Mathias Jorgensen Biography
Mathias Jorgensen born Mathias Jattah-Njie Jørgensen and also known as Mathias Zanka, is a Danish professional footballer. He plays as a centre back for the Premier League club Huddersfield Town and the Denmark national team.
Mathias starting playing football at Danish second tier club B.93, playing for the First Team at just 16 years old.
On 26 June 2007, he signed a three-year contract with FC Copenhagen after spending a week on trial at Arsenal. His first team debut came on 26 September 2007 in a cup match against FC Fredericia.
On 22 February 2012, it was announced that Jørgensen would join Dutch club PSV Eindhoven on a free transfer during the summer transfer window. Although he won the Dutch Super Cup, his playing time was limited in Holland and he returned to his former club on 7 July 2014. His return sparked another rich run of form for the Danish side, which has completed the league and cup double in the last two seasons.
Mathias Jorgensen joined Huddersfield Town from F.C. Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee on 7 July 2017.
Mathias Jorgensen International career
He earned his first Denmark cap in November 2008 in a friendly against Wales and was soon named captain of his club side, leading Copenhagen to three straight title wins between 2008 and 2011. In May 2018 he was named in Denmark’s preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Mathias Jorgensen Age
Mathias Jorgensen was born on 23 April 1990 in Copenhagen, Denmark, to a Danish mother and a Gambian father.
Mathias Jorgensen Girlfriend
Mathias Jorgensen is dating Enikő Mihalik, a Hungarian model.
Mathias Jorgensen Height
Mathias Jorgensen stands at 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in).
Mathias Jorgensen Stats
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Mathias Jorgensen News: Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen reflects on debut Premier League season with Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield Town centre back Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen admitted it took him eight to 10 matches to get used to the Terriers’ system in the Premier League last season [2017/18 season].
The defender signed for Town from FC Copenhagen last summer, slotting straight into the Terriers’ team alongside Christopher Schindler at centre back.
And although Zanka finished superbly strong for David Wagner’s side, he accepts that it took him a few weeks to get used to the Terriers’ style and the culture in West Yorkshire.
In an interview with magazine Tipsbladet (originally in Danish), Zanka said: “David Wagner’s system is very different from Stale Solbakken’s [FC Copenhagen head coach], and there are situations where you have to be very comfortable pressing the opponent’s halfway line before suddenly breaking the chain to close an opponent before the ball is played.
“It took time to get used to it, so in some situations I was not quite perfect in the first eight to 10 matches.
“But when it got under my skin, and I managed adjust socially and humanly – with a house, car and where you shop – my brain also relaxed and after struggling in the first 10, it’s just gone one way.
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“To me it has been hardest to get used to playing against teams outside the top six.
“The teams in the top six are reminiscent of playing in the Champions League, where there is a team that is dominant and another that tries to neutralise.
“Matches against teams outside the top six are very open and free-flowing, and I have not experienced that in football before, so I had to get used to it too.
“It has got better and better.”
Zanka quickly became a fan favourite at the John Smith’s Stadium after his arrival, endearing himself further to the Town faithful by offering all the supporters who travelled to Southampton two days before Christmas a free drink against Stoke City on Boxing Day.
By that point the Denmark international – who has been included in the Dane’s 23-man World Cup finals squad with team mate Jonas Lossl – had played every minute of Town’s Premier League campaign.
And Zanka continued that streak all the way through the season, playing the maximum of 3420 minutes in the Premier League over the course of the 2017/18 season – a record he is proud to hold.
“It’s a thing that comes up in England – to be an ‘ever present’,” said the 28-year-old [Mathias Jorgensen].