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Harry Kewell
Harry Kewell
Harry Kewell
Date of Birth:Sep 22, 1978 (Age 36)
Place of Birth:Smithfield, Sydney
Nationality:Australia
Height:180 cm.
Weight:70 Kg.
Position:Midfielder
Squad Number:10
Harry Kewell (Galatasaray) (galatasaray.org)
This Leeds United prodigy needs no real introduction for even the casual followers of Australian football or the English Premier League over the last decade, where his rise has been meteoric and his fall painful to watch. Injuries have hampered the club career of an individual who promised so much after he was named the PFA Young Footballer of the Year during the 1999-00 season.

And while seemingly endless spells on the treatment table at Liverpool never allowed him to truly flourish, two failed attempts at World Cup Qualification – beginning with the infamous aggregate defeat to Iran in 1997, during which Kewell scored and truly announced himself on the international stage – denied him the chance of starring at football’s showpiece event.

That was of course until the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where the talented winger began to recapture the form that saw him attract the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs during his time at Leeds. In the season preceding the tournament Kewell finally found regular first-team football and blistering form with Liverpool, goals and fitness arriving at just the right time as far as the national team was concerned.

From specially designed boots to the most intricate of medical treatment and monitoring, Kewell was allowed to reach the destination that had so cruelly been denied to him despite his goal in Melbourne nine years prior. He didn’t disappoint either, consistently the Socceroos’ main attacking threat other than Tim Cahill and scorer of the dramatic equaliser against Croatia that took Australia past the group stages before a bizarre gout diagnosis ruled him out of the Last 16 clash with Italy.

The goal against Croatia was a cleansing one for Kewell, who finally was able to deliver on the biggest stage for a country to whom his loyalties had been questioned in the past; such notions were dispelled once the ball hit the back of the net in Stuttgart, sparking an iconic leap of celebration from a man who had taken a long, hard road to reach such a pinnacle.

Awards:

2004–05 UEFA Champions League Winner, Liverpool

2005–06 FA Cup Winner, Liverpool

Turkish Super Cup 2008, Galatasaray

Oceania Footballer of the Year, 1999, 2001 & 2003

PFA Young Player of the Year, 1999–2000

Did You Know?

Kewell reportedly cost Liverpool almost £160,000 over five years during his time at Anfield.

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