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Edwin Van Der Sar

Edwin van der Sar (born 29 October 1970) is a Netherlands association football who plays as a Goalkeeper (association football) for England Premier League club Manchester United F.C..

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Edwin van der Sar (born 29 October 1970) is a Netherlands association football who plays as a Goalkeeper (association football) for England Premier League club Manchester United F.C..

Edwin Van Der Sar is the Netherlands national football team's most Cap (sport) player of all-time and one of the few footballers to have won the UEFA Champions League with two different teams, having won it with AFC Ajax in 1995 and Manchester United in 2008, the latter where Edwin Van Der Sar was named UEFA Man of the match.

Van der Sar was named Best European Goalkeeper in 1995 and 2009, spanning the fourteen-year period between Edwin Van Der Sar first and second Champions league victories.

Club career


Born in Voorhout, Van der Sar began Edwin Van Der Sar career at Edwin Van Der Sar hometown club, Foreholte, and then vv Noordwijk. At a relatively late age, Edwin Van Der Sar was brought to the attention of Louis van Gaal, and subsequently signed for AFC Ajax. Edwin Van Der Sar enjoyed a long and successful stint in their senior side, winning the UEFA Cup 1991–92 and the UEFA Champions League 1994–95, as well as the 1995 Best European Goalkeeper award. Edwin Van Der Sar kept goal for Ajax in the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final, but had to make do with a runner-up medal as they lost the penalty shootout against Juventus F.C.. Edwin Van Der Sar made a total of 226 appearances for Ajax and scored a penalty for Ajax to complete a 9–1 victory over De Graafschap in the 1997–98 season.


In 1999, Van der Sar moved to Italian giants Juventus F.C., where Edwin Van Der Sar made 66 Serie A appearances before eventually losing the number 1 spot to Gianluigi Buffon. Edwin Van Der Sar became the first non-Italian to keep goal for the Turin club.


Not content to stay on the substitutes' bench at Juventus, Van der Sar moved to Premier League club Fulham F.C. in 2001, reportedly for around Pound sterling7.1 million. Initially signing a four-year contract, Edwin Van Der Sar notched up 127 league appearances.

Manchester United

Van der Sar moved to Manchester United on 10 June 2005 for a reported fee of £2 million, although the exact transfer fee was undisclosed. Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson considered Edwin Van Der Sar the best goalkeeper to play for the club since Peter Schmeichel.

On 5 May 2007, Edwin Van Der Sar penalty save helped assure a 1–0 triumph over Manchester City F.C. in the Manchester derby. The following day, Chelsea F.C. failure to beat Arsenal F.C. at the Emirates Stadium ensured Manchester United's ninth Premier League trophy and Van der Sar's first. Edwin Van Der Sar was also named to the 2006–07 PFA Team of the Year. Three months later, Edwin Van Der Sar was a catalyst in Manchester United's 16th FA Community Shield victory, as Edwin Van Der Sar saved three consecutive penalties in a Penalty shootout (association football) after Manchester United and Chelsea F.C. played to a 1–1 draw at the end of regular time.

The 2007–08 season was Van der Sar's best season since Edwin Van Der Sar arrival; Edwin Van Der Sar had several great performances despite a niggling groin injury. Edwin Van Der Sar would help United secure their second successive Premier League title on the final day and win the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final by saving the final penalty of the shoot-out from Nicolas Anelka.

Van der Sar signed a one-year extension to Edwin Van Der Sar current contract with Manchester United on 12 December 2008, keeping Edwin Van Der Sar at the club until at least the end of the 2009–10 season.

On 27 January 2009, Van der Sar helped Manchester United set a new club and Premier League record for consecutive clean sheets – the club's 5–0 win over West Bromwich Albion F.C. meant that they had gone 11 games and 1,032 minutes without conceding a goal, beating the previous record of 10 matches and 1,025 minutes set by Petr Čech in the 2004–05 season. Edwin Van Der Sar then broke the overall English league record in the club's following game four days later, beating the previous record of 1,103 minutes, set by Steve Death of Reading F.C. in 1979. Another clean sheet, against West Ham on 8 February 2009, extended the record to 1,212 minutes, beating the British top-flight record of 1,155 minutes previously set by Aberdeen F.C.'s Bobby Clark (footballer) in 1971. Finally, on 18 February 2009, Van der Sar further extended the record to 1,302 minutes, and in doing so, Edwin Van Der Sar broke José María Buljubasich's single-season world record of 1,289 minutes, set in the Primera División de Chile Apertura and Clausura in 2005. Edwin Van Der Sar clean sheet record ended on 4 March, when Edwin Van Der Sar made an error allowing Peter Løvenkrands of Newcastle United F.C. to score after 9 minutes. In total, Van der Sar had gone 1,311 minutes without conceding in the league. These clean sheets were a major factor in United clinching their 11th Premiership title as United won a lot of games 1–0 to clinch the title ahead of Liverpool. With a total of 21 clean sheets Edwin Van Der Sar also won the Barclays Golden Glove for 2008–09. However, Edwin Van Der Sar missed out on winning Edwin Van Der Sar third Champions League winners medal as United succumbed to a 2–0 defeat at the hands of FC Barcelona on 27 May 2009. Nevertheless, Edwin Van Der Sar won Best European Goalkeeper award from UEFA for the second time, 14 years after Edwin Van Der Sar first won it at Ajax. Edwin Van Der Sar was one of the five United players shortlisted for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award but it went to United teammate Ryan Giggs instead.

Van der Sar has yet to play in the 2009-10 as Edwin Van Der Sar is out with a finger injury sustained during a preseason game in the Audi Cup. Edwin Van Der Sar will be sidelined for around two months following surgery.

International career

Van der Sar was included in the Netherlands's 1994 FIFA World Cup squad but did not play. Edwin Van Der Sar had to wait until 7 June 1995 for Edwin Van Der Sar international debut, against Belarus national football team. Edwin Van Der Sar was in goal for three successive eliminations from major competitions by penalty shootout (association football): UEFA Euro 1996, 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000. Following the Dutch team's failure to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Van der Sar would have to wait four years for Edwin Van Der Sar next international tournament.

Euro 2004

During the penalty shootout at the UEFA Euro 2004 quarter-final against Sweden national football team, Van der Sar saved a penalty from Olof Mellberg, as the Netherlands won the shootout 5–4 and advanced to the semifinals, where they lost to Portugal national football team.

2006 World Cup

Prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup group match against Ivory Coast national football team, Van der Sar had not conceded a goal in nine consecutive competitive matches. As captain of the Netherlands, Edwin Van Der Sar broke Frank de Boer's record in the 2006 FIFA World Cup second round match against Portugal national football team.

Euro 2008

On Edwin Van Der Sar 37th birthday, Van der Sar was interviewed by Radio 538 and stated that Edwin Van Der Sar intended to retire from international football after UEFA Euro 2008. Edwin Van Der Sar was the Netherlands' captain in their decisive 3–0 defeat of Italy on 9 June 2008, and also on 13 June for the 4–1 victory over France. On 21 June, Edwin Van Der Sar played in the 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 knockout stage Netherlands vs Russia loss against Russia national football team, which was believed to be Edwin Van Der Sar final international. This was Edwin Van Der Sar 16th appearance on a European Championship finals match, with which Edwin Van Der Sar equalled the record set by Lilian Thuram a few days earlier. Following Euro 2008, Van der Sar has the distinction of playing more minutes at the UEFA European Football Championship than any other player.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

On 3 October 2008, at the urging of new coach Bert van Marwijk, Van der Sar agreed to come out of international retirement for the Netherlands' 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 9 matches against Iceland national football team and Norway national football team after injuries to Maarten Stekelenburg and Henk Timmer made both unavailable for the two games. Van der Sar kept a clean sheet in both matches, which were won by the Dutch 2–0 and 1–0 respectively. In Oslo, the Dutch defeated Norway national football team 1–0 courtesy of a Mark van Bommel goal, thus ensuring a fitting send-off for Van der Sar who earned Edwin Van Der Sar record 130th cap during that match.

Van der Sar has represented the Netherlands national football team 130 times, which makes Edwin Van Der Sar the country's most capped player. This puts Edwin Van Der Sar in the top thirty List of football (soccer) players with 100 or more caps.

Personal life

Van der Sar is married to Annemarie van Kesteren. The couple's wedding ceremony took place at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, on 20 May 2006. The couple have two children: a son, Joe, and a daughter, Lynn. Joe was on the pitch celebrating when Edwin Van Der Sar father saved a penalty in the Netherlands' 5–4 shoot-out victory over Sweden national football team in the Euro 2004 quarter-finals.


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