Mathias Jørgensen

Mathias Jattah-Njie Jørgensen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈjɶɐ̯ˀɐnsn̩]; born 23 April 1990), commonly known as Zanka, is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Bundesliga club Fortuna Düsseldorf on loan from Fenerbahçe S.K. and the Denmark national team.

Mathias Jørgensen
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Jørgensen playing for Huddersfield Town in 2018
Personal information
Full name Mathias Jattah-Njie Jørgensen[1]
Date of birth (1990-04-23) 23 April 1990 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark[1]
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Fortuna Düsseldorf
(on loan from Fenerbahçe)
Youth career
1994–2007 B.93
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Copenhagen 92 (6)
2012–2014 PSV Eindhoven 14 (2)
2013–2014 Jong PSV 7 (1)
2014–2017 Copenhagen 93 (4)
2017–2019 Huddersfield Town 62 (3)
2019– Fenerbahçe 16 (2)
2020–Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2006 Denmark U16 1 (0)
2006–2007 Denmark U17 3 (0)
2007 Denmark U18 1 (0)
2008–2012 Denmark U21 15 (1)
2008– Denmark 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 December 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:13, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

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.

Formerly an international at under-16, under-17, under-18 and under-21 level, Jørgensen made his senior international debut for Denmark aged 18 in November 2008.

Club careerEdit

FC CopenhagenEdit

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.[2] Before signing with the Danish champions, he had visited Arsenal for a one-week trial.[3]

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.[4] On 9 September, he played again for the reserve team.[5] 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.[6] Three days later he got his Superliga debut, this time replacing Hjalte Nørregaard about 15 minutes before full-time.[7]

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.[8]

On 19 November 2008, he made his debut for the Danish national football team in a friendly against Wales.[9]

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.[10]

PSVEdit

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 CopenhagenEdit

On 7 July 2014, Jørgensen returned to his former team FC Copenhagen for a fee of around 600,000 Euros.[11]

Huddersfield TownEdit

On 7 July 2017, Huddersfield Town confirmed the signing of Jørgensen from FC Copenhagen for £3.5 million on a three-year contract.[12] Jørgensen made 65 total appearances for the Terriers in his two seasons with the club as they suffered relegation to the Championship after the 2018–19 season.[13]

FenerbahçeEdit

On 10 August 2019, Huddersfield Town confirmed that the defender had joined Fenerbahçe on a permanent deal. The terms of the transfer were undisclosed.[13]

On 31 January 2020, Jørgensen joined Fortuna Düsseldorf on loan until the end of the 2019–20 season.[14]

International careerEdit

In May 2018 he was named in Denmark's preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Jørgensen dated Hungarian model Enikő Mihalik.[16]

Zanka wrote an article against homophobia in football for the Danish Football Player’s Association in 2016.[17] In February 2017, following the monetary settlement that the players association had with the Danish national team, Zanka donated the 667,000 Danish crowns ($94,380) to help fund a new pro-LGBT+ campaign called “Fodbold for alle’ or ‘Football for all’ and visited schools to talk about the problem of homophobia.[17][18]

NicknameEdit

Jørgensen received his nickname, "Zanka", from the movie Cool Runnings, in which the character played by Doug E. Doug is named Sanka.[19] The nickname was coined by Johan Lange in 2000, while both Lange and Jørgensen were playing for B.93.[20] 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.[21]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 29 December 2019[22]
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 20 0 0 0 10 0 30 0
2009–10 24 4 0 0 9 1 33 5
2010–11 25 1 1 1 11 0 37 1
2011–12 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 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 31 3 5 1 3 0 39 4
2016–17 33 0 3 0 15 2 51 2
Total 93 4 12 1 27 3 132 8
Huddersfield Town 2017–18 Premier League 38 0 2 0 0 0 40 0
2018–19 24 3 1 0 0 0 25 3
Total 62 3 3 0 0 0 65 3
Fenerbahçe 2019–20 Süper Lig 16 2 2 1 18 3
Career total 284 18 23 4 0 0 68 5 394 27

InternationalEdit

As of match played 26 March 2019[23]
National team Season Apps Goals
Denmark
2008 1 0
2009 0 0
2010 2 0
2011 3 0
2012 0 0
2013 0 0
2014 0 0
2015 0 0
2016 3 0
2017 2 0
2018 9 1
2019 2 1
Total 22 2

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
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

HonoursEdit

FC Copenhagen

Individual

ReferencesEdit

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  11. ^ "Officielt: FCK henter Zanka hjem". Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  12. ^ "TRANSFER: MATHIAS JØRGENSEN JOINS TOWN". Huddersfield Town A.F.C. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
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