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Leicester City Sign Mark Schwarzer

Posted: Tue 06 Jan 2015
Author: Leicester City

Mark Schwarzer

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Leicester City Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a contract to June 2016.

Mark, 42, joins the Foxes on a free transfer from Chelsea and brings a wealth of top-flight experience to the Foxes squad. 

The Australian international stopper has made over 500 Barclays Premier League appearances for Middlesbrough, Fulham and the Blues over 18 years and is part of an elite goalkeepers’ club, alongside Petr Cech and David James, to have kept 150 Premier League clean sheets. 

He has been capped over 100 times by the Socceroos. Schwarzer was recruited from Bradford City in 1997 by Middlesbrough, where he played alongside Leicester manager Nigel Pearson for the first two of his 11 seasons at the Riverside Stadium. 

He featured in the initial 1-1 draw of his side’s 1997 League Cup Final against Leicester, but missed the replay due to injury as the Foxes triumphed at Hillsborough. Mark would go on to lift the trophy in 2004, though, as Boro overcame Bolton Wanderers in Cardiff. 

Schwarzer joined Fulham in the summer of 2008, helping the west London club strengthen their position in the top flight and qualify for Europe during the 2008/09 campaign. 

Operating regularly alongside City full back Paul Konchesky, he helped Fulham reach the 2010 Europa League Final – his second European showpiece, having helped Middlesbrough reach the UEFA Cup Final in 2006. 
After five years at Craven Cottage, Mark left Fulham in the summer of 2013, making the short trip across west London to join Chelsea. 

He deputised ably for the injured Petr Cech during the finale to the 2013/14 season and played in both legs of the Blues’ Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid. 

His shutout in a 2-0 win at Liverpool was the one that took him into the 150-club. Mark won his first cap for Australia in 1994 and would go on to become a leading performer for the Socceroos for the next 19 years before his international retirement in 2013. 

He represented his country with distinction at the FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany 2006 – having saved two penalties in the decisive qualification shootout against Uruguay – and again in South Africa in 2010. 

Schwarzer joins Kasper Schmeichel, Ben Hamer and Adam Smith among the goalkeepers in City’s professional ranks and will be available for selection for the first time this Saturday (10 January) when the Foxes host Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League.


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