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Our All Wonders Series will run throughout the 2022-23 Premier League season and will focus on the key stories behind the history, tradition and culture of all 20 Premier League clubs.

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Have you ever sat and wondered why certain chants became iconic in the club? Why does the team have a certain nickname? Why are they playing in these colors? How were they founded? Yep, us too.

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This season, we’ll dig deeper to tell stories about the rich history, tradition and culture of the Premier League and give you the answers you need to know more.


Have you ever wondered why Tottenham Hotspur have the name Hotspur?

On 5 September 2022 they celebrated their 140th anniversary as a club and Tottenham Hotspur have a unique name and history. And yet, have you ever sat there and wondered what Hotspur is? And why is it on behalf of Tottenham?

Okay, here it is…

In 1882 the Hotspur Football Club was founded as the players from the Hotspur Cricket Club needed the sport to play during the winter months. The team was formed from schoolchildren who allegedly met on Tottenham High Road under a gas lamp, right outside the current stadium.

Several names were discussed for the team’s name, one option being Northumberland Rovers, but Hotspur FC was chosen.

Tottenham Hotspur

Not the only Hotspur football club in London…

Hotspur F.C.’s first team was led by Bobby Buckle who was the club’s first captain at the age of 13 and also the first recorded scorer in 1883.

The young men turned to John Ripshere, a Bible class teacher at All Saints Church in Tottenham, for help running the club, and he became the club’s first president and treasurer.

In 1884 the club was renamed Tottenham Hotspur Football Club as another club from London was called Hotspur F.C. and their mail was mistakenly delivered to north London and vice versa. This confusion didn’t work. Other Hotspurs were based in Merton, Wimbledon and were formed in 1878.

So it was the original London Hotspur and not Tottenham.

Tottenham Hotspur

But why Hotspur? What is this name about?

You’ll never guess it in a million years…

The name Hotspur was chosen to pay homage to Sir Henry Percy, better known as “Harry Hotspur” from Shakespeare’s “King Henry IV, Part 1”, as he and his family owned land in the area known as Northumberland Park and in the Tottenham Marshes, where the club played its first games.

In fact, the historic building known as Percy House, which now houses the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and is adjacent to the stadium, was built by Sir Hugh Smithson, Duke of Northumberland in the early 1740s. Smithson inherited the fortune and lands of the Percy family of Northumberland, whose ancestor was Harry Hotspur.

Who was Harry Hotspur? He was an English knight who fought in several wars against the Scottish army and in the Hundred Years’ War against France.

He was called Hotspur because the Scots praised his incredible speed on horseback. It was said that he had to have “hot spurs” on his boots in order for the horse to run so fast. Hence the name.

So the next time you watch Harry Kane and Heung-min Son fly at full speed towards the gate, think of Sir Harry “Hotspur” Percy, who is rapidly approaching the Scottish army on his horse.


BERLIN. Jordan Pefok’s bid for the World Cup helps Union Berlin have an unprecedented time at the top of the Bundesliga.

[ MORE: Jordan Pefok a massive snub from USMNT friendly roster ]

Pefok scored the opening goal in Union’s victory over Wolfsburg on Sunday, just four days after he was left off USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter’s 26-man roster for games against Japan and Saudi Arabia.

“Who doesn’t look forward to playing in the World Cup when their country qualifies?” Pefok asked.

Berhalter said he already knew what Pefok was capable of. But with only two months left before the tournament in Qatar, Pefok wants to make sure.

The 26-year-old forward tormented Wolfsburg’s defense, coming back time and time again, and then crowned his performance with a glancing header that took him to three goals in six Bundesliga games this season.

Union won 2-0, opening a two-point lead over Borussia Dortmund after seven matches. The club from Kopenick was at the top for the first time. Union was promoted to the Bundesliga only in 2019.

“I’d be lying if I said I knew how well things would go,” said Pefok, who joined Union in the off-season from Young Boys, with whom he was the top scorer in the Swiss league with 22 goals last season.

“I joined a fantastic group – the staff of the club, the fans, a really great environment. And I think that all this makes us successful today,” Pefok said. “We are really a family that loves to spend time together, loves to have fun together. Even after defeats, we quickly put them out of our heads, talk, rest and continue. I hope that this will continue.”

[ MORE: USMNT roster for World Cup tune-ups ]

Union have only suffered defeats in European competition this season – both narrow defeats to Royal Union St. Gilloise and Braga in the Europa League, which Union play for the first time since their remarkable fifth place in the Bundesliga last season .

This season it is the only undefeated team in the German league.

Pefok played a key role in this, forming an exciting partnership with Surinam striker Sheraldo Becker, who scored the second goal on Sunday, assisting defense and scoring two goals in addition to the three he scored.

Pefok was speaking after Sunday’s game when Wolfsburg’s sporting director Jörg Schmadtke stopped by to congratulate the player on his performance.

French-speaking Americans hope that Berhalter, too, has taken notice.

[ MORE: Jordan Pefok scores for leaders Union Berlin; McKennie, Juve lose ]

USMNT coach selected Josh Sargent of Second Division club Norwich, Jesús Ferreira of Dallas and Ricardo Pepi on loan to Groningen of Augsburg for friendly matches against Japan in Düsseldorf, Germany on Friday and Saudi Arabia Four days later in Murcia, Spain.

“We have been consistent that this may not be the best striker in the group. This is the guy who is best suited for what we do,” Berhalter said.

Pefok said he would be ready for the World Cup.

“The coach decides,” Pefok said. “I play games out of happiness. I keep trying my best. After that, as we say in France, we pay the musicians at the end of the ball.”

Pefok, who scored one goal in nine games for USMNT, added: “I think it’s up to me to keep doing what I’m trying to do. Stay focused. I wasn’t called to this training camp, but now, my chances are not zero. In the end, we will see who will be called up for the World Cup.”

Throughout the Premier League season, The Breakdown offers analysis, tactical focus, and a deeper dive into some of the best games from the best players on the planet.

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We’re back for Season 3 of Breakdown and Joe Prince-Wright will be joining you to discuss some of the things that stood out (or didn’t stand out initially) in the Premier League.

Hit the play button on the video above to watch the latest episode of Breakdown, and below is the full archive of The Breakdown.

And feel free to send your comments and questions to JPW via his Twitter feed (click below) if you’d like him to pick any games that caught your eye and he’ll then process them with a breakdown.



Source: soccer.nbcsports.com

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