Joël Matip

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Joël Matip
Matip Schalke 2015.jpg
Matip with Schalke 04 in 2015
Personal information
Full name Job Joël Andre Matip[1]
Date of birth (1991-08-08) 8 August 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Bochum, Germany
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 32
Youth career
1995–1997 SC Weitmar 45
1997–2000 VfL Bochum
2000–2009 Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Schalke 04 II 4 (1)
2009–2016 Schalke 04 194 (17)
2016– Liverpool 34 (1)
National team
2010–2015 Cameroon 27 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:25, 16 September 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2014

Job Joël Andre Matip (born 8 August 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Liverpool and the Cameroon national team.[3]

Club career

Early career

Born in Bochum, Matip began his career with SC Weitmar 45 before joining VfL Bochum in 1997.[4] After three years in VfL Bochum's youth teams, Matip was scouted by Schalke 04 in July 2000.[5]

FC Schalke 04

Matip made his professional debut on 17 October 2009 in a Regionalliga against 1. FC Saarbrücken.[6] He made his Bundesliga debut for Schalke on 7 November 2009 against Bayern Munich, in which he scored the game-tying goal and was subsequently named man of the match.[7][8]

On 2 March 2010, Matip signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Schalke 04.[9]

In January 2012, Schalke announced that Matip signed a two-year contract extension running until 30 June 2016.

On 23 February 2013, Matip scored both goals as Schalke recorded an important 2–1 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf, securing the club's second win in 12 games.[10]

Liverpool

Matip playing for Liverpool in 2016

On 15 February 2016, Matip announced signing a four-year pre-contract agreement to join Liverpool on a free transfer, following the expiration of his contract with Schalke.[11]

On 1 July 2016, Matip officially became a Liverpool player, taking the shirt number 32, whilst Cameron Brannagan, who previously wore 32 took number 25.

Matip made his debut for Liverpool on 23 August 2016 against Burton Albion in the League Cup in a 5–0 win for the Reds.[12] He scored his first goal for the club in a 4–2 Premier League win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on 29 October.[13]

International career

Matip was called up on 23 December 2009 by Cameroon for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations but he later declined to take part in the tournament.[14][15] It was not yet clear if Matip would represent Cameroon in the future as the German Football Association still hoped that he might represent his country of birth instead.[16]

On 2 March 2010, aged 18, Matip opted to play his international football for Cameroon, after meeting up with the national team ahead of a friendly against Italy on 3 March 2010.[17] He made his first appearance in the match against Italy and went on to play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup for Cameroon.

He was part of the Cameroon national football team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he played twice and scored against the host team Brazil.[18] In January 2017, Matip was called up to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations but he refused to come.[19]

Career statistics

As of match played 14 May 2017[20]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Schalke 04 II 2009–10 3 1 3 1
2010–11 1 0 1 0
Schalke 04 II Total 4 1 4 1
Schalke 04 2009–10 20 3 2 0 24 3
2010–11 26 0 4 0 11 1 1 0 42 1
2011–12 30 3 3 1 13 1 1 0 47 5
2012–13 32 3 1 0 6 0 38 3
2013–14 31 3 3 0 8 1 42 4
2014–15 21 2 1 1 3 0 25 3
2015–16 34 3 2 0 5 1 41 4
Schalke 04 Total 194 17 16 2 46 4 2 0 259 23
Liverpool 2016–17 29 1 0 0 3 0 32 1
2017–18 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Liverpool Total 32 1 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 37 1
Career total 230 19 16 2 3 0 48 4 2 0 301 25

Personal life

Matip was born to a German mother[21] and former Cameroonian footballer Jean Matip.[22] He is the brother of the fellow Cameroon international Marvin Matip[23] and is a cousin of Joseph-Désiré Job.[24] Matip graduated from the Gesamtschule Berger Feld in Gelsenkirchen in 2010.[citation needed] He also has German citizenship.[citation needed]

Honours

Club

Schalke 04

References

  1. ^ "Squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Joel Matip". Premier League. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Carroll, James (15 February 2016). "Reds confirm deal to sign Joel Matip". Liverpool Football Club. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Joël Matip" (in German). FC Schalke 04. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Matip, Joel" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sonntagsschuss bricht das Genick" (in German). reviersport.de. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Wieder kein Sieg! Bayern weiter in der Krise" (in German). bild.de. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Man of the Match: Joel Matip" (in German). goal.com. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Schalke starlet signs new deal". ontheminute.com. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Schalke 04 2–1 Fortuna Düsseldorf". ESPNFC. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Schalke confirm Joel Matip to join Liverpool F.C. in summer". theguardian.com. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Liverpool hit five to see off Burton in EFL Cup". LiverpoolFC.com. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Matip, Joël. "crystal-palace-vs-liverpool-live-match-day-blog". www.liverpoolfc.com. LiverpoolFC.com. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  14. ^ "CAN 2010 : La liste des 23". fecafootonline.com. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Matip für Afrika-Cup nominiert" (in German). reviersport.de. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Matip wanted by Germany". Sky Sports. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Joel Matip signs for Schalke and decides on Cameroon". BBC Sport. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  18. ^ Match report
  19. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations: Liverpool's Joel Matip among seven to snub tournament". BBC Sport. 20 December 2016. 
  20. ^ "J. MATIP". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "Joel Matip ist auf dem Sprung" (in German). reviersport.de. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  22. ^ "Die Schultüte" (PDF) (in German). Matthias-Claudius-Schulen Bochum. January–March 2006. p. 15. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  23. ^ "Youngster Matip trifft beim Debüt" (in German). kicker.de. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  24. ^ "Marvin Matip – der Löwe von der Ruhr" (in German). FIFA.com. 14 December 2004. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 

External links

  • Liverpool F.C. profile
  • Joël Matip at fussballdaten.de (in German)
  • Joël Matip at Soccerbase
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