"My brother is a defender."
Translation:Mijn broer is verdediger.
Yes, I understood. I thought a goalkeeper was a person who defended the goal net from the ball getting in, hence being a defender.
In that sense he is a defender yes though a goalkeeper has the right to use his/her hands in the goalarea and therefore is called a goalkeeper. Whereas the players that are referred to as defenders/verdedigers are field players and are not allowed to do so.
I have never really used verdediger (its a very literal translation isn't it? Would "back" make more sense?