Gianni Zuiverloon

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Gianni Zuiverloon
Gianni Zuiverloon.jpg
Zuiverloon playing for West Bromwich Albion in 2010
Personal information
Full name Gianni Michel Eugene Zuiverloon[1]
Date of birth (1986-12-30) 30 December 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Defender (association football)#Central defender
Club information
Current team
ADO Den Haag
Number 51
Youth career
1993–2004 Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Feyenoord 10 (0)
2005–2006 RKC Waalwijk (loan) 28 (1)
2006–2008 Heerenveen 60 (3)
2008–2011 West Bromwich Albion 65 (4)
2010 Ipswich Town (loan) 4 (0)
2011–2013 Mallorca 9 (0)
2012–2013 Heerenveen (loan) 10 (0)
2013– ADO Den Haag 26 (0)
National team
2005–2008 Netherlands U21 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Gianni Michel Eugene Zuiverloon (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdʒiˌjɑnɪ ˈzœy̯vərˌloːn]) (born 30 December 1986) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a right back or central defender for Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Zuiverloon was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He started his football career at the age of six, when he got tired of other sports such as karate and swimming. His mother, who did not know much about football, called the first team she found in the yellow pages, which was Feyenoord. The club allowed Zuiverloon to join a youth training session, and after having proven himself at this session he was allowed to join the club, where he spent 11 years in various youth teams.

Due to the injury of a team mate (Dustley Mulder) at Feyenoord, coach Ruud Gullit selected Zuiverloon for the first team, where he made his debut in professional football in the season of 2004–05. His first game was against Willem II Tilburg, on 22 August 2004. He played a total of ten games that season, scoring no goals. In order to get more first team experience he was loaned out to RKC Waalwijk in the 2005–06 season, where he played a total of 28 games.

In June 2006 he signed a three-year deal with his new club Heerenveen. The year before he was loaned to RKC Waalwijk, scoring his only goal that season against Heerenveen.

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

On 2 July 2008 it was confirmed by Heerenveen that he had signed a three-year deal, with an extra year in the club's favour, for West Bromwich Albion of the Premier League for £3.2million. He made his debut for West Brom in a 2–1 loss against Everton. His first Albion goal came in the FA Cup, in the 3–1 defeat to Burnley on 3 February 2009.[3] Following West Brom losing to Liverpool 2–0, Albion were relegated to the Championship after one season in the Premier League. In his second season for West Brom, Zuiverloon established in the first team under manager Roberto Di Matteo. Zuiverloon scored his first league goal for West Brom in a 5–0 win over Watford on 31 October 2009.[4] Zuiverloon went on to score against Scunthorpe United twice in both games and against Cardiff City. West Brom secured promotion to the Premier League after a 3–2 win against Doncaster Rovers as West Brom finished second place in the Championship. In his third season for West Brom, Zuiverloon first team opportunities has been limited although he made 3 starts in the League Cup. Zuiverloon scored against Manchester City in the League Cup as West Brom won 2–1 on 22 September 2010.

He was loaned out to Championship side Ipswich Town on the last day of the loan window.[5] Zuiverloon later on returned to his parent club, after four appearances for Ipswich, in December 2010 as Di Matteo facing a defensive crisis.[6] Zuiverloon made his return for West Brom match against Manchester United on 1 January 2011. 3 days later, Zuiverloon made his last Premier League match for West Brom Albion against Fulham in a 3–0 loss. Following the match, Zuiverloon criticised Fulham defender John Pantsil for the tackle that forced Marek Cech out of game.[7]

Zuiverloon announced he would leave the club in the summer and join a new club where he can play regularly.[8] Eventually, He was released by the club on 25 May 2011 along with his team-mates Abdoulaye Meite and Giles Barnes.[9]

Mallorca[edit]

On 10 July 2011, Zuiverloon signed a 3-year deal for Spanish side Mallorca on a free transfer after being released from West Bromwich Albion.[10] He made his debut for the club as Mallorca beat Espanyol 1–0 on 29 August 2011.

Return to Heerenveen[edit]

On 15 July 2012, Zuiverloon returned on loan to Heerenveen, where he had already played from 2006 to 2008.[11]

ADO Den Haag[edit]

After his contract with Real Mallorca had been dissolved, Zuiverloon signed a three-year deal with Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag as a free agent.[12]

International career[edit]

Zuiverloon was a Netherlands Under 21 regular. He joined the Netherlands U21 squad for the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in France in the summer of 2006 and was capped three times.

In 2007 Zuiverloon was called up by Jong Oranje coach Foppe de Haan to be part of his squad for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship held in the Netherlands. Zuiverloon participated in both of their first round group matches against Israel (1–0 win) and Portugal (2–1 win) to secure a semi final spot and to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the semi finals against England Zuiverloon had a great effort, playing a quality match which ended in 1–1 after extra time. In the following penalty shoot-out, with 32 kicks taken, Zuiverloon forced the decision with his strike past Scott Carson and brought the Dutch into their second straight final. The Dutch went on to retain their 2006 title by beating Serbia 4–1 in the final. After the tournament he was named in the 'UEFA Team of the tournament'. At the 2008 Olympics he helped the Netherlands to reach the quarter-finals, where they were defeated 2–1 by Argentina.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 August 2013.[2]

Club performance League Cup Other Continental Total
Season Club Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Playoffs Europe Total
2004–05 Feyenoord Eredivisie 10 0 0 0 3 0 13 0
2005–06 RKC Waalwijk 28 1 2 0 2 1 32 2
2006–07 Heerenveen 30 1 1 0 2 0 6 0 39 1
2007–08 30 2 2 0 4 0 2 0 38 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 33 0 2 1 0 0 35 1
2009–10 Championship 30 4 3 0 2 0 35 4
2010–11 Premier League 2 0 1 0 3 1 6 1
2010–11 Ipswich Town Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa Europe Total
2011–12 Mallorca La Liga 9 0 3 0 12 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Playoffs Europe Total
2012–13 Heerenveen Eredivisie 10 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 14 0
2013–14 ADO Den Haag 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total Netherlands 109 4 5 0 8 1 15 0 137 5
England 69 4 6 1 5 1 80 6
Spain 9 0 3 0 12 0
Career total 187 8 14 1 13 2 15 0 229 11

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Netherlands U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 452. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ a b "Gianni Zuiverloon career stats". Football Database.eu. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Burnley 3–1 West Brom". BBC. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "West Brom 5–0 Watford". BBC Sport. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Town seal Zuiverloon switch". Sky Sports. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Zuiverloon returns to Albion". Ipswich Town F.C. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Zuiverloon slams Pantsil tackle". Sky Sports. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Zuiverloon plans Baggies exit". Sky Sports. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Baggies release trio". Premier League. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Official: Real Mallorca sign free agent Gianni Zuiverloon". Goal.com. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "SC Heerenveen haalt Zuiverloon terug van Real Mallorca" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Zuiverloon verlaat Real Mallorca en tekent bij ADO" (in Dutch). Voetbalprimeur. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  13. ^ "Gianni's Olympic dream over". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2008. 

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