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Record-breaker Friedel set to take place in 400 club

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Record-breaker Friedel set to take place in 400 club

By Dan Harrison

Villa's record-breaking goalkeeper Brad Friedel is on course to reach yet another significant career milestone this afternoon.

If the American plays in the season finale against Liverpool, it will be his 400th Premier League appearance.

Friedel, who turned 40 earlier this week and celebrated the birth of his third child, will become the 21st player to have achieved that feat.

It is another impressive accolade for a man who continues to rewrite the history books.

The top flight record holder for consecutive appearances - 275 matches and counting - also became the oldest player in Villa's history earlier this season.

By playing in the away fixture against Manchester United in February, he surpassed Ernie "Mush" Callaghan's record of 39 years and 257 days set in April 1947.

Team-mates have lined up to pay tribute to Friedel at various stages this season for his heroic displays as well as his determination to continue performing at the top level.

And assistant manager Gary McAllister hailed Friedel's professionalism ahead of another potentially significant afternoon for the experienced custodian.

"What I know from playing against him is he is a fantastic professional but also a very, very good goalkeeper," he said.

"I think he has proved that over his time here. He is going in against his old club as well and was a wee bit unlucky in a way not to get more games there.

"Since he arrived from the States he has been terrific. He is a guy who knows how to manage his training because his schedule is different to the other goalkeepers because of his age.

"You put it all together and he has had a very good season."

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By @AVFCOfficial 22nd May 2011
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