Michel Vorm

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Michel Vorm
Vorm in 2007
Personal information
Full name Michel Armand Vorm[1]
Date of birth (1983-10-20) 20 October 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth IJsselstein, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 13
Youth career
JSV Nieuwegein
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2011 Utrecht 136 (0)
2005–2006 Den Bosch (loan) 35 (0)
2011–2014 Swansea City 89 (0)
2014– Tottenham Hotspur 5 (0)
National team
2008– Netherlands 15 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 August 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 July 2014

Michel Armand Vorm (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmiʃɛl ˈvɔrm]; born 20 October 1983) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Tottenham Hotspur and the Netherlands national team.

Vorm began his professional career at FC Utrecht in 2005, spending his first season on loan at FC Den Bosch. He transferred to Swansea City in 2011, playing three Premier League seasons and winning the League Cup in 2013. Vorm joined Tottenham for £3.5 million in 2014.

A full international for the Netherlands since 2008, Vorm was included in their squads for two World Cups and Euro 2012, as back-up in all three tournaments.

Club career[edit]

FC Utrecht[edit]

Vorm began his career at FC Utrecht. In order to gain more experience, he spent the 2005-06 season on loan to FC Den Bosch. He made his debut on 12 August 2005 against FC Emmen, the first of 35 appearances that season.

In August 2006, Vorm made his debut for Utrecht against Willem II. Although he joined FC Utrecht as the third-choice goalkeeper, behind Franck Grandel and Joost Terol, his pre-season performances impressed manager Foeke Booy, and saw him promoted to first choice 'keeper at the start of the league season. During this first season Vorm played 33 out of 34 games, and his position as number one at the club remained unchallenged thereafter. Vorm missed a handful matches during the 2007–08 season due to knee and shoulder injuries. He left Utrecht at the start of the 2011–12 season, having played 136 games in the Eredivisie.

Swansea City[edit]

In August 2011, Vorm joined Swansea City for a fee of around £1.5 million.[3] He took the vacant number 1 shirt and made his debut for the club against Manchester City on 15 August 2011 in a 4–0 defeat.[4] Although he conceded four goals, he also made eleven saves – more than any other Premier League goalkeeper, in a single game, in the whole of the 2011–12 season. In his second match for Swansea against Wigan Athletic, on 20 August, Vorm saved a 72nd-minute penalty from Ben Watson, to give Swansea their first ever point in the Premier League.[5] On 6 November 2011, Vorm arguably saved Swansea from defeat against Liverpool and earned them the draw at Anfield by pulling off two outstanding saves to earn the clean sheet. On 10 December, he was instrumental in Swansea's 2–0 win over Fulham as he saved Clint Dempsey's 87th-minute penalty, with Swansea 1–0 up.[6]

During his first season with Swansea he helped keep 13 clean sheets in 37 league appearances.[7] His performances were so impressive that he won three awards at the club’s end-of-season dinner – Supporters’ Player of the Year, Players’ Player and the Away Player awards.[8]

On 27 September 2012, Vorm signed a new four-year contract with Swansea.[9] On 28 October 2012, he was ruled out for up to eight weeks due to a groin injury picked up in a game against Manchester City.[10] On 3 November 2013, in the South Wales derby against Cardiff City, Vorm was shown a straight red card by referee Mike Dean for a stoppage-time foul on Fraizer Campbell. The game ended 1–0 to Cardiff City.[11]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

On 23 July 2014, Vorm announced via Dutch radio that he would sign for Tottenham Hotspur to compete with Hugo Lloris.[12] He signed on a four-year deal costing Spurs £3.5 million after three years at Swansea, joining on the same day as Swansea's Ben Davies made the same move and Gylfi Sigurðsson was exchanged as part of the deal.[13] The transfer was disputed by Utrecht, who complained to FIFA that they were contractually due 30% of the fee received by Swansea.[14]

He made his debut for Tottenham on 24 September, in the third round of the League Cup at home against Nottingham Forest. Despite conceding first to Jorge Grant, Tottenham won 3–1.[15] Vorm featured again in the next round on 29 October, keeping his first clean sheet for the club as Tottenham defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 2–0.[16] Eight days later he played his first UEFA Europa League match for Tottenham, a 2–1 win away to Asteras Tripoli.[17]

Vorm's first league appearance for Tottenham came on 21 March 2015, after Lloris went off injured in the fourth minute of a home match against Leicester City. Tottenham won 4–3.[18] On 5 April he made his first league start, a goalless draw against Burnley at Turf Moor.[19]

International career[edit]

In 2006 he was a member of the Netherlands squad that won the UEFA U-21 Championship 2006 in Portugal.

Vorm played his first match for the senior national team on 14 November 2008, replacing Henk Timmer at half time in a 3–1 home friendly win, conceding to Kim Källström within four minutes of coming on. He made his first start on 5 September 2009 in a friendly home match against Japan (3–0 win), followed up four days later by an impressive performance at Hampden Park during the World Cup qualifier Scotland – Netherlands, a match won 1–0 by the Netherlands.[20][21] The match at Hampden Park was Vorm's first competitive game ever outside the Netherlands.[22]

2010 World Cup[edit]

Vorm was included in the preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[23] On 27 May 2010, Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk announced that the player would be part of the final squad of 23 participating in the FIFA World Cup.[24] Before the start of the competition he was allowed to fly back to the Netherlands. During the World Cup, Vorm's girlfriend Daisy delivered a son, Jaivy Waylon. The Dutch goalkeeper returned home for two days following his son's birth.[25][26]

Euro 2012[edit]

Vorm was included in the Netherlands squad for Euro 2012. Maarten Stekelenburg was Bert van Marwijk's first choice in goal, playing all three games as the nation exited in the group stage.

2014 World Cup[edit]

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, coach Louis van Gaal included Vorm in the Netherlands squad, alongside young Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen who was first choice in goal and Tim Krul. Despite his penalty-saving ability, Van Gaal opted to replace Cillessen with Krul in the penalty shootout during the quarter-final match against Costa Rica. Vorm came on for Cillessen in injury time of the 3–0 third place play-off win against Brazil in Brasília, thus ensuring that all 23 Dutch squad members played at the tournament.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

International career[edit]

As of match played 12 July 2014[28]
Dutch national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
2009 2 0
2010 2 0
2011 4 0
2013 5 0
2014 1 0
Total 15 0


  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 25. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Michel Vorm". Premier League. Barclays Premier League. 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Swansea agree fee for Dutch international goalkeeper Michel Vorm". Guardian (London). 7 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  4. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=318034&cc=5901
  5. ^ "Swansea 0–0 Wigan". BBC News. 20 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Swansea 2–0 Fulham". BBC Sport. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.11kicks.com/Teams/Swansea_City_1/Stats
  8. ^ "Vorm's triple trophy swoop". Swansea City A.F.C. 10 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Goalkeeper Michel Vorm signs new Swansea City contract". BBC Sport. 27 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Swansea City suffer goalkeeper Michel Vorm injury blow". BBC Sport. 28 October 2012. 
  11. ^ McNulty, Phil (3 November 2013). "Cardiff 1-0 Swansea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Vorm Confirms Tottenham Switch". Goal.com. 23 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ben Davies and Michel Vorm join Spurs from Swansea as Gylfi Sigurdsson heads to Wales as part of deal". 
  14. ^ "Swansea City: Utrecht report club to Fifa over Vorm fee". BBC Sport. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Tottenham 3-1 Nottm Forest". BBC Sport. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "Tottenham 2-0 Brighton". BBC Sport. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  17. ^ Abraham, Timothy (6 November 2014). "Asteras Tripolis 1-2 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  18. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (21 March 2015). "Tottenham 4-3 Leicester". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  19. ^ Oliver, Pete (5 April 2015). "Burnley 0-0 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  20. ^ [1] – Holland end luckless Scotland's World Cup hopes – 9 September 2009
  21. ^ [2] – BBC Sports Scotland 0–1 Netherlands – 9 September 2009
  22. ^ [3] – Novice Dutch goalkeeper offers Scots glimmer of hope – 8 September 2009
  23. ^ "Van Marwijk trims Dutch squad to 27". AFP. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  24. ^ "Holland coach Bert van Marwijk finalises World Cup squad". London: The Guardian. Press Association. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  25. ^ "Zoontje voor doelman Vorm: Jaivy Waylon" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  26. ^ "Op babybezoek bij Oranje-keeper Michel Vorm" (in Dutch). RTL.nl. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  27. ^ "Brazil 0-3 Netherlands". BBC. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  28. ^ "Michel Vorm". European Football. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 

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