Timothy Michael "Tim" Krul (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtɪm ˈkrɵl]; born 3 April 1988) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Eredivisie side AZ on loan from Championship club Newcastle United. He also plays for the Netherlands national team.
Krul started his professional career at Newcastle United in 2006, having previously played for the team's youth academy, as well as ADO Den Haag and Hvv RAS youth teams. Initially third choice behind Shay Given and Steve Harper, he spent the 2007–08 season on loan to Falkirk, and the following season on loan to Carlisle United, making 26 and nine appearances respectively. Although he started the season as a backup goalkeeper to Harper, injuries to the latter during the 2010–11 season saw Krul break into the team, and he eventually became the number one. An ever-present in the Premier League during the following season, injuries restricted him to 24 league games for the 2012–13 season. Due to a knee injury picked up in a game versus Everton on matchday 31, he came up two games short of playing all 38 Premier League matches in the 2013–14 season.
Krul represented the Netherlands at every level from the under-15s to the under-21s between 2002 and 2011. He made his debut for the full national team in July 2011, and played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Close