Maarten Stekelenburg

Maarten Stekelenburg 2006

Maarten Stekelenburg ma ː rtə (s) ste ː kələ ( n ) ˌ bʏrx ( born September 22, 1982 in Haarlem ) is a Dutch football player. Since the resignation of Edwin van der Sar, he is number one in the Dutch national team.



Stekelenburg began his career with VV peppers in Haarlem, where he played as a child in the center of defense, before moving into the goal in the C- youth. The age of 15 he went to Ajax Amsterdam and was first used in youth, where he pushed the goalkeeper later Cercle Brugge, Bram Verbist out of the gate. With Ajax's second team in the 1.94 m wide keeper made ​​it into the 2001/ 02 season to the semi-finals of the Dutch Cup. In the first team squad, he stood for the first time on 24 February 2002, 19 years in a 1-0 victory in Breda, without being used, however. For the first time he stood up to the season 2002/2003 the Supercup win against PSV Eindhoven ( 3-1 ) on 11 August 2002 at the gate when the first two goalkeeper Joey Didulica and Bogdan Lobonţ had failed injured. His first game in the Eredivisie was a week later in a 3-1 win against FC Utrecht.

Goalkeeper Stekelenburg was in the 2005/06 season, in which he came up with 27 inserts. Until the 2008/09 season he was the number one of Ajax. However, a shoulder injury put him out of action in late September 2008, so that Kenneth Vermeer, goalkeeper of the U-23 National Team, represented him from October to the winter break. Stekelenburg came back in January into the goal, but made ​​some less good games, so coach Marco van Basten from the end of February Vermeer again gave preference; Stekelenburg came in the season only twelve appearances in the Eredivisie. With the coaching change to Martin Jol but he had in the season 2009 /10, his place in goal for the Amsterdam, which he kept even with Frank de Boer. International Stekelenburg was for Ajax in the Champions League and the UEFA Cup and the Europa League in use. Mid-March 2011 Stekelenburg suffered a fracture of the thumb of the right hand, which meant the premature end of the season for him. After numerous European top clubs had shown interest in the obligation Stekelenburg for 2011/12 season, he signed in July 2011 a four-year contract with AS Roma. 17 September 2011 Stekelenburg was injured by a kick of Inter defender Lucio on the head and was unconscious for five minutes. During the subsequent investigation in the hospital a mild concussion was diagnosed.

For the 2013/14 season Stekelenburg moving to the Premier League for Fulham FC.


On 3 September 2004 Stekelenburg made ​​his debut in the Dutch National Team. In a friendly against Liechtenstein (3:0) he replaced der Sar after the break for goalkeeper Edwin van. In addition to van der Sar and Henk Timmer Stekelenburg belonged to the Netherlands squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and at the European Championships 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. At the European Championships in 2008, he completed a match in the third group game against Romania and remained clean sheets. In the " era van der Sar " he came to a total of twelve games.

Following the resignation van der Sar Stekelenburg was under Bond coach Bert van Marwijk, the new number one in Orange, however, was because of his shoulder injury join not some games so that, as well as his substitute Henk Timmer had been injured in the World Cup qualifiers van der Sar for two games back from retirement. In addition, Stekelenburg had to stop a game because he - was in the match against Australia referenced on 6 September 2008 of the field - even the first Dutch international goalkeeper; He received a red card for a foul on Joshua Kennedy. At the 2010 World Cup Stekelenburg was again in the Netherlands squad.


  • Dutch champion: 2004, 2011
  • KNVB Beker - (Dutch Cup ): 2006, 2007, 2010
  • Johan Cruijff Schaal (Dutch " Supercup " ): 2002, 2005
  • Vice World Champion 2010 World Cup ( 0-1 against Spain)