Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win over Manchester City was a first in several respects. It was the first Champions League match in the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a glitzy, sparkling, state-of-the-art ground. It was the first time Spurs won a Champions League quarterfinal match in their history.
And, it was the first of hopefully many times that Spurs executed a tifo in their new, 17k south stand. Orchestrated as an “iconic moment” by the club, season ticket holders in the south stand found a commemorative plastic bag on their seats. They were instructed, when the teams walked out of the tunnel, to hold up their bags to display the club’s motto, To Dare Is to Do.
It was pretty freakin’ sweet. That south stand is huge. Thankfully, if you’re like me and were at work during the match and missed all the pre-game stuff, there’s video.
I don’t know why England doesn’t do tifo more often — it’s great. Hopefully the club will allow fans to start creating tifo organically, the way they do in the Bundesliga. And if anyone from Tottenham (or who has a seat in the south stand and is good at organzing) is reading this, we have some ideas.