* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:43, 30 September 2016 (UTC).

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Maarten Stekelenburg (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmaːrtə(n) ˈsteːkələ(n)ˌbɵrx]; born 22 September 1982) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Everton and the Netherlands national team.

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Southampton’s executive director of football of Les Reed revealed there was plenty of competition for Stekelenburg’s signature.

Stekelenburg began his career at Zandvoort '75 before joining VV Schoten, which he left for Ajax when he was 15 years old. He made his official debut for Ajax on 24 February 2002, in a game against NAC Breda. At the start of the 2002–03 season he won his first prize when Ajax won the Johan Cruijff-schaal. In 2004 he and Ajax won the Eredivisie championship, having played 10 matches that season.

On 1 August 2011, it was announced that Stekelenburg had officially transferred to Roma for an estimated €6 million, making him the first Dutch footballer to ever play for the Italian club.[5] He picked the no. 24 shirt, which is the day his son was born.[6] He made his debut on 11 September 2011, against Cagliari.

Stekelenburg was recalled to the national side against Wales on 13 November 2015.

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‘It’s good that I’ll be joining Martin again, he knows my capabilities very well, so I am just looking forward to joining up with the team in pre-season and enjoying some time with them prior to the new season starting.’

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The west London club were linked with the goalkeeper in January but failed to complete the deal before the transfer deadline window shut.

Jol added: ‘Maarten Stekelenburg is a fine quality goal keeper who I know well from my time working with him at Ajax and of course as the Dutch international Goalkeeper I have always had an additional interest in his career. I am sure that he will do well here at Fulham in the Barclays Premier League.

He started his career with Ajax, where he made his debut under Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, before spending two years in Italy at AS Roma.

• Won the Dutch Cup in 2006, 2007 and 2010, starting every final, and was named Ajax player of the year in 2008.

Fulham have snapped up Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg on a four-year deal from Roma.

After winning the 2010–11 Eredivisie on 15 May 2011, Stekelenburg dropped the trophy while standing on top of the Ajax team coach with Vertonghen. He won Ajax Player of the Year for the second time.[4]

The Dutch goalkeeper, who played in the 2010 World Cup Final, made his debut in the 3-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa League this week.

"I think the result is fantastic," he said. "The first 10, 15 minutes, we didn't control the game.

In a September 2008 friendly match against Australia, Stekelenburg was sent off after 44 minutes of the first half for fouling Joshua Kennedy, becoming the first goalkeeper of the Dutch national side to receive a red card.

The 33-year-old former Holland international has signed a three-year contract and will be reunited with Koeman for a third time in his career.

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Stekelenburg previously worked with Fulham manager Martin Jol at Ajax and has 54 caps for Holland including playing in the run to the 2010 World Cup final.

Stekelenburg joins Saints for the forthcoming season having spent the 2014/15 campaign with AS Monaco where he made just eight appearances for the Champions League quarter-finalists.

• Born in Haarlem, he joined Ajax at 15 and made his league debut on 18 August 2002 – a month before his 20th birthday – in a 3-1 home win against FC Utrecht.

• Came to prominence internationally at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, starting all seven matches and conceding six goals as the Netherlands finished runners-up to Spain.

Stekelenburg, said:  ‘I am very happy to be joining Fulham, and to have everything sorted out so early in the summer, so I can really focus on preparations for playing in the Premier League next season.

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Stekelenburg admitted the opportunity to get regular playing time helped him choose Southampton and revealed he is keen to turn his career around after a difficult couple of seasons.

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On 1 July 2016, Everton announced that they had signed Stekelenburg from Fulham for an undisclosed fee.[18]

Stekelenburg was also delighted with the performance against Vitesse on Thursday.

• Severed his ties with Ajax when he signed a four-year deal with Roma, who paid around €6.3m for his services, in August 2011.

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“Maarten enjoyed tremendous success in Holland with Ajax and on the international stage, playing in the 2010 World Cup final. His experience will be invaluable to us, especially with the arrival of European football.

”The last two years weren't the best of my career. As they say in England: the best is yet to come.”

"I think (we can achieve) a lot," he said. "The mentality of this team is really good, if I compare with other teams I have played for.

"I'm very happy - things have moved very fast over the last couple days," the former Fulham goalkeeper told evertontv.

"This is a very nice team. They work really hard for every minute, every second of the game.