Edwin van der Sar Recovers from Stroke, Continues Football Association Despite Challenges
Edwin van der Sar was worried about his stroke. However, on Tuesday, his wife, Annemarie, informed him that the former goalkeeper of Netherlands and Ajax, who is currently in charge of the goalkeeping department at the hospital, has recovered safely. He was relieved about his life. Despite being connected with his family, he was also associated with Ajax and Manchester United, the former champions of the UEFA Champions League.
Van der Sar went on vacation with his family in Croatia. After suffering a stroke (cerebral hemorrhage) on July 7, he was quickly transported to the hospital by helicopter. Annemarie spoke about Edwin van der Sar's latest physical condition, stating, "Edwin is currently at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Nederlands. Although he is in stable condition, there is concern about his life. He can communicate with us (the family). We will have to wait patiently to see how much progress he makes."
In 2009, Annemarie, the wife of Edwin van der Sar, also suffered a stroke. She fully recovered later. Two years after that, in 2011, Edwin van der Sar retired from Manchester United. In Manchester, he won the Premier League and Champions League four times in his six-year career. However, Edwin van der Sar's rise began during his time at Ajax.
From 1990 to 1999, in his nine-year career with the Dutch club, he won the top league of the country four times, as well as the Champions League. He also won the Dutch Goalkeeper of the Year award a record four times. Among his matches played for Ajax and Manchester United, he spent two seasons at Juventus and four seasons at Fulham, making him the second-highest (130) appearance holder for the Netherlands.
After his wife Annemarie suffered a stroke, Edwin van der Sar had been helping people suffering from fatal cerebral hemorrhage-related issues through his foundation. Now, he himself has become a victim of this disease. After leaving United, he joined the board of Ajax in 2012 and became the club's CEO in 2016.
Last month, he stepped down from this position, taking responsibility for the club's recent failures. After failing to win the Dutch league and experiencing a Champions League exit for the first time since 2009, van der Sar relinquished his duties.
Wishing him good health, a statement from United said, "Edwin, our love and support are with you." Former United teammate Rio Ferdinand also tweeted, "Ed is a warrior. We stand by the van der Sar family."