Timothy Michael "Tim" Krul
(born 3 April 1988) is a Dutch footballer
who plays as a goalkeeper
for Newcastle United
and the Netherlands national team
Krul began his career at hometown club ADO Den Haag
but joined English club Newcastle United
on a three-year deal after failing to sign professional terms. He played in the Under-17 European Championship
for the Netherlands in Tuscany
in May, 2005, and has since become a member of the Dutch under-21 squad
. He made his first senior appearance for Newcastle in a pre-season defeat to PSV Eindhoven
on July 29, 2006.
Following the injury to Newcastle's first-choice goalkeeper, Shay Given
, he was on the bench for a few games while Steve Harper
kept goal. Krul made his Newcastle debut in the UEFA Cup
game on November 2, away to Palermo
. His debut was hailed by critics as he displayed his shot-stopping abilities, saving efforts from Giuseppe Biava
and David Di Michele
and recording a clean sheet in the process.
He injured himself in the warm up against Palermo
, and then aggravated that injury in the warm up before a game against Watford
. He required two cartilage operations as a result, keeping him out of action for almost 6 months. He returned to action in April 2007.
On 13 June 2007, he signed a new four year contract with Newcastle. In the same month, he was part of the Dutch Under-21 squad that won the European Championships
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