Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst

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Giovanni Christiaan van Bronckhorst <small>OON</small> (; born 5 February 1975 in Rotterdam), known as Gio in Spain, is Dutch former football of Moluccan descent who served as the captain of the Dutch national team from August 2008.

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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Van Bronckhorst was born in Rotterdam to Victor van Bronckhorst, an Indonesian-Dutch and Fransien Sapulette, a Moluccan mother....
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