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Edwin van der Sar's Biography

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Edwin van der Sar was born on 29 October 1970 in Leiden, Holland.

Dutch goalkeeper, Edwin van der Sar is 6'5" and was a great shot-stopper, and particularly skilled in one-on-one situations.

In June 2005 he became Sir Alex Ferguson's first signing for Manchester United after the takeover by Malcolm Glazer. In December 2006, Edwin van der Sar signed a new one-year contract at to keep him at Manchester United until the summer of 2008.

Van der Sar had joined Fulham from Juventus in August 2001.

He gained 130 caps for Holland.

On 31 January 2009, Edwin van der Sar was given a special merit award by Barclays, after keeping his 12th consecutive clean sheet, extending his Premiership record for not conceding a goal.

On 5 August 2009, the BBC reported that Edwin van der Sar would miss the start of the 2009/10 season after surgery on a broken finger and bone in his left hand.

On 23 December 2009, Edwin van der Sar's wife Annemarie van Kesteren suffered a brain haemorrhage and Manchester United gave him indefinite compassionate leave to be with her in the Netherlands.

In January 2011, it was announced that Edwin van der Sar was to retire from football at the end of the 2010/11 season.


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