Captain of the national side, the evergreen left-back featured in all eight of Holland’s World Cup qualifiers. He played at the 2006 World Cup and was part of the squad that reached the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup.
He also played at Euro 2000, 2004 and 2008. Van Bronckhorst looks set to win his 100th cap during the tournament and will retire from professional football after the finals.
Originally a midfielder, ‘Gio’ started his career with Feyenoord in 1994, moving to Rangers in 1998, helping them win the domestic treble in his first season. He joined Arsenal (41 league apps) for £8.5m in 2001 but suffered a cruciate ligament injury in 2002 and failed to earn a regular first-team spot.
A move to Barcelona, initially on loan, followed in summer 2003 where he won two La Liga titles and the 2006 Champions League. He rejoined Feyenoord (under coach Van Marwijk) in 2007 and was made captain, lifting the Dutch Cup in his first season.
Van Bronckhorst’s parentage is Indonesian. He says if he hadn’t been a footballer he’d like to have been a pilot.
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