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Maarten Stekelenburg
Maarten Stekelenburg
Fulham info
Full name Maarten Stekelenburg
Date of birth 22 Sept 1982
Place of birth    Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands
Height 6ft 5 1/2in (1.97m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Current player? Incorrect
Number(s) worn 1 (2013-2014)
Debut Sunderland (a) (17 Aug 2013)
Last Appearance Cardiff (a) (8 Mar 2014)
First goal n/a
Last goal n/a
Joined from Roma, Undisclosed - 5 Jun 2013
Left for Everton, £850,000 - 1 Jul 2016
League apps (gls) 19 (0)
All apps (gls) 21 (0)
Other clubs Zandvoort '75 (youth)
VV Schoten (youth)
Ajax
Roma
→ Monaco (loan) (from Fulham)
→ Southampton (loan) (from Fulham)
Everton
International Netherlands (2004-2012)
Apps (gls) 54 (0)

Maarten Stekelenburg was a goalkeeper who was at Fulham from 2013 until 2016. An experienced Netherlands international, he was brought in from Roma in 2013 replacing Mark Schwarzer who had moved to London rivals Chelsea on a free transfer. He only played for the club during the 2013-14 season, in which the Whites were relegated - subsequently he spent two following seasons on loan to Monaco and Southampton before he was sold to Everton in summer 2016.

CareerEdit

Before Fulham Edit

Stekelenburg began his career at Zandvoort '75 before joining VV Schoten, which he left for Ajax when he was just 15 years old. He made his debut for Ajax on 24 February 2002 in a game against NAC Breda and in 2004 he won the Eredivisie championship with Ajax, having played 10 matches that season. It was the 2005-06 season however, that Maarten became Ajax's first choice keeper and was to stay there for several season longer. 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 the then new manager Martin Jol, whom he would later play under again at Fulham, 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, and 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 had two moderately successful years at Roma, before it became apparent he was on the verge of signing for Fulham in the January transfer window of 2013 - due to irregularities however, the transfer could not go through and Maarten remained a Roma player until the deal could be completed in the summer.

Fulham (2013-2016)Edit

Maarten signed for Fulham on 5 June 2013 for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £2 million. After enjoying pre-season with the club, he made his debut on the opening day of the 2013-14 season against Sunderland but unfortunately landed awkwardly on his shoulder whilst making a save which kept him out of contention until late October when he returned in a 4-1 victory away at Crystal Palace. His form was up and down and ultimately was second choice under Felix Magath, who preferred David Stockdale as his number one.

In 2014-15, he was loaned out to Monaco for the season after it was rumoured he had no interest in playing in the Championship with Fulham. He was second favourite at Monaco and spent his time on the bench, making just one league appearance. After returning, in June 2015 he was loaned out to Premier League side Southampton on another season-long loan for 2015-16.

After FulhamEdit

It was announced in the summer of 2016 that Maarten was sold to Everton for a fee thought to be in the region of £850,000.

Fulham MatchesEdit

# Season Date Comp Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
12013-1417 Aug 2013PREMSunderlandAwayWon1-0Clean sheet, Sub off 76'
22013-1421 Oct 2013PREMCrystal PalaceAwayWon4-1
32013-1426 Oct 2013PREMSouthamptonAwayLost0-2
42013-1429 Oct 2013LCLeicesterAwayLost3-4
52013-142 Nov 2013PREMMan UtdHomeLost1-3
62013-149 Nov 2013PREMLiverpoolAwayLost0-4
72013-1423 Nov 2013PREMSwanseaHomeLost1-2
82013-1430 Nov 2013PREMWest HamAwayLost0-3
92013-144 Dec 2013PREMTottenhamHomeLost1-2
102013-148 Dec 2013PREMAston VillaHomeWon2-0Clean sheet
112013-1414 Dec 2013PREMEvertonAwayLost1-4
122013-1421 Dec 2013PREMMan CityHomeLost2-4
132013-1414 Jan 2014FACNorwichHomeWon3-0Clean sheet
142013-1418 Jan 2014PREMArsenalAwayLost0-2
152013-1428 Jan 2014PREMSwanseaAwayLost0-2
162013-141 Feb 2014PREMSouthamptonHomeLost0-3
172013-149 Feb 2014PREMMan UtdAwayDrew2-2
182013-1412 Feb 2014PREMLiverpoolHomeLost2-3Sub off 76'
192013-1422 Feb 2014PREMWest BromAwayDrew1-1
202013-141 Mar 2014PREMChelseaHomeLost1-3
212013-148 Mar 2014PREMCardiffAwayLost1-3

External links and referencesEdit

Fulham FC
2013-14 squad
1. Stekelenburg 3. Riise 4. Senderos / Heitinga 5. Hangeland 6. Kvist 7. Sidwell 8. Kasami 9. Berbatov / Diarra 10. Ruiz / Holtby 11. Kačaniklić 13. Stockdale 14. Karagounis 15. Richardson 16. Duff 17. Briggs 18. Hughes / Mitroglou 19. Taarabt / Tunnicliffe 20. Rodallega 21. Frei / Cole 22. Zverotić 23. Boateng 24. Dejagah 25. Woodrow 26. Roberts 27. Riether 28. Parker 29. Trotta 30. David 32. Dempsey 33. Burn 34. Plumain 35. Amorebieta 36. Mesca 37. Christensen 38. Etheridge 39. Bent 40. Bettinelli 41. Joronen 42. Banya 43. Tanković 44. Grimmer 45. Dembélé 46. Passley 47. Rodák 48. Norman 49. Pritchard 52. G Williams
Manager
Flag of the Netherlands Jol / Flag of the Netherlands Meulensteen / Flag of Germany Magath