Ranking of European exits by Spurs since 2000 from least to most Spursy


Tottenham’s involvement in this year’s Europa Conference League has been cut roughly – but it arguably isn’t even their most embarrassing exit from Europe in recent years.

Spurs have made being “Spursy” an art form over the past few decades, and this unfortunate disposition has often made itself felt in European competition.

Their improved Premier League form has earned them many trips to the continent, but a repeat of their 2019 Champions League final seems unlikely.

And they will have to leave Europe before Christmas this year after losing their last group match against Rennes 3-0 from UEFA as a COVID outbreak prevented the draw from happening on the original date.

Here we’ve ranked all of Tottenham’s European departures since the start of the 2000-01 season from least to most embarrassing.

15. 2006-07

Tottenham’s first campaign in Europe since 1999-2000 was the opposite of embarrassment.

Some scalps were taken (Beskitas, Bayer Leverkusen, Braga), White Hart Lane was full of novelties and Spurs were eliminated in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Sevilla before their limits could be seriously revealed.

All in all, an ideal stepping stone for bigger things.

14th 2018-19

Reaching the Champions League final, which will bring unforgettable memories to the long-suffering Spurs fans in Manchester and Amsterdam, can never be seen as an embarrassment.

But the game against Liverpool was finally decided when Sadio Mane pounded the ball on Moussa Sissoko’s arm in the second minute in Madrid.

As Spurs are further and further removed from the glory of the Champions League, the 2-0 defeat is marked by increasing regret.

13th 2010-11

Spurs’ first Champions League campaign was a return to those glorious European nights in the lane that hadn’t been featured since the Jimmy Greaves era.

Inter Milan was smashed. The waves of attack from Milan were stopped by Joe Jordan’s forehead alone. And a quarter-finals exit from Real Madrid was the definition of respectable.

Yes, there were some unfortunate goalkeeping mistakes in the game, but Spurs fans would have been proud of their team’s achievements.

12th 2007-08

Aside from the mid-game sacking of Martin Jol, Spurs avoided embarrassment during their 2007-08 UEFA Cup.

The Getafe defeat was their only group stage defeat and Spurs were eliminated on penalties in the round of 16 against PSV Eindhoven.

That didn’t bother anyone – Spurs had won the League Cup just two weeks earlier. It wouldn’t be long before more cutlery arrived, would it?

11. 2014-15

A flawed 2-0 defeat by Fiorentina ended Spurs’ European adventure in 2015 when Mohamed Salah exploited Jan Vertonghen’s mistake to drive Pochettino’s side out of the last 32 of the Europa League.

This one feels pretty forgetful compared to some other Tottenham disasters, so the spots here are low enough.

10. 2013-14

It was always hard to imagine that Tim Sherwood “Tactics” would lead the Spurs to glory in Europe with his strong vest game alone.

And so it has been proven. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk were narrowly sent off, but Benfica strolled to north London and beat Tottenham in the round of 16 by three to one.

It was a long way from the duel with Milan and Real Madrid, but Spurs appointed Mauricio Pochettino in the summer of 2014 – it was really the pre-dawn darkness.

9. 2011-12

PAOK, Rubin Kazan and Shamrock Rovers. Probably the least intimidating group since S Club 7 – but a Spurs couldn’t negotiate in 2011.

Defeats in Russia and at home to PAOK did the damage, but it felt like Harry Redknapp didn’t care too much about leaving Europe, which negated any severe embarrassment.

8. 2015-16

Tottenham began to become a force under Pochettino, finishing 3rd in the Premier League and colonizing the English team at Euro 2016.

But that didn’t help them much against Borussia Dortmund. Spurs had fought their way to the second round of the Europa League before being outclassed by Thomas Tuchel’s team.

Pierre-Emerick Auabmeyang and Marco Reus did the damage, and the gap between Spurs and Europe’s elite has been highlighted again.

7th 2008-09

As Redknapp never tires of saying, the Spurs were a mess when he took over in October 2008.

Stranded at the bottom of the Premier League table, scoring fewer than a samosa, meaning Premier League survival was an immediate priority.

That meant the last 16 away game at Shakhtar Donetsk had little meaning. A very different team from Tottenham lost 2-0 and set about the serious task of reaching 8th place in the league.

It wasn’t the end of the world, but sometimes it’s more embarrassing not to care than to bother.

6th 2012-13

A heat-seeking rocket still rising towards the sun …

5. 2016-17

Hopes were high when Spurs qualified for their first Champions League season in six seasons. You shouldn’t have been.

An underrated Monaco beat Pochettino’s side twice. Spurs couldn’t score a goal against Bayer Leverkusen. The elimination in the group stage was confirmed, only that the Spurs fall at the first hurdle in the Europa League after Christmas.

Everything at Wembley Stadium.

Maybe it’s best to keep going …

4th 2017-18

“It’s the story of Tottenham,” said Giorgio Chiellini after Juventus knocked Spurs out of the Champions League in the 2018 round of 16.

“They always create a lot of chances and score so many goals, but in the end they always miss something to get to the end. We believe in history. “

Appendix A shows how to impale an entire club in an interview. Red faces everywhere.

3. 2019-20

As if it wasn’t enough to allow 7 (SEVEN) against Bayern Munich in their brand new stadium, Spurs stumbled into the round of 16, where a young, hungry Leipzig team lay in wait.

Given the global pandemic that resulted in the Champions League resorting to a one-legged competition from the quarter on, Jose Mourinho’s squad didn’t even make it that far.

A penalty from Timo Werner was enough to beat Spurs in the first leg and Tottenham were euthanized after a three-goal defeat in Germany in the second leg.

It was less than a year after reaching the finals. Not only did Spurs take the decline, they jumped into a clown car and sped down the next steep hill.

2. 2021-22

Nobody wanted to play in the first Conference League, but Spurs’ participation in the new tournament was downright disastrous.

You were mocked and previously trolled by Pacos de Ferreira and then the 1-0 defeat in the play-off leg and it didn’t get much better in the group stage.

After losing at Vitesse and making eleven changes for a league game at West Ham that they would lose anyway, a 2-1 loss at Slovenian club Mura was one of the most embarrassing in the club’s history.

The loss to Rennes made for a gloomy approval of a very “sparse” episode.

1. 2020-21

While the Dinamo Zagreb manager was in jail, his Tottenham colleague was exposed as a massive fraud when Spurs threw away a two-goal lead to exit the Europa League in Croatia.

The ultimate “boys …” moment. No further, your honor.


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