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Giovanni van Bronckhorst

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Full nameGiovanni van Bronckhorst
Date of birth5 February 1975(age 42)
Place of birthRotterdam, Netherlands
Height1.78 m
Playing positionLeft back / Defensive midfielder

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Giovanni Christiaan van Bronckhorst OON (-nldʒijoːˈvɑni vɑn ˈbrɔŋkɦɔrst; born 5 February 1975 in Rotterdam), known as Gio in Spain, is a retired Dutch footballer of Moluccan (Indonesia) descent who served as the captain of the Dutch national team from August 2008 until his retirement.

During his club career, Van Bronckhorst played for RKC Waalwijk (1993 94), Feyenoord (1994 98), Rangers (1998 2001), Arsenal (2001 03), FC Barcelona (2003 07), and again Feyenoord (2007 10). He was an instrumental player in Barcelona's 2005 06 UEFA Champions League victory, being in the starting line-up of the 2005 06 UEFA Champions League against his old club Arsenal F.C., having played every Champions League match for Barcelona that season.

He has earned over 100 caps for the Dutch national team, and played for his country in three World Cups (1998, 2006 and 2010), as well as three European Championships (2000, 2004, and 2008). After the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, he was elected into the Order of Orange-Nassau.

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