THE SELECTOR: MARCO VAN GINKEL

Our Dutch midfielder, who was back on the first team bench midweek after injury, is the latest player to pair six subjects into the categories first, last, best, worst, easiest and hardest…

FIRST
Game
My first game as a professional was for Vitesse against RKC Waalwijk and we lost 4-1. I came on as a sub when we were 3-0 down so I suppose you could say that when I was on the pitch it was a draw, but it was a very difficult first game for me.

LAST
Holiday
My last holiday was last summer when I went to Ibiza [pictured below]. It’s a really nice island, you can go to the beach and relax but you can also go there to party. It’s a place which enables you to do whatever you want, anything is possible. I spent most of the time relaxing, I was with a group of friends and we had a few drinks together. If you focus the whole year on playing football it’s nice to have some entertainment in the summer.

Ibiza Town


BEST
Music
I listen to all different types of music, I like general pop music but if I’m in a club I like Dutch house. Afrojack and Avicii are probably my two favourite artists at the moment.

WORST
Television
The television programmes I really don’t enjoy are cookery shows, there are far too many of them and I turn off as soon as they come on.

EASIEST
Training
The easiest training sessions for me are the day after a game. You go out on the pitch for a short time, do some stretches and a little bit of ball work, but the session is usually only around 40 minutes so it’s not the most difficult.

HARDEST
Opponent
In pre-season we played against Real Madrid, it was one of my first games for the club against a really top side and they were very impressive. We lost 3-1 but we were playing against some of the best players in the world, it was a great learning experience for me.

Marco van Ginkel in action

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