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Harry Kewell is one of the most experienced players in the Australian national football team. A versatile forward who can play at wing, second striker or in the midfield, Kewell has brought class and composure to the Australian team for over a decade.
Playing Position: Wing/Attacking midfielder
Jersey Number: 19
Harry Kewell was born in Syndey, Australia on the 22nd of September 1978. As a youngster Kewell played most of his football for school teams, but his obvious talent soon secured him a place at the New South Wales Junior Soccer Academy as well as a starting role at the Marconi Stallions youth team.
In 1993, at the age of 14, Kewell went on a successful international tour with the Marconi Stallions. This experience brought him into contact with the Premier League, and when Kewell was offered a chance to trial with Leeds United a year later, he jumped at the opportunity.
Kewell would play for two seasons in the Leeds United youth team before being handed his first team debut at the age of 17 against Middlesbrough in the Premier League. It would take Kewell another year to score his first goal for his club.
Once Kewell had found his touch, he rapidly transformed himself into an integral part of the Leeds United strike force, reaching his peak for the club during the 1999-2000 season, when he netted 10 goals during 36 appearances.
During the 2002/2003 season Kewell’s relationship with Leeds United began to sour as the club ran into financial difficulties, sold off many of its strongest players, and placed undue pressure on Kewell and strike partner, Mark Viduka, to perform. Kewell eventually departed the club, which would eventually be relegated.
The young Australian’s next destination was Liverpool, where he took over the famed number 7 jersey. While Kewell proved his class on numerous occasions while playing for the club, he battled with injuries throughout his tenure at Anfield.
Struggles with injury eventually convinced Kewell to pursue better fortune elsewhere, and the Australian made the decision to join Turkish club, Galatasary. Despite the occasional injury niggle, the decision paid off as Kewell emerged as one of the top scorers for the club.
Aside from his club exploits Harry Kewell has been a member of the Australian national football team since 1997. Kewell has scored over a dozen goals for his country, including three strikes during Australia’s qualifying campaign for the 2010 Football World Cup.
Solid at both club level, and while playing for the Australia football team, Harry Kewell is a true all-rounder. Not only can the Australian cover any forward position, but he also combines clinical finishing with strength in the air and precision passing. An unselfish player, Kewell has a good assist record and his leadership skills have seen him awarded the Australian captain armband on a number of occasions.