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Player of the Week - Tim Krul

Player of the Week - Tim Krul

Penalty Hero!

The Netherlands moved into the semi-finals of Brazil 2014 after a penalty shoot-out victory against Costa Rica in Salvador. The Costa Ricans, who had never qualified for the quarter-finals before, have been the World Cup's surprise team with Arsenal's Joel Campbell and Fulham's Bryan Ruiz playing fantastically well. But after 120 minutes without a goal, it was the introduction of goalkeeper, Tim Krul, who changed the game. The match was in the final minute of extra-time when Dutch manager, Louis van Gaal, decided to make his final substitution. He changed his goalkeeper! Newcastle United goalkeeper, Krul, was brought on the pitch for the penalty shoot-out, but his first touch of the ball was to pick the ball out of the net after Costa Rica were successful with their first penalty. But Krul saved 2 of the Costa Rican penalties and was the hero as the Netherlands progressed to a semi-final against Argentina.

"The substitution worked out. It was beautiful. I'm a bit proud of that."  Louis van Gaal (Netherlands coach and Manchester United manager).

Is Tim Krul the first goalkeeper substitute brought on just for a penalty shoot-out?

Tim Krul celebrates with his teammates after the penalty shoot-out victory, Getty.Tim Krul is the only goalkeeper in World Cup history to be brought on the pitch just for a penalty shoot-out, but there are some examples from English football where something similar has happened. In 1996, Leicester City and Crystal Palace were a few minutes away from a penalty shoot-out in the play-off final, which is the match that decides the final team to be promoted to the Premier League. Leicester City manager, Martin O'Neill, brought on Australian keeper, Zeljko Kalac, who was a penalty kick specialist and over 2 metres tall, but in the final minute Leicester City scored to win promotion to the Premier League and Zalac never got his chance in the shoot-out. In 2000, Leicester City beat Arsenal in a penalty shoot-out in the FA Cup. During extra-time, Leicester's goalkeeper, Tim Flowers, was injured and replaced by Peggy Arphexad, who saved two penalties to send Leicester into the next round.

What did the experts think to van Gaal's decision?

Tim Krul prepares to come on at the end of extra-time.After the match everybody was speaking about Louis van Gaal's decision to substitute his goalkeeper. Was it genius? Was it madness? Or was it evidence of planning for every detail? Here are a selection of quotes about the decision:

"What a performance, and what a piece of management by Louis van Gaal. We said he would live or die by that decision, well he lives and he lives into the semi-finals." Joachim Löw (Gary Lineker, BBC commentator and top-scorer in the 1986 World Cup)
"Manchester United fans will be buzzing to see Louis van Gaal making big decisions like that and them coming off. They will be thinking, 'what a manager we have got coming in'." (Rio Ferdinand, BBC commentator and ex-Man Utd defender)
"Big managers have to make big calls in big games, and that was a huge call by Van Gaal. He has got all the big decisions right at this World Cup." (Alan Shearer, BBC commentator and ex-Newcastle striker)

What do we know about Tim Krul?

Tim Krul was born in The Hague in the Netherlands on 3 April 1988. Newcastle United is Krul's first professional club, after signing for 'The Magpies' in 2005. He has made over 100 appearances for Newcastle and last season won a Premier League Player of the Month award (November 2013), and was the only goalkeeper to win this award last season. Krul is seen as one of the Premier League's most talented and consistent goalkeepers. Krul made his international debut for the Netherlands in June 2011 in a 0-0 draw against Brazil, he made a number of fantastic saves and kept a clean sheet. His second match was against Uruguay, which ended in defeat in a penalty shoot-out!

Can Krul help the Netherlands to win the World Cup in Brazil?

Tim Krul in action for Newcastle United, Getty.

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Did you know......?

  • Tim Krul has only saved 2 penalties out of 20 he has faced for Newcastle United.
  • Before each penalty, Krul told the Costa Rican players he knew which way they were going to kick the ball.
  • There are 2 Premier League goalkeepers in the Dutch World Cup squad, the other is Swansea City's Michel Vorm.
  • Newcastle Utd's new signing, Siem de Jong is also Dutch.
  • Newcastle legend, Alan Shearer is the Premier League's all-time top-scorer, with 260 goals.
Tim Krul saves from Man City's Alvaro Negredo, Getty.

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What do you think?

What do you think to Tim Krul's penalty shoot-out performance?
Do you think substitutions just for a penalty shoot-out are ok?
Can the Netherlands win the World Cup?
 
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A Netherlands fan at the World Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica, Getty.

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hsn's picture
hsn
09/01/2023
TR
5537
points

Sentences
He was surprise to survive after two times of getting viruses.
Not only to be successful but also consistency of it is important.
Players usually kicks the ball to the side in which other foot looked at the penalty shoot.


hsn's picture
hsn
09/01/2023 17:25
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5537

Sentences
He was surprise to survive after two times of getting viruses.
Not only to be successful but also consistency of it is important.
Players usually kicks the ball to the side in which other foot looked at the penalty shoot.

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Gabriel Amaral
02/06/2021
BR
1512
points

Well, Netherlands won, so I think that worked out. Krul had a great performance, including by his mental strategy to tease Costa Rica's players just before the penalty kicks.


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Gabriel Amaral
02/06/2021 21:28
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

Well, Netherlands won, so I think that worked out. Krul had a great performance, including by his mental strategy to tease Costa Rica's players just before the penalty kicks.

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Mo'men Mohammed
04/05/2021
EG
438
points

- I think to "Tim Krul" did great job in penalties against costa-rica.
- Yes, I think that if any coach find that it will help him to win make the substitution just for a penalty shoot-out is most welcome.
- In this days it's close to be difficult.


Mo'men Mohammed's picture
Mo'men Mohammed
04/05/2021 13:14
Egypt
Arsenal
438

- I think to "Tim Krul" did great job in penalties against costa-rica.
- Yes, I think that if any coach find that it will help him to win make the substitution just for a penalty shoot-out is most welcome.
- In this days it's close to be difficult.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
20/06/2020
TR
6511
points

The Tim Krul's performance was incredible and the decision from the boss was genius


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mobeckham
20/06/2020 02:41
Turkey
Manchester United
6511

The Tim Krul's performance was incredible and the decision from the boss was genius

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I don't know.


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HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016 00:00
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I don't know.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I am not sure.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016 00:00
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I am not sure.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016
TR
1761
points

That was perfect.


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HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016 23:59
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

That was perfect.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
27/02/2016
PS
3705
points

no they will not.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
27/02/2016 10:20
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

no they will not.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
27/11/2015
ME
3557
points

How unpredictable move! I think that players were confused too. But it all ended well for Oranje.


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aragorn1986
27/11/2015 23:51
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

How unpredictable move! I think that players were confused too. But it all ended well for Oranje.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
02/11/2015
ME
3557
points

Yes, it's definitely ok. If there is need for a substitution.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
02/11/2015 18:55
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Yes, it's definitely ok. If there is need for a substitution.

Anec's picture
Anec
09/07/2014
LK
0
points

most exciting minute of the match...


Anec's picture
Anec
09/07/2014 17:39
Sri Lanka
Chelsea
0

most exciting minute of the match...

Rich's picture
Rich
10/07/2014
ES
594
points

Yes,you're right! It's a pity the Netherlands didn't have Tim Krul in goal for the semi-final!


Rich's picture
Rich
10/07/2014 09:10
Spain
Liverpool
594

Yes,you're right! It's a pity the Netherlands didn't have Tim Krul in goal for the semi-final!

casena
08/07/2014
SD
1
points

i don't see the Quiz .. and i think he did well and about substitution only for penalty shoot-out it's usual but it don't usual at world cup as you said
and i think Netherlands can make it but i don't wish it ..


casena
08/07/2014 20:46
Sudan
Manchester United
1

i don't see the Quiz .. and i think he did well and about substitution only for penalty shoot-out it's usual but it don't usual at world cup as you said
and i think Netherlands can make it but i don't wish it ..

Rich's picture
Rich
09/07/2014
ES
594
points

Hi Casena, Thanks for your reply. The quiz should be there now. Who do you want to win?


Rich's picture
Rich
09/07/2014 10:06
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Casena, Thanks for your reply. The quiz should be there now. Who do you want to win?

SajidaXI's picture
SajidaXI
08/07/2014
PK
0
points

It was nice.


SajidaXI's picture
SajidaXI
08/07/2014 15:18
Pakistan
Manchester United
0

It was nice.

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