Tim Krul

 

Name: Tim Krul
Squad number: 1
Nationality: Dutch
Born: 3rd April, 1988, Den Haag, Holland
Height: 193cm (6ft 4ins)
Weight: 83.7kg
Previous clubs: ADO Den Haag (youth), Falkirk (loan), Carlisle (loan)
Signed: July 2005, from ADO Den Haag
Newcastle United debut: 2nd November, 2006 v Palermo (away), UEFA Cup
Position: Goalkeeper 

 

Tim Krul arrived on Tyneside from Dutch side ADO Den Haag in July 2005, aged 17.

 

During his first season at the Club, Krul was outstanding as United's Under 18s reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup, and he was rewarded for that form early the following season with a place on the first team bench for the UEFA Cup tie with Ventspils in August 2006.

 

The Dutchman made his first team debut on 2nd November, 2006, away at Palermo in the UEFA Cup, and his man-of-the-match performance was a sign of what the future was to hold for the talented youngster.

 

Krul spent the first part of the 2007/08 season on loan at Scottish Premier League side Falkirk, where he made 26 appearances, and he then had a month-long spell at League One outfit Carlisle, gaining crucial game time and experience at both clubs.

 

His league debut for the Magpies came on the opening day of the 2009/10 campaign as a second half substitute at West Bromwich Albion. Krul made eight appearances in all competitions as Newcastle went on to lift the Championship trophy, but it was back in the Premier League where the keeper really came to prominence.

 

With Steve Harper sustaining a shoulder injury at Everton in September 2010, Krul grasped his chance and remained between the sticks until the new year. Then another injury to Harper allowed Krul to spend the final six games of the season in goal, as he finished with 25 appearances to his name.

 

Manager Alan Pardew made Krul his first choice goalkeeper during the summer of 2011, and the stopper played a key role in helping United equal a Club record of 11 top flight games unbeaten at the start of a season.

 

 

Early Days

Krul began his career at hometown club ADO Den Haag and came through their youth ranks, but left for Tyneside in July 2005. He was out of contract at his hometown club, following his failure to sign on pro terms after the expiry of his apprentice deal.

 

 

International Career

Having represented Holland in the World Under 17 Championships in 2005, Krul kept four clean sheets for the Under 20s as they finished runners-up to France in the 2006 Toulon tournament , losing on penalties in the final.

 

He won ten caps for the Dutch Under 21s, and was the reserve goalkeeper as they lifted the European Championship Under 21 title in June 2007.

 

Krul finally made his senior Netherlands bow in June 2011, keeping a clean sheet in a goalless friendly draw against Brazil, and won his second cap just days later against Uruguay.

 

Since then, Krul has been a regular member of the Dutch squad and was part of their Euro 2012 party, although didn't make an appearance at the tournament.