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JULIAN SPERONI
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  • JULIAN SPERONI
  • GOALKEEPER

UPDATED 03:37 2nd June 2016


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The Argentine stopper is a legend at Selhurst Park having won a record four Player of the Year awards and celebrated a decade at the club with a testimonial against former club Dundee in May 2015, and 12 months later he equalled John Jackson's Eagles record of 388 appearances as a goalkeeper in all competitions.

 

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 2001. 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.

 

He arrived in SE25 in the summer of 2004 but his first two seasons saw him largely play understudy to Gabor Kiraly, but in the few games he did play he showed his shot-stopping abilities and agility.

 

Following Kiraly's departure in 2007, Speroni stepped into the vacant goalkeeping role and never looked back, and some exceptional form saw him named Player of the Year three seasons in a row from 2007/08 to 2009/10.

 

By now a virtual ever-present, he cemented his place in SE25 folklore with a string of outstanding saves against Brighton and Hove Albion and Watford in the Championship play-offs which helped Palace gain promotion in May 2013, earning Speroni a second crack at English football's top flight, and he took that chance with both hands. 


The Argentine was steady between the sticks in 2014/15 and made many crucial saves to ensure the Eagles remained in the Premier League for the first time in their history, which led to a fourth Player of the Year, and he continued to impress in 2014/15 as he edges closer to 400 games for the Eagles.