Patrick Mtiliga

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Patrick Mtiliga
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Mtiliga with Nordsjælland in 2013
Personal information
Full name Patrick Jan Mtiliga
Date of birth (1981-01-28) 28 January 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Left-back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 B.93 13 (0)
1999–2006 Feyenoord 22 (0)
1999–2004 Excelsior 139 (28)
2006–2009 NAC Breda 80 (2)
2009–2011 Málaga 43 (0)
2011–2017 FC Nordsjælland 150 (5)
National team
1997–1998 Denmark U17 20 (0)
1998–2001 Denmark U19 8 (3)
2000–2002 Denmark U21 9 (1)
2008–2012 Denmark 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Patrick Jan Mtiliga (born 28 January 1981) is a retired Danish professional footballer.[1] He played as a defender, most frequently used as a left full-back. He played six games for the Denmark national football team.

Club career[edit]

Patrick Mtiliga was born in Copenhagen to a Tanzanian father.[2] He started playing youth football for Copenhagen club Boldklubben 1893 (B 93). He initially played as a striker or attacking midfielder. He made his senior debut for B 93 in the 1998–99 Danish Superliga season. After 13 league games for the club, he moved abroad to join Dutch club Feyenoord Rotterdam in the Eredivisie championship in the summer 1999.[3]

Dutch years[edit]

He was initially loaned out from Feyenoord to feeder club Excelsior Rotterdam in the lower league Eerste Divisie, for an indefinite period of time. He established himself in the Excelsior first team squad during his first year at the club. He went on to play 4½ seasons for Excelsior, helping the club win promotion for the Eredivisie in the 2001–02 season, though they were relegated again in the very next season. In the 2003–04 season, he secured himself a place in the Excelsior starting line-up, where he played 23 games. Halfway through the 2003–04 season, he was finally called into the Feyenoord squad.[4] He finished the season playing 11 games in the Eredivisie for the club. The following year, his Feyenoord career came to a halt. He played 11 league games in his first full season for Feyenoord, as he incurred a serious hip injury in January 2005.[5] As he recovered by January 2006, Feyenoord looked to loan him out again, while Mtiliga opted to spend the remainder of the season with the reserve team.[6]

In August 2006, Mtiliga moved on to Eredivise rivals NAC Breda, signing a one-year contract, with an option for extension.[7] After a success-filled period at NAC,[8] he extended his contract by two-and-a-half years in January 2007.[9] He played 30 of 34 games, as NAC was the surprise of the year and finished third in the 2007–08 Eredivisie. He established himself as one of the best left-backs in the Eredivisie, and was included in team of the week on several occasions.[10] When his contract expired in the summer 2009, he was approached by a number of clubs.[11]


He signed a contract with Málaga CF in the Spanish La Liga championship in the summer 2009. He was injured in his first league game for the club, and had a hard time forcing his way back into the starting line-up. He was asked to take a more attacking approach by manager Juan Ramón López Muñiz, and soon reasserted himself in the first team.[12] In a 24 January 2010 away match against Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo broke Mtiliga's nose by hitting him in the face with his elbow. Ronaldo was shown a red card and it was reported that Mtiliga would be out of the game for three weeks.[13] On 30 June 2011 his contract with the Andalusians expired and he left the club.

FC Nordsjælland[edit]

On 4 August 2011, it was confirmed that he would be returning to Denmark after 13 years abroad, as he signed a contract with Danish club FC Nordsjælland that plays in the Danish topdivision Danish Superliga. He signed a two-year contract.[14] He made his league debut for FCN on 11 September 2011, in a 2–1 win over AaB.

International career[edit]

Mtiliga debuted for the Danish under-17 national team in August 1997. He has played a total 28 national youth team matches and scored four goals, including nine games and a single goal for the Danish under-21 national team.

In his time at Feyenoord, Mtiliga was touted as a coming Danish international by manager Ruud Gullit .[15] Though he played well for NAC Breda, he felt overlooked by the national team in spring 2008.[2][16][17] In November 2008, he was called up for the senior Danish national team by national manager Morten Olsen.[18] He made his debut against Wales, but was then dropped from the national team.[19] In May 2010, he was included in Olsen's preliminary Danish squad selection for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Although his inclusion came as a surprise to some,[20] Olsen found that Mtiliga's move to Malaga had improved his competitive level.[21] On 28 May 2010, Mtiliga was included in Olsen's "Final List" of 23 to play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[22] It was expected prior to the announcement of the "Final List", that the squad was to include either Mtiliga or defense colleague Simon Busk Poulsen, but eventually both players were sent off to South Africa.[23] He failed to make an appearance, though, in the World Cup finals, as Denmark finished third in their group and were eventually knocked out from the tournament.

6 December 2011, Mtiliga was called up for Denmark's tour of Thailand in January.[24]


  1. ^ Mtiliga indstiller karrieren til nytår‚, 26 August 2017
  2. ^ a b ""Glemt" dansker vil væk fra sensationsklub | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 12 February 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Stor kamp i den lille turnering | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 29 November 2004. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Jeppe Curth til Excelsior | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 23 November 2004. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mtiliga tilbage hos Feyenoord | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 13 September 2005. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Feyenoord renser ud – Mtiliga bliver | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 31 January 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Mtiliga forlader Feyenoord | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 15 August 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Mtiliga klar til Brøndby eller FCK | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 21 December 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Mtiliga forlænger med Breda | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 15 January 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Mange frygter Mtiliga | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 11 November 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Klubber summer om Mtiliga | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 28 May 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Trænersnak var åbenbaring for Mtiliga | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 21 January 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  13. ^ Mtiliga estará tres semanas de baja; 24 January 2010 (in Spanish)
  14. ^ "FCN stolte af Mtiliga-kapring". (in Danish). 4 August 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  15. ^ "Gullit: Mtiligas bliver landsholdsspiller | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 4 March 2005. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  16. ^ "Mtiliga: Jeg føler mig glemt | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "Mtiliga: Jeg vil på landsholdet | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 10 April 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  18. ^ "Patrick Mtiliga i landsholdstruppen mod Wales" (in Danish). Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  19. ^ "Mtiliga: Ingen fejlcitater om landsholdet | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 10 July 2009. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  20. ^ "Mtiliga: Nu starter en helt ny sæson | Tipsbladet" (in Danish). 28 May 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  21. ^ "VM-bruttotruppen på plads" (in Danish). Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  22. ^ "The Final List: VM-truppen på 23 spillere" (in Danish). Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  23. ^ "To lykkelige venstreben – Danmark" (in Danish). 28 May 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  24. ^ Helmin, Jesper (6 December 2011). "FCN-profiler jubler over udtagelse" (in Danish). Retrieved 6 December 2011. 

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