Julián Speroni

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Julián Speroni
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Speroni training with Crystal Palace in 2011
Personal information
Full name Julián Maria Speroni
Date of birth (1979-05-18) 18 May 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in).[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 1
Youth career
1997–2000 Platense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Platense 2 (0)
2001–2004 Dundee 92 (0)
2004– Crystal Palace 324 (0)
National team
1999 Argentina U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:31, 30 August 2014 (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]

Speroni started his career with Club Atlético Platense, in his homeland, but moved after just one year as a professional, 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.[2]

He signed for Crystal Palace in 2004.[3] His contract expired early into 2014 and he subsequently negotiated contract offers with Crystal Palace, Sunderland and West Brom.[4] On June 13 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. [5]

International career[edit]

In November 1998, Speroni was named in the squad for a friendly against Japan U20 in Tokyo.[6] In December 1998, he was called into the Argentina U20 pre-selection squad for the 1999 South American U-20 Championship,[7] Argentina's under 20 team played friendlies against Hungary and Denmark. On 30 December José Pékerman did not name him in the final squad.[8]

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

Personal life[edit]

Speroni also holds an Italian passport, for which he qualified through his grandfather.[9]

Speroni owns his own restaurant in Purley which is named 'Speroni's' and is very popular amongst Palace fans.[10]


  1. ^ "Julián Speroni profile". CPFC.co.uk. 
  2. ^ Interview with Speroni 2002
  3. ^ http://www.cpfc.co.uk/team/player-profile/
  4. ^ "Premier League clubs submit retained and released lists". Premier League. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.cpfc.co.uk/news/article/speroni-signs-new-contract-1643094.aspx
  6. ^ "La nómina del Sub 21" (in Spanish). La Nacion. 11 November 1998. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Farías y Duscher se agregaron al plantel" (in Spanish). clarin.com. 27 December 1998. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ya está la lista del Sub 20" (in Spanish). diariohoy.net. 30 December 1998. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Interview with Speroni 2002
  10. ^ "Crystal Palace keeper Julian Speroni opens new restaurant". Croydon Advertiser. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 

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