Date of birth
The Hague, the third largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam, is where Tim Krul represented him hometown club Hvv RAS at youth level as well as ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie at the start of his career.
A move to England beckoned in 2005, when the Dutch goalkeeper joined up with Graeme Souness’ Newcastle United. He made 160 appearances for the Magpies over the next twelve years, which included loan spells at Falkirk, Carlisle United, Ajax II, AZ Alkmaar, and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Initially used as a backup ‘keeper to Steve Harper on Tyneside thanks to an injury to Shay Given, Krul became first choice under Alan Pardew in 2011-12 after winning the European Championships with Holland U21s in 2007.
2012-13 was plagued with injuries for Krul, but clean sheets against Tottenham Hotpsur and Chelsea earned him November’s Player of the Month award the following campaign.
Internationally, Krul is most well-known for his involvement in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Brought on by Louis Van Gaal in the quarter finals against Costa Rica for a penalty shootout, Krul saved two of five efforts to send Holland through to the semis.
After making a permanent switch to Brighton in 2017, Krul sought more playing time at Norwich City, where he moved in July of 2018. Krul impressively played all 46 games of our Championship winning season in 2018-19.
In 2019-20, among a collection of top-class performances, Krul was the hero in our FA Cup fifth round tie away to Tottenham, in which he saved two penalties to send us through to the quarterfinals for the first time in 28 years!
"Everyone says I am good at penalties, so I knew I'd better start saving some," he told BBC Sport after the shootout.