The loyal Utrecht goalkeeper’s career entered a whole new dimension one night in Glasgow last year, when Oranje coach Bert van Marwijk handed him his first cap as a stand-in for Maarten Stekelenburg. Up against Scotland in an important FIFA World Cup™ qualifier at Hampden Park, the Netherlands came away with a 1-0 success thanks in no small part to a superb performance from their debutant between the sticks. It was Vorm’s first truly important game on foreign soil and the native of Utrecht suburb Nieuwegein came through with flying colours to cement himself a place in Van Marwijk’s 23-man squad for South Africa.
A member of the Netherlands side that clinched UEFA Euopean U-21 Championship honours in Portugal in 2006, Vorm has known only one club other than Utrecht since the start of his career, having spent 2005/06 on loan with Den Bosch. That spell, in which he made 35 appearances, ultimately brought him the confidence and experience needed to win first-team status at his hometown side.
Installed as Utrecht’s first-choice No1 in 2006/07, Vorm ended the campaign being voted the club’s player of the season by supporters. He injured his knee during pre-season preparations a few weeks later, but quickly recovered his form upon his return and has since dispelled all fitness doubts.