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Julian Speroni

Goalkeeper

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Biography

Date of birth

18/05/1979

Height

186 cm

Signed

01/08/2002

Country

Argentina

Palace's all-time record appearance maker as a goalkeeper is now in his 14th season at the Eagles, and has been named the club's Player of the Year on four occasions.

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 award.

Match action dried up after that with Wayne Hennessey becoming the club's number one, but in January 2017 Speroni broke the Eagles' goalkeeping appearance record when he played for the 389th time against Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup.

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