Darko Matić

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Darko Matić
Personal information
Full name Darko Matić
Date of birth (1980-09-26) 26 September 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Domaljevac, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1992–2000 Tennis Borussia Berlin
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 FC Thun 53 (3)
2002–2003 HNK Orašje 41 (4)
2004 1. FC Eschborn 17 (2)
2004–2005 HNK Orašje 38 (4)
2005–2006 FC Senec 54 (5)
2007–2008 Tianjin Teda 57 (1)
2009–2015 Beijing Guoan 200 (4)
2016 Changchun Yatai 30 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2016.

Darko Matić (born September 26, 1980) is a retired Bosnian-born Croatian[1] professional football player who plays as a defensive midfielder.[2]

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 HNK Orašje 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.

Matić featured in most Beijing Guoan matches since joining the club including a run into the last 16 of the AFC Champions League where Guoan lost out to the eventual runners-up, Korean side FC Seoul. He scored a rare goal toward the end of 2014 in a 2-2 draw with Shandong Luneng.[5]

Matić has become a rare foreign player in Chinese football in that he has played over 200 games for Beijing Guoan by the end of the 2014 Chinese Super League season for one club and is now top of the list for appearances by a CSL foreign player. He subsequently has become a legend with the fans in Beijing and has a following on Sina Weibo of over 1.3 million people.[6] Matić has expressed an interest in staying in China in the future with the possibility of getting involved in coaching.[7]

In January 2016, Matić transferred to fellow Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai.[8]

Matić announced his retirement in February 2017.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Matić is fluent in nine languages with those being Chinese, German, Croatian, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Czech.[10] He has proven his fluency in Chinese with his numerous post-game interviews.


Beijing Guoan


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