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23 March 1973
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1.88 m (6'2")
Jerzy Henryk "Jurek" Dudek (born 23 March 1973) is a retired Polish international footballer who played for Liverpool from 2001-2007. While at Liverpool he was part of the squad who won the 2005 Champion's League. He left Liverpool in 2007, joining Real Madrid for a free transfer, having played 186 games for the Reds.
Dudek joined Liverpool on 31 August 2001 from Feyenoord, for £4,850,000. He made his league debut for the club on 8 September 2001 against Aston Villa in a 1-3 loss. Dudek's first clean sheet came in the Champions League, in the scoreless draw against Dortmund on 19 September 2001. Three days later Dudek booked another clean sheet in the 1-0 home win against Tottenham in the Premier League. All together in his first season with Liverpool Dudek kept 27 clean sheets in 49 appearances in all competitions.
Dudek's first trophy with Liverpool came in his second season with the club in the 2003 League Cup. Dudek was also a part of the Livepool squad who won the 2005 Champions League in Istanbul. While conceding three goals to put Liverpool down to 0-3 at half time, he performed very well in the second half to help Liverpool come back to 3-3 at full time. The game then went to penalty kicks where Dudek saved attempts from Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko to help Liverpool lift their fifth European Cup.
The 2005 Champions League final proved to be Dudek's last game as Liverpool's first choice goalkeeper, with manager Rafael Benitez preferring his new signing Pepe Reina between the sticks. Dudek stayed with Liverpool until 20 July 2007 when his contract with the club expired. He left for Real Madrid on a free transfer.
- UEFA Champions League: 1 (2005)
- FA Cup: 1 (2006)
- League Cup: 1 (2003)
- UEFA Super Cup: 1 (2005)
- FA Community Shield: 1 (2006)
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