We’re not often a sentimental bunch at Pundit Arena but on the day Brad Friedel announces he will retire at the end of this season, we thought it only fitting to reflect on the career of one of the Premier League’s all-time greats.
Friedel, who will be 44 in four days’ time, has not had the most glittering career in terms of trophies, winning just two pieces of silverware, at club level, in his 21-year professional career but he leaves the game with the respect and adoration befitting a player of his calibre.
Although the longest spell he had at any club was with Blackburn Rovers, the American received even more acclaim when he moved to Aston Villa and then to his current team Tottenham, where up until Hugo Lloris took the number one spot, Friedel was the purveyor of jaw-dropping saves and impeccable consistency.
The USA international still holds the record for the most consecutive Premier League appearances at 310. A feat achieved between August 2004 and November 2012.
Watch some of Friedel’s finest saves below.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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