Maarten Stekelenburg> is a professional Dutch football goalkeeper who at presently plays for Ajax team as well as for the Netherlands national football team. Standing at a height of six feet five inches, Maarten weighs almost 205 pounds. He made his international debut on 3rd September, 2004 for the Netherlands national team against Liechtenstein, defeating them by 3-0.
He was called up for the squad by Marco van Basten, former manager, for the FIFA World cup in 2006 in Germany. However, Maarten didn’t get a chance to show his capabilities as the first choice was Edwin van der Sar. By 2008, he was again called up to the Euro squad to Marco van Basten to play as a replacement to Edwin van der Sar. Taking part in Group C match against Romania proved successful for Maarten as by September 2008, in a friendly match against Australia, the team won due to Maarten’s goal. He is the first goalkeeper to have ever received a red card of the Dutch national side.
After Edwin retired, Maarten became the first choice as a goalkeeper under manager Bert van Marwijk, and was included in the preliminary squad for the FIFA World cup in 2010 in South Africa. He helped the team reach the final of the match against Spain and conceded five goals in the process. Despite having made tremendous saves in the final, he ended up on the losing team and conceded the only goal of the game in the 116th minute of the match to Andres Iniesta.
Whilst with the Ajax team, Maarten received the Eredivisie in 2003-04, the KNVB Cup in 2006, 2007 and in 2010. Moreover, he also received the Johan Cruijff Shield in 2003 and in 2007.
When playing for the national team, he won the runner up title at the 2010 World Cup.