World Cup’s 101 Most Memorable Moments: Van Bronckhorst’s blast

By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author

Editor’s observe: Every day between now and the kickoff of the primary match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’ll unveil a distinct reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with Bronckhorst’s left-footed rocket.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst wasn’t referred to as a scorer all through his lengthy and embellished worldwide profession for the Netherlands, for good purpose. 

In 106 appearances with the Oranje, the skin again managed simply six targets. And at age 35 in 2010, many puzzled if the veteran would even crack Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk’s remaining 23-man roster for the event in South Africa. 

Van Bronckhorst didn’t simply make it, he was named captain. And within the semifinal in opposition to Uruguay, he opened the scoring with an audacious, 40-yard, left-footed strike that grazed diving La Celeste keeper Fernando Muslera’s fingertips and kissed the within of the far publish earlier than settling into the online.

The one World Cup purpose Van Bronckhorst ever scored helped ship his nation to the title match for the third time, and it stays among the many most spectacular in event historical past.

Van Bronckhorst’s Blast

Van Bronckhorst's Blast

Giovanni van Bronckhorst positioned a deep strike into the highest nook of the purpose for the Netherlands.

One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has coated United States males’s and girls’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a employees author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Comply with him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.

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