Date of Birth:18/05/1971
Height:6' 2" (188cm)
Weight:14st 6lbs (91.8kg)
Previous Clubs:Tottenham, Blackburn, Liverpool
The main qualities you need in a shot-stopper are reliability and consistency - and Friedel has both in abundance.
The USA ace really made his name at Blackburn Rovers before embarking on a career move he considered too good to miss in July 2008.
Friedel, regarded by the most respected pundits in the game as a true master of his trade, signed a three-year contract which brought him to Villa Park in a £2.5m deal.
It proved to be a good move as he enjoyed an excellent debut campaign in which he inspired confidence in Villa's back four with some outstanding performances.
He was once again in fine form in his second term - 2009-10 - providing yet more brilliant displays, most notably in Villa's 1-0 home victory over Blues.
The claret and blue defence was considered by many as one of the very strongest in the top-flight and that owed much to Friedel's classy feats.
Remarkably, he also holds the record for the most consecutive top-flight matches with 228 - an unbelievable achievement.
Friedel, who played for USA in the 1994 World Cup, had his first taste of English football when he was taken to Newcastle United by Kevin Keegan, although he never played for the Magpies because of work permit problems.
He subsequently had a spell on loan to Danish club Brondby and then had a spell with Turkish giants Galatasaray before returning to America to join Columbus Crew.
He was finally granted a work permit in late 1997 after joining Liverpool, and made his Premier League debut for the Reds at Villa Park on February 28 1998 - the day Stan Collymore scored twice in a 2-1 home win in John Gregory's first match at Villa manager.
In November 2000 he joined Blackburn on a free transfer, helping the Ewood Park club to promotion that season and eventually making over 300 appearances.
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