Tim Matavž

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Tim Matavž
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Personal information
Full name Tim Matavž[1]
Date of birth (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Šempeter pri Gorici, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
FC Augsburg
Number 23
Youth career
1995–2004 Bilje
2004–2006 Gorica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Gorica 30 (11)
2007–2011 Groningen 84 (34)
2008–2009 Emmen (loan) 15 (5)
2011–2014 PSV 70 (24)
2013–2014 Jong PSV 2 (0)
2014– FC Augsburg 0 (0)
National team
2006 Slovenia U19 5 (3)
2006–2009 Slovenia U21 17 (6)
2009– Slovenia 28 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Tim Matavž (born 13 January 1989) is a Slovenian football player, who plays as a striker for FC Augsburg in the German Bundesliga.

Club career[edit]

Matavž began his football career at the age of 6 playing for Bilje. In 2004 he moved to Gorica youth squads. He was promoted to their senior squad in the 2006–07 season and played a total of 30 matches in the Slovenian first division, 1.SNL, scoring 11 goals in the process.

On 30 August 2007, at the age of 18, he signed a 5-year contract for Groningen.[2] On 26 September 2007 he scored four goals in KNVB Cup in a match against IJsselmeervogels, but later moved to Emmen on loan and remained there until January 2009.

On 13 March 2009 Matavž scored his first goal in the Eredivisie in a 2–0 victory over Roda. Soon he began scoring for Groningen on regular basis in all competitions. On 24 February 2010 Matavž extended his contract with club until 2013.[3] On 6 February 2011 in a match against Willem II Matavž scored his first hat-trick in Eredivisie.[4]

On 2 February 2011, Groningen sporting director Hans Nijland said Tim Matavž had already agreed terms with S.S.C. Napoli and that he was looking forward to joining them.[5] However, Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven were also in talks with FC Groningen to buy him before the transfer window closed. On 31 August 2011, Matavž eventually signed a five-year contract with PSV.

International career[edit]

On 9 October 2010 Matavž scored a hat-trick for Slovenia in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Faroe Islands.[6] At the age of 21, he is the youngest player ever to score three goals for Slovenia.[7]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Slovenia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 October 2010 Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana  Faroe Islands 1–0 5–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
2 2–0
3 3–0
4 3 June 2011 Svangaskarð, Tórshavn  Faroe Islands 0–1 0–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
5 2 September 2011 Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana  Estonia 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
6 15 November 2011 Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana  United States 1–1 2–3 International friendly
7 2–3
8 12 October 2012 Ljudski vrt, Maribor  Cyprus 1–0 2–1 FIFA World Cup 2014 qualification
9 2–0
10 31 May 2013 Schüco Arena, Bielefeld  Turkey 2–0 2–0 International friendly

Personal life[edit]

Matavž was born in Šempeter pri Gorici, in present-day Slovenia. Besides Slovene he is also fluent in English, Italian and Dutch. He is a cousin of the football player Etien Velikonja.[8] The two were also childhood friends of football players, Valter Birsa and Goran Cvijanović.[8][9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 April 2014.
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006–07 Gorica PrvaLiga 27 11 3 2 1 0 31 13
2007–08 3 0 0 0 2 1 5 1
Total Gorica 30 11 3 2 3 1 36 14
2007–08 FC Groningen Eredivisie 15 0 2 4 17 4
2008–09 FC Emmen Eerste Divisie 15 5 1 0 16 5
2008–09 FC Groningen Eredivisie 4 2 4 1 8 3
2009–10 34 14 4 3 38 19
2010–11 31 18 6 4 37 22
2011–12 4 3 0 0 0 0 4 3
2011–12 PSV Eredivisie 28 11 5 4 9 5 42 20
2012–13 27 11 4 2 7 7 38 20
2013–14 15 2 0 0 4 2 19 4
Total Emmen 15 5 1 0 16 5
Total Groningen 88 37 16 12 104 49
Total PSV 70 24 9 6 20 14 99 44
Career total 203 77 29 20 23 15 255 112
Reserves statistics
Club performance League Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League Total
2013–14 Jong PSV Jupiler League 2 0 2 0
Total Netherlands 2 0 2 0
Career total 2 0 2 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Netherlands PSV Eindhoven

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 27. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sloveens talent Matavz naar FC Groningen" (in Dutch). De Pers. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Matavz langer bij FC Groningen" (in Dutch). FC Groningen official website. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Neverjetni Matavž tokrat trikrat" (in Slovene). Nogomania. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  5. ^ [1], Tim Matavz agrees move to Napoli, 2 February 2011
  6. ^ "Tim Matavž: To je bil super večer (video)" (in Slovene). siol.net. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Matavž v elitni družbi najmlajši" (in Slovene). siol.net. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Bratranca z golgeterskimi geni" (in Slovene). dnevnik.si. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  9. ^ NK Maribor. "Do imena iz mamine knjige" (in Slovene). NK Maribor official website. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 

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