Exclusive: Brad Friedel - Quick-fire Questions

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GiveMeSport had the pleasure of speaking to Tottenham's Brad Friedel last week and the American was more than happy to answer a few quick-fire questions sent in to us by Tottenham fans from around the world.

The 42-year-old has enjoyed an illustrious career between the posts, spending time in Turkey with Galatasaray before arriving in England after signing for Liverpool in 1997.

From there the Ohio-born shotstopper went on to enjoy an eight-year spell with Blackburn Rovers before making the move to Aston Villa and then joining Tottenham in 2011.

During his time at White Hart Lane the 42-year-old set a new record for the most consecutive starts in the Premier League - a run which came to an end against Aston Villa last season.

Now in the twilight of his career Friedel told GiveMeSport he is currently taking his UEFA A coaching license, and has spent his time away from the daily grind of being a Premier League footballer this summer by helping out with Tottenham's Global Coaching program.

“I’m currently taking my UEFA A license and I hope to complete this in one year’s time” he said. “If successful, I will then move on to my pro license and at that time I will make a decision on what I want to do. I want to learn as much as I can before I jump into that arena.”

While coy when pressed about whether one day he could imagine himself becoming a Premier League manager, the former Liverpool 'keeper was passionate about helping out with the Global Coaching Program and promoting the game in his home country.

The programme has a huge presence in the United States, with partnerships developed in California, Maryland and Texas. Clinics also successfully ran alongside the first team’s pre-season tour of the United States last summer and Friedel lent a helping hand in Baltimore and San Francisco this summer.

"Football is the 3rd most played team sport in America," he points out when asked about if America is still struggling to take the beautiful game to it's heart. He does however concede that "more coaching knowledge" is needed in the States to help take the game and MLS to the next level.

Brad and campers

Despite his obvious passion for coaching, throughout our time speaking to the Tottenham man it is clear he has lost none of his desire to play the game, and he insists he feels as fit as ever.

"I'll make a decision in January," he says when asked about the possibility of the 2013/14 season being his last, or at least his last in England.

We'll have some more thoughts from the veteran shotstopper in the near future including why he thinks Roberto Soldado is a great signing for Tottenham and what life is like under Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.

In the meantime find out what the Tottenham 'keeper had to say when we put five of your best questions to him - some of his answers may surprise you!

What is the best save of your career?

"It was the penalty save against South Korea [at the 2002 World Cup]. It wasn't the most athletic save but it was important as it helped us get through to the second round."

What is the best goal you have ever conceded?

"It has to be Samuel Umtiti's goal for Lyon against us in the Europa League" [Spurs won 2-1 thanks to two free-kicks from Gareth Bale].

Who is the worst trainer you have worked with?

"Mark Hughes! Let me just say that come Saturday he was one of the best in the  world!"

What is your best ever game in a Tottenham shirt?

"Manchester United last season. I grew up a Liverpool fan and Spurs hadn't won at Old Trafford for so many years."

Can you sum up your career in three words?

[Laughs] "I can do it in two…Benjamin Button!

Friedel was speaking on behalf of Tottenham Hotspur’s Global Coaching programme, which is committed to helping develop grassroots soccer across the world encouraging youngsters to play with style, passion and flair – traits synonymous with the North London club.

Fully-qualified coaches from Tottenham Hotspur deliver the programmes in partnership with soccer associations in the US, Hong Kong, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia.

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