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Name Gini Wijnaldum
Spelling Georginio Wijnaldum
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer
  Dutch Captain

Affiliation

Org Dutch National Team
Club as Player Liverpool FC

2016 11 26 Retrieve

[Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum speaks about one of his childhood interests before football] I wanted to be a gymnast when I was young, I used to do back-flips and all those things in the streeet and at home, but my grandma said it was dangerous and made me stop. Now my daughter is doing gymnastics and I’m a little bit jealous of her because she is doing all the things I wanted to do when I was young. I had to stop and concentrate on football but I’m happy about that now

2019 08 17 Retrieve

[Georginio Wijnaldum tells about Jurgen Klopp’s team talk ahead of the 2018 UEFA Champions League final] We saw he was wearing the boxer shorts of Cristiano Ronaldo. He did the meeting with his shirt stuffed inside his ‘CR7’ boxers. The whole changing room was on the floor laughing their heads off. That really broke the ice. Usually in those situations, everyone is serious and concentrated. But he was relaxed and made this joke. He’s done hundreds of jokes likes that. If you see that your manager is really confident and relaxed, it will have an effect on players. He is a father figure in those things for the players. With his jokes and his body language, he takes the pressure off players

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[Holland stars Gini Wijnaldum and Frenkie de Jong make powerful stand against racism just days after racist abuse of striker Ahmad Mendes Moreira in the Dutch second tier] It came very hard personally, I never expected this to happen in the Netherlands. I was very shocked

[When asked how these growing issues should be tackled] Hard fines. I read somewhere that there should be cameras everywhere. The punishment must be so harsh that no one will get it to do that. If you play football you are not waiting for that at all. That match should not have been completed. If it were to happen to us, I would walk off the field

This is a social problem, it is something for politics. Action must be taken against this type of practice. And not only against racism

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Georginio Wijnaldum is ready to walk off pitch if subjected to racist abuse. He believes that leaving the field of play is the best way for players to combat such discrimination] Why should I play in that case? I think everyone should do it [walk off]. I think that’s the way you support another person, because why should you go on? If you play on, it will never stop