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Sander Westerveld
Personal information
Full name Sander Westerveld
Date of birth 23 October 1974 (1974-10-23) (age 35)
Place of birth Enschede, Netherlands
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Monza
Youth career
1980–1988 De Tubanters
1988–1994 Twente
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Twente 14 (0)
1995–1999 Vitesse 101 (0)
1999–2001 Liverpool 75 (0)
2001–2005 Real Sociedad 77 (0)
2004–2005 Mallorca (loan) 6 (0)
2005–2006 Portsmouth 6 (0)
2006 Everton (loan) 2 (0)
2006–2007 Almería 33 (0)
2007–2008 Sparta Rotterdam 29 (0)
2009–2010 Monza 9 (0)
National team
1999–2004 Netherlands 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 May 2008

Sander Westerveld (born 23 October 1974 in Enschede) is a Dutch professional football goalkeeper. He left Sparta Rotterdam at the end of the 2007-08 Eredivise season and is currently playing for Monza.



His first professional match was for the Enschede club FC Twente in 1994. After two seasons at Enschede he moved to Vitesse Arnhem where, in the course of three seasons, he developed into a goalkeeper of national stature.

Following the 1998-1999 season, during which he helped Vitesse to qualify for Europe, Westerveld was sold to Liverpool, where he succeeded David James. He became the most expensive goalkeeper in British football when he joined the Reds for a reported fee of £4 million during the summer of 1999. Westerveld made his Liverpool debut against Sheffield Wednesday on the 7 August, 1999 in a 2-1 away win.[1] The giant keeper was Gérard Houllier's first choice to succeed James as Anfield's number one, and Westerveld fully justified the manager's confidence by playing a leading role in Liverpool's return to Europe, conceding the fewest goals in the 1999-2000 Premiership season.

He played a key role in the treble season of 2000/2001 for Liverpool, emerging as the hero of Liverpool's League Cup final victory over Birmingham City, making the match winning save from Andy Johnson in the penalty shoot-out.[2]

However, towards the end of his two season spell on Merseyside, he was often subjected to criticism from the media. After a major mistake in a game against Bolton Wanderers on 27 August 2001 he was put on the bench by then-manager Gérard Houllier, who promptly signed two new goalkeepers - the Polish international Jerzy Dudek (who would become a Champions League-winning hero) and the injury-prone but impressive Englishman Chris Kirkland. Westerveld was then sold despite being part of a team that had won three trophies the previous season.

A move abroad saw a successful spell with Spanish side Real Sociedad culminating in Champions League participation and finishing as runner up in La Liga of the 2002/2003 season.

In July 2005 he moved back to England with Portsmouth, being signed by Alain Perrin, where he was to be first choice ahead of Jamie Ashdown and Greek keeper Konstantinos Chalkias. However, after an inconsistent time at Fratton Park, in February 2006 he was allowed to move on a short term loan to Everton, rivals of his former club Liverpool, because of a goalkeeping crisis which saw Nigel Martyn, Richard Wright and Iain Turner all unavailable. Westerveld played only two games.

Once he returned to Portsmouth he remained a substitute and was released by Harry Redknapp in May 2006.

During the summer of 2006, Westerveld signed with Spanish Second division club UD Almería for one season, in which he helped them to achieve promotion to the Spanish First division before leaving the club at the end of his contract.

In September 2007, he joined Sparta Rotterdam on a short-term contract and in May 2008 he announced that he was to leave Sparta.[3]

During the summer of 2009 he signed for Italian Lega Pro Prima Divisione outfit A.C. Monza Brianza 1912, after a successful trial with the club.[4]

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1994–95 Twente Eredivisie 3 0
1995–96 11 0
1996–97 Vitesse Eredivisie 34 0
1997–98 34 0
1998–99 33 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999–00 Liverpool Premier League 36 0
2000–01 38 0
2001–02 1 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2001–02 Real Sociedad La Liga 20 0
2002–03 37 0
2003–04 20 0
2004–05 Mallorca La Liga 6 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Portsmouth Premier League 6 0
2005–06 Everton Premier League 2 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2006–07 Almería Segunda División 34 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie 29 0
2009-10 A.C. Monza Brianza 1912 Lega Pro 9 0
Total Netherlands 144 0
England 83 0
Spain 117 0
Italy 9 0
Career Total 344 0

Career honours


Honours as player



Real Sociedad




  • 2006–07 Spanish Segunda División


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