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Time for Tottenham to make an FA Cup Final appearance

Silver is used to mark a 25th wedding anniversary and Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping for some silverware this season to mark an anniversary which is slightly less of a cause for celebration.

This season will make it 25 years since Tottenham’s last appearance in an FA Cup final and, given Arsenal have won the trophy seven times since then, it’s certainly about time the club were back at Wembley.

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True, Spurs have won the League Cup twice, and appeared in the final a further three times, since their last FA Cup final outing, but there is something about the club’s tradition in the world’s oldest cup competition.

In beating Nottingham Forest in extra-time in 1991, Spurs became the first club to win the FA Cup eight times. That tally has since been surpassed by both Arsenal and Manchester United, as Spurs wait for a 10th appearance in the final.

It also used to be a tradition that Spurs won the FA Cup when the year ended in one, having lifted the trophy in 1901, 1921, 1961, 1981 and 1991. But failure to reach the final in 2001 and 2011 has seen that talked about a bit less.

Instead, what should be discussed is how a club of Spurs’ size have failed to make it to the FA Cup final for 25 years. The desire to qualify for the Champions League in recent seasons could be pointed to as a shifting in priorities, but Spurs’ best two finishes in the Premier League have also coincided with their best recent FA Cup runs in reaching the semi-finals.

In 2010, Spurs finished fourth in the league and were beaten 2-0 by Portsmouth in the cup. Two years later, they were fourth again and lost 5-1 to Chelsea in the cup semi-final.

It’s a demonstration of the momentum a cup run can bring to a club’s league form and a reason why Mauricio Pochettino should take the competition seriously this season.

Spurs will enter the third round among the leading contenders in the FA Cup betting to win the competition and Pochettino has a team and a squad capable of going all the way to the final.

In beating Chelsea and Arsenal at White Hart Lane in the Premier League last season, Spurs proved they are capable of matching the best teams. Even in losing 2-0 to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup Final, Spurs showed they can rise to the big occasion.

With players like Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and new signing Son Heung-min to call upon, Pochettino has the attacking talent to win a one-off cup tie.

And Spurs are also usually involved in closely-contested cup finals as well, with their last four appearances all going to extra-time. In 1991, they beat Forest, after losing to Coventry 3-2 in 1987, which is the only time they’ve lost a cup final. In 1982, they beat QPR in a replay, having gone down the same route to beat Manchester City a year earlier.

Spurs have always provided entertainment for the neutrals and the FA Cup final is the biggest game for the neutrals in the football calendar. It’s too long since Spurs played in the end-of-season showpiece and the onus must be on Pochettino to commemorate this 25th anniversary with a shiny piece of silverware.

New Kitbag Deal: 15% Off Everything This Weekend

Kitbag’s back pretty fast with a new deal: up to 15% off everything this weekend. Excludes the outlet and selected lines. Some items are discounted even more as per our previous post. Ends 9AM Monday June 18th 2012 BST.

New Euro 2012 Deals From Kitbag

Kitbag’s back with a couple of new Euro 2012 deals and more:
- up to 50% off England products (including 50% off England’s home and away shirts)
- up to 35% off Italy products
- up to 25% off Portugal products
- 10% off all kit training, fashion, equipment and Euro 2012 souvenirs
- up to 10% off Nike Euro 2012 boots
- up to 10% off new season kits

Quite amazing. Needless to say they won’t last for long so it’s best to make up your mind and go shop.

10% Netherlands Training & Fashion Clothing On UKSoccerShop

UKSoccerShop’s got 10% off the Netherlands training & fashion range for the next 48 hours. It’ll probably end midnight Friday June 15th 2012 UK time. No coupon code needed.

Great Sale: 20% Off England Euro 2012 Range Plus 10% Off Everything On Kitbag

Now that’s a sale, especially if you’re an England fan! Kitbag’s offering 20% off the England Euro 2012 range plus 10% off everything. Unfortunately they haven’t specified when this ends but it’s safe to say it’s for a limited time.

10% Off All Orders On UKSoccerShop This Weekend

UKSoccerShop is offering 10% off everything this weekend (well, minus football boots, baselayers and football accessories). Ends midnight Sunday June 10th 2012.

10% Off Everything On Kitbag

Kitbag is trying hard to get sales up right before Euro 2012 with their 10% off everything offer. Ends midday June 6th 2012 BST, no coupon needed.

5% Off All Euro 2012 Merchandise On UKSoccerShop

You got that right! A whooping 5% off the Euro 2012 gear you (might) want to buy on UKSoccerShop. Ends midnight Tuesday June 5th 2012 UK time.

12-13 Netherlands Away Kit & Shirt Out

Other than the French new away kit and a couple of other kits, Nike released the new Netherlands away kit as well. This one debuted on Wembley against England in a friendly the Dutch won 3-2. It features some ‘laser-cut perforations for maximum breathability’ and a ’sweat-wicking fabric’ . Here are some very aesthetic images of it from NikeStore:

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And here are the most important kit items:

12-13 Netherlands Away Shirt – buy from Kitbag (or UKSoccerShop | World Soccer Shop | NikeStore)

12-13 Netherlands Away Shirt

12-13 Netherlands Away Shirt

12-13 Netherlands Away Shorts – buy from Kitbag (or UKSoccerShop | World Soccer Shop | NikeStore)

12-13 Netherlands Away Shorts

12-13 Netherlands Away Shorts

12-13 Netherlands Away Socks – buy from Kitbag (or UKSoccerShop | World Soccer Shop | NikeStore)

12-13 Netherlands Away Socks

12-13 Netherlands Away Socks

Let us know what you make of this new soccer kit and Netherlands’ odds of winning the Euros.

12-13 France Away Kit & Shirt Released

France is another national team involved in Euro 2012 that recently released its kit. Made by Nike, it debuted a few weeks back in France’s friendly victory over Germany away from home. As far as I’m concerned, Nike seems to be doing a particularly good job when it comes to France’s away kit, last season’s one looking quite good as well. Here are some images courtesy of NikeStore:

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And here are the most important kit items:

12-13 France Away Shirt – buy from Kitbag (or UKSoccerShop | World Soccer Shop | NikeStore)

12-13 France Away Shirt

12-13 France Away Shirt

12-13 France Away Shorts – buy from Kitbag (or UKSoccerShop | World Soccer Shop | NikeStore)

12-13 France Away Shorts

12-13 France Away Shorts

12-13 France Away Socks – buy from Kitbag (or UKSoccerShop | World Soccer Shop | NikeStore)

12-13 France Away Socks

12-13 France Away Socks

Let us know your take on France’s new football kit in the comments.

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