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Name Edwin van der Sar
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer
  Ajax chief executive
Desc A case can be made that the Dutchman was equal to any goalkeeper in the league’s history. After years of failure to find a successor to Peter Schmeichel, Sir Alex Ferguson stole Van der Sar for a meager £2m from Fulham, securing a key cog in four titles during his time at the club


Org Ajax
  Dutch National Team
Club as Player Juventus
  Manchester United
  Fulham FC


Son Joe van der Sar

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[on Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic’s Partnership] The sight of Ferdinand and Vidic marshaling the defense at Old Trafford will live long in the memory. I formed a really good triangle with Rio and Nemanja. They were in the prime of their career – I was at the end of mine [. . .]. When I said one word they did it and they trusted me. If I said left, right, come down or anything they would do it and I think we formed the backbone to a very successful Manchester United team

2019 06 03 Retrieve

[Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar on Ajax’s success this season] The core we have is the development of players and talents. Giving the opportunity, it doesn’t matter how young you are. If you are good enough then you play. Giving opportunities, giving possibilities, that is what this club is about

[Van der Sar uses an old picture of De Ligt he found from before his 2011 testimonial as an example. Aged 11, he was lining up in a youth side against Van der Sar’s son, who was representing Manchester United] That was eight years ago. He has been at the academy, he has seen others training at the same complex, eating at the same table. And now he is 19, he is the captain. Other players see him as an example and want to be like him

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[Van der Sar has also revealed why he wore number 19 when he joined Manchester United in 2005] Tim Howard had been in goal during the previous season and they brought me in as first goalkeeper. But I didn’t want to take his number away from him. My spot between the sticks was most important