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Harry Kewell

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1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of 20:58, 13 May 2007 (UTC).2 National team caps and goals correctas of 22 July 2007.* Appearances (Goals)

Harry Kewell (born September 22, 1978 in Smithfield, Sydney), is an Australian football (soccer) player who currently plays for Liverpool F.C. in the English Premier League. An exceptional dribbler on the wing also capable of playing as an attacking midfielder and as a second striker, he is often regarded within the media as "Australia's finest football export", despite his career being blighted with injury. Against Croatia he scored the crucial goal to get Australia through to the knockout stages of the 2006 World Cup. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Professional Footballers' Association.

Raised in the suburb of Smithfield located in Sydneys south west by parents Rod and Helen, Kewel received his early schooling at Smithfield Public School and secodary schooling at St. Johns Park High School before transfering to the newly instituted Westfield Sports High School on a footballing scholarship. During his tenure at Westfileds Sports High Kewell was a member of many teams both at club at representative level including the New South Wales Academy of Sport under the guidance of the then football director David Lee. Now retired, David Lee is resposible for the development of many of Australias most accomplished footballers both domestically and abroad. Such names include; Brett Emerton, Jason Culina, Micheal Beachamp and many many more.

On 25 May 2005, Kewell became the only Australian-born player (Craig Johnston was born in South Africa) to win the UEFA Champions League, playing in Liverpool's win over A.C. Milan on penalties. Kewell was controversially selected by Benítez ahead of the defensive midfielder Hamann, signalling the club's intent to attack from the outset. The gamble proved unsuccessful, and an injured Kewell was substituted early in the first half with a torn adductor muscle.

In November 2005, Australia qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup taking place in Germany. It was the first time Australia had qualified for the World Cup since 1974 when it was held in West Germany. To reach the World Cup Australia beat Uruguay in a two-legged play-off. Kewell was considered instrumental in the Socceroos' defeat of Uruguay, turning the course of the match when he entered as a substitute. He scored the first penalty for Australia in the deciding penalty shoot-out, which they went on to win 4-2.

Kewell did not play for the national team for a year following the World Cup, and made his national-team comeback in a friendly against Singapore in late June 2007. The match was Australia's last before the Asian Cup and Kewell came on as a substitute in the 65th minute, and went on to score his eighth international goal and provide a cross for the final goal in a 3-0 victory. Kewell was a key part of the Australian squad for the Asian Cup. Kewell scored his 9th international goal for Australia, scoring the 4th goal in a 4-0 victory over Thailand in the Asian Cup. After the group stage, in a quarter-final against Japan, Kewell was sent on to the pitch to replace Mark Viduka in the 61st minute, in a 1-1 draw. A penalty shootout was required to break the deadlock and Kewell's first penalty shot for Australia was stopped. Australia ultimately lost the shootout and was eliminated from the Asian Cup.



 


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