Manchester United's Edwin van der Sar still lags behind European clean sheet record

18 February 2009 08:54
It had been thought that the former Fulham 'keeper was just 64 minutes from setting a new landmark, and would achieve the milestone against Fulham this evening. [LNB]Within the Dutchman's sights had been the 1,275-minute mark set by Atletico Madrid 'keeper Abel Resino. [LNB]However, Resino is only second on the European all-time list. First is Verlinden for Club Brugge, between March and Sept 1990, who managed to remain unbeaten for 1,390 minutes. [LNB]Van der Sar is 178 minutes - or two league matches - behind Verlinden, and United's next two Premier League fixtures are against Fulham and Blackburn.[LNB]And the 38-year-old still has a considerable way to go if he is to beat the world record for league games. He must go another seven matches without conceding a goal if he is to surpass that landmark, held by Brazilian Mazaropi. [LNB]Mazaropi, who is now coach of Santo Angelo, went an incredible 1,816 minutes unbeaten between May 1977 and Sept 1978 for Vasco da Gama. [LNB]Van der Sar is currently unbeaten on 1,212 minutes - ever since Samir Nasri put one past him for Arsenal during United's 2-1 loss at the Emirates on Nov 8 - 604 mins behind Mazaropi. [LNB]Van der Sar will have to extend his unbeaten run into a 20th league match if he is to break the world record. [LNB]Other records that the United 'keeper has already broken are the Football League record (1,103 mins), the Premier League record (1,025 mins) and the British league record (1,155 mins). [LNB]Chris Woods still holds the British record for going unbeaten in all competitions - 1,196 while at Rangers in 1986-87. [LNB]Van der Sar is still some way off that feat, as Japanese side Gamba Osaka put three past him during the Club World Cup in December. [LNB][LNB]Europe Name Club Nation Date From Date To Mins. 1 Dany Verlinden Club Brügge Belgium 03.03.1990 26.09.1990 1390 2 Abel Resino Gómez Atlético Madrid Spain 25.11.1990 17.03.1991 1275 3 Marios Praxitelous Omonia Nicosia Cyprus 25.10.1981 13.02.1982 1221 4 Edwin Van der Sar Manchester United England 08.11.2008 Current 1212 [LNB]WorldNameClubNationDate FromDate ToMins.1Matos Filho MazarópiVasco da GamaBrazil18.05.197707.09.197818162Thabet El-BatalAl Ahly KairoEgypt07.04.197529.12.197614863Dany VerlindenClub BrüggeBelgium03.03.199026.09.199013904José María BuljubasichUniversida CatólicaArgentina26.06.200530.10.200513525Thabet El-BatalAl Ahly KairoEgypt03.03.197816.02.197913256Essam El-HadariAl Ahly KairoEgypt28.02.200621.08.200612887Abel Resino GómezAtlético MadridSpain25.11.199017.03.199112758Armelino Donizete QuaglianoSE Palmeiras São PauloBrazil05.04.198724.05.198712429Marios PraxitelousOmonia NicosiaCyprus25.10.198113.02.1982122110Edwin Van der SarManchester UnitedEngland08.11.2008Current1212

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