Matavž at PSV in 2011
|Full name||Tim Matavž|
|Date of birth||13 January 1989|
|Place of birth||Šempeter pri Gorici, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
(on loan from FC Augsburg)
|2008–2009||→ Emmen (loan)||15||(5)|
|2016–||→ Genoa (loan)||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 February 2016.
Matavž began his football career at the age of 6 playing for Bilje. In 2004 he moved to Gorica youth squads. He was promoted to their senior squad in the 2006–07 season and played a total of 30 matches in the Slovenian first division, 1. SNL, scoring 11 goals in the process.
On 30 August 2007, at the age of 18, he signed a 5-year contract for Groningen. On 26 September 2007 he scored four goals in KNVB Cup in a match against IJsselmeervogels, but later moved to Emmen on loan and remained there until January 2009.
On 13 March 2009 Matavž scored his first goal in the Eredivisie in a 2–0 victory over Roda. Soon he began scoring for Groningen on regular basis in all competitions. On 24 February 2010 Matavž extended his contract with club until 2013. On 6 February 2011 in a match against Willem II Matavž scored his first hat-trick in Eredivisie.
On 2 February 2011, Groningen sporting director Hans Nijland said Tim Matavž had already agreed terms with Napoli and that he was looking forward to joining them. However, Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven were also in talks with Groningen to buy him before the transfer window closed. On 31 August 2011, Matavž eventually signed a five-year contract with PSV.
On 9 October 2010 Matavž scored a hat-trick for Slovenia in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Faroe Islands. At the age of 21, he is the youngest player ever to score three goals for Slovenia.
- Scores and results list Slovenia's goal tally first.
|1||8 October 2010||Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana||Faroe Islands||1–0||5–1||UEFA Euro 2012 qualification|
|4||3 June 2011||Svangaskarð, Tórshavn||Faroe Islands||0–1||0–2||UEFA Euro 2012 qualification|
|5||2 September 2011||Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana||Estonia||1–1||1–2||UEFA Euro 2012 qualification|
|6||15 November 2011||Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana||United States||1–1||2–3||International friendly|
|8||12 October 2012||Ljudski vrt, Maribor||Cyprus||1–0||2–1||FIFA World Cup 2014 qualification|
|10||31 May 2013||Schüco Arena, Bielefeld||Turkey||2–0||2–0||International friendly|
Matavž was born in Šempeter pri Gorici, in present-day Slovenia. Besides Slovene he is also fluent in English, Italian and Dutch. He is a cousin of the football player Etien Velikonja. The two were also childhood friends of football players, Valter Birsa and Goran Cvijanović.
- As of 3 February 2016
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 27. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- "Sloveens talent Matavz naar FC Groningen" (in Dutch). De Pers. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
- "Matavz langer bij FC Groningen" (in Dutch). FC Groningen official website. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- "Neverjetni Matavž tokrat trikrat" [Incredible Matavz scored three times] (in Slovenian). Nogomania. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
- , Tim Matavz agrees move to Napoli, 2 February 2011
- "Tim Matavž: To je bil super večer" [Tim Matavz: That was superb night] (in Slovenian). siol.net. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
- "Matavž v elitni družbi najmlajši" [Matavz is the youngest in elite group] (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
- "Bratranca z golgeterskimi geni" [Cousins with goalscoring genes] (in Slovenian). dnevnik.si. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
- NK Maribor. "Do imena iz mamine knjige" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
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- Voetbal International profile (Dutch)
- Tim Matavž profile at Soccerway