Maarten Stekelenburg Biography

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He is the oldest Dutch football to ever play in the European Championship. In this article, we will take a look at Maarten Stekelenburg biography.

Maarten Stekelenburg, born 22 September 1982 in Haarlem, the Netherlands, is a Dutch footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Ajax Amsterdam in the Dutch Eredivisie since 2020, having previously played between 2002 and 2011 for them. Having started out in the youth ranks at clubs such as Zandvoort '75 and Schoten, he moved to Ajax in 1997.

He made his first-team debut in August 2002 in a match against Utrecht. He became part of the first-team squad in the 2002-03 season, playing nine games in his first season. He won two league titles, three cups and four super cups with the Amsterdam club, and was already being considered for the Dutch national team at the time.

He was transferred to Italian side A. S. Roma in 2011, following a league title win, for a fee of up to €6 million. He made his debut on 11 September 2011 in a match against Cagliari Calcio.

He was transferred to Fulham F.C. for the next four seasons on 5 June 2013. He spent the 2014-15 season on loan at AS Monaco, but only managed to play one league match. Stekelenburg was also loaned out for the next season, this time to Southampton. 

He was signed by Everton F. C. on 1 July 2016 for the next 3 seasons. During these three seasons, Stekelenburg played a total of just 19 league matches. In June 2020 he was officially back at Ajax Amsterdam after the end of the 2019-20 season.

All You Need to Know Maarten Stekelenburg Biography

His international debut with the

Netherlands national football team

came on 3 September 2004, against Liechtenstein. The game ended in a 3:0 Dutch win. He has played a total of 63 times for the Dutch national team and even played in his country's Euro 2008 match against



Furthermore, at the 2010 World Cup, he played in all of his team's matches up to the final, which they lost to Spain.

Maarten Stekelenburg Information

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Maarten Stekelenburg biography

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Maarten Stekelenburg Bio

  • Full Name: Maarten Stekelenburg

  • Nickname: N/A

  • Profession: Professional Footballer

Maarten Stekelenburg Physical Stats

  • Weight: 92 Kg

  • Height: 1.98 m

  • Eye Color: Blue

  • Hair Color: Light Brown

Maarten Stekelenburg Football Information

  • Position: Goalkeeper

  • Jersey Number: 1

  • Professional Debut: 2002

Maarten Stekelenburg Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 22 September 1982

  • Birth Place: Haarlem, Netherlands

  • Zodiac Sign: Virgo

  • Nationality: Dutch

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Maarten Stekelenburg Early Life

As a child, Stekelenburg started his career at VV Schoten in Haarlem, where he first played in central defence before moving to goal in the youth ranks. When he was 15 years old, he joined Ajax Amsterdam and was first deployed in the youth ranks, where he replaced Cercle Brugge's future goalkeeper Bram Verbist in goal.

The 1.97 m tall goalkeeper reached the semi-finals of the Dutch Cup in the 2001/02 season with Ajax's second team. He first featured in the first-team squad on 24 February 2002 when he was 19 years old in a 1-0 win against Breda, but without playing.

For the first time, he was in goal for the 2002/2003 season opener in the Super Cup win against PSV Eindhoven (3-1) on 11 August 2002, when first-choice goalkeepers Joey Didulica and Bogdan Lobonț were out injured. One week later, he played his first game in the


in a 3-1 win against FC Utrecht.

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Stekelenburg became Ajax's main goalkeeper in the 2005/06 season, which saw him make 27 appearances. Until the 2008/09 season, he would remain Ajax's number one. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury kept him out of action at the end of September 2008, and he was replaced from October until the winter break by Kenneth Vermeer, goalkeeper of the U-23 national team.

He came back in January but had a few poor games, so coach Marco van Basten opted for Vermeer again from the end of February; Stekelenburg played just 12 times in the Eredivisie that season. But with the change of coach to

Martin Jol

, he regained his regular place in goal for the Amsterdam side in the 2009/10 season, a place he retained with Frank de Boer.

On the international stage, Stekelenburg represented Ajax in the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and the Europa League. Having suffered a fractured thumb in his right hand in mid-March 2011, Stekelenburg was forced to end his season early. With numerous top European clubs showing interest in signing Stekelenburg for the 2011/12 season, he eventually joined

AS Roma

, signing a four-year contract with the top Italian club in July 2011.

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He made his Roma debut on 18 August 2011 in an away match in the 2011/12 Europa League qualifying round against Slovan Bratislava. He described his first season as "fantastic" even though he picked up a bad left shoulder injury that forced him to miss games towards the end of the league.


Zdenek Zeman

took charge of the team from Rome, surprisingly, Stekelenburg was left on the bench in the middle of the season. Continuing to this was muscular injuries and the fact that, according to the coach, the Dutchman could only speak English, a language that not many people in the team could communicate in.

That is why the head coach of the Romans did not place his bets on the Dutch goalkeeper, but rather on the 24-year-old Uruguayan goalkeeper Mauro Goicoechea. Stekelenburg had interest from Milan and Tottenham at that point. Once Aurelio Andreazzolli replaced Zeman, Marten was given playing time, but he did not look convincing, and by the end of the season he had lost his place in goal again, this time to Bogdan Lobonc.


Stekelenburg moved to


on 5 June 2013 and signed a four-year contract, where he would replace Mark Schwarzer as the team's main goalkeeper. The official Roma website reported that the transfer fee was €5.6 million.

The Cottagers tried to purchase Stekelenburg back in January after he lost his place in Roma's main squad. However, the deal broke down at the last minute, as Maarten was about to leave for London because Roma was unable to find a replacement for the Dutchman.

The Fulham boss Martin Yola and Stekelenburg both know each other well from the period they worked together at Ajax in the 2009/10 season. His debut came on 17 August 2013, in the first match of the English Premier League against Sunderland, in which he was injured in the 76th minute and forced to leave the pitch.

After seating out for six matches due to a shoulder injury, he was back in the 1-4 away win against

Crystal Palace

. In the rest of the season, he made another 17 league appearances and played one match in each of the FA Cup and League cup.

Loans to Monaco and Southampton

He transferred to the French side Monaco on 9 August 2014 on a loan with an option to buy. With the Monaco team, he played only one league game, on 22 March 2015 against Reims (3-1), but was a starter in the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue. Monaco decided not to purchase him at the end of the season and the player went back to Fulham.

The player was loaned to


on 22 June 2015, where he was reunited with Ronald Koeman, his coach at Ajax between 2001 and 2005. There he played a total of 20 matches in league and cups and conceded 26 goals.

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Everton and return to Ajax

He was purchased by Everton on 1 July 2016 and signed a three-year contract with them, again following Ronald Koeman, who had become manager of the club in the meantime.[8] His debut with his new shirt was on 13 August in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Goodison Park. He went on to play 19 Premier games before failing to make another appearance since the 2017-2018 season with the exception of two League Cup matches in 2018-2019.

He returned to


in the summer of 2020 after nine years, by signing a one-year contract. He was back on the pitch with the Lancers in the away match against

AZ Alkmaar

(0-1) on 20 January 2021, which was a match in the round of 16 of the Dutch Cup.

He was brought in to serve as the second goalkeeper and went on to play as a starter on 10 February following André Onana's disqualification for doping, and became the oldest player to wear the red and white jersey at the age of 38.

He won the Dutch Cup against Vitesse on 18 April and his fourth Eredivisie on 2 May on his 300th match with Ajax. He then renewed his contract with Ajax until 2022 on 12 May playing as captain the following day in the 3-1 win over VVV-Venlo.

Dutch National team

On 3 September 2004, Stekelenburg debuted for the Dutch national team. He came on as a substitute for main goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar after the half-time break in a friendly match against Liechtenstein (3-0).

He returned to the national team on 7 October 2016 while he was playing for Everton FC; he was in the national team's World Cup qualifier against Belarus (4:1) and three days later against France.

For the 2020 European Football Championship, Dutch coach Frank de Boer revealed on 12 June, the day before the Netherlands' first match against Ukraine, that Stekelenburg would be number one in the tournament. Having only featured in the Netherlands' final friendly against


, he became the tournament's oldest player, beating Norwich City's Tim Krul, and made his 60th international appearance.

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Style of Play

He is a goalkeeper with impressive reflexes compared to his massive physique. Maarten is very cool, confident in his exits, accurate in his throws and has very good ball control and is able to save penalties.


Many football fans and critics consider Maarten to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of the new generation of Dutch players. Having retired from the national team, his great performances at Ajax before the Euro 2020 prompted Frank de Boer to call him up again to the national team and introduce him as his first-choice goalkeeper over Tim Krul.

Maarten Stekelenburg outside Football

Maarten Stekelenburg enjoys cooking. Although 'hobby' is perhaps a rather generous word for it. However, when his wife Kim gets home a little later from work, he can cook some potatoes to avoid starving!

Maarten Stekelenburg Personal Life

In this section of Maarten Stekelenburg biography, we will take a look into his personal life, sharing some information about things like

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Maarten Stekelenburg life story


Family, Children and Relationships

For a very long time, Kim Stekelenburg has been the wife of the famous Dutch goalkeeper. In late January 2010, their love was crowned in the most beautiful way imaginable: with the birth of their first child. Their son Sem was born to lighten up their life. Later, two more brothers for Sem followed: Naud and Mees.

A little over a year later, Kim Kallenbach, as her real surname is, was featured on the cover of the Fabulous Football Magazine (FFM), a magazine about football women.


The famous Dutch goalkeeper has been active in many charitable works during his career and from time to time we have seen auctions of his signed gloves or jerseys for charity. During his time at Everton, he was part of the “See it, Report it” campaign which was launched by Everton and Internet Watch Foundation.

Legal Issues

There are no reports of any legal issues or disputes regarding Maarten Stekelenburg at the time of writing this article, either in English or Dutch media.

Maarten Stekelenburg Career Statistics

In this section of Maarten Stekelenburg biography, we will take a look into the player’s career on the international and club level. Stay tuned.


Between 2002, when he started his professional playing career at Ajax and now that he is again playing for the Ajax team, he made a total of 440 appearances during his playing career. With 219 matches played, he has spent the majority of his career at Ajax Amsterdam.


After making his Dutch national team debut in 2004, he went on to play a total of 63 matches for his country, where he played five of them in the 2020 European Championship.

Maarten Stekelenburg Honors

He has won the Eredivisie (3 times), the


(4 times) and the Johan Cruyff Shield with Ajax. In the 2010 FIFA

World Cup

in South Africa, he was runner-up with the Dutch national team. On two occasions, he has been named AFC Ajax Player of the Year.

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