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Ultima fermata a White Hart Lane

Cartoline dall'ultimo pomeriggio di calcio nello storico impianto del Tottenham, che sarà abbandonato dopo 118 anni.

Di Redazione Undici

4 settembre 1899, Tottenham-Notts County. 14 maggio 2017, Tottenham-Manchester United. Sono le due date, e le due partite, che scandiscono l’esistenza di White Hart Lane, il campo che, per più di un secolo, ha ospitato le partite casalinghe degli Spurs. La prossima stagione il Tottenham giocherà a Wembley — “abitato” già quest’anno in occasione delle gare di Champions League — in attesa del nuovo stadio, che verrà completato nel 2018. La prossima casa degli Spurs avrà una capienza quasi raddoppiata rispetto al Lane — 61,500 posti contro 36,200 — e sorgerà nella stessa posizione (per permettere l’inizio dei lavori, un settore di White Hart Lane era già stato demolito nella scorsa estate). Il nuovo stadio, disegnato dall’importante studio architettonico Populous (tra gli altri, autore, sempre a Londra, dell’Emirates e del nuovo Wembley) sarà un ulteriore step di crescita per gli Spurs, già potenziati a livello sportivo, ma consentirà anche di riqualificare l’intera area circostante: intorno sorgeranno 579 nuove abitazioni, un hotel, un centro medico, un museo dedicato al Tottenham. Inoltre, è già stato chiuso un accordo con la Nfl, la lega di football americano, per ospitare almeno due partite stagionali. Il costo della struttura si aggira intorno ai 750 milioni di sterline.

In processione

L’ultimo pomeriggio di White Hart Lane è stato un lungo saluto d’addio da parte dei tifosi del Tottenham. Lungo le strade di accesso allo stadio, in coda ai botteghini, una lenta, coinvolgente processione. E qualche foto verso il cantiere dove si sta preparando la costruzione della nuova struttura.

Fans with a banner make their way to White Hart Lane in London, on May 14, 2017 ahead of the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, the final football match to be played in the stadium before it is torn down with a new stadium being developed next door. / AFP PHOTO / IKIMAGES / Ian KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

(Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Fans make their way to the turnstiles prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on May 14, 2017 in London, England. Tottenham Hotspur are playing their last ever home match at White Hart Lane after their 112 year stay at the stadium. Spurs will play at Wembley Stadium next season with a move to a newly built stadium for the 2018-19 campaign. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

(Clive Rose/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Fans take photos outside the new stadium site prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on May 14, 2017 in London, England. Tottenham Hotspur are playing their last ever home match at White Hart Lane after their 112 year stay at the stadium. Spurs will play at Wembley Stadium next season with a move to a newly built stadium for the 2018-19 campaign. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

(Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

L’attesa

Manca poco al calcio d’inizio. Il Chelsea ha vinto il campionato già da due giorni, ma il Tottenham vuole battere il Manchester United per mettere al sicuro il secondo posto, un piazzamento che agli Spurs manca addirittura dalla stagione 1962/63. Prima di entrare, per l’ultima volta, a White Hart Lane, qualcuno mangia qualcosa attorno agli stand pieni di maglie stampate per l’occasione, qualcun altro sfoglia il matchday programme. All’interno dello stadio, un incessante sventolare di bandiere biancoblu, mentre sul terreno di gioco fanno capolino, sotto un’immancabile pioggia londinese, le vecchie glorie del club (tra di loro Hoddle, Ardiles, Davids, Sheringham, Ginola).

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: A Tottenham Hotspur fan enjoys some pre match good prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on May 14, 2017 in London, England. Tottenham Hotspur are playing their last ever home match at White Hart Lane after their 112 year stay at the stadium. Spurs will play at Wembley Stadium next season with a move to a newly built stadium for the 2018-19 campaign. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

(Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: A fan reads the match day programme prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on May 14, 2017 in London, England. Tottenham Hotspur are playing their last ever home match at White Hart Lane after their 112 year stay at the stadium. Spurs will play at Wembley Stadium next season with a move to a newly built stadium for the 2018-19 campaign. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

(Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Retired Totternham Hotspur players, including Argentinian Ossie Ardiles (C) stand in the rain during the closing ceremony at White Hart Lane in London, on May 14, 2017. Tottenham Hotspur legends including Glenn Hoddle and Ossie Ardiles took part in an on-pitch ceremony as the club said goodbye to their White Hart Lane stadium on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / IKIMAGES / Ian KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

(Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: General view inside the stadium as Tottenham Hotspur fans celebrate after Preimer League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on May 14, 2017 in London, England. Tottenham Hotspur are playing their last ever home match at White Hart Lane after their 118 year stay at the stadium. Spurs will play at Wembley Stadium next season with a move to a newly built stadium for the 2018-19 campaign. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images )

(Richard Heathcote/Getty Images )

Il match

Il Tottenham passa subito in vantaggio con Wanyama, che sblocca il risultato dopo 6 minuti di gioco. Poi, a inizio ripresa, Harry Kane segna il gol del 2-0, il ventiduesimo in campionato: è il secondo miglior marcatore della Premier dopo Romelu Lukaku. Ininfluente la rete di Wayne Rooney: gli Spurs vincono 2-1, raggiungendo quota 80 punti in classifica.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides second goal past David De Gea of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on May 14, 2017 in London, England. Tottenham Hotspur are playing their last ever home match at White Hart Lane after their 112 year stay at the stadium. Spurs will play at Wembley Stadium next season with a move to a newly built stadium for the 2018-19 campaign. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

(Clive Rose/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Chris Smalling of Manchester United attempts to tackles Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on May 14, 2017 in London, England. Tottenham Hotspur are playing their last ever home match at White Hart Lane after their 118 year stay at the stadium. Spurs will play at Wembley Stadium next season with a move to a newly built stadium for the 2018-19 campaign. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

(Clive Rose/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur and Anthony Martial of Manchester United battle for possession during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on May 14, 2017 in London, England. Tottenham Hotspur are playing their last ever home match at White Hart Lane after their 118 year stay at the stadium. Spurs will play at Wembley Stadium next season with a move to a newly built stadium for the 2018-19 campaign. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

(Clive Rose/Getty Images)

L’invasione di campo

Dopo il fischio finale, i tifosi si riversano in campo. Ognuno vuole assaporare gli ultimi momenti sul terreno che ha ospitato gli Spurs per 118 anni, raccogliendo una zolla di terreno, facendosi scattare una foto ricordo, stendendosi sull’erba per captare, in qualche modo, l’epica delle battaglie secolari del Tottenham.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: General view inside the stadium as Tottenham Hotspur fans invade the pitch after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on May 14, 2017 in London, England. Tottenham Hotspur are playing their last ever home match at White Hart Lane after their 112 year stay at the stadium. Spurs will play at Wembley Stadium next season with a move to a newly built stadium for the 2018-19 campaign. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

(Clive Rose/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: General view inside the stadium as the Tottenham Hotspur fans invade the pitch after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on May 14, 2017 in London, England. Tottenham Hotspur are playing their last ever home match at White Hart Lane after their 118 year stay at the stadium. Spurs will play at Wembley Stadium next season with a move to a newly built stadium for the 2018-19 campaign. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

(Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: A fan celebrates on the pitch after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on May 14, 2017 in London, England. Tottenham Hotspur are playing their last ever home match at White Hart Lane after their 118 year stay at the stadium. Spurs will play at Wembley Stadium next season with a move to a newly built stadium for the 2018-19 campaign. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

(Clive Rose/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: The Tottenham Hotspur fans invade the pitch after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on May 14, 2017 in London, England. Tottenham Hotspur are playing their last ever home match at White Hart Lane after their 112 year stay at the stadium. Spurs will play at Wembley Stadium next season with a move to a newly built stadium for the 2018-19 campaign. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

(Clive Rose/Getty Images)

 

Foto Getty Images (Ian Kington; Clive Rose; Richard Heathcote; Laurence Griffiths)