Brad Friedel's Info
1 Capital One League Cup (2001-02)
1 Turkish Cup (1995-96)
1 Turkish Super Cup (1995-96)
National Team honours
1 CONCACAF Gold Cup (2001-02)
Bradley Howard Friedel, from American origin. He is a professional football player born 18th of April 1971 in Lakewood, Ohio. He is 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall and belonged to Tottenham Hotspur FC playing as a goalkeeper during the last season he played as a professional, season 14-15. Friedel is the holder for the most consecutive appearances in the Premier League with 310. He also holds the record for being the eldest player ever played for Tottenham Hotspurs and Aston Villa, records held before by Jimmy Cantrell and Ernie Callaghan respectively.
The beginnings of Bradley Friedel with football started at the University of California, Los Angeles, playing for the UCLA Bruins between 1990 and 1992.
After leaving the college soccer team, Friedel tried to move to England, joining the Nottingham Forest squad under Brian Clough, nevertheless, due to lack of work permit, Friedel had to stay in USA and signed a contract with the United States Soccer Federation in order to play for the USA national team that were preparing themselves for the 1994 World Cup in USA. The next years were the same, lack of work permit and Friedel training with teams like Newcastle United and Brondby to be fit enough to represent his country at the 1995 US Cup and Copa America. After failing again this time with Sunderland, finally he signed for the Turkish team Galatasaray in 1995 and then the MLS club Columbus Crew in 1996 becoming the MLS Best XI and the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.
In 1997, Friedel finally obtained a work permit and moved to Liverpool, debuting for the Reds on February 28, 1998 against Aston Villa. Unfortunately, Friedel only played over 30 games in nearly three years.
In November 2000, Blackburn Rovers, under Graeme Souness, bought the services of the North American goalkeeper. Friedel consolidated as a first choice goalkeeper and reaching the first division avoiding relegation after great campaigns. Friedel's years with Blackburn were quite successful, winning the Football League Cup in 2002 against Tottenham Hotspurs, being named Man of the Match and also remarkable was the goal scored from a corner kick against Charlton Athletic in the minute 90th, to equalize the game, however, soon after Charlton scored the final 3-2.
In 2008-09, Friedel signed for Aston Villa where the goalkeeper consolidated his game in the Premier League, reaching the record of 250 consecutive league games on January 16, 2011. Also, on February 1, 2011, in a lost game against Manchester United, Friedel became the eldest player playing for Aston Villa in their history.
Finally, after Friedel's contract expired with Aston Villa, he moved to the North London squad, Tottenham Hotspurs. During the first season, Friedel participate more in the team until the 2012-13 campaign when the Hotspurs signed the French goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris and Friedel was relegated to a second-choice goalkeeper. After several seasons with the Spurs, at the end of the 14-15 season, Friedel announced his retirement from professional football.
With the USA national team, Friedel gained his first cap in 1992 against Canada. He was the first choice goalkeeper for the 1992 US Olympics, however, Friedel didn't manage to be the first choice in the 1994 World Cup. He debuted in a World Cup in 1998 but the highest success took place in the 2002 World Cup where the team reached the quarter-finals. After announcing his retirement from the national team on February 7, 2005, Friedel became the 4th most capped goalkeeper.
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Brad Friedel's career
|2014-15||England||Tottenham Hotspur FC|
|2013-14||England||Tottenham Hotspur FC|
|2012-13||England||Tottenham Hotspur FC|
|2011-12||England||Tottenham Hotspur FC|
|2010-11||England||Aston Villa FC|
|2009-10||England||Aston Villa FC|
|2008-09||England||Aston Villa FC|
|2007-08||England||Blackburn Rovers FC|
|2006-07||England||Blackburn Rovers FC|
|2005-06||England||Blackburn Rovers FC|
|2004-05||England||Blackburn Rovers FC|
|2003-04||England||Blackburn Rovers FC|
|2002-03||England||Blackburn Rovers FC|
|2001-02||England||Blackburn Rovers FC|
|2000-01||England||Blackburn Rovers FC|
(loaned by United States)