Footy In A Week

Jose Reina named EPL goalkeeper of the year
May 11, 2006, 1:45 pm
Filed under: Premier League

Liverpool's Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina, has won the English Premier League's golden gloves award after keeping 20 clean sheets this season. Reina's performances put him ahead of Manchester United's Dutch keeper, Edwin Van der Sar (18), and last year's winner, Czech Petr Cech of champion Chelsea (17).American Brad Friedel of Blackburn Rovers and Germany's Jens Lehman of Arsenal (both 16) completed the top five.

Reina, 23, who joined Liverpool last July from Villarreal for 7pound;6 million ($14.51 million), made 33 league appearances after replacing Jerzy Dudek as first choice.

"He (Reina) has used this season as a springboard on to the international scene and has seen off the challenge of some world class players to keep the most clean sheets," said Matt Appleby of Barclays, whose company makes the award.

Reina began his career with Barcelona and made his debut for the Catalan side aged 18. He was on the losing side to Liverpool in the 2001 UEFA Cup semi-final.



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