Mathias Jørgensen

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Mathias Jørgensen
Zanka.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-04-23) 23 April 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Huddersfield Town
Number 25
Youth career
1994–2007 B.93
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 FC Copenhagen 92 (6)
2012–2014 PSV Eindhoven 14 (2)
2013–2014 Jong PSV 7 (1)
2014–2017 FC Copenhagen 93 (4)
2017– Huddersfield Town 11 (0)
National team
2006 Denmark U-16 1 (0)
2006–2007 Denmark U-17 3 (0)
2007 Denmark U-18 1 (0)
2008–2012 Denmark U-21 15 (1)
2008– Denmark 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 July 2017

Mathias Jørgensen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈjɶɐ̯n̩sn̩]; born 23 April 1990), commonly known as Zanka,[1][2][3] is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a centre back for the Premier League club Huddersfield Town.

Career[edit]

FC Copenhagen[edit]

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.[4] Before signing with the Danish champions, he had visited Arsenal for a one-week trial.[5]

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.[6] On 9 September, he played again for the reserve team.[7] 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.[8] Three days later he got his Superliga debut, this time replacing Hjalte Nørregaard about 15 minutes before full-time.[9]

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.[10]

On 19 November 2008, he made his debut for the Danish national football team in a friendly against Wales.[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.[12]

PSV[edit]

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[edit]

On 7 July 2014, Jørgensen returned to his former team FC Copenhagen for a fee of around 600,000 Euros.[13]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

On 7 July 2017, Jørgensen signed for Premier League club Huddersfield Town on a three-year contract.

Personal life[edit]

Jørgensen is dating Hungarian model Enikő Mihalik.[14]

Nickname[edit]

He received his nickname from the movie Cool Runnings, where one of the main characters is named Sanka (played by Doug E. Doug).[15] Mathias Jørgensen's nickname was coined by Johan Lange back in 2000, while both Lange and Jørgensen were still at B.93.[16] Lange would go on to be one of the assistant managers during Zanka's first time at F. C. Copenhagen, and he would later serve as the Technical Director when Zanka returned to the club in 2014.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 4 November 2017[18]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Copenhagen 2007–08 Danish Superliga 12 1 0 0 0 0 12 1
2008–09 Danish Superliga 20 0 0 0 10 0 30 0
2009–10 Danish Superliga 24 4 0 0 9 1 33 5
2010–11 Danish Superliga 25 1 1 1 11 0 37 1
2011–12 Danish Superliga 11 0 2 0 4 0 17 0
Total 92 6 3 1 34 0 129 7
PSV Eindhoven 2012–13 Eredivisie 5 2 3 1 2 1 10 4
2013–14 Eredivisie 9 0 0 0 5 0 14 0
Total 14 2 3 1 7 1 24 4
Jong PSV 2013–14 Eerste Divisie 7 1 7 1
FC Copenhagen 2014–15 Danish Superliga 29 1 4 0 9 1 42 2
2015–16 Danish Superliga 31 3 5 1 3 0 39 4
2016–17 Danish Superliga 33 0 3 0 15 2 51 2
Total 93 4 12 1 27 3 132 8
Huddersfield Town 2017–18 Premier League 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Career total 217 13 18 3 0 0 68 5 303 21

International[edit]

As of match played 6 June 2017[19]
National team Season Apps Goals
Denmark
2008 1 0
2009 0 0
2010 1 0
2011 4 0
2012 0 0
2013 0 0
2014 0 0
2015 0 0
2016 3 0
2017 2 0
Total 11 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • Players' Talent of the Year: 2008[20]
  • Arla Talent of the Year: 2008[21]
  • Arla U-19 National Team Talent of the Year: 2008[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MATHIAS JØRGENSEN ZANKA". FC København (in Danish). Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Officielt: Mathias 'Zanka' skifter til Premier League". TV 2 (in Danish). Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Officielt: FCK sælger Zanka til Premier League-oprykker". Danish Broadcasting Corporation (in Danish). 7 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Stortalent til F.C. København" (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  5. ^ "Lørdagstræning i PARKEN" (in Danish). TV 2 Sport. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Lørdagstræning i PARKEN" (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 18 August 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "Christiansen: – Bedre dag for dag" (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 11 September 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2007. 
  8. ^ "26.09. FC Fredericia – F.C. København (Kampreferat)" (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 26 September 2007. Archived from the original on 3 September 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2007. 
  9. ^ "29.09. F.C. København – Lyngby Boldklub (Kampreferat)" (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 29 September 2007. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2007. 
  10. ^ "04.10. F.C. København – RC Lens (Kampreferat)" (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 4 October 2007. Archived from the original on 3 September 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2007. 
  11. ^ "Bellamy matchvinder i Brøndby" (in Danish). bold.dk. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Jørgensen agrees to swap København for PSV". uefa.com. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Officielt: FCK henter Zanka hjem". Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  14. ^ http://www.hir24.hu/bulvar/2014/07/15/mihalik-eniko-megtalalta-az-igazit/
  15. ^ "Fra A til Z som Zanka" (in Danish). sporten.dk. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  16. ^ "Manden bag Zanka" (in Danish). tipsbladet.dk. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  17. ^ "Johan Lange" (in Danish). F. C. København. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  18. ^ "M. JØRGENSEN". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  19. ^ "Mathias "Zanka" Jørgensen". Danish Football Association. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  20. ^ "Årets Talent 2008" (in Danish). Spillerforeningen. 11 November 2008. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2008. 
  21. ^ Nielsen, Pia Schou (17 November 2008). "Martin Laursen Årets Spiller" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  22. ^ Berendt, Lars (5 December 2008). "Lumb og Eriksen nyeste Arla Landsholdstalenter" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 

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