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Harold "Harry" Kewell (born 22 September 1978 in Sydneymarker, New South Walesmarker), is an Australian professional football midfielder who plays for Turkish Süper Lig side Galatasaray. Internationally he has received 45 caps, and scored 13 goals, while playing for the Australian national team.

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. Kewell scored a goal against Croatia which took Australia through to the knockout stages of the 2006 World Cup, the Australian national team's second World Cup. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Professional Footballers' Association.

Biography

Kewell received his early schooling at Smithfield Public School and secondary schooling at St. Johns Park High School before transferring to Westfield Sports High School.

During his time at Westfields Sports High School, Kewell played at representative level for both school and club competitions. He played in the New South Wales Youth League representative team for Marconi from aged U13 to U15, coached by Stephen Treloar, while also attending other specialised training with the NSW Junior Soccer Academy, coached by David Lee.

Big Break (1993)

At the age of 14 Kewell travelled to Thailand, Italy and England with the successful Marconi Under 14 team that had just won the State Titles. The team played games against the junior team of A C Milan (Sporting Milano), as well as apprenticeship sides in England. This was the first time Kewell had been out of the country but provided him his first taste of football in Europe, having also attended a Premier League match for the first time as a spectator. At the age of 15 Kewell was offered the opportunity to travel back to England and trial with English Premiership football club Leeds United for a period of four weeks as part of the Big Brother Movement in Australia. Kewell travelled to England with his future Socceroo team-mate Brett Emerton. Both were successful during their trials at Leeds. However only Kewell was able to take up the club's offer due to his father's English heritage, which satisfied the visa requirements.

Leeds United (1995-2003)

Kewell made his Leeds United debut as a 17-year-old on 30 March 1996 in a 1-0 home defeat by Middlesbrough. Around that time he was flat mates with Leeds goalkeeper, Nicky Byrne, later to become a member of boyband Westlife. Kewell made his Australia debut in April 1996 in 3-0 defeat by Chile. The first goal he scored for Leeds came some time later, in October 1997, in a 3-1 League Cup victory over Stoke City.

He was sent off in Leeds United-Galatasaray UEFA Cup 1999-00 semi-final match. Playing mostly in a left midfield role and in attack, Kewell became one of Leeds' young stars in a troop of highly promising youngsters, eventually playing alongside fellow Australian Mark Viduka. By the End of the 1999-00 season, it was suggested that Kewell was subject to a £25 million bid from Italian giants Inter Milan. The high point of this period was when the duo helped Leeds to the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League in 2000-01. However, the club began to suffer financial difficulties and, by 2002-03, having sold many of their best players, Kewell and Viduka's efforts in front of goal merely delayed Leeds' slide from being relegated from the Premiership. Kewell's efforts at Leeds United gained him international recognition for his talents. He scored 45 goals in over 180 appearances for Leeds over eight years.

Kewell left Leeds under acrimonious circumstances. In an infamous interview given to the BBC shortly before his move to Liverpool, Kewell lashed out against the staff at the club, stating that the medical staff worsened his injuries and that his teammates had ostracized him.

Liverpool (2003-2008)

Having rejected more financially enticing offers from AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona, Kewell moved to Liverpool for the start of the 2003-04 season. Kewell was handed the famous No. 7 shirt, surrendered by Vladimir Smicer. The shirt is iconic to Liverpool football club having been sported by Ian Callaghan, Kevin Keegan and Kenny Dalglish.

Kewell's transfer was highly controversial because it was alleged that a significant portion (£2m of the £5m) went to Kewell's unregistered agent, Bernie Mandic to ensure that he ended up at Anfieldmarker. In a related matter, Kewell sued Gary Lineker in 2005 for defamation of character, but, with the jury unable to agree on a verdict, the parties had to settle out of court.

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 Milan on penalties. Kewell was controversially selected by Benítez ahead of the defensive midfielder Dietmar Hamann, signaling 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. Liverpool were losing 1-0 at the time and Kewell was infamously booed off the pitch by Liverpool fans with many suggesting he had faked the injury.It also emerged during the summer of 2005 that Kewell had been playing throughout the season with an undiagnosed sports hernia, also known as 'Gilmore's Groin.'

In November 2005, after recovering from the injury sustained during the final, Kewell spoke to the Liverpool FC official website, saying that he had a strong desire to repay his manager Rafael Benitez for showing confidence in him by fielding him in the Champions League Final. He also thanked his wife and friends for the support shown to him while he recovered from injury. He also re-stated the severity of the injury which had forced him off in the Final and told his doubters that they were misguided to question the severity of his injury.

Kewell's form for Liverpool in the 2005-06 English Premier League season showed what he was truly capable of, scoring goals and plenty of assists, lending support to his assertion that his prior mediocre performance was the result of poor health rather than apathy.Kewell scored his first league goal at Anfield in over 2 years when Liverpool beat Spurs 1-0 in January, he was also the only scorer when Liverpool beat Man City 1-0 at Anfield and scored the last goal in a 3-1 win over Everton in one of his best displays of the season. Kewell was also one of Liverpool's best performers in the FA Cup semi final win over Chelsea which Liverpool won 2-1.

Kewell played in the 2005-06 FA Cup Final, only to be substituted in the 48th minute due to abdominal pains (the supporters reaction this time was more sympathetic compared to the previous years champions league final). It was later confirmed by Liverpool that he had torn a groin muscle, but was expected to be fit for the World Cup.

On 30 April 2007 Kewell made his comeback from almost a year out of club football. He came on as a 55th minute substitute for Liverpool Reserves in a 'mini-derby' against Everton Reserves. On 5 May 2007, he came on as a substitute in the second half of Liverpool's match against Fulham at Craven Cottage, having not played for Liverpool since his substitution in 2005-06 FA Cup Final. On May 13, 2007, Harry came on as substitute in the second half against Charlton in the last game of the Premiership. Speculation on whether he was to be selected in Liverpool's upcoming Champions League Final in Athens rapidly became positive for Kewell after providing an excellent game against Charlton. Harry provided a cross in for Dirk Kuyt to assist towards a Xabi Alonso goal and then scored a penalty on the 90th minute. He played in the Champions league Final in Athens, coming on as a second half substitute for Boudewijn Zenden.

Kewell was injured for the start of the 2007-08 season, and he faced an uncertain future at Liverpool having suffered yet another injury, which has sidelined him for the first month of the Premier League season. Kewell returned as a substitute in Liverpool's Carling Cup victory over Cardiff City on 31 October, coming on in the 71st minute. He has since come on as a substitute in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League against Blackburnmarker and Besiktas respectively. After his return Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez stated on the club's website and to other members of the media that a new contract for Harry to continue his career at Anfield was not out of the question. Many believed that if Kewell could stay injury free until the season's end he would be offered the chance to remain with the club.

Kewell found himself unable to make the team after Liverpool's FA Cup defeat to Barnsley. Benitez revealed that Kewell was in extra training with the reserves in a bid to win a new contract. .

His chances of a new contract were hindered however, when seeking games and match fitness, he traveled with his national team to play in a game against Singapore. Kewell returned to England with a groin strain, unfortunately leaving less time to prove himself worthy of a new deal.

His first goal of the 2007-08 season was for the Liverpool reserve team in their 2-0 win over rivals Manchester United. Because of injuries, his future at Liverpool was uncertain During the January transfer window, he was linked with a move to Fulham .

In May 2008 it was revealed Kewell had turned down a new contract at Liverpool.

Galatasaray (2008-)

On 5 July 2008, Turkish champions Galatasaray signed Kewell to a two-year deal. He said "I wanted to move on and this is the best way. I can't wait to get started, it's just what I'm looking forward to, a new challenge."

Kewell's transfer to Galatasaray provoked strong criticism from fans of his former team Leeds United as he was a Leeds player when two of their fans were killed in clashes before a UEFA Cup semi-final against Galatasaray in Istanbul in April 2000. Kewell responded and in an open letter he stated "I chose the No 19 shirt when I signed for Galatasaray AS as a sign of respect for Leeds because that was the number I got when I first became a regular member of the Leeds United starting XI. "I felt that it might be a way to demonstrate that I had not forgotten where it all started and I was hoping that in a small way it would help the healing process of the tragedy that occurred on the 5th of April 2000. To blame the Galatasaray AS club for the tragedy in Istanbul is simply wrong and discriminatory."

Kewell made his debut for Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Cup where he came on as a substitute after 66 minutes, scoring his first goal for Galatasaray with his first touch in the 2-1 win over Kayserispor. He also provided the assist leading to the second goal. He scored his second goal for Galatasaray in the first league match of the season against Denizlispor, with Galatasaray going on to win 4-1. He has scored 7 goals in 13 competitive matches for Galatasaray, 4 of which were in the Turkish league, and 2 in UEFA Cup.

On 23 October 2008, Kewell scored the only goal in Galatasaray's UEFA Cup win over Olympiakos. A week later Harry played in Galatasaray's first Fortis Turkey Cup match where they drew 1-1 with Ankaraspor. On 2 November 2008, Kewell scored his 4th league goal in Galatasaray's home win over Gaziantepspor, after a week full of overwhelming speculations in the Turkish media about his injury.

Following medical consultations in Australia, it was announced on 12 December 2008 that Kewell would need surgery to repair an inguinal hernia. The surgery has been scheduled for 15 December 2008.

Before his injury, Galatasaray have won all of the 9 games, in which Harry Kewell has scored. Those include 2 UEFA Cup, 6 Turkcell Super League and 1 Turkish Super Cup matches.

In a UEFA Cup game against FC Girondins de Bordeaux Kewell scored a goal from 35 metres out, bringing the score to 2-1. Galatasaray ended up winning the game and proceeding in the UEFA Cup to face Hamburg in the last 16.

In the 12 March 2009 UEFA Cup last 16 match against Hamburger SV, after the sending off of fellow teammate Emre Aşık, Kewell had to play as a centre back defender for 40 minutes but managed to fulfil the role adequately despite being out of position.. In the second leg of the last 16 match he was again played in the same position, scoring a penalty whilst doing so.

Because of Milan Baros's injury, Harry Kewell had played since the end of October as Striker. So far he has scored 10 goals in 19 Games,in the 2009-2010 Season.

At the second and the last year of his contract at Galatasaray, supporters are begging him to stay more. His family live in London and Harry Kewell declared many times that he misses them.

International career

Kewell became the youngest player to début for the Australia national team when he played against Chile in April 1996, aged 17 years and 7 months. In November 1997, Kewell was selected to play for Australia in the country's World Cup qualifying game against Iran. At the Azadi Stadiummarker in Tehranmarker, in front of an estimated crowd of 100,000, Kewell scored his first ever goal for his country and gave Australia a 1-0 lead. Iran eventually drew level and the game resulted in a 1-1 draw, which set up a tense return game in Melbournemarker.

A then-record crowd for football in Australia of 85,000 - at the Melbourne Cricket Groundmarker - witnessed the second leg of this World Cup qualifier against Iran, as well as Kewell's second goal. The Socceroos eventually stretched their lead to two goals but Iran fought back and scored two vital away goals to finish the game 2-2 and qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France.

FIFA World Cup 2006

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 played in Australia's opening game of the 2006 FIFA World Cup against Japan in Germany. He did not start for Australia in their second group match against Brazil but again entered as a substitute, missing an early opportunity when Dida punched the ball out dangerously. Kewell was reported to FIFAmarker by referee Markus Merk for verbal abuse after the match but he escaped being sanctioned.

In the Croatia vs Australia game Kewell scored Australia's second goal to equal the score at 2-2. Australia only needed a draw to qualify for the second round for the first time. He was also awarded Man of the Match, which made him Australia's second Man of the Match at a World Cup after Tim Cahill who had won an award earlier in the tournament. Even though he was obviously not fully fit in the World Cup he still proved to be a big match player when Australia needed him.

Due to suspected gout, (later diagnosed as septic arthritis — a bacterial infection in the joints of his left foot) Kewell was unable to play against Italy in the knockout stage, which saw Australia eliminated from the World Cup.

Asian Cup 2007

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.

2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification

Kewell did not play either of Australia's first two matches against Qatar and China. Kewell was made captain for Australia's qualifier against Iraq at Suncorp Stadiummarker on 1 June 2008. He scored the only goal with a header in the 47th minute as Australia won 1-0. Kewell also scored the third goal against Qatar in Australia's 3-1 win to put them into the final qualification round. In a world cup qualifier warm up game against the Dutch, he scored a penalty won by Joshua Kennedy. Australia went on to win 2-1 with Harry Kewell playing a vital part for the national team in the first half. Australia then played the Uzbekistan, winning 2-0 with Kewell scoring a penalty.

Personal life

Kewell is married to English soap star Sheree Murphy, whom he met at the Majestyk club in 2000. They were married in Las Vegasmarker in 24 May 2003 and have three children, son Taylor (born 2001) and daughter Ruby Heather Toni (born 2003). The couple had their third child, baby girl Matilda on 19 March 2008.

As of May 2008, Kewell has become the face of Australian men's fashion brand, Politix.

Kewell is one of the favorite players among Galatasaray supporters, his working discipline and dignified personality are also appreciated by his teammates and board members in Galatasaray as well. He is described as fully professional with a charming character, always smiling and is dedicated to his family. His nicknames at Galatasaray are Harry Potter and the Wizard of Oz.

Although it is claimed that Liverpool and Galatasaray fans adapted Daddy Cool's famous song Daddy Cool for him due to the vocal similarity between "Daddy Cool" and "Harry Kewell", it was in fact Leeds United fans that began this trend as far back as 1999, coinciding with the use of the song on a Vauxhall Zafira GSi car advert at the time.

He has advocated the introduction of Western Sydney A-League expansion team Sydney Rovers FC, having grown up in Smithfieldmarker in the west of Sydney. He is also a supporter of the Canterbury Bulldogs rugby league team.

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leeds United 1995-96 2 0 - - - 2 0
1996-97 1 0 - - - 1 0
1997-98 29 5 4 2 2 1 - 35 8
1998-99 39 6 5 1 2 2 4 0 50 9
1999-00 36 10 3 2 2 0 12 5 53 17
2000-01 17 2 - - 9 0 26 2
2001-02 27 8 0 0 1 1 7 2 35 11
2002-03 31 14 4 1 1 0 5 1 41 16
Total 182 45 16 6 8 4 37 8 243 63
Liverpool 2003-04 36 7 3 0 2 1 8 3 49 11
2004-05 18 1 0 0 1 0 12 0 31 1
2005-06 27 3 6 0 1 0 6 0 40 3
2006-07 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1
2007-08 10 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 15 0
Total 93 12 10 0 5 1 30 3 138 16
Galatasaray 2008-09 26 8 1 0 1 1 9 4 37 13
2009-10 13 6 1 1 0 0 8 4 22 11
Total 39 14 2 1 1 1 17 8 59 24
Career total 314 71 28 7 14 6 84 19 440 103


International goals

# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 November 1997 Tehranmarker, Iranmarker 1–1 Draw 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 29 November 1997 Melbournemarker, Australia 2–2 Draw 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 19 December 1997 Riyadhmarker, Saudi Arabiamarker 1–0 Win 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup
4. 12 February 2003 Londonmarker, Englandmarker 3–1 Win Friendly
5. 7 September 2003 Reading, Englandmarker 2–1 Win Friendly
6. 12 October 2004 Sydneymarker, Australia 6–0 Win 2004 OFC Nations Cup
7. 22 June 2006 Stuttgartmarker, Germanymarker 2–2 Draw 2006 FIFA World Cup
8. 30 June 2007 Singaporemarker, Singaporemarker 3–0 Win Friendly
9. 16 July 2007 Bangkokmarker, Thailandmarker 4–0 Win 2007 AFC Asian Cup
10. 1 June 2008 Brisbanemarker, Australia 1–0 Win 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 15 June 2008 Dohamarker, Qatarmarker 3–1 Win 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
12. 6 September 2008 Eindhovenmarker, Netherlandsmarker 2–1 Win Friendly
13. 1 April 2009 Sydneymarker, Australia 2–0 Win 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification


Career honours

Leeds United




Liverpool






Galatasaray SK




Australia








Personal






References

  1. http://au.fourfourtwo.com/features/5851,the-men-who-made-harry.aspx
  2. PodCards - Harry Kewell
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  4. http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/spor/futbol/10391087.asp?gid=211
  5. wide world of sports, Sunday March 29, Channel Nine


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