Edwin van der Sar most minutes played at European Championship

Posted on June 21, 2008
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The goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar became after the quarter finals at EURO 2008 The Netherlands vs Russia the football player with most minutes played at final European Championships

After 120 minutes played in the quarter with Russia Edwin van der Sar had a total 1525 minutes in 16 games, he get the lead from the franch Lilian Thuram who played in 1422 minutes. This was possible because Thuram who played at EURO 2008 for France left the competition after groups.

Player Country Minutes Games
Edwin van der Sar Netherlands 1525 16
Lilian Thuram France 1422 16
Thierry Henry France 1009 11
Giovanni van Bronckhorst Netherlands 985 10
Patrick Vieira France 792 9

But after this game Edwin van de Sar got on another top, for most games at European Championships final tournaments. In this top he is at equal with the same Lilian Thuram

Player Country Games
Liliam Thuram France 16
Edwin van der Sar Netherlands 16
Luis Figo Portugal 14
Nuno Gomes Portugal 15
Karel Poborsky Czech republic 14
Zinedine ZIdane France 14

Regarding this top we have to mention that Edwin van der Sar at EURO 2008 did not play against Romania, because Netherlands was already qualified for quarter finals and Netherlands play that game with the second team. With that game he could have 17 and lead this top.

In another top regarding players with most participants in final European Championships we found again van der Sar and Thuram, and this was the 4 tournament for both. First player with at four final tournaments was the german player Lothar Mathaus followed by Peter Schmeichel (Denmark), Aron Winter (Netherland) and Alesandro del Piero (Italy)


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