|Full name||Maarten Stekelenburg|
|Date of birth||22 September 1982|
|Place of birth||Haarlem, Netherlands|
|Height||1.97 m (6 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 03:02, 16 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Maarten Stekelenburg (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmaːrtə(n) ˈsteːkələ(n)ˌbʏrx]; born 22 September 1982) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for 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.
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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 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.
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. He picked the no. 24 shirt, which is the day his son was born. He made his debut on 11 September 2011, against Cagliari.
On 3 June 2013, Roma sporting Director Franco Baldini confirmed that he had finalized a deal with Premier League club Fulham for the sale of Stekelenburg. A couple of days later, Fulham announced on 5 June 2013 that Stekelenburg had signed on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. 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. He returned on 21 October at a win against Crystal Palace, but went on to lose the next 4 starts in a row.
2006 World Cup
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 into 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
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. On 27 May 2010, Van Marwijk announced that he would be part of the final squad of 23 participating in the competition. 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.
Stekelenburg played all three matches in goal during the group stages of UEFA Euro 2012 as the Netherlands finished bottom of their group.
2014 World Cup
After a disastrous season with Fulham, Stekelenburg was left out of the Dutch squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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Statistics accurate as of match played 18 July 2013
- Eredivisie (2): 2003–04, 2010–11
- KNVB Cup (3): 2005–06, 2006–07, 2009–10
- Johan Cruijff Shield (4): 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007
- AFC Ajax Player of the Year: 2008, 2011
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- "Sunderland 0-1 Fulham" BBC Sport. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
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- "Holland coach Bert van Marwijk finalises World Cup squad". The Guardian. Press Association. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Johan Cruijff Shield
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- "Maarten Stekelenburg". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- "Maarten Stekelenburg Statistics". Voetbal International. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- "Stekelenburg, Maarten". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
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