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Harry Kewell

b. 1978

Harry Kewell (b. 1978), Australia’s greatest ever soccer export, attended Sydney’s Westfields Sports High School and the NSW Soccer Academy before trialling with English club Leeds United in 1995, at the age of 16. He made his first-team debut for Leeds the following year, and remained with the club until 2003, when he signed for Liverpool, the club he had supported as a boy. In 2005 he was part of the Liverpool team that won the European Champions League, club football’s most prestigious trophy. Along with Craig Johnston – who also played for Liverpool – Kewell is the only Australian ever to have won the trophy. In 2008 he signed with Turkish side Galatasaray, for whom he was a popular player; in his first game in the Turkish Super Cup, he scored his first goal within twenty seconds of taking the field. He returned to Australia to play with the Melbourne Victory side in 2011, but although he signed for three years, he played for only one. Having represented Australia at senior level nearly sixty times, he is currently a ‘free agent’ (defined as a player that has been released by a professional association football club and now is no longer affiliated with any club, but has not finished his or her professional career).

Updated 2018