Top facts about Joel Matip, the Cameroonian Defender

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Job Joel Andre Matip is a professional footballer who now represents


in the Premier League as a center-back.

Matip began his professional career in 2009 with

Schalke 04

, where he was a member of the DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup winning squads in 2011.

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Before joining

VfL Bochum

in 1997, Matip started his career with SC Weitmar 45. Matip was scouted by Schalke 04 in July 2000 after three years with VfL Bochum's development teams.

Before joining Liverpool on a free transfer in 2016, he made 258 competitive appearances and scored 23 goals, starting in the 2019 UEFA Champions League final. In 2019, he won the UEFA Super Cup, and in 2020, he won the Premier League for Liverpool for the first time in 30 years.

He was born and raised in Germany and represented Cameroon at the international level, appearing in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations as well as the FIFA World Cups of 2010 and 2014. He declared his retirement from international football in 2015.

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Joel Matip bio

  • Full Name:

    Job Joël André Matip

  • Nickname:


  • Date of Birth:

    8 Aug 1991

  • Birth Place:

    Bochum, Germany

  • Marital Status:


  • His wife:

    Larissa Stollenwerk

  • Age:

    30 years old

  • Profession:


  • Nationality:

    Cameroon and Germany

  • Zodiac Sign:


  • Height:

    1.95 m

  • Weight:

    89 Kg

  • Position:


  • Clubs:

    Schalke 04 II, Schalke 04, Liverpool

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Joel Matip's childhood

as well as his family and career in the next segment of interesting and top facts about Joel Matip.

Joel Matip early life

Found it difficult to cope with Retirement from soccer for Joel Matip's father, Jean. Through his sons Mavin and Joel, the former Cameroonian footballer created a plan to continue living their dream.

Because Joel's father was a former football player, it was only natural for the game to be instilled in Joel even while he was attending Gesamtschule Berger Feld. In 1995, he registered part-time with SC Weitmar 45 because of his passion for the game.

It didn't take long for tiny Joel to make a name for himself at the club. Joel rose fast through the ranks due to his ability to outperform older players.

Joel's outstanding performance earned him a spot at VfL Bochum, his local club. Joel Matip was no exception to the rule that every young German footballer dream big. His desire to play for a prominent German youth club was not a fantasy.

Matip was signed by Schalke following a successful trial when he was nine years old in the year 2000. On November 7, 2009, Matip made his Bundesliga debut, delivering a Man of the Match performance against

Bayern Munich

. He became a happy starter with the club after capping off an amazing performance with a goal.

Matip went on to play for the club for seven seasons, amassing 194 games. Matip's purchase by Liverpool was sparked by his win over former Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp in the 2011/2012 DFL Supercup final.

Jurgen Klopp

was one of the managers who pushed for his signature after his contract with Schalke expired in the summer of 2016. The German Cameroonian chose to join his rival boss in Liverpool for the sake of old times sake.

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Joel Matip career

The first team he played in was Schalke and now we want to know about it.


Matip made his Regionalliga West debut against

1.FC Saarbrücken

on October 17, 2009. He made his Bundesliga debut for Schalke against Bayern Munich on November 7, 2009, scoring the game-tying goal and earning man-of-the-match honors.

Matip signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Schalke 04 on March 2, 2010. Matip signed a two-year contract extension with Schalke in January 2012, which runs through June 2016. Matip scored both goals in Schalke's vital 2–1 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf on February 23, 2013, the club's second win in 12 games.


Following the end of his contract with Schalke, Matip confirmed on February 15, 2016, that he has signed a four-year pre-contract agreement to join Liverpool on a free transfer. He made his Liverpool debut against

Burton Albion

in the League Cup on August 23, 2016, in a 5–0 triumph for the Reds.

On the 29th of October, he scored his first goal for the club in a 4–2 Premier League win over

Crystal Palace

at Selhurst Park. For his efforts in November, Matip was named Standard Chartered Player of the Month.

Matip was removed from the match against Manchester United on 15 January 2017 because Liverpool had not received complete clarification from FIFA about his eligibility, and the Cameroon Football Federation had not confirmed that Matip may play club football at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Overall, Matip was considered as a key player in improving Liverpool's defense, which had received extreme criticism prior to the season, during the 2016–17 season.

Matip was chastised on 1 October 2017 for his bad performance against

Newcastle United

, which was blamed for Newcastle's goal. Matip scored his first goal of the 2017–18 season in a 4–1 triumph over

West Ham United

at the London Stadium on November 4th.

Matip scored their own goal in a 2–3 FA Cup fourth-round home defeat to West Bromwich Albion on January 27, 2018. Matip suffered a thigh injury in a match against Crystal Palace on March 31. Liverpool stated on April 3 that he will need surgery to correct the problem and would miss the remainder of the season.

Matip developed another muscle injury on a tour of the United States in July 2018 but was able to heal in time to make an unused substitute appearance in a 2–0 away win over Crystal Palace on August 20.

Matip injured his collarbone after a 1–0 win over Napoli on December 13, 2018. He missed another six weeks of the season due to the injury. Despite the attention of Claudio Ranieri, Matip remained with Liverpool for the remainder of the season, establishing himself as a regular starter.

Matip assisted

Divock Origi

's goal in the 87th minute of Liverpool's 2–0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.

Matip scored Liverpool's goal in the 2019 FA Community Shield on August 4, 2019. The game ended in a 5–4 penalty shootout loss for Liverpool. Matip scored his first Premier League goal of the season on August 24, 2019, in a 3–1 home win over Arsenal. He signed a contract extension through 2024 on October 18, 2019.

After an injury-plagued 2019–20 season, Joe Gomez swiftly established himself as Jürgen Klopp's favorite center-back to join Virgil van Dijk. On October 20, 2019, he suffered his first injury in a Premier League encounter against Manchester United.

He resurfaced in late January 2020 but only made one league start before being suspended for the rest of the season due to COVID-19. He got hurt again in a Merseyside derby against


on June 21, 2020, and the club later announced he will miss the rest of the season.

Matip was substituted at halftime against Tottenham Hotspur on January 28, 2021. On February 1, 2021, it was announced that he had injured his ankle ligament and would miss the rest of the season.


Cameroon called Matip up for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations on December 23, 2009, but he was rejected to play in the tournament.

After meeting with the national squad ahead of a friendly against Italy on March 3, 2010, Matip, then 18 years old, decided to play international football for Cameroon. He made his debut in the encounter against Italy and went on to represent Cameroon at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He was also a member of the Cameroon squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he played twice and scored the team's sole goal against the hosts, Brazil.

Matip was called up for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in January 2017, however, he declined. Matip had withdrawn from the national team while still at Schalke but had failed to follow FIFA regulation by notifying the Cameroonian Football Association by letter. Matip was unable to play for Liverpool until FIFA clarified the situation. He missed a Premier League match against

Manchester United

and an FA Cup third-round encounter against Plymouth Argyle as a result of his suspension. Cameroon would have won the tournament without him.

Matip mentioned his dissatisfaction with the national team setup as well as a terrible experience with the coaching staff as reasons for his retirement.

Joel Matip family and relationship

To begin, his given name is Job Jol André Matip. Joel Matip, as he is known, was born on August 8, 1991, in Bochum, Germany, to his mother Eva-Maria Matip and father Jean Matip.

Joel Matip is from a low-income middle-class family. Eva-Maria, his mother, is a renowned dementia expert. She has devoted her life to helping those with memory loss. Joel Matip's mother is also a member of the German Red Cross. Joel Matip's father, Jean Matip, was a chemistry teacher before switching to soccer in Cameroon. With a chemistry degree from Cameroon, he moved to Germany.

Joel Matip's parents, Jean and Eva-Maria, met while his father, Jean, was studying at Bochum University. They fell in love, stayed together for a long time, married, and had Joel. Rebecca Matip, Joel's younger sister, went on to become a successful dermatologist in Gelsenkirchen. Marvin Matip, his older brother, is also a professional footballer.

In the aftermath of Liverpool's Premier League title in 2020, he married long-term partner Larissa Stollenwerk, and the couple welcomed their first child, a son, in June 2021.

Joel has a captivating personality that is dramatic, inventive, self-assured, domineering, and appealing. He is capable of doing anything he sets his mind to in any aspect of life. Joel Matip has a large number of friends, all of them are giving and devoted in the same way that he is. His good sense of humor makes working with others much more enjoyable.

Joel Matip style of play

Matip, like Van Dijk, is at ease and capable of playing long passes over the top to Liverpool's front three when necessary.

His dribbling from the backcourt is another strong suit of his. This also allows lines to be broken, which often leads to good opportunities for Liverpool, as Matip's run may knock out the entire midfield unit, allowing Liverpool's front three to make runs in behind.

Matip is a center-back who isn't afraid to get up close to a striker by stepping out of the backline. Earlier in his Liverpool career, this was a constant source of frustration for him, as he frequently stepped out and failed to win the ball. This is a hazardous defensive strategy because teams can exploit the vast space behind Matip if he goes out and doesn't win the ball.

Matip has been plagued by injuries in the early stages of his Liverpool career, but he is now on a roll. This season, he has been an often-overlooked yet a crucial member of Liverpool's excellent defense. He's still prone to blunders, but he's becoming better at avoiding them, and he'll now compete for a spot in Liverpool's backline with the return of Joe Gomez.

Joel Matip honors

Joel Matip, as a Center back with 31 goals scored in various clubs and Germany team, has a very interesting statistic, especially in the two teams of Schalke, and Liverpool.

Schalke 04

  • DFB-Pokal:


  • DFL-Supercup:



  • Premier League:


  • UEFA Champions League:


  • UEFA Super Cup:



  • PFA Player of the Month:

    September 2019

  • CAF Team of the Year:


Joel Matip issues

While some footballers at various levels have certainly had legal problems, Joel Matip has never had a legal dispute in his lifetime.

Joel Matip Net Worth

In the year 2016, he joined the Liverpool football club on a free transfer. Matip has agreed to a new four-year contract with Liverpool. In comparison to his deal with Schalke 04, his earnings climbed by 45 percent. Matip's annual salary at Schalke 04 is rumored to be (€1.5 million).

The 30-year-old agreed to a new €18.00 million contract until 2024. After the salaries of Liverpool players for the year 2020 were announced, his new contract information was leaked online. After signing an extension deal with Liverpool, Matip received a weekly income of it. During the matches, he is sponsored by Adidas and wears their shoes.

Joel Matip`s Memes

Matip has become a cult icon at Anfield thanks to his performances on and off the field. In June 2019, a Twitter account called "No Context Joel Matip" was established, which turned clips of Matip's on-field shenanigans into GIFs, memes, and short movies.

Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson, Matip's teammates, are among the account's 68,000 followers as of 2021. "Virgil is the driving force behind Joel Matip's content being shared in our WhatsApp group. Joel claims he is unaware! "Matip's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said as much.

Virgil Van Dijk wore one of the T-shirts during Liverpool's 2021 Kit Launch video, and the account has inspired a line of items.

Joel Matip LifeStyle

Unlike some of his African-born brothers, such as

Mario Balotelli



, and others... Matip isn't the type of footballer who flaunts an opulent lifestyle that includes a fleet of flashy automobiles, liquor, swagger, and a slew of attractive women. His typical Mercedes automobile is quite pleasant for him.

Some Short Top Facts about Joel Matip

  • He was born in Bochum, Germany, on August 8, 1991.

  • Leo is his zodiac sign.

  • His net worth is €18.00 m.

  • Matip's strange walk disappears when it breaks into a gallop, and it runs in a more "regular" manner.

  • Matips' feet are about 30cm in diameter and the size of a dinner plate.

  • He made his Schalke 04 debut against FC Saarbrücken on October 17, 2009.

  • He made his Bundesliga debut for Schalke04 against Bayern Munich on November 7, 2009.

  • On March 2, 2010, he signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Schalke 04 in Germany.

  • On February 15, 2016, he signed a four-year contract with Liverpool.

  • He made his Liverpool debut against Burton Albion on August 23, 2016.

  • He scored his first goal for Liverpool against Crystal Palace on October 29, 2016.

  • Joel Matip became the second Cameroonian to play for Liverpool after their national hero, Rigobert Song.

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