Matija Nastasić

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Matija Nastasić
Matija Nastasić (cropped).jpg
Nastasić playing for Manchester City in 2012
Personal information
Full name Matija Nastasić[1]
Date of birth (1993-03-28) 28 March 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Valjevo, FR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 33
Youth career
2008–2010 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Partizan 0 (0)
2010–2011 Teleoptik (loan) 21 (0)
2011–2012 Fiorentina 26 (2)
2012– Manchester City 34 (0)
National team
2012– Serbia 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:11, 4 February 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:34, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

Matija Nastasić (Serbian Cyrillic: Матија Настасић; born 28 March 1993) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for English club Manchester City and the Serbia national team as a centre back.

Club career[edit]

Partizan[edit]

Matija Nastasić is a product of Partizan youth academy. Unable to find space in the Partizan first team setup, he was sent out on loan to Serbian second division side FK Teleoptik from Zemun. There, the young, left footed centre back made 21 appearances and caught the eye of former Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino, who signed him in a deal worth approximately €2.5 million.

Fiorentina[edit]

Nastasić spent some time in the Fiorentina youth side but, due to a lack of quality centre backs in the squad and suspensions and injuries, he trained with the first team on many occasions. Fellow Serbian and Fiorentina manager Siniša Mihajlović handed him his Serie A debut on 11 September 2011 in a 2–0 win against Bologna. He went on to make a further 25 appearances that season but one stood out more than any and it was during this performance that he announced himself to Italian and World football. It was a match between La Viola and Milan at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. Nastasić showed many of his qualities - tackling, comfort on the ball, tactical astuteness. It was these qualities that led to a deadline day transfer to English Premier League side Manchester City in a move worth €15 million, excluding the value of Stefan Savić who was given to Fiorentina as part of the exchange.[3]

Manchester City[edit]

Nastasić signed a five-year contract with new club Manchester City, ending on 30 June 2017. He was part of an exchange deal with Stefan Savić.[4] He made his debut for the club on 18 September 2012, starting in a Champions League away fixture against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. He made his Premier League debut on 29 September in a 2–1 win against Fulham.[5] He cemented his place in the starting XI and his great form won him the club's Player of the Month Award for November. Quickly becoming a fan favourite,[6] the youngster pushed 30-year-old Joleon Lescott out of the starting lineup in centre-back position. In May 2013, he was named Manchester City's Young Player of the Season.[7]

Nastasić had a less successful season in 2013–14, missing the majority of the campaign through injury.[8] He made 13 league appearances and Manchester City won the Premier League title.[9]

International career[edit]

Having already represented Serbia's youth sides, Nastasić made his debut for the Serbian national team on 29 February 2012, in a match against Cyprus.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 7 June 2014[11]
Club performance League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Fiorentina Serie A 25 2 2 0 0 0 27 2
2012–13 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Manchester City Premier League 21 0 3 0 1 0 5 0 30 0
2013–14 13 1 2 0 1 0 4 0 20 1
League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Total Italy 26 2 3 0 0 0 29 2
England 34 1 5 0 2 0 9 0 50 1
Career total 60 3 8 0 2 0 9 0 79 3

International[edit]

Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 6 0
2013 7 0
Total 13 0

Honours[edit]

Manchester City

Individual

  • Manchester City Young Player of the Year: 2012–13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Matija Nastasic Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Summer 2012 British Transfers
  4. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-city/9513408/Manchester-City-sign-Matija-Nastasic-as-Stefan-Savic joins at the same time.html
  5. ^ "Fulham 1-2 Manchester City" BBC Sport. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  6. ^ http://www.mcfc.com/News/Team-news/2012/December/Nastasic-is-player-of-the-month
  7. ^ "Brazil World Cup squad: Scolari leaves out Kaká and Philippe Coutinho". Manchester City Football Club. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Pellegrini admits Nastasic injury is still baffling City". Manchester Evening News. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Games played by Matija Nastasic in 2013/2014". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Mondo (Serbian): Matija Nastasić ponos Valjeva 3 January 2013
  11. ^ "Serbia - M.Nastasić - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

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