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Is the Harry Kane Curse Real?

Narek Hambardzumyan

Kane missed out on his first trophy against RB Leipzig in the Super Cup on August 12, 2023.

“You can take the man out of Tottenham, but you can’t take the Tottenham out the man.” A common phrase surrounding England International Harry Kane. Today, he has gained more attention on social media after Bayern Munich lost to Dortmund on March 30th, lengthening the gap between Bayern and Leverkusen to 13 points. Harry Kane looks to miss out on another trophy after 15 years, but how did he get here?

History at Tottenham

Harry Kane is arguably the best Tottenham Hotspur player of all time, with 213 goals in 317 appearances. He made his professional debut for the club in 2009 and remained there until 2023. His goal-scoring prowess, however, did not result in a single title for the club. In his time at Spurs, he encountered a multitude of chances to win some silverware but could not quite get it over the finish line. His first chance at glory came in 2015 via the League Cup final but lost to Chelsea 2-0. Spurs then were in a race for the Premier League in 2016 against Leicester, in which they started losing important matches at the end of the season and finished third. This was then followed by two consecutive semi-final appearances in the 2017 and 2018 FA Cup and a semi-final loss to Croatia in the World Cup in 2018. Then came a heart-breaking loss to Liverpool in the 2019 Champions League final, followed by a 2-0 loss in the 2021 League Cup Final. Then came arguably the team’s greatest loss, losing on penalties to Italy in the 2020 Euro Final. He has won the Premier League Golden Boot 3 times and the PFA Player of The Year award twice, but never won anything. After years of near wins, he decided to move to Germany in 2023, but this is when the Harry Kane curse really spurred into reality.

Season at Bayern Munich

Harry Kane joined Bayern Munich at the start of the 2023-2024 season. He joined a Bayern team that has won the Bundesliga for 11 years straight, with Dortmund last winning the trophy in 2012. The Bayern Munich dominance doesn’t stop at the league, as they have won the DFB Pokal and the Champions League numerous times. Kane’s first game for Bayern came against RB Leipzig in the Supercup, where they lost 3-0 on a disappointing day for Kane and the team. Many thought that he would surely win his first league title with Bayern, but an unexpected turn of events happened. Bayer Leverkusen and their new coach, Xabi Alonso, have been absolutely on fire this season. They haven’t lost a single match in all competitions this season and have beaten and drawn Bayern the two times they faced. Bayern themselves have not been at their best form and have just helped Bayer Leverkusen to keep widening the gap between first and second place. Now, it almost seems a guarantee that Bayer Leverkusen will win the league, as they only need three wins in the last seven games to seal the deal. Bayern Munich was also knocked out of the DFB Pokal by third-division side FC Saarbrucken. Although Bayern Munich remains in the Champions League, that will be the most difficult competition to win, and it will take something special for it to happen. 


Kane looks to go another season trophyless, and his curse seems more and more apparent after each game. Even after joining a giant club like Bayern Munich, he still cannot achieve the silverware he desires. So, is the Harry Kane curse real? You can blame tough luck, but it really does seem that wherever he goes, whether it is the England national team, Bayern Munich, or Tottenham Hotspur, he simply can’t pass the finish line.


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