Joël Matip

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Joël Matip
Matip Schalke 2015.jpg
Matip with Schalke 04 in 2015
Personal information
Full name Joël Andre Job Matip[1]
Date of birth (1991-08-08) 8 August 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Bochum, Germany
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 32
Youth career
1995–1997 SC Weitmar 45
1997–2000 VfL Bochum
2000–2009 Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Schalke 04 II 4 (1)
2009–2016 Schalke 04 194 (17)
2016– Liverpool 4 (0)
National team
2010– Cameroon 27 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:42, 25 September 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2014

Joël Andre Job Matip (born 8 August 1991) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a centre back or defensive midfielder for Premier League club Liverpool and the Cameroon national team.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Bochum to a German mother and a Cameroonian father, Matip began his career as a boy with SC Weitmar 45, and was eventually scouted by VfL Bochum in 1997.[3] After several years in VfL Bochum's different youth teams, Matip was scouted by Schalke 04 in July 2000.[4]

FC Schalke 04[edit]

He made his professional debut on 17 October 2009 in the Regionalliga against 1. FC Saarbrücken,[5] before making his Bundesliga debut on 7 November 2009 against Bayern Munich, in which he scored the game-tying goal.[6] He was subsequently named Man of the match.[7]

On 2 March 2010, Matip signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Schalke 04.[8]

On 23 February 2013, Matip scored both goals as Schalke secured an important 2–1 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf, securing the club's second win in 12 games.[9]

In January 2012, Schalke announced that Matip signed a two-year contract extension running until 30 June 2016.

Liverpool[edit]

On 15 February 2016, Matip announced the signing a four year pre-contract agreement to join Liverpool on a free transfer, following the expiration of his contract with Schalke at the end of the season.[10]

On 1 July 2016, Matip officially became a Liverpool player, taking the shirt number 32, whilst Cameron Brannagan, who previously wore 32 took number 25.

Matip made his official debut for Liverpool on 23rd August 2016 against Burton Albion in the League Cup in a 5–0 win for the Reds.[11]

International career[edit]

Matip was called up on 23 December 2009 by the Cameroon national football team[12] for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations but he later on declined to take part in the tournament.[13] It was not yet clear if Matip would represent Cameroon in the future as the German Football Association still hoped that he might represent his country of birth instead.[14] On 6 January 2010, Rainer Adrion announced the annulment of his nomination for the Nations Cup.[citation needed] On 2 March 2010 aged 18, Matip opted to play his international football for Cameroon, after meeting up with the national team ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Italy on 3 March 2010.[15] He made his first national cap in friendly match against Italy and went on to play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He was part of the Cameroon national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he played twice and scored against the host Brazil.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 24 September 2016.[17]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Schalke 04 II 2009–10 3 1 3 1
2010–11 1 0 1 0
Total 4 1 4 1
Schalke 04 2009–10 20 3 2 0 24 3
2010–11 26 0 4 0 11 1 1 0 42 1
2011–12 30 3 3 1 13 1 1 0 47 5
2012–13 32 3 1 0 6 0 38 3
2013–14 31 3 3 0 8 1 42 4
2014–15 21 2 1 1 3 0 25 3
2015–16 34 3 2 0 5 1 41 4
Total 194 17 16 2 46 4 2 0 259 23
Liverpool 2016–17 4 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
Total 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Career total 202 18 16 2 2 0 46 4 2 0 269 24

Personal life[edit]

Matip was born to a German mother[18] and former Cameroonian footballer Jean Matip.[19] He is the brother of the fellow Cameroon international Marvin Matip[20] and is a cousin of Joseph-Désiré Job.[21] Matip graduated from the Gesamtschule Berger Feld in Gelsenkirchen in 2010.[citation needed] He also has German citizenship.[citation needed]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Schalke 04

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 7. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Carroll, James (15 February 2016). "Reds confirm deal to sign Joel Matip". Liverpool Football Club. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Joël Matip" (in German). FC Schalke 04. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Matip, Joel" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sonntagsschuss bricht das Genick" (in German). reviersport.de. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Wieder kein Sieg! Bayern weiter in der Krise" (in German). bild.de. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Man of the Match: Joel Matip" (in German). goal.com. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Schalke starlet signs new deal". ontheminute.com. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Schalke 04 2–1 Fortuna Düsseldorf". ESPNFC. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Schalke confirm Joel Matip to join Liverpool F.C. in summer". theguardian.com. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Liverpool hit five to see off Burton in EFL Cup". LiverpoolFC.com. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "CAN 2010 : La liste des 23". fecafootonline.com. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Matip für Afrika-Cup nominiert" (in German). reviersport.de. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Matip wanted by Germany". Sky Sports. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Joel Matip signs for Schalke and decides on Cameroon". BBC Sport. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  16. ^ Match report
  17. ^ "J. MATIP". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "Joel Matip ist auf dem Sprung" (in German). reviersport.de. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Die Schultüte" (PDF) (in German). Matthias-Claudius-Schulen Bochum. January–March 2006. p. 15. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Youngster Matip trifft beim Debüt" (in German). kicker.de. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Marvin Matip – der Löwe von der Ruhr" (in German). FIFA.com. 14 December 2004. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 

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