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10 Things You Need To Know About Dundee

26 May 2015

Ahead of Julian Speroni's testimonial against Dundee, get the background on tomorrow's opponents.

1. Dundee finished this season in sixth place in the Scottish Premiership after being promoted last season by winning the Championship which they won on the final day of last season.

2. Back in July they beat a Manchester City side including Samir Nasri, Willy Cabellero, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Javi Garcia 2-0 at Dens Park thanks to goals from Gary Harkins and Luka Tankulic.

3. They are managed by Paul Hartley, who had significant spells at Hearts, Celtic and Bristol City as well as winning 25 caps for Scotland between 2005 and 2010. He has been in charge since February 2014, having been plucked from Alloa Athletic - his first managerial job.

4. Their top scorer this season is Greg Stewart who was signed from Cowdenbeath last summer. The 25-year-old's goals helped him get on a four man shortlist to be named Scottish PFA Player of the Year, which was eventually won by Stefan Johansen of Celtic.

5. Goalkeeper Scott Bain has been handed his first call-up to a Scotland international squad for their games against Qatar and the Republic of Ireland next month. He was playing at Alloa last season.

6. Dundee's club captain is Kevin Thomson who has played for Rangers and Middlesbrough in his career and won three caps for Scotland. He was a member of the Gers side that made it to the UEFA Cup final in 2008.

7. Like Speroni, another player who has featured for both clubs was Fan Zhiyi who was sold by Palace to the Dark Blues in October 2001 for £350,000 and went on to make 14 league appearances, but moved back to China after the 2002 World Cup.

8. Speroni's former teammates Temuri Ketsbaia, Juan Sara, Fabian Caballero and Beto Carranza will all appear for Dundee in the game. Ketabaia played for Newcastle United in the Premier League and Carranza played nine times for Argentina in 1994.

9. Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam will also play some part for the visitors in the game, but never actually played for his hometown club. He was a junior with them until he turned 17 and was signed by Rangers.

10. Dundee nearly became the first British club to win the European Cup. Managed by Bob Paisley, they won their only league title in 1962 to qualify for the tournament, where they reached the semi-final the following season but were knocked out by eventual winners AC Milan.

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