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Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Published: Monday 1 November 2010, 19.39CET

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Published: Monday 1 November 2010, 19.39CET

Giovanni van Bronckhorst


Clubs: Feyenoord, RKC Waalwijk (loan), Rangers FC, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona, Feyenoord

UEFA honours
UEFA Champions League: winner 2006

• A Rotterdammer by birth, Van Bronckhorst started out with home-town club Feyenoord, though made his Eredivisie debut while on loan to RKC in 1993/94. Returned to spend the next four seasons with Feyenoord, with whom he accumulated over 100 league appearances.

• Left in 1998 for Rangers, where, with fellow Dutchman Dick Advocaat as manager, he won the Scottish treble in his debut season and the double the following year; moved south to Arsenal, where, despite injury troubles, he also won the English double in 2001/02 and retained the FA Cup the following year.

• First capped by the Netherlands in August 1996, he travelled to six major tournaments with the Oranje – three FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships – and made 106 international appearances, scoring six goals.

• Spent four seasons with Barcelona from 2003, winning two Spanish Liga titles and, in 2006, under Dutch coach Frank Rijkaard, the UEFA Champions League, playing all 13 matches and the whole of the final against Arsenal in Paris.

• Returned to Rotterdam in 2007 to spend the last three years of his career at Feyenoord; won the Dutch Cup in 2008 but was a runner-up to Ajax on his swansong club appearance in 2010.

• Played the last match of his career in the 2010 World Cup final, having captained the Netherlands to the Soccer City showpiece against Spain and opened the scoring in the semi-final against Uruguay with a spectacular long-range goal.

• Van Bronckhorst received a commemorative cap and medal from UEFA to mark his century of international appearances on 11 November 2011, before the Netherlands' 0-0 draw with Switzerland. "It's a great honour to receive such an award from UEFA. It reminds us how special it is to play for your country," he said.

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