Tim Krul Attains His Second Ambition In Football


Tim Krul joined Newcastle when he was a 17 years old from his home town club ADO Den Haag, and he is a great example of how Newcastle can find young players and grow them into top class players at Newcastle.

Tim Krul – Holland’s new number one goalkeeper

Tim loves Newcastle United and he has talked about the Toon and their fans many times, and he always said the two ambitions he had in football were to become Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper, and then become Holland’s number one goalkeeper and emulate his mentor and idol Edwin van der Saar.

And Tim was preferred to number one goalkeeper Martin Stekelenburg on Friday night in the Holland game against Turkey, and Martin had taken over as the number one since Edwin retired.

But news from Tim himself today that he is the new number one goalkeeper for the Netherlands, and last week in training the coaches took him aside and told him the news.

He can thank the fact there’s a new coach, in the very experienced Louis Van Gaal taking over after the European Championships and Louis knows a good goalkeeper when he sees one.

This is what Tim told Goal about the news:

“The trainers took me aside on Tuesday, and told me I was currently Netherlands’ No.1 keeper. It’s dream come true, something I’ve always hoped for. Fantastic.

“At the Euros I was still third choice, but with a new trainer comes new chances, and everyone has to start from scratch. The trainer trusts me.”

And Louis Van Gaal also praised Tim’s performance against Turkey on Friday night, when Holland won 2-0, but Turkey attacked the Dutch from the first whistle:

“He has done well for me. Tim was calm. I followed Stekelenburg in Italy and at the European Championships. Last month, against Belgium he made a few mistakes, so I went for Krul.”

So we expect Tim to line up between the goalposts in Hungary on Tuesday night,  for their next match in World Cup qualifying – and we’re sorry to have to mention this – but let’s hope Tim comes through that unscathed.

It’s great that Tim had two major goals in football and he has now achieved both of them, since becoming the Newcastle number one goalkeeper only last season.

Now he has to rack up those games and keep his performances at the very highest level, if he is to emulate a certain Edwin van der Saar.

Well done Tim Krul, and he learned well from Newcastle’s two top class goalkeepers over the last seven years,  since he joined the club – Shay Given and Steve Harper.

Tim is a credit to himself and Newcastle United, and it’s great to have him at the club.

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14 comments so far

  • Grafton83

    Sep 9, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Great to be number 1, well played sir. And he’s still v young for a keeper.

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  • Grafton83

    Sep 9, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    In his home town he is known as “Bakkers Handen”, which roughly translates to “Baker’s hands”, in reference to how ‘safe’ his hands are in goal.

    Interesting fact for you there
    From wiki

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 9, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ve had an uneasy nights rest since omitting the Great Geordie Inspiration Shola Ameobi from my favourite 5.

    All hail King Shola, the one truly Munificent Monarch, (much tugging of forelocks and dipping of lids etc,)

    Alan Shearer to F@#k

    Shola you are superb!!!!

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  • Adopted_Geordie

    Sep 9, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Absolutely chuffed for the lad..brought in for a paltry 220,000 euros as a part of the youth system back ’05 and now he is the #1 goalie for both club and country..seeing the huge amounts splashed for Reina,de Gea,Lloris,Cesar it feels really good to have a world class goalkeeper like Tim coming up through own academy.HWTL

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  • roadfighter

    Sep 9, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Well done Tim. Hope he continues to prove why he is one of the best keepers around… Howay the lads !!!

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  • a long way from newbiggin

    Sep 9, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #6

    I would like to share a memory i have of Tim krul and Steve harper. At a cup match in Watford. Tim was on the team sheet and I was looking forward to seeing the then very young keeper as he had been getting rave reviews in the reserves.
    I was surprised to see Steve harper being warmed up before the match kicked off and someone in the crowd told me Tim appeared to have hurt himself in his warm up. Happily it all turned out all right as the match went to extra time and penalties and Steve harper saved the fifth? one and victory was ours : )

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #7

    And I honestly don’t think we can put enough emphasize on the fact Krul have had two great goalies in Given and Harper in front of him 😀

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 9, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah, Tim has had the very best of mentors and has only begun to fulfill his potential, I imagine to a large degree as a result of Given and Harper’s influence

    The Toon need to stand by Steve Harper in a big way. Tim Krul will probably have the career that Steve Harper was good enough to have.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Sep 9, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Always knew the Lad had it in him !

    His biggest Ambition now must be to start winning Major Trophies with NUFC !

    Howay the Lads!

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  • Expat MAG

    Sep 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Young Tim has a terrific future ahead of him and only hope we can keep him at Newcastle for the next 10+ years. We also have other good goalkeeping youngsters coming through the Academy so the future appears to be in safe hands….

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #11

    His valuation just went up a lot more

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  • Szarka

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #12

    With those defenders ahead of him, he will have a lot to do 🙂
    I Hoppe he starts hes good performances only after Tuesday 🙂

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #13

    The Holland coach probably sees that he is a very young keeper who very very rarely makes a mistake and can serve his country for the next 15 yrs +. It makes perfect sense. Tim can only get better too.

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  • Constanstine

    Sep 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Stekelenburg is a big player and still fairly young. Vorm is also very decent. The no.1 will still be a snatch and take for the several years to come.

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