Friedel: Science keeps me playing

Published Add your comment

Brad Friedel believes he can play on for many years to come and puts it down to the science used on players now.


The American ‘keeper went to Spurs in the summer, and has already ousted Brazilian Heurelho Gomez as Harry Redknapp’s first choice at White Hart Lane.


The former Liverpool man turned 40 in May, but feels as though he can go on playing for a number of years more.


“If you can keep yourself free of major injury and you want to keep playing, then you can go much longer than an outfield player could," he said.


The former USA international has now made 277 consecutive appearances in the Barclays Premier League, which includes spells with Blackburn and Aston Villa, amongst others.


Friedel believes improved training methods and physiological sciences have been the key behind playing so long, as well as what will allow him to keep playing.


He said: "These days with all the focus on nutrition and health, together with the less distance we have to cover in training and in matches, why shouldn't a goalkeeper play well into his 40s?


"My body doesn't feel the way someone might think a 40-year-old should feel.


"I don't wake up every morning and think, 'Oh no, I'm 40, I don't feel like training today'."


The Spurs man has been impressive in his side’s recent run of nine games undefeated, which has seen them climb to third in the league.


He thinks it is down to belief: “It can be done if you want it - and I do.”

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Brad Friedel

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again