Darko Matić

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Darko Matić
Personal information
Full name Darko Matić
Date of birth (1980-09-26) 26 September 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Domaljevac, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Beijing Guoan
Number 5
Youth career
1992–2000 Tennis Borussia Berlin
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 FC Thun 34 (3)
2002–2003 NK Orasje 38 (2)
2004 1. FC Eschborn 17 (2)
2004–2005 NK Orašje 32 (4)
2005–2006 FC Senec 54 (3)
2007–2008 Tianjin Teda 58 (1)
2009– Beijing Guoan 218 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 August 2013

Darko Matić (born September 26, 1980) is a Bosnian-born Croatian [1]professional football player who plays as a defensive midfielder for Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Matić claims to be fluent in nine languages with those being Chinese, German, Croatian, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Czech [3] He has proven his fluency in Chinese with his numerous post-game interviews.

Club career[edit]

Matić left his country because of the Yugoslav Wars and would move to Germany to begin his football career with Tennis Borussia Berlin's youth team and Tennis Borussia Berlin first team . He played his first game in the first team in the second division in Germany when he was 17, under the coach Winfried Schaefer. In summer 2000 he would join second tier Swiss football club FC Thun . Matic would help FC Thun winning the promotion after 50 years. In 2002, he signed for NK Orasje in the Bosnian Premier League. In 2004, Matić joined German team 1. FC Eschborn for a short period. In the 2004–05 league season he would join once again top tier side NK Orašje and play in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, helping them finish third and win the Bosnian Cup.[4] Once again moving on to this time Slovakian football club FC Senec in the 2005–06 league season he would help them win promotion to the Slovak Superliga. He was captain of his team Senec and he got an invitation from the Slovakian Football Federation to play for the Slovakia national football team.

He transferred to Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda in 2007 and would quickly become an integral member of the team by playing in all 28 games of the season.[5] The following season when he aided the team to a fourth place finish and had a chance to play AFC Champions League football. At the beginning of the 2009 league season Beijing Guoan were interested at his defensive abilities and signed him, this was to prove a successful signing when Matić once more quickly became an integral member of the team and aided Beijing to win their first league title.

Honours[edit]

Beijing Guoan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "北京国安2013中超名单:利马披38号 格隆改穿8号". sports.sohu.com. 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  2. ^ "马季奇:昨天的故事已在行囊 明天的希望在路上". Tianjin Teda FC. 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  3. ^ http://video.sina.com.cn/p/sports/j/v/2013-02-20/235862069683.html
  4. ^ "Bosnia-Hercegovina 2004/05". rsssf.com. 2005-09-01. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  5. ^ "Player Darko Matić". sohu.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 

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