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JULIAN SPERONI
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UPDATED 01:49 23rd June 2014


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Argentine stopper Speroni is a legend at Selhurst Park, and goes into his 10th year at the club this season after being signed from Dundee in the summer of 2004. Since then he has been named the club's Player of the Year on four occasions, a club record.

 

Speroni first came to 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 Gabor Kiraly, but in the few games he did play he showed his shot stopping abilities and agility, impressing 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 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 City. 


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, and he took that chance with both hands. The Argentine was superb between the sticks for Palace and made many crucial saves throughout the campaign to ensure the Eagles remained in the top-flight. 


That led to him being named Player of the Year for a fourth time and was rewarded with a new one-year-deal in June 2014 which will see him reach a decade of service in SE25.