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Player Profile: Julian Speroni

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Speroni started his career with Club Atlético Platense, in his homeland, but moved after just one year as a professional, to Scottish side Dundee. He excelled at Dundee, becoming a cult figure due to his cavalier style, often attempting to beat players using his feet. With Dundee in financial trouble, Speroni ended up moving south of the border, to Crystal Palace, for a fee of £500,000. Speroni only started the first six games for his newly promoted team in their Premier League campaign before he was replaced by Hungarian international Gábor Király after some poor performances. His next two seasons at Selhurst Park saw him largely play understudy to Király. When the Hungarian departed Selhurst Park at the end of the 2006–07 season, Speroni returned to the starting line-up and flourished, establishing himself as Palace's first choice keeper for the following six seasons. Palace managed to reach the play-offs at the end of the 2007–08 season and Speroni was offered a new three-year contract. He was also awarded the accolade of "Player of the Year" by the Palace supporters. At the end of the following season, he retained Palace's "Player of the Year" award. In the 2009–10 season, Speroni again drew praise. His club fell into financial difficulty and finished the season in administration. This meant a ten-point deduction, and survival was only secured on the final day of the season. For his role in this, Speroni achieved a new record, becoming the first man to win Palace's "Player of the Year" award for three consecutive seasons.

Squad number 1
Position Goalkeeper
Birth date 18 May 1979
Birth place Buenos Aires, Argentina
When signed for the team 2004
Appearances 290

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