Erwin Mulder

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Erwin Mulder
Erwin Mulder 002.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Pannerden, Netherlands
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
SC Heerenveen
Number 1
Youth career
R.K.P.S.C.
Vitesse Arnhem
Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2015 Feyenoord 120 (0)
2008–2009 Excelsior (loan) 41 (0)
2015– SC Heerenveen 55 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2016.

Erwin Mulder (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛrʋɪn ˈmɵldər]; born 3 March 1989 in Pannerden, Gelderland) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for SC Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Early life[edit]

Mulder was born and raised in Pannerden, Gelderland, the Netherlands, a small village close to the German border halfway between Arnhem and Emmerich where footballer Robin Gosens was born. Mulder's father was a talented goalkeeper, making his first team debut at the age of 16 on the second highest amateur level. Mulder has two older brothers.[1]

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Mulder started playing football at local Pannerden club R.K.P.S.C.. At the age of ten, Mulder made the switch from field player to goalkeeper. After being a goalkeeper for one year, Mulder received his first invitation for the KNVB district team: "From that moment on I realized I had talent. I really enjoyed it as well, diving in the mud, loved it." [1]

When Mulder went to secondary school around the age of 12, the goalkeeper joined the Vitesse Arnhem youth academy, a professional Eredivisie club from Arnhem. After playing for Vitesse for three seasons, Mulder was asked to join the Feyenoord youth academy.[1] At Feyenoord, Mulder was seen as one of the biggest goalkeeping talents. Feyenoord's former goalkeeping coach Pim Doesburg predicted Mulder to be the first goalkeeper to reach Feyenoord's first team coming directly from the Feyenoord youth academy since Joop Hiele in the late seventies.[2]

Feyenoord (2006–2015)[edit]

Mulder listening to the coach in training at Feyenoord.

Small steps (2006–2008)[edit]

In November 2006, at the age of 17, Mulder was invited to Feyenoord's first team squad by Feyenoord coach Erwin Koeman. As the reserve goalkeepers Patrick Lodewijks and Sherif Ekramy were both facing injuries, the teenager was Henk Timmer's first stand-in. Mulder was on the bench for over ten matches during the season 2006–07, but didn't make his official first team debut. In January 2007, Mulder was one of the few talents to join the first team on training camp in Belek, Turkey, but returned to the Feyenoord U19 squad afterwards.[3]

On 5 May 2007, Feyenoord said Mulder were expected to be among six players to be included in the first team [4] the following month on 3 June 2007, Feyenoord announced Mulder was officially promoted to Feyenoord's first team squad for the 2007–08 season and extended Mulder's contract until summer 2011 on 28 September 2007.[5] As Patrick Lodewijks retired, Mulder became third goalkeeper behind Henk Timmer and Sherif Ekramy. Due to injuries of the first two goalkeepers, Mulder made his official Eredivisie debut on 2 December 2007, in the home match against Heracles, which saw them won 6–0 and giving him his first clean sheet in his professional career.[6] This turns out to be his first appearance in the 2007–08 season.

Loan spell (2008–2009)[edit]

Mulder preparing to drop the ball in training at Feyenoord.

To gain experience, Mulder joined Excelsior on loan for the season 2008–09 under manager Ton Lokhoff. Excelsior just relegated to the Eerste Divisie and was in need of a first team goalkeeper when Ronald Graafland left the club to join Vitesse Arnhem.[7]

On 8 August 2008, Mulder made his debut for the Excelsior in a 1–0 loss against Telstar.[8] Since making his debut for the club, Mulder established himself as the first choice goalkeeper at Excelsior. On 6 March 2009, Mulder received a straight red card, just a minutes before half-time, for a professional foul in the penalty box, resulting a penalty for FC Oss. After being sent off, Arjan van Dijk replaced him in goal. van Dijk couldn't save the penalty to allow FC Oss scored the second goal in the match. The match finished with FC Oss beating Excelsior 3–1 and 3 penalties in the match (2 Oss and 1 Excelsior).[9] After a two–match ban because of his sending off,[10] Mulder made his return in goal on 27 March 2009 against SC Cambuur in a 1–1 draw. At Excelsior, Mulder played 36 matches for the third club from Rotterdam and finished on a fifth place in the Eerste Divisie.

His performance was strong at Excelsior that he was only player in the Eerste Divisie selected by Johan Neeskens for the Netherlands B Squad.[11]

Back at Feyenoord (2009–2010)[edit]

When Feyenoord decided not to renew first team goalkeeper Henk Timmer's contract, Mulder returned to Feyenoord for the 2009–10 season, having previously stated that he was ready for the first team.[12] During pre-season, Mulder had to battle with reserve goalkeeper Rob van Dijk and Feyenoord U19's Darley Ramon Torres for a regular place under the bar.

Mulder was close to another season loan spell at Excelsior when Feyenoord decided to test the Slovak goalkeeper Kamil Čontofalský.[13] Mulder trained with the Excelsior squad for a week, but returned to Feyenoord when Čontofalský's trial was ended.[14] However, Mulder pulled a muscle during a training session, causing him to be sidelined for over between four and six weeks.[15]

After his recovery,[16] Mulder remained at Feyenoord after a rumours of re–joining Excelsior on loan for the second time this season.[17] However, Mulder spent the most of the 2009–10 season as a third choice goalkeeper behind Rob van Dijk and Derley.[18] Nevertheless, Mulder became a first choice goalkeeper for the rest of the season after Derley was sent–off in a 4–2 win against Roda JC on 7 March 2010[19] and van Dijk’s injury in a 1–1 draw against Heracules on 14 March 2010.[20] Mulder went on to make ten appearance later in the 2009–10 season and gained four clean sheets in ten league appearance. For his performance,[21] the club began talks over a new contract.[22] Then it was announced on 22 April 2010 that Mulder signed a contract with the club, keeping him until 2013.[23]

Becoming the first choice goalkeeper (2010–2014)[edit]

In the 2010–11 season, Mulder became the first choice goalkeeper at the club at the start of the season for several matches until he injured his hand during a match against Vitesse on 29 August 2010.[24] After spending a month on the sideline and having returned to fitness,[25] Mulder made his return from injury in a 1–1 draw against N.E.C. reserve on 25 October 2010.[26] It wasn’t until on 19 January 2011 when he made his league return in the De Klassieker, in a 2–0 loss against Ajax.[27] Despite missing out several matches, due to personal reason[28] and injury,[29] Mulder continued to remain as a first choice goalkeeper and finished the 2010–11 season, making nineteen appearance in all competitions.

The 2011–12 season saw the departure of Rob Van Dijk to FC Utrecht on a free transfer, leaving Mulder to compete with Darley, Kostas Lambrou and Ronald Graafland to become Feyenoord first choice goalkeeper. But Mulder began in the starting line-up in goal and established himself in the starting eleven under new manager Ronald Koeman.[30] Mulder made his first appearance of the 2011–12 season, in the opening game of the season, in a 2–0 win against Excelsior.[31] As the 2011–12 season progressed, his form soon led to the club’s technical director Martin van Geel commenting on Mulder over plans of offering him a new contract at the club, in hopes of helping him develop much further.[32] Eventually, he signed a contract with the club, keeping him until 2015.[33] He also was an ever-present goalkeeper in the 2011–12 season, having played all thirty–four appearance despite suffering a wrist injury.[34]

In the 2012–13 season, Mulder continued to be the first choice goalkeeper at the start of the season until he suffered a toe injury during a match against Heracles on 26 August 2012.[35] It wasn’t until on 16 December 2012 when he made his return from injury, in a 3–2 win over ADO Den Haag.[36] Three days later, on 19 December 2012, he helped the club go through to the KNVB Cup when they beat Heerenveen 7–6 in the penalty–shootout, with Mulder saving two penalties.[37] Following this, Mulder remained as a first choice goalkeeper for the rest of the 2012–13 season, making thirty appearance in all competition.

In the 2013–14 season, Mulder continued to be the first choice goalkeeper and in the De Klassieker against Ajax on 18 August 2013, he was at fault when he conceded a penalty in the 31st minutes, leading him booked in the game, leading the opposition’s team to successfully convert the penalty, in a 2–1 loss.[38] Nevetheless, Mulder remained as a first choice goalkeeper despite facing competitions from new signing Warner Hahn and helped the club go back to the winning ways in the first half of the season.[39][40] He then made his 100th league appearance for the club against Heerenveen on 9 December 2013, which saw them lose 2–1.[41] Although he conceded two goals, Mulder, nevertheless, was named Team of the Week.[42] In a match against Heracles Almelo on 18 December 2013 in the last 16 of KNVB Cup, Mulder saved the only penalty from Ben Rienstra to send them through to the next round.[43] As the 2013–14 season progressed, he continued to do so until he suffered a shoulder injury.[44] He previously suffered a bruise on his metacarpal in the early 2016.[45] Despite this, Mulder finished the season, making thirty–seven appearance in all competitions.

Decline (2014–2015)[edit]

In the 2014–15 season, Mulder played the first four matches to the start of the season and earned two clean sheets against ADO Den Haag[46] and Twente.[47]

However, the arrival of Kenneth Vermeer on 31 August 2014 led to Mulder losing his spot in the first eleven and spent most of the season on the substitute bench.[48] As a result of that, Mulder trained alone from the first team squad[49] In the Europa League game against Roma in the second leg, which saw them lose and eliminated from the tournament, Mulder received a red card, even though he wasn’t playing, for an 'unacceptable gesture "towards the linesman.[50]

It was soon announced his contract won’t be extended at Feyenoord when his contract set to expire at the end of the 2014–15 season, making him as a free agent.[51]

Heerenveen[edit]

After leaving Feyenoord, Mulder signed for Heerenveen as a free agent, signing a two–year contract with the club on 11 July 2015 and was a replacement for outgoing keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt, who left for Premier League side Swansea City, as well as, receiving number one shirt.[52]

Mulder made his Heerenveen debut, in the opening game of the season, in a 3–1 win over De Graafschap.[53] In a match against PEC Zwolle on 29 August 2015, Mulder captained the club for the first time in his Heerenveen following the absent of Joey van den Berg, which saw the pair drew 1–1.[54] In a match against his former club, Feyenoord, on 18 October 2015, Mulder played against them for the whole game, but conceded five goals, as Heereveen lost 5–2.[55] In the next game against Willem II on 24 October 2015, Mulder made amends from his mistake in the previous game when he saved a penalty from Stijn Wuytens in a 2–2 draw.[56] Mulder went on to captained the club on eight occasions and in his first season at the club, he made thirty–seven appearance (playing all the matches in the league).

International career[edit]

Having previously been called up by Netherlands U17[57] and Netherlands U19,[58] Mulder was called up to be in the Netherlands B Squad.[11]

Following this, Mulder was further called up for the Netherlands U20 Squad, which he made three appearance, making his debut against Argentina U20 on 3 June 2009[59] and then Netherlands U21.[60]

On 7 May 2012, Mulder was named in the provisional list of 36 players for the Euro 2012 tournament, one of nine uncapped players to be chosen by Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk as part of the preliminary squad.[61] After training with the national team,[62] it was announced that Mulder was cut from the squad ahead of the Euro 2012.[63]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe1 Other2 Total
2007–08 Feyenoord Eredivisie 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
2008–09 Excelsior Eerste Divisie 36 0 3 0 - 2 0 41 0
2009–10 Feyenoord Eredivisie 10 0 3 0 - - 13 0
2010–11 17 0 0 0 2 0 - 19 0
2011–12 34 0 0 0 - - 34 0
2012–13 22 0 2 0 4 0 - 28 0
2013–14 32 0 3 0 2 0 - 37 0
2014–15 4 0 0 0 2 0 - 6 0
2015–16 SC Heerenveen 34 0 3 0 - - 37 0
Total Netherlands 190 0 14 0 10 0 2 0 216 0
Career total 190 0 14 0 10 0 2 0 216 0
Statistics accurate as of last match played on 8 May 2016.[64]

1 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.

2 Includes the Johan Cruijff Shield and Eredivisie playoffs matches.

Personal life[edit]

On 4 March 2011, Mulder’s father died of a heart attack at age fifty–six and had to miss out several matches as a result.[28][65]

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