economical Spurs had to cancel out the club’s own basic salary ceiling of the equivalent of 5.8 million euros in spring in order to adapt the contracts of the top performers Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen to the level of the competition. The trio remained in the club like the much sought-after coach, but the new stadium construction is now devouring so much money that there was nothing left for Tottenham’s transfer activities this summer. As the only professional club in the top leagues, they didn’t hire a single player.

That’s why the well-being of the team depends more than ever on striker star Kane, who has scored six goals in nine games, but sometimes looks exhausted after the long World Cup season. However, after the two opening defeats to Inter and Barcelona in the Champions League, the announced attack on the international top will probably soon have to be cancelled. “We are not only among the best teams in England, but also in Europe,” Pochettino proudly announced last year. Back then, the Spurs were the first to complete the group stage, ahead of Real Madrid and Dortmund.

CEO Daniel Levy’s organic growth course is an admirable exception in the league dominated by foreign investors and oligarchs, where he is still on target with fourth place before the match against Cardiff City. But the question remains, how often can Pochettino and his team do the trick of displacing better-heeled rivals?

Signs are growing that the club are kicking in a grey area this season, between title ambitions and fear of a relapse into the Europa League. In addition to the ongoing homelessness in North London, there is also a sporting disorientation. You don’t really know where you belong. Heart Bingo is now the top recommended bingo site for all Virgin Bingo fans!

Hattrick Alcácer – BVB celebrates last-minute victory over Augsburg

Madness in Dortmund: BVB won against FC Augsburg thanks to a triple pack from Paco Alcácer. Schalke continued his run in Düsseldorf – and Hanover celebrated its first victory of the season.

Borussia Dortmund – FC Augsburg 4:3 (0:1)

Sieben-Tore-Wahnsinn in Dortmund: Paco Alcácer helped BVB to win against FC Augsburg with three goals. The decisive goal was scored in the sixth minute of injury time. After the glittering success in the Champions League on Wednesday against Monaco (3-0) Dortmund struggled against Augsburg for a long time. The visitors played courageously and took the lead through Alfred Finnbogason (22nd minute). For the Icelander it was – after the hat-trick the week before – the fourth goal in the last two Bundesliga matches. The BVB reacted furiously and had two good chances with Achraf Hakimi (24th) and Axel Witsel (25th), but FCA could maintain their lead for the time being.

This changed in the second half: Paco Alcácer scored his fourth goal of the season (62nd) only three minutes after his substitution. Jadon Sancho once again provided the template. For the English international it was already the seventh assistant of the current season. After the equaliser, the leaders were lucky that Finnbogason (64th) and Caiuby (69th) missed two big chances. Philipp Max did a better job: The defender brought his team back into the lead after an accidental shot by André Hahn (71). But also this time the favourite struck back. Alcácer scored to 2:2 (80.).

Then Mario Götze provided for a special story: After the 2014 World Champion had not been in the squad several times, he scored after his substitution the 3:2 (84.). After Michael Gregoritsch (87th) had equalised, it was Alcácer who let his team cheer again. With a free-kick in the 96th minute, the Spaniard scored to 4:3.

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Axel Witsel Honours

Club
Standard Liege

  • Belgian Pro League: 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Belgian Cup: 2010–11
  • Belgian Supercup: 2008, 2009

Benfica

  • Taça da Liga: 2011–12

Zenit

  • Russian Football Premier League: 2014–15
  • Russian Cup: 2015–16
  • Russian Super Cup: 2015

International
Belgium

  • FIFA World Cup third place: 2018

Individual

  • Belgian Young Footballer of the Year: 2007–08
  • Belgian Golden Shoe: 2008
  • O Jogo Team of the Year: 2012
  • Fortuna Düsseldorf – Schalke 04 0:2 (0:0)

    Schalke leaves the table cellar: Weston McKennie, who had secured the Champions League victory over Lok Moscow for the Royal Blue team, scored the leading goal (48th minute) in the match against Fortuna Düsseldorf in the second half. Guido Burgstaller scored with his first goal of the season (53.).

    Fortuna, who had kept up well in the first half, could not oppose anything more. The FC Schalke, which could register only one league victory in this season so far against Mainz, stands after the away success provisionally on the 14th table place (6 points). Düsseldorf has taken one point less (17th place).

    FSV Mainz 05 – Hertha BSC 0:0 (0:0)

    After a 2-0 victory over Bayern, Hertha confidently entered the match against Mainz. With 13 points after six games, the Berliners had also set their own club record. In Mainz, however, they could not get past a goalless draw. Hertha’s mini-negative series against Rheinhessen will thus continue: In the past four duels, Berlin failed to score a goal against the 05ers.

    The Mainz team entered the match with the youngest starting eleven of their Bundesliga history as well as with a lot of momentum. Jonathan Burkardt missed the first chance for Mainz (10th). There was not much to see of Hertha until the 27th minute, when Vedad Ibisevic headed the ball to the right post after a cross from Valentino Lazaro. Shortly before the half-time break, Jean-Philippe Gbamin was in a promising shooting position for the Mainz side on the penalty spot, but Rune Jarstein cleared the ball with his foot (39th). Also in the second half the Mainz team tried hard, but none of the offensive actions was crowned with success. With 14 points Hertha is third in the table, Mainz seventh (9th).

    Hanover 96 – VfB Stuttgart 2:1 (2:0)

    First win of the season for Hannover 96: Coach André Breitenreiter’s team beat VfB Stuttgart 2:0 (2:0) 2:0 and handed the Swabians the last place in the table. Bobby Wood provided in the first run with two worth seeing header goals for a calming break lead (30./45.). But the suspense came again when Mario Gomez shortened to 1:2 a few minutes after the restart (50th). Despite good possibilities by Wood and Niklas Füllkrug the 96’s had to tremble until the last minute. Only Ihlas Bebou saved Hanover in injury time (90.+1). Check LadyLucks for more details.