Mathijsen training with Feyenoord in 2012
|Full name||Joris Mathijsen|
|Date of birth||5 April 1980|
|Place of birth||Goirle, North Brabant, Netherlands|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 November 2012
Mathijsen started his football career at SV VOAB in Goirle after he visited a training session of a friend as a young boy. At the age of nine, he left this club and came through the youth system of Willem II. He was promoted to the first team for the 1998–99 season, making his debut on 27 February 1999 in a match against FC Utrecht. After six seasons at Willem II, he was sold by manager Co Adriaanse to AZ. However, he endured a harder time breaking into the first team with AZ and his case was not helped by injuries.
After finishing as runners-up in the Eredivisie in 2006, Mathijsen opted to transfer to German Bundesliga side Hamburger SV for €6 million, where he teamed up with fellow Dutchmen Rafael van der Vaart and Nigel de Jong. He scored Hamburg's 2,500th Bundesliga goal (his first for the club) on 20 October 2007 against VfB Stuttgart.
In November 2008, Mathijsen signed a new contract extension, tying him to Hamburg until the summer of 2012. In mid-June 2011, however, he signed a two-year contract with Spanish La Liga side Málaga.
In the summer of 2012, it became apparent that Málaga was willing to let Mathijsen transfer to another club, prompting several Dutch sides to show interest, including Feyenoord and Ajax; on 10 August, Mathijsen signed with the former.
Since his international debut, Mathijsen became a mainstay figure in the national team, especially after impressing with Hamburger SV. He was usually positioned as left central defender, because of his strong left-foot. He was called up to the Dutch squad for UEFA Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. Initially in danger of losing his spot to Wilfred Bouma, he followed it up with a decent enough performance at the Euro 2008 and remained first-choice.
Mathijsen was ever present for Oranje during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. He played more minutes than any other player in the Dutch squad and played a key role in their record of having conceded the fewest goals in their qualifying group.
2010 World Cup
Mathijsen was part of the Dutch team for the 2010 World Cup, managed by Bert van Marwijk. The player was in the starting line-up for their first match in the competition, a 2–0 victory over Denmark.
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Other||Total|
- Statistics accurate as of last match played on 17 May 2015.
2 Includes Eredivisie playoffs matches.
|Dutch national team|
- Statistics accurate as of last match played on 11 September 2012.
|1.||2 September 2006||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||
||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|2.||7 February 2007||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Russia||
|3.||11 October 2008||De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands||Iceland||
||2010 World Cup qualification|
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