Fourth at Christmas in 1995-96 and then again a decade later in the 2005-06 season, Spurs have come within touching distance of the Premier League and the Champions League, where they lost to Liverpool in the final this May. Pochettino, who took them so close to the sun, has since departed to be replaced by serial winner Jose Mourinho. Aside from Liverpool, they are most likely to end their trophy drought.
Another side who were fourth on Christmas Day, it was 2003-04 for Saints, but they have been down since. Formed into a solid Premier League side who developed then sold academy players under Pohcettino, they are flirting with relegation this season.
"They are the champions, they have all the assets to be called the best team in Europe. We will have to use all our hard work and our experience.
Azusa Iwashimizu, a member of the 2011 squad, said she hoped to bring the country together again - as the Japanese rugby team did during this year's World Cup on home soil.
People forget that Villa were top of the Premier League at Christmas in the season when Manchester United won the treble in 1998-99, Villa were also second in 1992-93 and fourth in both 1996-97 and 2009-10. Still they were relegated and only came back up this season, which is hard for fans of the former European Cup winners to take.That historic run is set to continue.
Premier League leaders Liverpool take time out from their title surge as they face Flamengo in FIFA's World Club Cup final in Qatar on Saturday.
"Our job is to accumulate points but knowing the competition is really fierce. We try to improve and see where that takes us."
Jurgen Klopp's side will travel to the Wanda Metropolitano, where Liverpool lifted the trophy in June, for the first leg of their tie against three-time runners-up Atletico.
An anti-racism campaign by Serie A that used art showing monkeys, drew a bemused response from one of its own clubs on Monday night.
"Sometimes the ball happens that way."
Irish said SACA wanted to find solutions, "both to the financial challenges which cricket now faces and to what the domestic structure should be and we have no problem in sitting down with the likes of David Richardson and Graeme Smith to find these. However this time around the process needs to be done properly."
Depay has scored eight times in his last eight matches in all competitions for Lyon, including the goal that took them to the last 16 of the Champions League midweek.
"I am happy we are about to play a Clasico. It was the same when I was a player, these are the matches you live for, and you are focused only on what happens on the field."
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Davis - the Lakers' leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots - was absent due to a right ankle sprain suffered in a Sunday victory over Atlanta.
Dong was loaned to Royal Antwerp for a prolonged spell soon after arriving at United and gave a glimpse of his potential with 30 goals in 53 matches.
"AS Roma was very surprised to see what appears to be an anti-racist campaign from Serie A featuring painted monkeys on social media today," said Roma on their English-language twitter feed. "We understand the league wants to tackle racism but we don't believe this is the right way to do it."
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Dong has heard the story about his supposed cosmetic surgery, but says it's not true.
But Dong admits that shyness and injuries, primarily a knee problem, ruined any hopes of making it at United.
Leandro Paredes set the ball rolling in the 10th minute with a deflected strike and once Jean Eudes Aholou was sent off in the 25th minute for a dreadful late tackle on the Argentine PSG could stroll their way to three points.
He would make only one Premier League appearance, in 2007, when he played up front in a 0-0 draw at Chelsea alongside current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 20-year-old collected another Neymar pass and burst past Wesley Fofana before lashing his shot in the far corner, celebrating by the stands as flares and fireworks billowed smoke and flame towards the pitch.