Jørgensen playing for Huddersfield Town in 2018
|Full name||Mathias Jattah-Njie Jørgensen|
|Date of birth||23 April 1990|
|Place of birth||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:46, 9 March 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:13, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
Mathias Jattah-Njie Jørgensen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈjɶɐ̯ˀn̩sn̩]; born 23 April 1990), commonly known as Zanka, is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a centre back for the Championship club Huddersfield Town and the Denmark national team.
He began his career at boyhood club FC Copenhagen, playing regularly in five Superliga seasons, before a move to PSV Eindhoven in 2012, where he spent two seasons in the Eredivisie before returning to Denmark after finding his chances limited. He joined Huddersfield Town in July 2017 for a fee of £3.5 million.
Born to a Danish mother and a Gambian father, Jørgensen moved to FC Copenhagen from neighbouring club B.93, where he had played in first-team matches even at the young age of 16. He signed a three-year contract with FCK on 26 June 2007. Before signing with the Danish champions, he had visited Arsenal for a one-week trial.
On 21 July 2007, Jørgensen strained the inner ligament in the left knee in a reserve team match – less than a month after he moved to the club. On 9 September, he played again for the reserve team. His first team debut came on 26 September 2007 in a cup match against FC Fredericia. He substituted Oscar Wendt 5 minutes before full-time, in the match FCK won 3–1. Three days later he got his Superliga debut, this time replacing Hjalte Nørregaard about 15 minutes before full-time.
Only 8 days after his first team debut, Jørgensen was thrown on pitch in the extra time of the UEFA Cup first round second leg at Parken Stadium against RC Lens, after captain Michael Gravgaard had received a red card. He was substituted for Marcus Allbäck and played in the central defence together with Brede Hangeland, and they prevented any more goals for Lens, when they were 10 against 11.
After Roland Nilsson became manager for Copenhagen he became captain for "The Lions". 22 February 2012 it was announced that Jørgensen would join Dutch club PSV Eindhoven on a free transfer during the summer transfer window.
Jørgensen was featured in an unofficial pre-season tournament, The Polish Masters, in July 2012 and scored his first goal for PSV in their game against S.L. Benfica on 22 July. However, he struggled to break into PSV's first XI and only played 14 matches for the club over the course of two years.
Return to FC Copenhagen
On 7 July 2017, Huddersfield Town confirmed the signing of Jørgensen from FC Copenhagen for £3.5 million on a three-year contract.
Jørgensen received his nickname, "Zanka", from the movie Cool Runnings, in which the character played by Doug E. Doug is named Sanka. The nickname was coined by Johan Lange in 2000, while both Lange and Jørgensen were playing for B.93. Lange would go on to be one of the assistant managers during Jørgensen's first spell at FC Copenhagen, and he would later serve as the technical director when Jørgensen returned to the club in 2014.
- As of match played 9 March 2019
|FC Copenhagen||2007–08||Danish Superliga||12||1||0||0||—||0||0||12||1|
|Jong PSV||2013–14||Eerste Divisie||7||1||—||—||—||7||1|
|FC Copenhagen||2014–15||Danish Superliga||29||1||4||0||—||9||1||42||2|
|Huddersfield Town||2017–18||Premier League||38||0||2||0||0||0||—||40||0|
- As of match played 26 March 2019
- Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
|1||1 July 2018||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia||15||Croatia||1–0||1–1 (2–3 p)||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|2||26 March 2019||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||22||Switzerland||1–3||3–3||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|
- Danish Superliga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2015–16, 2016–17
- Danish Cup: 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
- Players' Talent of the Year: 2008
- Arla Talent of the Year: 2008
- Arla U-19 National Team Talent of the Year: 2008
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- "Årets Talent 2008" (in Danish). Spillerforeningen. 11 November 2008. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
- Nielsen, Pia Schou (17 November 2008). "Martin Laursen Årets Spiller" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
- Berendt, Lars (5 December 2008). "Lumb og Eriksen nyeste Arla Landsholdstalenter" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 5 December 2008.
- F.C. Copenhagen profile at the Wayback Machine (archived 2007-10-22) ‹See Tfd›(in Danish)
- Danish national team profile ‹See Tfd›(in Danish)
- Career stats at Danmarks Radio at the Wayback Machine (archived 2007-10-17)
- Mathias Jørgensen at Voetbal International ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)
- Mathias Jørgensen at Soccerbase