What is Harry Kane’s best ever goal?
Harry Kane became the all-time leading scorer in Tottenham Hotspur history when he grabbed the winning goal in a 1-0 win at home to Manchester City last week.
The England captain moved ahead of Jimmy Greaves to become the outright record holder with 267 strikes to his name.
To celebrate this landmark occasion, Sean Walsh and Jude Summerfield recorded a special edition of 90min’s Oh What A Night podcast, dedicating 75 minutes to Kane.
They discussed Sunday’s win, went through a timeline of Kane’s career and picked their favourite goal of his 267 so far.
On this edition of OWAN, Sean Walsh & Jude Summerfield discuss record breaker Harry Kane at length after he became Tottenham’s record goalscorer. If you can’t see this embed, click here to listen to the podcast!
Sean Walsh: What was your favourite Kane goal, if you had to pick one of the 267?
Jude Summerfield: This is always a tricky one. I’ll probably end up rattling a few off the bat that I won’t be able to choose between. There’s Arsenal in 2015/16, with the screaming and taking the mask off. I think for more like the aesthetics of a goal, the one against Palace in 2020/21 where he arrives on the edge of the box, hits it right-footed, it swerves towards the far post and goes in. It’s very top-of-the-side-netting. That’s just artistry right there. And then probably the header against Arsenal [in 2014/15] as an ‘I was there’ moment.
Sean Walsh: Should we talk about that a bit more? Because I don’t think we’ve talked about it enough. We talked about the Chelsea game [5-3 in 2014/15], it felt like part two of that kind of coming out. There was so much talk of Kane from the Arsenal side heading into that derby, ‘is he the real deal?’, the guy dressed like a pirate on AFTV saying the ‘whose name is Harry Kane?’ line and the shot of him in the stands after he scored the brace and he’s looking deadpan down the camera like he’s in The Office.
That was it, that was his game. I was so excited going into it, the atmosphere was great, we go 1-0 down but it doesn’t matter. We were battering them. It was probably one of the only times in my life where we killed Arsenal. We pinned them down, we dominated them, and we absolutely deserved to win. Kane gets the first goal, the scruffy corner, and then the 86th-minute goal where [Nabil] Bentaleb’s cross is so high, it’s like in 2017/18 where he hangs there so long and it’s the perfect ending. He comes in the end and he says straight into the camera ‘got to love a north London derby, eh’! The hero.
Jude Summerfield: That was a ridiculous derby. Spurs were just by the end…the side they were shooting towards, they were sucking the ball in. It was ridiculous, it was just a matter of time before we ended up breaking through. It seemed like a real good ‘we’re going to be decent in a season or two’ [moment]. The pieces are there. Maybe it’s different people in central midfield or another attacker but the foundation is there. Arsenal’s weren’t particularly good on the day or in their pomp.
Sean Walsh: I think in terms of my favourite Kane goal, I went with the Palace one [in 2020/21]. That’s the one I decided on in the last few days. I was actually lucky enough to be there for it, it was near the end of the lockdown. I was sat where the press area is at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, I was almost right behind from where he struck it. I think I was sat with Ben Haines at the time – socially distanced obviously – and there was this audible ‘how did he do that?’ from the media section and not just the benches. It was first time, not like he was taking a touch and picking it out like that cross against Everton in 2017/18 where it goes all the way in. He meant to do that [against Palace].
The difficulty that takes, and then one of my favourite other bits is Gareth Bale’s behind him and he gets really psyched about the goal. Imagine impressing Gareth Bale like that, think about the love in for him over the last couple of months because he’s retired. How cool is that?
Jude Summerfield: The myth of those players being on the same pitch at the same time, it’s sort of fan fiction. It makes it so much better. There’s pictures of it after where Bale is doing his big Wales celebration with Kane.
Sean Walsh: Genuinely impressed and going crazy about that goal. It’s such a cool moment. The annoying thing is that no fans were there.
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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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