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JULIAN SPERONI
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  • JULIAN SPERONI
  • GOALKEEPER

UPDATED 04:52 12th June 2013


Argentine stopper Speroni was signed from Dundee in the summer of 2004 to compete for the goalkeeping spot at Selhurst Park and made the first team berth his own following the departure of Gabor Kiraly.

 

The committed Christian first came to the attention in the UK when he played over 100 games for Dundee after joining them as a 22-year-old from Platense in his homeland. During his time in the SPL, he was recognised as one of the best keepers in Scotland and it was reported that he was close to receiving a call-up to the Argentina national team.

 

His first two seasons in SE25 saw him largely play understudy to Kiraly, but in the few games he did play, he showed his shot stopping abilities and agility, impress during Palace's Carling Cup in the 2005/06 campaign.

 

Following Kiraly's move away from Selhurst in 2007, Speroni stepped into the vacant goalkeeping role and never looked back. His form over the past five seasons has been nothing short of exceptional and he has successfully positioned himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Crystal Palace's history. This outstanding form also saw him named Crystal Palace Player of the Year three seasons in a row, from 2007/08 to 2009/10.

 

Speroni became a virtual ever present during that spell, and the Argentine cemented his place in Selhurst Park folklore on 29th March 2013, when he made his 300th appearance for the club in the home defeat to Birmingham. 


A string of outstanding saves against Brighton and Watford in the Championship Play-Offs helped Palace gain promotion in May 2013, earning Speroni a second crack at the whip in English football's top flight.