Stekelenburg is eager for more

For goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg 2002 was a good year. He made the transition from Ajax's second team to the first and played in quite some matches, amongst which three Champions League matches. But he wants more.

b>Where do you celebrate Christmas and/or New Year's Eve?
,,I spend Christmas day with my girlfriend's family and Boxing Day with my own family. Do we have a special tradition? Well, we mainly eat a lot. And of course we chat with each other. After that my girlfriend and I are going to Gran Canaria for nine days, just to get away for a while.''

Looking back on 2002?
,,It was an excellent year for me. I went from the second team to the first and I got to play some matches. In the Dutch league, and even in three Champions League matches.''

Your expectations for 2003?
,,You keep raising the bar. When you get to play, you want to play more and then you want to make the Dutch national team. I just hope for more matches and that everybody I know stays healthy. At least I will go into the new year more eager than last year.''

With whom would you like to drink champagne?
,,With my girlfriend.''