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Hummels with Germany in 2012
|Full name||Mats Julian Hummels|
|Date of birth||16 December 1988|
|Place of birth||Bergisch Gladbach, West Germany|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Current club||Borussia Dortmund|
|2006–2007||Bayern Munich II||42||(5)|
|2008–2009||→ Borussia Dortmund (loan)||25||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:36, 1 September 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Mats Julian Hummels (German pronunciation: [ˈmats ˈhʊməls] ( ); born 16 December 1988) is a German footballer who plays as a central defender for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the German national football team. He came through the Bayern Munich youth academy before joining his current club on loan in January 2008, and he officially signed for Dortmund in February 2009 for €4 million.
Hummels is a product of Bayern Munich's youth academy, first entering the club as a six-year-old. He signed his first professional contract on 19 December 2006, until 2010. On 19 May 2007, in the season's final match, he played his first Bundesliga match with the first team in a 5–2 home routing of 1. FSV Mainz 05.
In January 2008, Hummels joined Borussia Dortmund, initially on loan. During his first full season, he quickly established himself as first-choice, as he often partnered newly signed Neven Subotić, but also missed a great part of its final months due to injury. In February 2009, he was fully signed to the club for a fee of €4 million.
The 2010–11 season brought increased success for Hummels. He was the regular first-choice center-back, again paired with Subotić. The duo helped Dortmund to the best defensive record in the Bundesliga, as the team won the league title. Hummels' performances that season displayed great quality in tackling, positioning, and composure. He has attracted praise from pundits and coaches alike, and he is considered one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga, and in Europe.
Hummels won the Bundesliga for a second time in 2011–12 as Borussia set a Bundesliga record with the most points in a Bundesliga season with 81 points. Hummels scored a goal in Borussia's 5–2 win against Bayern in the 2012 DFB-Pokal Final as the team completed the league and cup double. On 3 June 2012, Hummels signed a new contract that will keep him at Dortmund until the summer of 2017.
Hummels was called by the German under-21 national team for the 2009 European Championship; after getting only minimal playing time during the initial four matches, he started (and performed well) in the final, a 4–0 success against England.
Hummels was in the starting line-up for Germany's opening UEFA Euro 2012 match against Portugal and helped them to a 1–0 victory. He subsequently received high praise for his performance. Hummels went on to play all 450 minutes in Germany's Euro campaign, along with teammates Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Holger Badstuber, and Manuel Neuer.
Style of play
Hummels is a right-footed left centre-back who enjoys coming out from defence to start attacks for his team. He is also capable of playing as a defensive midfielder, and was often used there when he played for the German national youth teams. Hummels has very good technique in the tackle and often out-muscles his opponents with his strength and height, as well as having the pace to catch up with fast opponents and win the ball back. His reading of the game is one of his main strengths, often frustrating his opponents with his well-timed interceptions and long passing capability. Hummels' style of play with the sweeper-like quality has been compared to the likes of the great German defender Franz Beckenbauer.
Hummels was born in Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia. His father, Hermann Hummels, was a professional footballer and manager. His father worked as youth coordinator at Bayern Munich until he was replaced by Stephan Beckenbauer, the son of Franz Beckenbauer, on 30 March 2012. His younger brother Jonas is also a footballer, currently playing for SpVgg Unterhaching.
- As of 27 October 2013
|Club||Season||League||Cup[nb 1]||Other[nb 2]||Continental[nb 3]||Total|
- Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first:
|1.||26 May 2012||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–2||3–5||Friendly|
|2.||15 November 2013||San Siro, Milan, Italy||Italy||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
As of 10:08, 19 November 2013
|Germany national football team|
- Borussia Dortmund
ESM Team of the Year: 2010–11, 2011–12
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- German national team profile (German)
- Mats Hummels at transfermarkt.de (German)
- Mats Hummels at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Mats Hummels – FIFA competition record
- Mats Hummels – UEFA competition record
- Mats Hummels at National-Football-Teams.com
- ESPN FC profile