Edwin van der Sar Calling It Quits

The flying Dutchman will bring to an end a very successful and decorated goalkeeping career at the end of this season. Van der Sar will go down in history as one of the best to play at his position. Replacing Van der Sar will not be an easy thing for the next #1 at United due to the hero status he has at the club. Van der Sar’s greatest moment came in the Champions League Final when he saved Nicolas Anelka’s penalty to capture a third Champions League trophy for United.

On his imminent retirement Van der Sar had this to say:

“It is now time to pay attention to my family,”

“I cannot really identify a time when it happened, let’s just say that it was playing on my mind from the moment Annemarie had her stroke. She has fought back from it. We decided on another year in England and thus to stay at Manchester United.

“But, once engaged in the season, the thought of saying goodbye started to gnaw a bit more emphatically. One minute you’re out. The next, you question it again, I thought about stopping, maybe a year ago. It is a difficult process. After a defeat, I thought differently than after playing a few good games in a row.”

“My age played no role. I am 40 years old but I still feel fit and then the decision came suddenly. Do not ask me how or why, but suddenly you know. That was sufficient.”

“The time has come to devote greater attention to my family – although they have never complained. Everyone in the family has indeed always had to focus on me, but we have also had a lot in return.”

Honors:

AJAX
Eredivisie (1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1997-98)
KNVB Cup (1992-93, 1997-98, 1998-99)
Champions League (1994-95)
Uefa Cup (1991-92)
Uefa Super Cup (1995)
Intercontinental Cup (1995)
JUVENTUS
Uefa Intertoto Cup (1999)
FULHAM
Uefa Intertoto Cup (2002)
MANCHESTER UNITED
Premier League (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09)
League Cup (2005-06)
Champions League (2007-08)
Fifa World Club Cup (2008)

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