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Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel teams up with BBC Radio Five Live for Brazil World Cup 2014
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel has agreed to work as a pundit for the BBC during this summer’s World Cup.
The 42-year-old will join the Radio Five Live sports team in Brazil for the tournament, which kicks off on June 12.
Friedel will be providing live match analysis during the games alongside commentators.
The BBC also announced today that Thierry Henry and Rio Ferdinand would also be joining their punditry team, along with the usual faces in the studio.
Friedel’s home country, the USA, face Germany, Portugal and Ghana in the group stage.
Nine facts about Brad Friedel’s international career:
• Friedel played 82 games for the USA between the years of 1992 and 2005
• He represented USA at three World Cups
• His first cap was gained against Canada, where he managed to keep a clean sheet
• He became the first goalkeeper since 1974 to save two penalties in normal time in a World Cup tournament
• Friedel retired from international football on February 7, 2005
• He was nicknamed ‘The Human Wall’ by fans during the spectacular 2002 World Cup run.
• As a junior, Friedel won the 1993 Hermann Trophy as the best player in college soccer
• In the 2002 World Cup, Friedel finished as the fifth ranked goalkeeper of the tournament, with 20 saves
• He achieved 21 clean sheets for the USA
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