Mathias Jørgensen

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Mathias Jørgensen
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Personal information
Full name Mathias Jattah-Njie Jørgensen
Date of birth (1990-04-23) 23 April 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
FC Copenhagen
Number 25
Youth career
1994–2007 B.93
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 FC Copenhagen 92 (6)
2012–2014 PSV 14 (2)
2013–2014 Jong PSV 7 (1)
2014– FC Copenhagen 1 (0)
National team
2006 Denmark U-16 1 (0)
2006–2007 Denmark U-17 3 (0)
2007 Denmark U-18 1 (0)
2008–2012 Denmark U-21 9 (2)
2008– Denmark 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 July 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 August 2011

Mathias "Zanka" Jattah-Njie Jørgensen (born 23 April 1990) is a Danish footballer who plays as a centre back for Danish Superliga club FC Copenhagen.

Career[edit]

FC Copenhagen[edit]

Jørgensen moved to FC Copenhagen from neighbouring club B.93, where he had played in first team matches even at the young age of 16. He signed a three-year contract with FCK on 26 June 2007.[1] Before signing with the Danish champions, he had visited Arsenal for a one-week trial.[2]

On 21 July 2007, Jørgensen strained the inner ligament in the left knee in a reserve team match – less than a month after he moved to the club.[3] On 9 September, he played again for the reserve team.[4] His first team debut came on 26 September 2007 in a cup match against FC Fredericia. He substituted Oscar Wendt 5 minutes before full-time, in the match FCK won 3–1.[5] Three days later he got his Superliga debut, this time replacing Hjalte Nørregaard about 15 minutes before full-time.[6]

Only 8 days after his first team debut, Zanka was thrown on pitch in the extra time of the UEFA Cup first round second leg at Parken Stadium against RC Lens, after captain Michael Gravgaard had received a red card. He was substituted for Marcus Allbäck and played in the central defence together with Brede Hangeland, and they prevented any more goals for Lens, when they were 10 against 11.[7]

On 19 November 2008, he made his debut for the Danish national football team in a friendly against Wales.[8]

After Roland Nilsson became manager for Copenhagen he became captain for "The Lions". 22 February 2012 it was announced that Jørgensen would join Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven on a free transfer during the summer transfer window.[9]

PSV[edit]

Zanka was featured in an unofficial pre-season tournament, The Polish Masters, in July 2012 and scored his first goal for PSV in their game against S.L. Benfica on 22 July. However, he struggled to break into PSV's first XI and only played 14 matches for the club over the course of two years.

Return to Copenhagen[edit]

On 7 July 2014, Zanka returned to his former team FC Copenhagen for a fee of around 600,000 Euros.[10]

Nickname[edit]

He received his nickname from the movie Cool Runnings, where one of the main characters is named Sanka (played by Doug E. Doug).[11]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • Players' Talent of the Year: 2008[12]
  • Arla Talent of the Year: 2008[13]
  • Arla U-19 National Team Talent of the Year: 2008[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stortalent til F.C. København" (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Lørdagstræning i PARKEN" (in Danish). TV 2 Sport. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Lørdagstræning i PARKEN" (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 18 August 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Christiansen: – Bedre dag for dag" (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 11 September 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "26.09. FC Fredericia – F.C. København (Kampreferat)" (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 26 September 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "29.09. F.C. København – Lyngby Boldklub (Kampreferat)" (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 29 September 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "04.10. F.C. København – RC Lens (Kampreferat)" (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2007. 
  8. ^ "Bellamy matchvinder i Brøndby" (in Danish). bold.dk. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Jørgensen agrees to swap København for PSV". uefa.com. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Officielt: FCK henter Zanka hjem". http://sporten.tv2.dk/2014-07-07-officielt-fck-henter-zanka-hjem. 
  11. ^ "Fra A til Z som Zanka" (in Danish). sporten.dk. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Årets Talent 2008" (in Danish). Spillerforeningen. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2008. 
  13. ^ Nielsen, Pia Schou (17 November 2008). "Martin Laursen Årets Spiller" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  14. ^ Berendt, Lars (5 December 2008). "Lumb og Eriksen nyeste Arla Landsholdstalenter" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 

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