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07th Jul 2023

Edwin van der Sar taken to intensive care unit with bleeding on the brain

Steve Hopkins

The former goalkeeper is in intensive care

Edwin van der Sar was rushed to hospital in Croatia on Friday after suffering a brain haemorrhage and remains in intensive care.

The former Manchester United, Ajax and Netherlands star has been on holiday in the country.

According to reports, the ex-goalkeeper collapsed and was taken to hospital by helicopter.

The 53-year-old is said to be in the intensive care unit.

Former club Ajax posted a message on Facebook late Friday afternoon, reading: “On Friday, Edwin van der Sar has had a bleeding around his brain.

“He’s currently in hospital in the intensive care unit and is in a stable condition.

“Once there is more concrete information, an update will follow. Everyone at Ajax wishes Edwin a speedy recovery. We’re thinking of you.”

Van der Sar won the Champions League with both Ajax and Manchester United and represented the Netherlands at the 1998 World Cup as they reached the semi-finals.

He was also twice on the losing side in Champions League finals with the English club. His final game before retiring was against Barcelona in the 2011.

He moved into non-playing roles at Ajax, serving as CEO until he stepped down in 2023.

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