Maarten Stekelenburg

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For the Dutch football manager with the same name, see Maarten Stekelenburg (born 1972).
Maarten Stekelenburg
Maarten Stekelenburg (2010).jpg
Personal information
Full name Maarten Stekelenburg[1]
Date of birth (1982-09-22) 22 September 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Haarlem, Netherlands
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
AS Monaco
(on loan from Fulham)
Number 16
Youth career
Zandvoort '75
Schoten
1997–2002 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2011 Ajax 191 (0)
2011–2013 Roma 48 (0)
2013– Fulham 19 (0)
2014– AS Monaco (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Netherlands U21 4 (0)
2004– Netherlands 54 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 03:02, 16 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:07, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

Maarten Stekelenburg (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmaːrtə(n) ˈsteːkələ(n)ˌbʏrx]; born 22 September 1982) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for French club AS Monaco on loan from English club Fulham and the Netherlands national team as a goalkeeper.

Stekelenburg is a product of the Ajax youth system, where he followed in the footsteps of Edwin van der Sar, who he succeeded in the Dutch national team, with whom he reached the final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Ajax[edit]

Stekelenburg (center, with Urby Emanuelson, Wesley Sneijder, Zdeněk Grygera and John Heitinga) played for Ajax from 1997–2011.

Stekelenburg began his career at Zandvoort '75 before joining VV Schoten, which he left for Ajax when he was 15 years old. He made his official debut for Ajax on 24 February 2002, in a game against NAC Breda. At the start of the 2002–03 season he won his first prize when Ajax won the Johan Cruijff-schaal. In 2004 he and Ajax won the Eredivisie championship, having played 10 matches that season.

He became the first choice goalkeeper at Ajax in the 2005–06 season. In 2006 he won his first KNVB Cup. At the start of the 2006–07 season he won his second Johan Cruijff-schaal, which he helped his team defend the next season, and later on in 2006–07, he won his second KNVB Cup.

Stekelenburg with Ajax teammates.

Stekelenburg was named Ajax "Player of the Year" for the 2007–08 season, succeeding Wesley Sneijder. During the 2008–09 season, he lost his place in the goal to Kenneth Vermeer due to injuries. He re-established himself as the first-choice keeper under new manager Martin Jol and subsequently had a very strong season for both Ajax and the Dutch national side. During the 2009–10 season Stekelenburg went on to have a consistent season, playing in all of Ajax's Eredivisie games and Europa League games, after they were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in the group stages. Stekelenburg unfortunately sustained a finger injury which kept him out for the remainder of the season. He made a total of 51 appearances on the 2010/11 season in all competitions.

After winning the 2010/11 Eredivisie on 15 May 2011, Stekelenburg dropped the trophy while standing on top of the Ajax team coach with Vertonghen. He won Ajax Player of the Year for the second time.[3]

Roma[edit]

On 1 August 2011, it was announced that Stekelenburg had officially transferred to Roma for an estimated €6 million, making him the first Dutch footballer to ever play for the Italian club.[4] He picked the no. 24 shirt, which is the day his son was born.[5] He made his debut on 11 September 2011, against Cagliari.

Fulham[edit]

On 3 June 2013, Roma sporting Director Franco Baldini confirmed that he had finalised a deal with Premier League club Fulham for the sale of Stekelenburg.[6] A couple of days later, Fulham announced on 5 June 2013 that Stekelenburg had signed on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[7] He made his debut on 17 August, in a 1-0 win away to Sunderland, however he came off injured in the second half and was replaced by David Stockdale.[8] He returned on 21 October at a win against Crystal Palace, but went on to lose the next 4 starts in a row.

Monaco[edit]

On 9 August 2014, Maarten joined AS Monaco on loan, signing a contract for one season.[9]

International career[edit]

Stekelenburg made his international debut for the Netherlands on 3 September 2004 against Liechtenstein, whom they beat 3–0.

2006 World Cup[edit]

He was called up by then manager Marco van Basten for the squad of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, but he did not play any game during this tournament as Edwin van der Sar was first choice.

Euro 2008[edit]

Despite his international debut in 2004, Stekelenburg was called up to Marco van Basten's Euro 2008 squad to play as understudy to Edwin van der Sar. He took part in the Group C match against Romania on 17 June. With Netherlands already having qualified for the quarter finals, coach Marco van Basten fielded a second-string side, to give players like Stekelenburg a game.

In a September 2008 friendly match against Australia, Stekelenburg was sent off after 44 minutes of the first half for fouling Joshua Kennedy. Stekelenburg is the first goalkeeper of the Dutch national side ever to receive a red card.

2010 World Cup[edit]

After Van der Sar's retirement from the national team, Stekelenburg became the Netherlands' first-choice goalkeeper under manager Bert van Marwijk. Stekelenburg was included in the preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[10] On 27 May 2010, Van Marwijk announced that he would be part of the final squad of 23 participating in the competition.[11] Stekelenburg helped the Netherlands reach the final of the competition against Spain by making big saves throughout the tournament, memorably the save from Kaká in the Netherlands 2–1 victory against Brazil in the quarter-finals. Only conceding six goals in the whole tournament (two of them being penalty kicks). Despite making a number of saves in the final, he ended up on the losing side, conceding the only goal of the game to Andrés Iniesta in the 116th minute of the match.

Euro 2012[edit]

Stekelenburg beaten by Michael Krohn-Dehli at Euro 2012.

Stekelenburg played all three matches in goal during the group stages of UEFA Euro 2012 as the Netherlands finished bottom of their group.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Stekelenburg (right) with Jan Vertonghen at Ajax.
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other[12] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajax 2002–03 9 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 13 0
2003–04 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
2004–05 11 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 17 0
2005–06 27 0 4 0 6 0 4 0 41 0
2006–07 32 0 4 0 9 0 5 0 50 0
2007–08 31 0 1 0 4 0 5 0 41 0
2008–09 12 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
2009–10 33 0 7 0 10 0 0 0 50 0
2010–11 26 0 4 0 13 0 1 0 43 0
Total 191 0 22 0 52 0 17 0 282 0
Roma 2011–12 29 0 2 0 2 0 33 0
2012–13 19 0 3 0 0 0 21 0
Total 48 0 5 0 2 0 55 0
Fulham 2013–14 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Total 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Career total 249 0 27 0 1 0 54 0 17 0 347 0

Statistics accurate as of match played 30 November 2013.[13][14][15]

Maarten Stekelenburg with Holland.

International[edit]

Netherlands national team
Year Apps Goals
2004 1 0
2005 0 0
2006 2 0
2007 7 0
2008 5 0
2009 9 0
2010 15 0
2011 5 0
2012 10 0
2013 0 0
Total 54 0

Statistics accurate as of match played 18 July 2013[16]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax

International[edit]

Netherlands

Individual[edit]

  • AFC Ajax Player of the Year: 2008, 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Maarten Stekelenburg Profile". Fifa World Cup 2010. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  3. ^ "Roma told to up Stekelenburg bid". Sky Sports. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Definitief: Stekelenburg naar AS Roma | Ajax1.nl | De site met het laatste Ajax nieuws, foto's, Video's, Columns, Twitter, Hyve". Ajax1.nl. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Stekelenburg: 'Forza Roma!'". Football Italia. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Transfer news: Roma confirm Fulham deal for Maarten Stekelenburg". Sky Sports. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  7. ^ "Stekelenburg Signs". Fulham FC. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sunderland 0-1 Fulham" BBC Sport. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  9. ^ http://www.asm-fc.com/en/article/maarten-stekelenburg-joins-as-monaco-on-loan-65465.html
  10. ^ "Van Marwijk trims Dutch squad to 27". AFP. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  11. ^ "Holland coach Bert van Marwijk finalises World Cup squad". The Guardian. Press Association. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  12. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Johan Cruijff Shield
  13. ^ "Football: Maarten Stekelenburg". Football Database EU. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Maarten Stekelenburg". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "Maarten Stekelenburg Statistics". Voetbal International. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "Stekelenburg, Maarten". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Luis Suárez
Ajax captain
2011
Succeeded by
Jan Vertonghen