Julián Speroni

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Julián Speroni
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Speroni warming-up with Crystal Palace in 2015
Personal information
Full name Julián Maria Speroni[1]
Date of birth (1979-05-18) 18 May 1979 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 1
Youth career
1997–1999 Platense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Platense 2 (0)
2001–2004 Dundee 92 (0)
2004– Crystal Palace 357 (0)
National team
1998 Argentina U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:25, 3 May 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 March 2013

Julián Maria Speroni (Spanish pronunciation: [xulˈjan (e)speˈɾoni]; born 18 May 1979) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Crystal Palace as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Dundee[edit]

Speroni was born in Buenos Aires.[1] He started his career with Club Atlético Platense, in his homeland, but moved after just one year as a professional and two matches,[3] to Scottish side Dundee. Dundee manager Ivano Bonetti received advice from an Italian contact to Speroni's potential. The move to Dundee was delayed for two months, due to administration delays in Argentina, holding up Speroni's application for an Italian passport.[4]

Crystal Palace[edit]

He signed for Crystal Palace in 2004.[5][6] On his home debut for Palace, against Everton, his erratic play would lead to him coming a cropper when, with Palace a goal up, he failed to wrong-footKevin Campbell while dithering on the ball when a simple clearance from a backpass was expected to be made, and having brought down the veteran striker,Thomas Gravesen converted the resulting penalty and Palace went on to lose by three goals to one. Speroni only started the first six games for his newly promoted team in their Premier League campaign, before he was replaced by Hungarian international Gábor Király after some poor performances.

His first three seasons at Selhurst Park saw him largely play understudy to Király who made the goalkeeping spot his own. This was until the Hungarian departed Selhurst Park at the end of the 2006–07 season. Back in the line-up Speroni flourished and won his reputation back. Palace managed to reach the play-offs with Speroni earning a new three-year contract at the end of the 2007–08 season and the club's "Player of the Year" award. At the end of the following season, he retained Palace's "Player of the Year" award.

In the 2009–10 season, Speroni again drew praise. Like at Dundee, his club fell into financial difficulty, and finished the season in administration. This meant a ten-point deduction, and survival was only secured on the final day of the season. For his role in this, Speroni was given a new record, becoming the first man to win Palace's "Player of the Year" award for three consecutive years. Then on December 10, 2010, Speroni agreed a 31⁄2 year extension to his current contract.[7]

At the end of the 2013-14 season, Speroni was named Player of the Year for the fourth time.[8] His contract expired early into 2014 and he subsequently negotiated contract offers with Crystal Palace, Sunderland and West Brom.[9][10] On 13 June 2014 Crystal Palace announced that Speroni had signed a new contract with the club for 12 months with a further 12 month option. Speroni is much loved by the Crystal Palace fans and has become a cult hero at the club being named the supporters' player of the season on four separate occasions.[11]

Speroni will be rewarded for his years of service to Crystal Palace with a Testimonial match against Dundee on 26 May 2015.[12] Speroni made his 347th appearance for the club, which he broke John Jackson's record in the process against Arsenal on 21 February 2015.[13]

In March 2015, prior to the testimonial, Speroni was inducted into the Dundee Hall of Fame picking up the International Award which was previously won by fellow countryman Claudio Caniggia.[14]

International career[edit]

In November 1998, Speroni was named in the squad for a friendly against Japan U20 in Tokyo.[15] In December 1998, he was called into the Argentina U20 pre-selection squad for the 1999 South American U-20 Championship,[16] Argentina's under 20 team played friendlies against Hungary and Denmark. On 30 December José Pékerman did not name him in the final squad.[17]

Speroni made one appearance for the Argentina U20 team.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Speroni also holds an Italian passport, for which he qualified through his grandfather.[4]

Speroni owns his own restaurant in Purley which is named 'Speroni's' and is very popular amongst Palace fans.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 May 2015[20]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Platense 2000–01 Primera B Nacional 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Dundee 2001–02[21] Scottish Premier League 17 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
2002–03[22] Scottish Premier League 38 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 46 0
2003–04[23] Scottish Premier League 37 0 2 0 3 0 4 0 46 0
Total 92 0 12 0 5 0 4 0 113 0
Crystal Palace 2004–05[24] Premier League 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
2005–06[25] Championship 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 8 0
2006–07[26] Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2007–08[27] Championship 46 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 48 0
2008–09[28] Championship 45 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 48 0
2009–10[29] Championship 45 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 52 0
2010–11[30] Championship 45 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 48 0
2011–12[31] Championship 42 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 44 0
2012–13[32] Championship 46 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 49 0
2013–14[33] Premier League 37 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 39 0
2014–15[34] Premier League 35 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 37 0
Total 356 0 12 0 12 0 5 0 385 0
Career total 450 0 24 0 17 0 9 0 500 0
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs and UEFA Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 389. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Julián Speroni profile". CPFC.co.uk. 
  3. ^ http://www.revistaeldiego.net/2012/12/julian-speroni-conquistador-silencioso.html
  4. ^ a b Interview with Speroni 2002
  5. ^ http://www.cpfc.co.uk/team/player-profile/
  6. ^ "Speroni joins Palace". BBC Sport. 13 July 2004. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Speroni commits to Palace". Sky Sports. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Speroni Lands Fourth Player of the Year Award". Crystal Palace F.C. 6 May 2014. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Premier League clubs submit retained and released lists". Premier League. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Julian Speroni could leave Crystal Palace". Daily Express. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Speroni Signs New Contract". Crystal Palace F.C. 13 June 2014. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "DUNDEE TO PLAY IN SPERONI TESTIMONIAL". Dundee F.C. 20 January 2015. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Speroni Breaks League Record". Crystal Palace F.C. 25 February 2015. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "2015 Dundee FC Hall of Fame 2". Dundee F.C. 28 March 2015. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "La nómina del Sub 21" (in Spanish). La Nacion. 11 November 1998. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Farías y Duscher se agregaron al plantel" (in Spanish). clarin.com. 27 December 1998. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ya está la lis20" (PDF) (in Spanish). diariohoy.net. 30 December 1998. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  18. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11706/9163143/crystal-palace-goalkeeper-julian-speroni-targets-argentina-place
  19. ^ "Crystal Palace keeper Julian Speroni opens new restaurant". Croydon Advertiser. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "Julian Speroni". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Julian Speroni in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 

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