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Maarten Stekelenburg 22

With the departure of Tim Howard for Colorado Rapids, incoming Everton manager Ronald Koeman moved to fill what he viewed as an urgent void by bringing in his compatriot Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham for a nominal fee.

33 at the time, Stekelenburg brought with him a wealth of experience, having spent nine years at Ajax in his native Netherlands before moving to Serie A with AS Roma in 2011 for €6m.

After two seasons in Italy, he was picked up by Fulham but he only spent one full season at Craven Cottage before moving out on loan form 2014-15 at Monaco where he was used primarily in the cups and made just one league appearance, and then spending the next season on loan at Southampton with Koeman.

Stekelenburg reached the pinnacle of his career to date in 2010 after he had succeeded Edwin van der Saar as his country's first-choice goalkeeper under then manager Bert van Marwijk.

The Haarlem-born 'keeper was the man selected between the posts at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where the Netherlands made it all the way to the final, only to be beaten by Andres Iniesta's strike in extra time.

Stekelenburg was also in goal for the Dutch at Euro2012 and played in all three groups games as the Oranje flamed out, finishing bottom of their group.

He played a dominant role in Everton's pre-season preparations, and appeared to be usurping Joel Robles for the № 1 jersey, despite wearing № 22 for his first season at Everton.  In the end, senior appearances between the pair were evenly split, with neither really performing convincingly enough in the Everton goal, and Ronald Koeman would make it a priority to bring in a star young keeper by the name of Jason Pickford early on in the 2017 summer transfer window.

Stekelenburg became first in line behind Pickford, and made a couple of appearances in Europa League and League Cup games before succumbing to a groin injury in October 2017 which would require surgery in November and the recovery would sideline him for the next three months.


Squad number 22 
Position Goalkeeper
Nationality Dutch
Born Haarlem, Netherlands
Date of birth 22 September 1982
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)
Joined 1 July 2016
Joined from Fulham
Signed by Ronald Koeman
Transfer fee < £1m
Contract duration 3 years
Contract expires June 2019
Full debut v Tottenham H (H)
13 August 2016
Previous Clubs Ajax
Monaco (loan)
Southampton (loan)
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2016-17 22 19 (0) 0 2 (0) 0 21 (0) 0
2017-18 22 0 (0) 0 3 (0) 0 3 (0) 0
  Totals 19 (0) 0 5 (0) 0 24 (0) 0


Previous Career

Season Team League Apps Goals
2002-11 Ajax 191 0
2011-13 Roma 48 0
2013-16 Fulham 19 0
2014-15 Monaco (loan) 1 0
2015-16 Southampton 17 0

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