Sari van Veenendaal

Sari van Veenendaal RON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsaːri vɑn ˈveːnəndaːl]; born 3 April 1990) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Atlético Madrid of Spain's Primera División and captains the Dutch national team. With the Netherlands, Van Veenendaal was part of the 2017 squad who won their first European Championship.

Sari van Veenendaal
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Van Veenendaal with Arsenal in 2017
Personal information
Full name Sari van Veenendaal
Date of birth (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Nieuwegein, Netherlands
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 13
Youth career
VSV Vreeswijk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 FC Utrecht 2 (0)
2010–2015 FC Twente 112 (0)
2015–2019 Arsenal 48 (0)
2019– Atlético Madrid 1 (0)
National team
2011– Netherlands 64 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 October 2019

Club careerEdit

The NetherlandsEdit

Born in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, Van Veenendaal firstly played as a professional footballer in 2007 for FC Utrecht, as an understudy to Angela Christ. In 2010, she moved to FC Twente. Whilst featuring for the Tukkers, Van Veenendaal won the Eredivisie of the 2010–11 season. She was also successful in picking up the BeNe League titles of 2013, 2014 and 2015 in all.[2][3][4]


Van Veenendaal signed for the English club Arsenal in 2015.[5] In her first season there, Arsenal won the 2015 FA WSL Cup.[6] Next season, Arsenal won the 2016 FA Women's Cup with the club beating Chelsea 1–0 in the final.[7][8][9] Another FA WSL cup was conquered in the 2017–18 season, when the club defeated Manchester City Women in the final and Van Veenendaal posted a clean sheet.[10]

Atlético MadridEdit

In July 2019, van Veenendaal left Arsenal upon the expiry of her contract and joined Atlético Madrid.[11]

International careerEdit

Van Veenendaal won her first cap for the senior national team on 7 March 2011, a 6–0 win over Switzerland at the Cyprus Cup.[12][13]

She was called up to be part of the national team for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 and the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015.[14]

Van Veenendaal was part of the national team for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017.[15] The Netherlands won the tournament. Van Veenendaal started in all six matches in the competition, and allowed just three goals, helping them to win each of the Netherlands' matches. She was named to the Best XI of the tournament.[16] After the tournament, the whole team was honoured by the Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Sport Edith Schippers and made Knights of the Order of Orange-Nassau.[17]



FC Utrecht

FC Twente[4]






  1. ^ "2015 World Cup" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Sari van Veenendaal". Arsenal F.C.
  3. ^ de Jong, Maarten (27 April 2012). "Sari van Veenendaal is niet meer dat verlegen meisje" (in Dutch). Voetbal Centraal. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Sari van Veenendaal vertrekt bij FC Twente Vrouwen". FC (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 30 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Ladies complete double signing". Arsenal F.C. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Two-Goal Nobbs Helps Arsenal win the Continental Tyres Cup". The
    "Arsenal Ladies lift fourth Continental Cup in five years".
  7. ^ a b "Arsenal Ladies 1–0 Chelsea Ladies". BBC. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Arsenal Ladies 1 Chelsea Ladies 0: Danielle Carter hits superb winner as Gunners clinch 14th Women's FA Cup". London Evening Standard.
  9. ^ "Arsenal Ladies beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup". Daily Express.
  10. ^ a b Garry, Tom (14 March 2018). "Arsenal Women 1–0 Manchester City Women". Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Club Atlético de Madrid · Web oficial - Sari van Veenendaal, refuerzo de lujo para la portería rojiblanca".
  12. ^ "Sari van Veenendaal" (in Dutch). Vrouwenvoetbal Nederland. 7 July 2013. Archived from the original on 5 September 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Profile". (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Trio miss cut in Netherlands squad". UEFA. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Wiegman kiest Oranjeselectie voor WEURO 2017". (in Dutch). 14 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Official UEFA Women's EURO 2017 Best Eleven". UEFA. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Voetbalsters Oranje geridderd in Den Haag (in Dutch)".
  18. ^ "WUFA Women's Euro 2017 - History - Netherlands-Denmark". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Finale Algarve Cup tussen Oranjevrouwen en Zweden afgelast" (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Messi, Rapinoe Crowned The Best in Milan". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 23 September 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  22. ^ "IFFHS AWARDS 2019 – THE IFFHS WOMEN WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR 2019". IFFHS. 30 November 2019. Retrieved 30 November 2019.

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