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Edwin van der Sar
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Personal information
Full name Edwin van der Sar
Date of birth 29 October 1970 (1970-10-29) (age 39)
Place of birth Voorhout, Netherlands
Height 6 ft 5.5 in (1.97 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 1
Youth career
Foreholte
vv Noordwijk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1999 Ajax 226 (1)
1999–2001 Juventus 66 (0)
2001–2005 Fulham 127 (0)
2005– Manchester United 145 (0)
National team
1995–2008 Netherlands 130 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:48, 7 February 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Edwin van der Sar (born 29 October 1970) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Manchester United. He is the Netherlands national football team's most capped player of all time.

Van der Sar started his senior career with Ajax and remained there for nine years before moving to Italian club Juventus and then to England, first to Fulham and then to Manchester United. He is one of the few footballers to have won the UEFA Champions League with two different teams, having won it with Ajax in 1995 and Manchester United in 2008, the latter where he was named UEFA Man of the match; he also won the UEFA Cup with Ajax in 1992. Van der Sar was named Best European Goalkeeper in 1995 and 2009, spanning the fourteen-year period between his first and second Champions league victories.

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Club career

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Ajax

Born in Voorhout, Van der Sar began his career at his hometown club, Foreholte, and then vv Noordwijk. At a relatively late age, he was brought to the attention of Louis van Gaal, and subsequently signed for Ajax. He enjoyed a long and successful stint in their senior side, winning the 1991–92 UEFA Cup and the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League, as well as the 1995 Best European Goalkeeper award. He kept goal for Ajax in the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final, but had to make do with a runner-up medal as they lost the penalty shootout against Juventus. He made a total of 226 appearances for Ajax and scored a penalty for Ajax to complete an 8–1 victory over De Graafschap in the 1997–98 season.

Juventus

In 1999, Van der Sar moved to Italian giants Juventus, where he made 66 Serie A appearances before eventually losing the number 1 spot to Gianluigi Buffon. He became the first non-Italian to keep goal for the Turin club.[2]

Fulham

Van der Sar at Fulham, with Steed Malbranque

Not content to stay on the substitutes' bench at Juventus, Van der Sar moved to Premier League club Fulham in 2001, reportedly for around £7.1 million.[3] Initially signing a four-year contract, he notched up 127 league appearances.

Manchester United

Van der Sar moved to Manchester United on 10 June 2005[4] for a reported fee of £2 million, although the exact transfer fee was undisclosed.[5] Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson considered him the best goalkeeper to play for the club since Peter Schmeichel.[6]

Van der Sar playing for Manchester United.

On 5 May 2007, his penalty save helped assure a 1–0 triumph over Manchester City in the Manchester derby. The following day, Chelsea's failure to beat Arsenal at the Emirates ensured Manchester United's ninth Premier League trophy and Van der Sar's first. He was also named to the 2006–07 PFA Team of the Year.[7] Three months later, he was a catalyst in Manchester United's 16th FA Community Shield victory, as he saved three consecutive penalties in a shootout after Manchester United and Chelsea played to a 1–1 draw at the end of regular time.[8]

The 2007–08 season was Van der Sar's best season since his arrival; he had several great performances despite a niggling groin injury. He would help United secure their second successive Premier League title on the final day and win the Champions League by saving the final penalty of the shoot-out from Nicolas Anelka.[9]

Van der Sar signed a one-year extension to his current contract with Manchester United on 12 December 2008, keeping him at the club until at least the end of the 2009–10 season.[10]

Van der Sar signing an autograph after the match against Barcelona 1–0 April 2008.

On 27 January 2009, Van der Sar helped Manchester United set a new club and Premier League record for consecutive clean sheets – the club's 5–0 win over West Bromwich Albion meant that they had gone 11 games and 1,032 minutes without conceding a goal, beating the previous record of 10 matches and 1,025 minutes set by Petr Čech in the 2004–05 season. He then broke the overall English league record in the club's following game four days later, beating the previous record of 1,103 minutes, set by Steve Death of Reading in 1979.[11] Another clean sheet, against West Ham on 8 February 2009, extended the record to 1,212 minutes, beating the British top-flight record of 1,155 minutes previously set by Aberdeen's Bobby Clark in 1971.[12] Finally, on 18 February 2009, Van der Sar further extended the record to 1,302 minutes, and in doing so, he broke José María Buljubasich's single-season world record of 1,289 minutes, set in the Chilean Clausura in 2005.[13][14] His clean sheet record ended on 4 March, when he made an error allowing Peter Løvenkrands of Newcastle United to score after 9 minutes.[15] In total, Van der Sar had gone 1,311 minutes without conceding in the league.[16] These clean sheets were a major factor in United clinching their 11th Premiership title as United won a lot of games 1–0 to clinch the title ahead of Liverpool. With a total of 21 clean sheets he also won the Barclays Golden Glove for 2008–09. However, he missed out on winning his third Champions League winners medal as United succumbed to a 2–0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona on 27 May 2009. Nevertheless, he won Best European Goalkeeper award from UEFA for the second time, 14 years after he first won it at Ajax. He was one of the five United players shortlisted for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award but it went to United teammate Ryan Giggs instead.

Van der Sar sustained a finger injury during the Audi Cup pre-season tournament, forcing him to miss the first 12 matches of Manchester United's 2009–10 season.[17] On 6 October 2009, Van Der Sar returned to action for United, playing 90 minutes in the reserves against Everton.[18] On 17 October 2009, he returned to action in the first team, playing in United's 2–1 victory over Bolton Wanderers.[19] On 21 November 2009, Van Der Sar would suffer injury again and be kept out of action for 12 games, with the combination of the Dutchman’s wife suffering a brain haemorrhage just before Christmas. On 16 January 2010, Van Der Sar returned to action in a 3-0 win over Burnley.

Van der Sar signed a one-year extension to his current contract with Manchester United on 26 February 2010, keeping him at the club until at least the end of the 2010–11 season.[20]

International career

Van der Sar was included in the Netherlands's 1994 World Cup squad but did not play. He had to wait until 7 June 1995 for his international debut, against Belarus. He was in goal for three successive eliminations from major competitions by penalties: Euro 96, France 98 and Euro 2000. Following the Dutch team's failure to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Van der Sar would have to wait four years for his next international tournament.

Euro 2004

During the penalty shootout at the Euro 2004 quarter-final against Sweden, Van der Sar saved a penalty from Olof Mellberg, as the Netherlands won the shootout 5–4 and advanced to the semifinals,[21] where they lost to Portugal.[22]

2006 World Cup

Van der Sar at the 2006 World Cup.

Prior to the 2006 World Cup group match against Ivory Coast, Van der Sar had not conceded a goal in nine consecutive competitive matches.[23] As captain of the Netherlands, he broke Frank de Boer's record in the 2006 World Cup second round match against Portugal.[24]

Euro 2008

Edwin van der Sar in training with the Netherlands prior to Euro 2008.

On his 37th birthday, Van der Sar was interviewed by Radio 538 and stated that he intended to retire from international football after Euro 2008.[25] Prior to the tournament, he was instrumental in bringing an end to a long-time dispute between veteran striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and manager Marco van Basten.[26] He was the captain in their impressive 3–0 victory over Italy on 9 June 2008, and also on 13 June for the 4–1 victory over France. On 21 June, he played in the 3–1 quarter-final loss against Russia, which was believed to be his final international.[27] This was his 16th appearance on a European Championship finals match, with which he equalled the record set by Lilian Thuram a few days earlier. Following Euro 2008, Van der Sar has the distinction of playing more minutes at the European Football Championship than any other player.[28]

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

On 3 October 2008, at the urging of new coach Bert van Marwijk, Van der Sar agreed to come out of international retirement for the Netherlands' 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Iceland and Norway after injuries to Maarten Stekelenburg and Henk Timmer made both unavailable for the two games.[29] Van der Sar kept a clean sheet in both matches, which were won by the Dutch 2–0 and 1–0 respectively. In Oslo, the Dutch defeated Norway 1–0 courtesy of a Mark van Bommel goal, thus ensuring a fitting send-off for Van der Sar who earned his record 130th cap during that match.[30]

Van der Sar has represented the Dutch national team 130 times, which makes him the country's most capped player. This puts him in the top thirty most capped players of all time.

Personal life

Van der Sar is married to Annemarie van Kesteren. The couple's wedding ceremony took place at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, on 20 May 2006.[31] The couple have two children: a son, Joe, and a daughter, Lynn. Joe was on the pitch celebrating when his father saved a penalty in the Netherlands' 5–4 shoot-out victory over Sweden in the Euro 2004 quarter-finals. In December 2009, van Kesteren was admitted to hospital, two days before Christmas.[32] Reports said van der Sar's wife had suffered a suspected brain haemorrhage and was in a "very poor" condition. She has since made a full recovery.[33]

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other[34] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajax 1990–91 9 0 0 0 9 0
1991–92 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992–93 19 0 3 0 22 0
1993–94 32 0 6 0 38 0
1994–95 33 0 11 0 44 0
1995–96 33 0 11 0 44 0
1996–97 33 0 10 0 43 0
1997–98 33 1 8 0 41 1
1998–99 34 0 6 0 40 0
Total 226 1 55 0 281 1
Juventus 1999–2000 32 0 11 0 43 0
2000–01 34 0 6 0 40 0
Total 66 0 17 0 83 0
Fulham 2001–02 37 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 41 0
2002–03 19 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 30 0
2003–04 37 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 43 0
2004–05 34 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 40 0
Total 127 0 15 0 1 0 11 0 0 0 154 0
Manchester United 2005–06 38 0 2 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 51 0
2006–07 32 0 3 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 47 0
2007–08 29 0 4 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 44 0
2008–09 33 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 4 0 49 0
2009–10 13 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 17 0
Total 145 0 11 0 5 0 44 0 5 0 210 0
Total 564 1 26 0 6 0 127 0 5 0 728 1

Statistics accurate as of match played 14 March 2010[35]

Honours

Club

Ajax
Juventus
Fulham
Manchester United

Individual

References

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  3. ^ "Fulham lands Dutch ace Van der Sar". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 1 August 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/1467554.stm. Retrieved 13 August 2008. 
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  9. ^ "Hero Van der Sar tastes Champions glory again 13 years on". Reuters UK. 21 May 2008. http://uk.reuters.com/article/footballNews/idUKL2113749320080521?sp=true. Retrieved 21 May 2008. 
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  13. ^ "IFFHS statistics - World Record of the national championships". International Federation of Football History & Statistics. http://www.iffhs.de/?b4a390f03be4ac07cda14b45fdcdc3bfcdc0aec70aed09. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  14. ^ "Chilean Apertura 2005 semi-finals". LatinAmericanFootball.Com. http://www.latinamericanfootball.com/Chile/apert05_1_2.htm. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
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  16. ^ "We can handle pressure - Ferguson". BBC Sport. 4 March 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/7925139.stm. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  17. ^ "Man Utd suffer Van der Sar blow". BBC Sport. 5 August 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/man_utd/8184742.stm. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  18. ^ Ornstein, David (17 October 2009). "Man Utd 2-1 Bolton". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/8305403.stm. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  19. ^ "Van der Sar returns after injury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 October 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/man_utd/8293144.stm. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  20. ^ "Manchester United's Edwin Van der Sar extends contract". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 February 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/man_utd/8433442.stm. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  21. ^ "Holland end Swede dream". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 June 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/euro_2004/3831335.stm. Retrieved 13 August 2008. 
  22. ^ "Portugal 2–1 Holland". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 20 June 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/euro_2004/3844465.stm. Retrieved 13 August 2008. 
  23. ^ "Van Der Sar Tight-Lipped On Future". Yahoo! Sport UK. 20 October 2007. http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/20102007/4/van-der-sar-tight-lipped-future.html. Retrieved 13 August 2008. 
  24. ^ "RSSSF International Career for Edwin Van der Sar". http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/vandersar-intl.html. 
  25. ^ Scurr, Andrew (29 October 2007). "Van der Sar to quit Holland". Sky Sports. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_2834048,00.html. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  26. ^ "Van der Sar happy to be Dutch daddy". fifa.com. 12 June 2008. http://www.fifa.com/confederationscup/news/newsid=800420.html#van+sar+happy+dutch+daddy. 
  27. ^ Ruizenaar, Theo (22 June 2008). "Van der Sar ends Dutch career with painful defeat". Reuters. http://uk.reuters.com/article/footballNews/idUKB56258120080622. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  28. ^ "Edwin van der Sar most minutes played at European Championship". TopFootball.net. 21 June 2008. http://www.topfootball.net/news/edin-van-der-sar-most-minutes-played-at-european-championship.html. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  29. ^ "Van der Sar makes Dutch comeback for World Cup qualifiers". Reuters. 3 October 2008. http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldFootballNews/idUKL330765320081003. Retrieved 28 October 2008. 
  30. ^ "Strikers put in the shade". FIFA. 15 October 2008. http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/statisticsandrecords/news/newsid=911534.html. Retrieved 28 October 2008. 
  31. ^ "Van der Sar: A quiet hero". Manchester Evening News. 24 May 2008. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1051103_van_der_sar_a_quiet_hero_. Retrieved 13 August 2008. 
  32. ^ "Edwin given leave by United - Goalkeeper's wife in hospital after suffering brain haemorrhage". Sky Sports. 29 December 2009. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_5807970,00.html. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  33. ^ "Annemarie van Kesteren Pictures: Wife of Manchest United Soccer Star has Stroke". Newsbizarre. 29 December 2009. http://newsbizarre.com/2009/12/annemarie-van-kesteren-pictures-wife-of.html. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  34. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
  35. ^ "Edwin van der Sar". StretfordEnd.co.uk. http://www.stretfordend.co.uk/playermenu/vandersar.html. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 

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Edwin van der Sar
File:Edwin van der Sar
Personal information
Full nameEdwin van der Sar
Date of birth29 October 1970 (1970-10-29) (age 40)
Place of birthVoorhout, Netherlands
Height1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)[1]
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current clubManchester United
Number1
Youth career
Foreholte
vv Noordwijk
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1988–1999Ajax226(1)
1999–2001Juventus66(0)
2001–2005Fulham127(0)
2005–Manchester United160(0)
National team
1995–2008Netherlands130(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:00, 2 October 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Edwin van der Sar (born 29 October 1970) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Manchester United. He is the most capped player in the Netherlands national football team's history.

Van der Sar started his senior career with Ajax and remained there for nine years before moving to Italian club Juventus and then to England, first to Fulham and then to Manchester United. He is one of the few footballers to have won the UEFA Champions League with two different teams, having won it with Ajax in 1995 and Manchester United in 2008, the latter where he was named UEFA Man of the match; he also won the UEFA Cup with Ajax in 1992. Van der Sar was named Best European Goalkeeper in 1995 and 2009, spanning the fourteen-year period between his first and second Champions league victories.

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Club career

Ajax

Born in Voorhout, Van der Sar began his career at his hometown club, Foreholte, and then vv Noordwijk. At a relatively late age, he was brought to the attention of Louis van Gaal, and subsequently signed for Ajax. He enjoyed a long and successful stint in their senior side, winning the 1991–92 UEFA Cup and the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League, as well as the 1995 Best European Goalkeeper award. He kept goal for Ajax in the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final, but had to make do with a runner-up medal as they lost the penalty shootout against Juventus. He made a total of 226 appearances for Ajax and scored a penalty for Ajax to complete an 8–1 victory over De Graafschap in the 1997–98 season.

Juventus

In 1999, Van der Sar moved to Italian club Juventus, where he made 66 Serie A appearances before eventually losing the number one spot to Gianluigi Buffon. He became the first non-Italian to keep goal for the Turin club.[2]

Fulham

File:Van Der Sar
Van der Sar at Fulham.

Not content to stay on the substitutes' bench at Juventus, Van der Sar moved to Premier League club Fulham in 2001, reportedly for around £7.1 million.[3] Initially signing a four-year contract, he notched up 127 league appearances.

Manchester United

Van der Sar moved to preston north end on 10 June 2005[4] for a reported fee of £2 million, although the exact transfer fee was undisclosed.[5] Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson considered him the best goalkeeper to have played for the club since Peter Schmeichel.[6]

File:Edwin van derSar playing for MUFC
Van der Sar playing for Manchester United.

On 5 May 2007, his penalty save helped assure a 1–0 triumph over Manchester City in the Manchester derby. The following day, Chelsea's failure to beat Arsenal at the Emirates ensured Manchester United's ninth Premier League trophy and Van der Sar's first. He was also named to the 2006–07 PFA Team of the Year.[7] Three months later, he was a catalyst in Manchester United's 16th FA Community Shield victory, as he saved three consecutive penalties in a shootout after Manchester United and Chelsea played to a 1–1 draw at the end of regular time.[8]

The 2007–08 season was Van der Sar's best season since his arrival; he had several great performances despite a niggling groin injury. He would help United secure their second successive Premier League title on the final day and win the Champions League by saving the final penalty of the shoot-out from Nicolas Anelka.[9]

Van der Sar signed a one-year extension to his current contract with Manchester United on 12 December 2008, keeping him at the club until at least the end of the 2009–10 season.[10]

[[File:|thumb|right|200px|Van der Sar signing an autograph after the match against Barcelona 1–0 April 2008.]] On 27 January 2009, Van der Sar helped Manchester United set a new club and Premier League record for consecutive clean sheets – the club's 5–0 win over West Bromwich Albion meant that they had gone 11 games and 1,032 minutes without conceding a goal, beating the previous record of 10 matches and 1,025 minutes set by Petr Čech in the 2004–05 season. He then broke the overall English league record in the club's following game four days later, beating the previous record of 1,103 minutes, set by Steve Death of Reading in 1979.[11] Another clean sheet, against West Ham on 8 February 2009, extended the record to 1,212 minutes, beating the British top-flight record of 1,155 minutes previously set by Aberdeen's Bobby Clark in 1971.[12] Finally, on 18 February 2009, Van der Sar further extended the record to 1,302 minutes, and in doing so, he broke José María Buljubasich's single-season world record of 1,289 minutes, set in the Chilean Clausura in 2005.[13][14] His clean sheet record ended on 4 March, when he made an error allowing Peter Løvenkrands of Newcastle United to score after 9 minutes.[15] In total, Van der Sar had gone 1,311 minutes without conceding in the league.[16] These clean sheets were a major factor in United clinching their 11th Premiership title as United won a lot of games 1–0 to clinch the title ahead of Liverpool. With a total of 21 clean sheets he also won the Barclays Golden Glove for 2008–09. However, he missed out on winning his third Champions League winners medal as United succumbed to a 2–0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona on 27 May 2009. Nevertheless, he won Best European Goalkeeper award from UEFA for the second time, 14 years after he first won it at Ajax. He was one of the five United players shortlisted for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award but it went to United teammate Ryan Giggs instead, however he was included into the PFA Team of the Year.[17]

Van der Sar sustained a finger injury during the Audi Cup pre-season tournament, forcing him to miss the first 12 matches of Manchester United's 2009–10 season.[18] On 6 October 2009, Van Der Sar returned to action for United, playing 90 minutes in the reserves against Everton.[19] On 17 October 2009, he returned to action in the first team, playing in United's 2–1 victory over Bolton Wanderers.[20] On 21 November 2009, Van Der Sar would suffer injury again and be kept out of action for 12 games, with the combination of the Dutchman’s wife suffering a brain haemorrhage just before Christmas. On 16 January 2010, Van Der Sar returned to action in a 3–0 win over Burnley.[21]

Van der Sar signed a one-year extension to his current contract with Manchester United on 26 February 2010, keeping him at the club until at least the end of the 2010–11 season.[22]

International career

Van der Sar was included in the Netherlands's 1994 World Cup squad but did not play. He had to wait until 7 June 1995 for his international debut, against Belarus. He was in goal for three successive eliminations from major competitions by penalties: Euro 96, France 98 and Euro 2000.

Euro 2004

During the penalty shootout at the Euro 2004 quarter-final against Sweden, Van der Sar saved a penalty from Olof Mellberg, as the Netherlands won the shootout 5–4 and advanced to the semifinals,[23] where they lost to Portugal.[24]

2006 World Cup

Prior to the 2006 World Cup group match against Ivory Coast, Van der Sar had not conceded a goal in nine consecutive competitive matches.[25] As captain of the Netherlands, he broke Frank de Boer's record in the 2006 World Cup second round match against Portugal.[26]

Euro 2008

File:Van der Sar
Edwin van der Sar in training with the Netherlands prior to Euro 2008.

On his 37th birthday, Van der Sar was interviewed by Radio 538 and stated that he intended to retire from international football after Euro 2008.[27] Prior to the tournament, he was instrumental in bringing an end to a long-time dispute between veteran striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and manager Marco van Basten.[28] He was the captain in their impressive 3–0 victory over Italy on 9 June 2008, and also on 13 June for the 4–1 victory over France. On 21 June, he played in the 3–1 quarter-final loss against Russia, which was believed to be his final international.[29] This was his 16th appearance on a European Championship finals match, with which he equalled the record set by Lilian Thuram a few days earlier. Following Euro 2008, Van der Sar has the distinction of playing more minutes at the European Football Championship than any other player.[30]

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

On 3 October 2008, at the urging of new coach Bert van Marwijk, Van der Sar agreed to come out of international retirement for the Netherlands' 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Iceland and Norway after injuries to Maarten Stekelenburg and Henk Timmer made both unavailable for the two games.[31] Van der Sar kept a clean sheet in both matches, which were won by the Dutch 2–0 and 1–0 respectively. In Oslo, the Dutch defeated Norway 1–0 courtesy of a Mark van Bommel goal, thus ensuring a fitting send-off for Van der Sar who earned his record 130th cap during that match.[32]

Van der Sar has represented the Dutch national team 130 times, which makes him the country's most capped player. This puts him in the top thirty most capped players of all time.

Personal life

Van der Sar is married to Annemarie van Kesteren. The couple's wedding ceremony took place at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, on 20 May 2006.[33] The couple have two children: a son, Joe, and a daughter, Lynn. Joe was on the pitch celebrating when his father saved a penalty in the Netherlands' 5–4 shoot-out victory over Sweden in the Euro 2004 quarter-finals. In December 2009, van Kesteren was admitted to hospital, two days before Christmas.[34] Reports said van der Sar's wife had suffered a suspected brain haemorrhage and was in a "very poor" condition. She has since made a full recovery.[35]

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other[36] Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Ajax 1990–91 90 00 90
1991–92 00 00 00
1992–93 190 30 220
1993–94 320 60 380
1994–95 330 110 440
1995–96 330 9020440
1996–97 330 100 430
1997–98 331 80 411
1998–99 340 60 400
Total 2261 530202811
Juventus 1999–2000 32030 110 460
2000–01 3402060 420
Total 66050 170 880
Fulham 2001–02 37040000000410
2002–03 190000011000300
2003–04 37060000000430
2004–05 34050100000400
Total 127015010110001540
Manchester United 2005–06 38020308000510
2006–07 320300012000470
2007–08 290400010010440
2008–09 330200010040490
2009–10 21000206000290
2010–11 700000101090
Total 160011050470602290
Total 5791310601280807521

Statistics accurate as of match played 2 October 2010[37]

[38] [39]

Netherlands national team
YearAppsGoals
199550
1996100
199760
1998140
199980
2000120
200190
200260
200380
2004170
2005110
2006120
200740
200880
Total1300

Honours and awards

Club

Ajax
Juventus
Fulham
Manchester United

Individual

2008–09

References

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Edwin van der Sar (born October 29, 1970, in Voorhout, Netherlands) is a professional Dutch footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. He currently plays for Manchester United in the English Premier League.

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  • You always expect to do well at a club like this in big competitions and we haven't done that. That is a disappointment to the newcomers like me who haven't tasted success here and also to those who've been here longer and won things in the past. We have to address that.

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Edwin van der Sar
File:Edwin van der Sar
Personal information
Full name Edwin van der Sar
Date of birth 29 October 1970 (1970-10-29) (age 40)
Place of birth    Voorhout, Netherlands
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 1
Senior clubs
Years Club
1990-1999
1999-2001
2001-2005
2005-
Ajax
Juventus
Fulham
Manchester United
National team
1995-2008 Netherlands

Edwin van der Sar (born 29 October 1970) is a Dutch football player. He has played for Netherlands national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
1990/91AjaxEredivisie90-0090
1991/9200-0000
1992/93190-30220
1993/94320-60380
1994/95330-110440
1995/96330-110440
1996/97330-100430
1997/98331-80411
1998/99340-60400
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia League Cup EuropeTotal
1999/00JuventusSerie A320-40360
2000/01340-60400
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2001/02FulhamPremier League370400000410
2002/031900000110300
2003/04370600000430
2004/05340501000400
2005/06Manchester UnitedPremier League380203080510
2006/073203000120470
2007/082904000100430
2008/09330200090440
2009/10
CountryNetherlands 2261-5502811
Italy 660-100760
England 2590270405003400
Total 55112704011506971

International career statistics

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Netherlands national team
YearAppsGoals
199550
1996100
199760
1998140
199980
2000120
200190
200260
200380
2004170
2005110
2006120
200740
200880
Total1300

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