Zuiverloon playing for West Bromwich Albion in 2010
|Full name||Gianni Michel Eugene Zuiverloon|
|Date of birth||30 December 1986|
|Place of birth||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Right back / Centre back|
|2005–2006||→ RKC Waalwijk (loan)||28||(1)|
|2008–2011||West Bromwich Albion||65||(4)|
|2010||→ Ipswich Town (loan)||4||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Heerenveen (loan)||10||(0)|
|2013–2016||ADO Den Haag||70||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2017
Gianni Michel Eugene Zuiverloon (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdʒiˌjɑnɪ ˈzœy̯vərˌloːn]) (born 30 December 1986) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a right back or centre back for Spanish club Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa.
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 club 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 teammate (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, 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.
West Bromwich Albion
On 2 July 2008 it was confirmed by Heerenveen that Zuiverloon had signed a three-year deal, with an extra year in the club's favour, for West Bromwich Albion of the Premier League for £3.2 million. 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. 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, Zuiverloon established himself in the first team under manager Roberto Di Matteo. He scored his first league goal for West Brom in a 5–0 win over Watford on 31 October 2009 and went on to score in both games against Scunthorpe United, and against Cardiff City, as his team secured promotion to the Premier League after finishing second place in the Championship.
In his third season for West Brom, Zuiverloon's first-team opportunities were limited while he made three starts in the League Cup scoring in a 2–1 win against Manchester City on 22 September 2010. He was loaned out to Championship side Ipswich Town on the last day of the loan window. He later on returned to his parent club, after four appearances for Ipswich, in December 2010 as Di Matteo faced a defensive crisis. Zuiverloon made his return against Manchester United on 1 January 2011. Three days later, he made his last Premier League match for West Brom Albion against Fulham in a 3–0 loss. Following the match, he criticised Fulham defender John Pantsil for the tackle that forced Marek Cech out of game.
Zuiverloon announced he would leave the club in the summer and join a new club where he could play regularly. Eventually, he was released by the club on 25 May 2011 along with his teammates Abdoulaye Meite and Giles Barnes.
On 10 July 2011, Zuiverloon signed a three-year deal for Spanish side Mallorca on a free transfer. He made his debut for the club as they beat Espanyol 1–0 on 29 August 2011. On 15 July 2012, Zuiverloon returned to Heerenveen on loan.
After his contract with Mallorca had been dissolved, Zuiverloon signed a three-year deal with Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag as a free agent in August 2013. Three years later, he returned to Spain with Segunda División B club Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa.
Zuiverloon was a Netherlands Under 21 regular.
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.
As of 9 April 2018.
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2008–09||West Bromwich Albion||Premier League||33||0||2||1||0||0||–||35||1|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercopa||Europe||Total|
|2013–14||ADO Den Haag||26||0||1||0||–||27||0|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercopa||Europe||Total|
|2016–17||Cultural Leonesa||Segunda División B||26||2||0||0||–||–||26||2|
|2017–18||Segunda División A||20||0||0||0||–||–||20||0|
- Cultural Leonesa
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 452. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
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- "Zuiverloon slams Pantsil tackle". Sky Sports. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
- "Zuiverloon plans Baggies exit". Sky Sports. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
- "Baggies release trio". Premier League. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
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- "SC Heerenveen haalt Zuiverloon terug van Real Mallorca" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Zuiverloon verlaat Real Mallorca en tekent bij ADO" Archived 19 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine. (in Dutch). Voetbalprimeur. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- La Cultural Leonesa cierra su plantilla con Gianni Zuiverloon (Cultural Leonesa complete their squad with Gianni Zuiverloon); Diario AS, 19 August 2016 (in Spanish)
- "Gianni's Olympic dream over". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2008.