Russia headcoach Guus Hiddink, who has had sensational spells with other national and club sides before he took the Russia post, was full of praise for the Man Utd keeper. Hiddink had managed Edwin van der Sar when the former was manager of his home nation Holland between 1994 and 1998. In fact, it was under the intelligent and highly successful manager’s reign that van der Sar made his debut in 1995. Hiddink acknowledged that time might be catching up on the keeper, but he is still the best keeper to grace the Dutch team.
Prior to the kickoff of Euro 2008, Edwin stated publicly that the summer competition would be the last time that he wears the Oranjes’ shirt. As a professional individual, he is set to keep his promise and resign from international duty. He would then focus on his last season at Manchester United, where he will step down from football in summer 2009. For his club, he will be remembered as one of the greatest keepers in the history of the Red Devils. For his nation, the written history won’t be less praiseful.
The newly appointed manager of the Dutch squad Bert van Marwijk, who is set to take over after van Basten took over Ajax, stated that he would put changing Van der Sar’s mind on top of his agenda when he takes over Holland. Bert hopes to convince Edwin to stay on for another year, helping his side in part of their World Cup qualifying campaign. However, it is unlikely that he will be successful in convincing him.
“Edwin van der Sar has had a tremendous career”
“I know him rather well, he’s the best I think in Holland. He’s also a very responsible and very intelligent man.”
“I have enjoyed his performances very much, and I will – minus one.” – Guus Hiddink (Russia Head Coach)
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