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Van der Sar ranks among the all-time greats

Updated: January 28, 2011, 11:20 AM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens

If only Edwin van der Sar had been born 20 years earlier, my grandfather is fond of saying, the Netherlands would have won the 1974 and 1978 World Cups. He wasn't, so the Dutch lost consecutive finals backstopped by a mediocre goalkeeper.

Van der Sar was born in 1970. His career has spanned 21 years, but Thursday the Manchester United keeper announced that he will be hanging up his cleats and gloves at the end of this season.

Van der Sar came onto the scene at ...

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