My favourite soccer team Spurs (Tottenham Hotspur) is back in a European competition. This time it is not the UEFA Cup, it is the Champions League, the big one. It is the first time for Spurs to be in this competition since 1961 when it was simply called the European Cup, 50 years ago!
Spurs first match in Champions League qualifying was last week against Young Boys (Switzerland). By the way Young Boys are not young boys, they are an excellent football team and they have a big advantage, their home pitch is not grass, it is an artificial surface.
Spurs have rarely played on such a surface and were 3-0 down after only 30 minutes. It could have been the end of Spurs return to Europe, but Spurs battled back and scored two goals from Bassong (France) and Pavlyuchenko (Russia).
So Spurs lost, but they only lost by one goal. The return game at Spurs home ground will be on Wednesday. Spurs need to win, but they are playing pretty well at the moment so there is some hope.