Gianni Michel Eugene Zuiverloon is a Dutch Euro U21 winner who signed for Real Mallorca in the summer of 2011 on a free transfer from English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.
Zuiverloon was very keen on sport as a child, but as he got older his attentions naturally drew more towards football and his mother got him a trial with the first club in the phonebook – Feyenoord.
After coming up through the youth system, Zuiverloon left Feyenoord in 2006 to join SC Heerenveen on a three-year-deal. During this time, he became an U21 regular for the Netherlands and went to the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championships.
In the semi-final against England, Zuiverloon had a tremendous match and scored the winning spot kick after the game finished 1-1 after extra time. He then lifted the trophy after the Dutch team beat Serbia 4-1 in the final, and Zuiverloon was named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament.
Zuiverloon joined West Brom in the summer of 2008 from Heerenveen for £3.2 million despite some interest being shown by FC Barcelona and Manchester United. He started well at the club before fading away in the latter stages of the season. This was something that manager Tony Mowbray attributed to a summer of international football for the Dutchman.
His contract was left to expire at the end of the 2010/2011 season after new boss Roy Hodgson made it clear he was not a part of his first team plans. He duly signed for Mallorca as first choice right back, ahead of Pau Cendrós but can also provide extra cover at centre back.
Zuiverloon failed to establish himself under Michael Laudrup however and he found himself fall behind Cendrós in the pecking order. Unfortunately for the Dutchman, Joaquín Caparrós then took a similar view on the former U21 European Championship winner who failed to break into the first team.
The Dutchman has returned to his native Netherlands on loan for the 2012/2013 season for his second spell with Heerenveen.
Full name: Gianni Michel Eugene Zuiverloon
Date of birth: 30th December 1986
Place of birth: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Other Nations: Surinam
Position: Right back
Secondary: Centre back
Weight: 11st 0lbs
Traits: Athletic, powerful, attacking
On loan at: SC Heerenveen
Contract expires: June 2014
Release clause: unknown
Transfer fee: €0
Squad number: –
U21 National Team: 17 appearances
All information is collected from media news posts and are not officially released figures. Therefore accuracy cannot be guaranteed. International appearances are correct as of the beginning of the 2012/2013 season.
|2011/2012||Real Mallorca||Liga BBVA||Free||12||0|
|2010/2011||West Brom||Premier League||2||0|
|2008/2009||West Brom||Premier League||£3.5m||33||0|