In a move that could be considered breaking news, though it didn't break many hearts, Roma finally sold erstwhile goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to Fulham for the tidy sum of €5.6 million. Purchased in the summer of 2011 for €6.35 million, Stekelenburg was Roma's first ever Dutch player, a year removed from steering the Netherlands to the finals of the 2010 World Cup, allowing only four goals from the run of play. If nothing else, Stek's reign in Roma contributed to the adage that clubs should never overpay for a summer's worth of excellence.
So while we (still) wait for some shred of concrete news about Roma's next victim, I mean manager, let's take a quick look at Stek's tenure in Roma, bullet style.
- 55 appearances
- 77 goals conceded
- 137 saves
- 14 clean sheets
- 1 yellow card
- 2 red cards
We bid arrivederci to a player who, while not terrible, never seemed to fit quite right in Roma. So while the book on Stekelenburg closes, Roma's seemingly bottomless pit of goalkeepers digs itself deeper.