|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
2019 11 28 Retrieve
[No clean sheets in 11 games & Fabinho injured - Should Liverpool fans be worried?] You battle with your body. It’s hard, really hard
2020 01 31 Retrieve
[Wijnaldum hails Firmino is like an extra man for Liverpool] Bobby is the kind of player that makes it easier for the whole team. With him on the pitch, you play with an extra man. So you play with 12 players on the pitch because he works so hard. And he scores goals, he lets other people score goals.
He’s a defender, he’s a midfielder, he’s a striker, he gives assists, he has everything.
I played one time as a striker and that’s when I saw how difficult it is to do what he does, because that’s unbelievable. And Bobby as a person is a wonderful person. You can laugh with him, you can talk with him, I’m really happy to have him as a team-mate.
[Another key component in Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League title-chasing side is commanding centre-half Virgil van Dijk] Really good, also because he is a really funny person,” Wijnaldum said of his club colleague and international captain. I worked with him at the national team, played with him, so I already knew which kind of player he was. And I knew that when he came he could transform the back line, but also the line in front of him. So the midfielders. The way he puts everyone in their position helps the whole team, so he’s a leader in that way.
2020 03 28 Retrieve
[Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum explains the reasoning behind his number selection] Number five is a really special number for me. It was my lucky number when I was young but also because my favourite player, Zinedine Zidane, was playing with number five
2020 06 07 Retrieve
[It was Wijnaldum, along with Van Dijk, who was behind the idea of Liverpool’s squad ‘taking a knee’ at Anfield] If it [abuse] were to happen to use, I would walk off the field. This is a social problem. It is something for politics and it cannot be accepted.
[Wijnaldum himself has suggested he would like to end his career back in the Netherlands] in the future I see myself playing for Feyenoord, PSV or Sparta [Rotterdam] again
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Gini Wijnaldum on black Lives Matter] We, the Players, stand together with the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for All, regardless of their colour or creed