We are kidding only a little bit, when we call Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul a World Cup legend, even though he only played a minute or so in normal time for Holland at the World Cup in Brazil, but his penalty shoot-out heroics for Holland against Costa Rica in the quarter finals was big news around the world, and it allowed Holland to reach the semi-finals.
This second save meant Holland were through to the semi-finals
Tim Krul was the hero
Tim is the only goalkeeper to ever be brought on in the World Cup specifically for a penalty shoot out, and he saved two penalties in magnificent style against Costa Rica, and went the right way for every single penalty.
This is what Tim has said today on the Newcastle web-site:
“I didn’t think manager Louis van Gaal would change a winning team so I was just grafting away at training, day in, day out, to try and put the pressure on,”
“Then that moment came.” “Before we went to the stadium, the goalkeeping coach pulled me over and told me there was a big chance I would be used if it went to penalties.”
“At the time I thought it would never happen but as the game went on and we missed chances, I started to get itchy. Then, when the moment came, it was the best ten minutes of my life, other than my daughter being born.”
“It was something truly surreal and something I will never forget.” “It gave me a taste of the biggest stage and that moment will now push me even further than I have ever been in my career so far.”
“I can’t wait for the season to start now because I really want to get back out there and feel that high again.” “It’s what you dream of as a little boy, to go to the World Cup, and the experience didn’t disappoint”
” It was amazing,” “We surprised everybody. Before we went, people were asking what we were going to do there and would we even make it out of the group.”
“So to start by beating Spain – the champions – 5-1 was massive and gave everybody a huge lift and the confidence to push on, which we did.”
“We had a fantastic group together, amazing morale, and the mix of experience and young lads worked really well.”
Lois van Gaal did very well for Holland in Brazil, after having a poor spell as the Dutch manager back in 2000-2002, and it has Manchester United fans thinking what he can do for the Red Devils this season.
Tim Krul is an important part of the Newcastle United side, and the 26 year-old goalkeeper certainly seems to be inspired by his history making heroics in Brazil.
Bow we are now going to be disappointed if he doesn’t save penalties for Newcastle this season. 😀
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