Jerzy Dudek’s great­est games

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Feyeno­ord 2 Ju­ven­tus 0 Novem­ber 26, 1997 Cham­pi­ons League

“I’d just started my Feyeno­ord ca­reer so didn’t have much ex­pe­ri­ence, and we’d lost 5-1 away against a great Ju­ven­tus team in­clud­ing Zine­dine Zi­dane. No one gave us a chance but I re­deemed my­self in Rot­ter­dam, mak­ing a few saves, and we won. It was a sign of great things to come for me in the Cham­pi­ons League.”

France 1 Poland 0

Fe­bru­ary 23, 2000 Friendly

“One of my first games for Poland. We played the world cham­pi­ons, but only lost un­luck­ily at the end from Zi­dane’s free-kick and a ric­o­chet. I had a good game and Arsene Wenger came up to me af­ter­wards and con­grat­u­lated me. Af­ter that Ar­se­nal of­fered £10 mil­lion for me, but Feyeno­ord said no and six months later sold me to Liver­pool. My ca­reer could have been very dif­fer­ent!”

Milan 3 Liver­pool 3 (2-3p)

May 25, 2005 Cham­pi­ons League Fi­nal

“Prob­a­bly one of the most un­be­liev­able games in the his­tory of sport – a les­son of faith, courage and never giv­ing up. In the first half they killed us, but then at half-time Liver­pool fans started singing You’ll Never Walk Alone. Steven Ger­rard brought us to­gether and said, ‘Do you hear that, lads? Now let’s go out there and give it our best.’ And we did. That game in a sense made us all im­mor­tal.”

Zaragoza 2 Real Madrid 2 May 11, 2008 La Liga

“I was backup for Iker Casil­las at Real. We’d al­ready won the league, so I got to play at Zaragoza. They had to win to stay up, but I hadn’t played too of­ten and didn’t want to lose. In the second half I was in a trance and made some great saves. Their play­ers were say­ing, ‘What are you do­ing? Have mercy!’ The Zaragoza fans are still up­set about it...”

“THE 2005 CHAM­PI­ONS LEAGUE FI­NAL WAS A LES­SON OF FAITH, COURAGE AND NEVER GIV­ING UP IT MADE US ALL IM­MOR­TAL”

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