Matthias Ginter

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Matthias Ginter
Matthias Ginter 2019.jpg
Ginter with Germany in 2019
Personal information
Full name Matthias Lukas Ginter[1]
Date of birth (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Freiburg im Breisgau,[3] Germany
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[3]
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
SC Freiburg
Number 28
Youth career
1998–2005 SV March
2005–2012 SC Freiburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 SC Freiburg 70 (2)
2014–2017 Borussia Dortmund 67 (3)
2017–2022 Borussia Mönchengladbach 154 (11)
2022– SC Freiburg 15 (2)
International career
2011–2012 Germany U18 6 (0)
2012–2013 Germany U19 5 (1)
2013–2017 Germany U21 18 (1)
2016 Germany U23 5 (2)
2014– Germany 48 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:25, 13 November 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20:56, 1 December 2022 (UTC)

Matthias Lukas Ginter (born 19 January 1994) is a German professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Bundesliga club SC Freiburg and the Germany national team.[4]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ginter began his career with SV March before he moved to the youth squad of SC Freiburg for the 2005–06 season. With the under-19 team he won the Under-19 DFB-Pokal in 2011 and 2012.[5][6]

In January 2012, Ginter trained with Freiburg's first team due, in part, to a loss of several players from the roster during the winter transfer window. On 21 January 2012, Ginter made his professional debut when he was substituted in for Anton Putsila in the 70th minute against fellow relegation battlers FC Augsburg. In the 88th minute of the game, he scored the winning goal from a free-kick by Michael Lumb for his team in the 1–0 victory.[7] The goal, which came two days after Ginter's 18th birthday, made him SCF's youngest Bundesliga goalscorer in the club's history. The record was previously held by Dennis Aogo.[8] Two days later, on 23 January, Ginter signed a contract to join the first team of SC Freiburg.[citation needed]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

On 17 July 2014 Ginter signed for Borussia Dortmund on a five-year deal.[9] He made his debut on 13 August, playing the full match as they won the DFL-Supercup 2–0 against Bayern Munich at the Westfalenstadion.[10]

Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

On 4 July 2017, Ginter signed with Dortmund rivals Mönchengladbach on a four-year deal. The move was worth around €17 million.[11]

Return to SC Freiburg[edit]

On 4 May 2022, Freiburg announced the transfer of Ginter on a free transfer from Mönchengladbach, the club where he began his career. Ginter will move ahead of the 2022–23 season.[4]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Ginter represented the under-21 team at the 2015 European Championship in the Czech Republic, starting all four matches. In their second group match at the Eden Arena in Prague against Denmark, following two Kevin Volland goals, Ginter rounded off the scoring by heading in Amin Younes' cross in the 53rd minute, leading to a 3–0 victory.[12]

Senior[edit]

Ginter (right) playing for Germany in 2019

On 5 March 2014, he earned his first cap for the senior national team of his country after coming on as a 90th-minute substitute for Mesut Özil in the 1–0 win over Chile in a friendly match at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.[13] He became the 900th player to be capped by the German national team.[14]

In June 2014, he was named as the youngest player in Germany's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,[15] which went on to win the tournament, although he did not enter the field of play at any point.[16]

He was part of the squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics, where Germany won the silver medal.[17]

Along with fellow World Cup-winner Shkodran Mustafi and Julian Draxler,[18] Ginter won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.[19]

On 4 June 2018, Ginter was selected in Germany's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[20] He would not play, making him the only outfield player in German football history who participated in two World Cup campaigns without playing a single minute.[16]

Ginter scored his first goal for Germany on 16 November 2019 in a match against Belarus.[21]

On 19 May 2021, he was selected to the squad for the UEFA Euro 2020.[22]

In November 2022, he was named in the final squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.[23] On 1 December, he made his World Cup debut in his third tournament, coming on as a substitute to Niklas Süle in the 90+3 minute, in a 4–2 win over Costa Rica in the last group stage match.[24]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2018, Ginter married his wife Christina.[25] His son was born on Ginter's own birthday, 19 January 2020.

In October 2021, the home stadium of SV March, the team where Ginter started his career, renamed their stadium "Matthias-Ginter-Sportpark".[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 13 November 2022[27]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
SC Freiburg 2011–12 Bundesliga 13 1 0 0 13 1
2012–13 23 1 3 0 26 1
2013–14 34 0 3 2 5 1 42 3
Total 70 2 6 2 5 1 81 5
Borussia Dortmund 2014–15 Bundesliga 14 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 20 0
2015–16 24 3 5 0 11 1 40 4
2016–17 29 0 5 0 8 0 0 0 42 0
Total 67 3 10 0 24 1 1 0 102 4
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2017–18 Bundesliga 34 5 3 0 37 5
2018–19 27 2 2 0 29 2
2019–20 31 1 1 0 4 0 36 1
2020–21 34 2 4 0 8 0 46 2
2021–22 28 1 3 0 31 1
Total 154 11 13 0 12 0 179 11
SC Freiburg 2022–23 Bundesliga 15 2 2 1 6 0 23 3
Career total 306 18 31 3 47 2 1 0 385 23

International[edit]

As of match played 1 December 2022[28]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Germany
2014 5 0
2015 3 0
2016 1 0
2017 8 0
2018 6 0
2019 6 1
2020 6 1
2021 11 0
2022 2 0
Total 48 2
As of match played 14 November 2020. Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Ginter goal.[28]
List of international goals scored by Matthias Ginter
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 November 2019 Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach, Germany  Belarus 1–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
2 10 October 2020 NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine  Ukraine 1–0 2–1 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A

Honours[edit]

Borussia Dortmund

Germany

Germany Olympic

Individual

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Matthias Ginter: Overview". ESPN. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Matthias Ginter: Profile". worldfootball.net. HEIM:SPIEL. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Matthias Ginter returns to SC Freiburg". scfreiburg.com. 4 May 2022. Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Junioren: Freiburg feiert Pokalsieg – Elfmeter-Krimi gegen Rostock". DFB (in German). 21 May 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  6. ^ "SC Freiburg feiert den vierten Pokalsieg – 2:1 gegen Hertha BSC". DFB - Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. (in German). 12 May 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
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  11. ^ "Matthias Ginter: Borussia Monchengladbach sign Dortmund defender". BBC. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  12. ^ Kell, Tom (20 June 2015). "Volland double helps Germany defeat Denmark". UEFA.
  13. ^ "International friendly: Mario Gotze's first-half strike helps Germany edge out Chile 1–0". Sky Sports News. 5 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Matthias Gingler der 900.Nationalspieler" (in German). fussballnationalmannschaft.net. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  15. ^ "Germany World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Which footballer has been to most major tournaments without playing?". The Guardian. 16 November 2022.
  17. ^ "Neymar's golden penalty sees Brazil to victory". fifa.com. 20 August 2016. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Leroy Sané fällt für Confederations Cup aus" [Leroy Sané drops out for Confederations Cup]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  19. ^ Ross Dunbar (3 July 2017). "Victory shows Germany doesn't produce second string players". DW.
  20. ^ "Germany announce final World Cup squad, with Manuel Neuer, without Leroy Sané". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Germany seal Euro 2020 berth with Belarus win". Bundesliga. 16 November 2019.
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  23. ^ "Flick beruft Moukoko, Füllkrug und Götze in WM-Kader" [Flick names Moukoko, Füllkrug and Götze to World Cup squad] (in German). German Football Association. 10 November 2022. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  24. ^ "Ginter entgeht Negativ-Rekord". sport1.de (in German). 2 December 2022.
  25. ^ "Christina Ginter ist die schönste Spielerfrau". stern.de (in German). Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  26. ^ Bezirksligist SC March benennt Stadion nach Matthias Ginter
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  28. ^ a b Matthias Ginter at National-Football-Teams.com Edit this at Wikidata
  29. ^ "Match report: Germany – Argentina". FIFA. Archived from the original on 17 August 2019.
  30. ^ "Match report: Chile – Germany". FIFA. Archived from the original on 29 June 2019.
  31. ^ "Rio 2016 Football Results Book: Medallists". Olympic World Library. 20 August 2016. p. 7.
  32. ^ "SC Freiburg: Ginter ist U18-Nachwuchsspieler des Jahres 2012" (in German). Badische Zeitung. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  33. ^ "Fritz-Walter-Medaille: Ginter auf Götzes Spuren" (in German). German Football Association. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
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