How Harry Kane has scored his record-breaking Tottenham goal tally
There is no secret or shortcut to the precious, highly coveted art of scoring goals.
Some strikers even claim unconsciousness, inadvertently clearing their minds when eye-to-eye with the white posts.
Harry Kane, who has scored more goals in the colours of Tottenham Hotspur than anyone else, did his best to impart some wisdom. “When you get a clear sight of goal, aim low and hard across the goalkeeper,” he offered. “These are the most difficult shots to save.”
Kane makes it sound as easy as he makes it look. Yet, no one in the grand old history of Spurs can better his record-breaking 267 goal haul. Here’s when, where and how Kane scrawled his name into the history books.
166 goals with his right foot. 50 with his left. Another 50 with his head. And one off the right shoulder.
Away to Stoke City in 2018, the ball nestled in the net and Kane wheeled away in celebration. Yet, his teammates didn’t know whether to run to their talisman or the man who delivered the goal-bound cross, Christian Eriksen.
“No, it’s my goal for sure. It just flicked off my shoulder and went in,” Kane adamantly declared post-game.
When Eriksen joked it could be handball, Kane visibly flinched, running through the consequences of admitting that, before leaving the interview with a classic striker’s line: “I don’t care, it’s my goal.”
Kane and Son Heung-min have combined for more Premier League goals than any other pair in the competition’s history. However, the South Korean is vying for the crown of Kane’s most prolific provider with Eriksen.
Assuming Kane was in fact telling the truth about grazing Eriksen’s cross against Stoke – he did swear on his daughter’s life – then the Dane has teed up 27 goals for the frontman across all competitions, the same tally as Son.
Dele Alli is an oft-forgotten supplier for Kane. Across 204 appearances together for Tottenham, Alli teed up 21 Kane goals.
Kane isn’t shy of taking aim from range, rattling off almost 400 shots from outside the box across his Premier League career. However, the prolific poacher has been limited to just 24 top-flight goals beyond the 18-yard line.
176 of Kane’s strikes have been saved for within the confines of the box – 45 of which have come inside goal zone that is the six-yard area.
Kane has missed more penalties for England’s men’s senior side than any other player in the nation’s history (four), including one he may never be able to forget.
However, between 2018 and 2022, Kane converted 21 successive spot kicks for Spurs. His tally stands at 39 scored across all competitions at club level (and one rebound).
From outside the 18-yard box, Kane’s set piece proficiency falls off a cliff. Across his entire Tottenham career, Kane has scored just one direct free kick. Mauricio Pochettino described the heavily deflected floating effort against Aston Villa as his ‘favourite’ Kane goal. It may have snatched three late points for Spurs early on in Pochettino’s reign but it also encouraged Kane to continue taking set pieces.
Kane has failed to score from his subsequent 55 free-kick attempts in the competition.
In a remarkable show of consistency, Kane has scored at least once against every Premier League opponent he has ever faced. Leicester have received the brunt of Kane’s ire over the years, shipping a whopping 19 goals against their former loanee. Unsurprisingly, Leicester’s long-serving Kasper Schmeichel has let in more Harry Kane goals than any other goalkeeper (15).
Everton have conceded 15 to Kane and the Prince of north London holds the record for 14 goals in the derby against Arsenal.
Across all competitions, Kane has scored against 62 different teams from 20 countries, netting his first-ever senior goal in a Tottenham shirt against the Republic of Ireland’s Shamrock Rovers in 2011.
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Tottenham director Fabio Paratici banned from football worldwide by FIFA
Tottenham managing director of football Fabio Paratici has been banned from football worldwide after FIFA extended the punishment imposed in Italy following his involvement in Juventus’ penalised accounting practices.
In January, the Italian giants suffered a shock 15-point deduction after the club was deemed to have inflated player transfer values in swap deals among other financial offences.
Paratici joined the Juventus hierarchy in 2010 and was the club’s sporting director between November 2018 and the summer of 2021, before he took up a similar role at Tottenham. The investigation into Juve’s accounts scrutinised transactions between 2019 and 2021 – when Paratici was at the heart of the club’s dealings.
At the start of the year, Paratici was one of several former Juventus board members that were banned from football following the conclusion of the investigation by the Italian Football Federation. Initially, Paratici was handed a 30-month ban from just Italian football, although the threat of extending the scope of that punishment internationally always loomed.
On Wednesday, FIFA released a statement confirming that they had indeed taken up that option, extending the ban handed out to Paratici and the other Juventus board members – including former owner Andrea Agnelli – worldwide.
The statement read: “FIFA can confirm that following a request by the Italian FA (FIGC), the chairperson of FIFA disciplinary committee has decided to extend the sanctions imposed by FIGC on several football officials to have worldwide effect.”
Paratici was due to be in court this week for a a preliminary committal hearing regarding a portion of the charges levelled at Juve, but the date for those proceedings have been shunted back to 10 May. Juve appealed their 15-point penalty – which the prosecution only recommended as a nine-point punishment – and will hear the ruling of which on 19 April.
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Sir Alex Ferguson & Arsene Wenger inducted into Premier League Hall of Fame
Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have become the first managers to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
The duo won 16 Premier League titles between them across respective long-term spells with Manchester United and Arsenal.
With 13 of those championships, Ferguson is the most decorated manager in the history of the competition. He is the only coach to have won the Premier League three times in a row, doing so on two different occasions.
Ferguson said: “I’m truly delighted to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. It’s an honour when you receive recognition like this. However, it’s not just about me as a person. It’s about the job at Manchester United and the bond we had over many years, so I’m also proud for the club, the staff and my players.
“My job was to send the fans home happy. United’s history and my own expectations were the things that drove me, and I then had to try and develop all my players with the same expectations and make sure we could go out and achieve them.
“I feel Arsene is a very worthy inductee as he transformed Arsenal Football Club fantastically. They became a tough team to compete with and we both wanted to win, which motivated us further. Through the years since retirement, we’d go for dinner together in a little restaurant he knows well in Switzerland. He is a really interesting man and I enjoy his company, but it is still my job to pick the wine!”
Wenger arrived in England in 1996 as one of the Premier League’s first foreign coaches, and quickly proved sceptics wrong, transforming Arsenal into title winners and changing English football’s culture with his scouting and dietary expertise.
The Frenchman won three Premier League titles with Arsenal, including an unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ season in 2003/04.
Wenger said: “I am very grateful to have been selected for the Premier League Hall of Fame. We always wanted to give something special to the fans and when you have players capable of remarkable things, the most important thing for me is the obligation of perfection.
“I’d like to be known as someone who loved Arsenal, who respected the values of the club and left it in a position where it can grow and become even bigger.
“To share this with Sir Alex is a great honour for me. It’s like two boxers, you fight like mad and go the distance together. At the end of the day, you have respect and it will be a great opportunity to meet with him, share a good bottle of wine and memories of our old battles.”
In addition to Ferguson and Wenger, there are 16 other inductees in the Premier League Hall of Fame.
Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry were the first two people inducted when the Hall of Fame was created in 2021. They were followed later that year by Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Frank Lampard, Dennis Bergkamp, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham.
In 2022, Wayne Rooney, Patrick Vieira, Sergio Aguero, Didier Drogba, Vincent Kompany, Peter Schmeichel, Paul Scholes and Ian Wright were inducted.
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