Top facts about Matthias Ginter, the underrated defender

Sun 21 November 2021 | 5:30

Matthias Ginter, the Bundesliga's most underrated defender, is looking to lead Borussia Mönchengladbach and Germany to glory. He played a major part in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s return to the Champions League in 2020/21. Read on to find out more facts about Matthias Ginter.

Matthias Lukas Ginter

(born January 19, 1994 in Freiburg) is a German football player. The central defender has been under contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach since 2017; previously he played at SC Freiburg and Borussia Dortmund.

Matthias Ginter’s age

is 27. Here you can find out the most important facts about Matthias Ginter, the German defender.

The first fact about Matthias Ginter is that in 2014 he became world champion with the German national team in Brazil, but was not involved in the tournament. As part of the team, he won the silver medal and the 2017 Confederations Cup at the 2016 Olympic Games football tournament.

Matthias Ginter said that he is 'thinking about' Bayern München's reported interest in him.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

center-back admitted that he is considering his future amid reported interest from Bayern München.

"Of course I'm thinking about it. My contract runs out next year," Ginter said in an interview with Sport1 and added:

"Out of respect for Gladbach, however, I have never talked about other clubs. So far, there has been no offer form Gladbach. [Gladbach sporting director] Max Eberl has already explained that. We'll see what the next few months bring. I'm very relaxed."

"I can't wait until spring next year. Both the club and I need planning security."

Gladbach paid €17 million to sign Ginter from Borussia Dortmund in 2017. Since then, he has gone on to make 155 appearances for 'Die Fohlen', scoring 10 goals and five assists.

Top facts about Matthias Ginter:

An important

fact about Matthias Ginter

is that he started his career with SV March before joining SC Freiburg's junior team for the 2005–06 season. He won the Junior DFB-Pokal with the A-youth team.

Due to the departure of numerous players from the squad during the winter transfer window, Ginter trained with Freiburg's first team in January 2012.

Matthias Ginter early life

On January 19, 1994, in Freiburg am Breisgau, Germany, this German footballer was born into a middle-class household.

Speaking about

Matthias Ginter’s parents

, it should be mentioned that Thomas Ginter is his father's name, and Rita Ginter is his mother's name. We couldn't find any information regarding his father's or mother's work backgrounds. Niklas Ginter is his brother.


Matthias Ginter’s childhood

, it should be mentioned that Matthias had always loved football games since he was a kid. His parents were also a huge source of inspiration for him.

Ginter started playing football at the age of four at SC March, a small club in Breisgau just outside Freiburg. At the age of eleven, he moved to the young talent center of SC Freiburg for the 2005/06 season and initially played for the D-youth of the Breisgauer.

Matthias Ginter personal life

At the same time as his first Bundesliga season, Ginter graduated from high school in Freiburg. In March 2018, he completed a correspondence course to become a certified sports manager from.

He witnessed the terrorist attacks on November 13, 2015 in Paris and the attack on the

Borussia Dortmund

team bus in 2017. Ginter's eighth international match was the friendly on November 13, 2015 against France in Paris, while in front of the stadium and in the city center Terrorist attacks have been committed.

The players spent the night in the stadium for safety reasons. As a player from Borussia Dortmund, Ginter himself experienced an attack when a man detonated an explosive device on the fully occupied Borussia Dortmund team bus before the Champions League game against AS Monaco. Ginter himself was unharmed.

Ginter married in May 2018 and fathered a son on January 19, 2020 (his own birthday). He has an older brother who was denied a career as a professional footballer due to injuries.

Ginter is chairman of the board of trustees of the Matthias Ginter Foundation, which supports mentally, physically and socially disadvantaged children and young people in the Freiburg area.

The stadium of his home club SC March was renamed from “Waldstadion” to “Matthias-Ginter-Sportpark”. The club announced this in advance of the 5-0 defeat against FC Heitersheim 05 on October 10, 2021.

Matthias Ginter professional career

This German defender made his professional career debut for the German professional football club SC Freiburg on 21 January 2012 against

FC Augsburg

. In that match, he scored his first professional goal and became the youngest Bundesliga goalscorer in the club’s history.

Moreover, he made his international career debut for the German national team after coming on as a 90th-minute substitute for

Mesut Ozil

, in a friendly match on 5 March 2014 against the Chile national team.

Matthias Ginter club career

In September 2009, when he was 15 years old when he came to his first missions for the U17s in the B-Junioren-Bundesliga Süd / Südwest, he fell out for several months with a broken tibia and fibula.

In the summer of 2010, he moved to the of Christian Streich trained A-Youthup, secured a regular place there and won the DFB Junior Club Cup with the team in 2011.

After this success, Streich became assistant coach of the professional team under Marcus Sorg, who was, however, already on leave after six months due to unsuccessfulness. As his successor, right after starting his job in January 2012, he brought Ginter to the professionals with whom he completed the winter preparations.

SC Freiburg

On the following Bundesliga matchday, Ginter, who had just turned 18, made his first competitive appearance for the professionals. He was substituted on in the 70th minute and scored the 1-0 winner against FC Augsburg shortly before the end of the game. Two days later he signed his first professional contract with

SC Freiburg


During the second half he gained a regular place alongside Fallou Diagne in central defense. With the professionals, Ginter achieved relegation in the Bundesliga. At the same time, he played individual games for the A-Jugend and won the DFB Junior Club Cup with them, as in the previous year. His contract ran until the summer of 2017.

Also, in the following season, the young Ginter had a regular place with the professionals, mostly in central defense, and only had to pause for a while due to a vertebral injury. With the team and coach prank he reached the fifth place in the Bundesliga and thus the association was for the UEFA Europa League qualifying. In the DFB Cup, Ginter reached the semi-finals with SC Freiburg.

A notable fact about Matthias Ginter is that he was also a regular in the 2013/14 season and he made his first European appearances in the Europa League. Here, however, Freiburg failed already in the preliminary round and the team also played against relegation for a long time in the Bundesliga, after several players had switched to financially stronger clubs before the season. After the end of the season, Ginter went this way too.

Borussia Dortmund

In July 2014 Ginter moved to Borussia Dortmund; he signed a contract that ran until June 30, 2019 and was given jersey number 28. Before the start of the 2014/15 Bundesliga season, he won the DFL Supercup with Borussia Dortmund.

Ginter's first season in Dortmund was marked by many games on the bench and a few games in the starting line-up and twice he was used for the Borussia amateur team in the third division. He was also just a spectator at the DFB Cup final, which BVB lost to VfL Wolfsburg.

In the second year he came on more missions, but could hardly consider himself a regular player. Also, in the DFB Cup final against the FC Bayern Munich, which was lost on penalties, he only came on as a substitute.

His third year in Dortmund was much more enjoyable for him, he was in the starting line-up 35 times in a total of 51 competitive games for BVB, including in May 2017 in the 2-1 final win against

Eintracht Frankfurt

in the DFB Cup. With that he won his first major club title as a professional footballer.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

At the beginning of July 2017, Ginter moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach. He made his debut for the new employer directly of the season in the first competitive game in a 2: 1 win against Rot-Weiss Essen on 11 August 2017 the first round of the German Cup.

In the Bundesliga season, Ginter played over 90 minutes in all 34 games. He scored five goals, his first on September 30, 2017 in a 2-1 home win against Hannover 96 on matchday 7.

The following season 2018/19 he started again as a regular player until he sustained a serious facial injury in an unfortunate collision with the Hanoverian player Noah Sarenren Bazee on matchday 12, which forced him to take a longer break. Matthias Ginter made 27 Bundesliga games and one goal this season.

In the 2019/20 season, Ginter was again a regular player and played 31 Bundesliga games, all of them in the starting line-up, and scored one goal. On September 19, 2019, in the 4-0 home defeat against Wolfsberger AC, he was also able to make his international debut for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Europa League.

The Bundesliga season ended in fourth place, qualifying for the group stage of the 2020/21 Champions League. In the 2020/21 season he was not absent from any competitive game for Borussia and was accordingly on the field in 34 league, 4 cup and 8 European cup games. Matthias Ginter's contract runs until 2022.

A notable

fact about Matthias Ginter

is that he has revealed that he is examining his options in the wake of Bayern München's alleged interest.

"Of course, I'm considering it. My contract will expire next year "In an interview with Sport1, Ginter stated:

"But, out of respect for Gladbach, I've never mentioned any other teams. Gladbach has not made any offers thus yet. Max Eberl, the sports director of Gladbach, has previously said this. We'll see what happens in the next months. I'm in a good mood." "I can't wait till next spring. The club and I both need planned protection."

Gladbach paid €17 million to Borussia Dortmund for Ginter in 2017. Since then, he has made 155 appearances for 'Die Fohlen,' scoring 10 goals and assisting five times.

Barcelona have identified the Germany international as a top target, according to Fichajes, with the Catalan club searching for low-cost recruits owing to their financial difficulties.

According to the report, Ginter's age and experience appeal to the Catalan club, and he would easily fit into the team's pay structure.

The German, who has been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid, recently said that he would be interested in renewing his contract with Monchengladbach.

Matthias Ginter international career

An important fact about Matthias Ginter is that he played six times for the U18 team and five times for the U19. He took part with the U21 national team at the U21 European Championship 2013 and retired with the team after the group stage; at the U21 European Championship 2015 he reached the semi-finals with the team. He played a total of 18 games for the U21s.

Ginter made his debut for the senior national team on March 5, 2014 when he won 1-0 in a friendly against


at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena in Stuttgart.

He came on in the 89th minute for Mesut Özil. In the 106-year history of the German national soccer team, Ginter was the 900th player. In the following test match against Poland on May 13th in Hamburg, he was in the starting line-up for the first time and played a full 90 minutes. The game ended 0-0.

A notable

fact about Matthias Ginter

is that he was the youngest player in the DFB squad for the 2014 World Cup. With the German team he was world champion at the soccer world championship in Brazil, whereby he - as well as his later Dortmund club colleagues Kevin Großkreutz and Erik Durm - remained without commitment. Ginter is the youngest German world champion to date with 20 years and 176 days on the day of the final.

In the summer of 2016, Ginter was not nominated by

Joachim Löw

for the European Championship in France. Instead, Horst Hrubesch, who was in charge of the Olympic selection, appointed him to the roster for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

With the exception of a preliminary round game, he played there all games and scored two goals. The final was lost to hosts Brazil on penalties, with Ginter converting the first penalty.

Ginter was in the Germany squad for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, which he won with the team. With the exception of the first group game, he was on the pitch from the start of every game, including the final against Chile, which was won 1-0. At this tournament he, Shkodran Mustafi and captain Julian Draxler were the only 2014 world champions in the German squad.

National coach Löw appointed Matthias Ginter to the squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Germany only finished last in its preliminary group and was eliminated for the first time after the preliminary round of a World Cup. Ginter was not used in any of the three group games.

After Ginter until then, apart from the Confederations Cup, had to consider himself mostly as a supplementary player, his game shares increased significantly after the World Cup.

Until November 2019, he only missed one qualifying game for the 2020 European Football Championship due to an injury. On November 16, 2019, he scored his first international goal in a 4-0 qualifying victory over Belarus with a 1-0 win at Borussia-Park.

Matthias Ginter is the first Borussia Mönchengladbach player to score an international goal in Mönchengladbach. At the end of the season the gateway to the international goal and Ginter was elected National Player of the Year.

With the German selection, he reached the round of 16 at the European Championships in 2021, where


was eliminated by England.

Matthias Ginter style of play

In his youth, Matthias Ginter was mostly used as an attacking or defensive midfielder. After his jump into the professional squad of SC Freiburg at the beginning of 2012, he was therefore initially scheduled in the defensive midfield.

Due to the failure of four central defenders, he was transferred to the defense center and established himself in this position in the Bundesliga. Both at Borussia Dortmund and in the German national team, Ginter often held the position of right full-back.

An important fact about Matthias Ginter is that he gets by with very few fouls for a central defender. He has only 15 yellow cards in 206 league games and has never had a yellow card suspension served. He has also never been expelled from the field in the Bundesliga.

Matthias Ginter, a solid Bundesliga player

Matthias Ginter has developed into a defensive leader for Borussia Mönchengladbach and Germany. He is a selfless player who is eager to fulfil any duty that is required of him.

Joachim Löw, Germany's head coach, was questioned about Ginter shortly before his team's November match against Belarus. Since his March 2014 debut, the 26-year-old Gladbach player has made 28 appearances for his nation, playing in a variety of positions.

In UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying and the 2018 UEFA Nations League, he has played at centre-back in a four-man defense, in a tournament-winning three-man defensive line at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

"I got the impression that he is underappreciated by the general public," Löw remarked. "He's always done a good job when he's played with us."

The Freiburg native went on to produce one of his greatest performances for the 2014 FIFA World Cup champions, as if to emphasize that point. The match against Belarus was held at Mönchengladbach, and the former Borussia Dortmund defender honored the occasion by scoring the first goal for Germany at Borussia Park.

Four minutes before halftime, Ginter wonderfully flicked the ball in from a low

Serge Gnabry

pass, albeit some teammates seemed to need convincing that he was capable of netting in such spectacular way.

"Not everyone wanted to believe it was me or that it wasn't an own goal at halftime," he joked afterwards.

Löw had pushed the 2016 Olympic silver medalist to come forward as much as can against deep-lying opponents, and that strategy paid off in the second half. Soon after the restart, Ginter dummied the ball for Leon Goretzka to extend Germany's lead, then winning the ball high up the field and teeing up Toni Kroos for a third goal.

After the 4-0 triumph that secured Germany's position at UEFA Euro 2020 next summer, Ginter was awarded man of the match by the crowd, and Löw was full of praise for his number four.

"You know what to anticipate from him as a coach," Löw added. "He's trustworthy, and he can do what we need of him, which is to assist create the play from the back."

"He's also improved defensively." He exudes a sense of tranquility, which is what makes him so stable, steady, and dependable. "I'm very pleased that he was able to score such a lovely goal tonight."

Ginter, who won the DFB Cup with Dortmund in 2016/17, is in his fourth season at Gladbach. In his first season with the club, he scored five league goals, and in his second, he led the Foals to a fifth-place finish. He was instrumental in Gladbach's return to the Champions League last season, missing just three games due to injury while starting the other 31.

With the Nations League and Euro 2020 all crammed into the next 12 months, Ginter's experience and maturity indicate he might be vital in what will be a critical year for Germany.

Ginter is one of just three players from Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning team still active today, with Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Real Madrid midfielder

Toni Kroos


"All three have a lot of international tournament experience," Löw remarked after Germany qualified for the finals next summer. "Having guys like that on the squad is critical, which is why all three are significant in my plans."

Ginter has come a long way since winning the Fritz Walter Gold Medal as the top German player at the U18 and U19 levels in 2012 and 2013. He made his Bundesliga debut for Freiburg against Augsburg two days after his 18th birthday in January 2012. He capped it off with a late winner to become the Bundesliga's youngest ever goalscorer for his local club.

Ginter's versatility is undeniable, particularly given that he used to play defensive midfielder for his first club. He considers having played so many parts to be a huge asset, even if it didn't always assist his public image.

"Many did not view me as someone who played with regularity since I often had to change positions – even if the data demonstrated the reverse," he previously said.

Ginter has no issue putting footballing concerns in perspective, having established a foundation to support underprivileged young people in his hometown of Freiburg in 2018. He has, however, been used to proving his naysayers wrong as a veteran of almost 200 Bundesliga matches.

"I've become used to it," he stated before of the Belarus match. "No one in Freiburg thought I had a chance to play in the Bundesliga. Many people believed I had relocated too soon to Dortmund when I first arrived. I wasn't viewed in the position that I've taken on in the heart of the defense even at Gladbach."

Ginter played three years with Dortmund between 2014 and 2017 after three seasons with Freiburg's first team. Now, he's flourishing under new Gladbach manager Marco Rose, who previously worked with Ginter's former BVB managers

Jürgen Klopp


Thomas Tuchel

at Mainz.

"You can tell that our coach must have worked under both in certain scenarios," Ginter stated earlier this season.

Ginter has risen to new heights with former Salzburg coach Rose, after reaching the top five under Dieter Hecking in 2018/19.

"The new approach is more strong, dynamic, and forward-thinking," he said earlier this year to German sports magazine Kicker. "At an early point, I had a lengthy chat with him about plans, thoughts, and ambitions. The conversation made me feel wonderful, therefore it was evident right away that I wanted to assist with this initiative."

He surely has, despite missing five club matches between October and the beginning of December due to a dislocated shoulder and subsequently a muscle injury. He has won well over half of his challenges this season when playing in either a back three or a four-man defense, and he has a healthy average throwing accuracy of over 85%.

Ginter was particularly impressive in keeping five-time Bundesliga top scorer

Robert Lewandowski

quiet in Gladbach's 2-1 triumph against reigning champions Bayern on Matchday 14. That victory was the Foals' eleventh in the league, a run that had fans dreaming of a return to the 1970s glory days, when they won five Bundesliga crowns.

While Gladbach finally weakened, they still managed to qualify for the Champions League by placing fourth, and most of the credit, according to Ginter, must go to Rose. He believes the former Mainz defender has aided him in taking "the next stages" in his growth and that his career is now well on its way.

Some quick facts about Matthias Ginter:

A notable fact about Matthias Ginter is that he made his professional debut against fellow relegation battlers FC Augsburg on January 21, 2012, when he was put in for Anton Putsila in the 70th minute.

He scored the game-winning goal for his side in a 1–0 victory in the 88th minute following a free-kick by Michael Lumb. Ginter became SCF's youngest Bundesliga goalscorer in the club's history with the goal, which occurred two days after his 18th birthday. Dennis Aogo had previously held the record. Ginter signed a deal with SC Freiburg's first squad two days later, on January 23.

Ginter signed a five-year contract with Borussia Dortmund on July 17, 2014. He made his debut on August 13th, playing the whole match as they defeated

Bayern Munich

2–0 at the Westfalenstadion in the DFL-Supercup. Borussia Mönchengladbach is a German football club based in Mönchengladbach

Ginter signed a four-year contract with Dortmund rivals Mönchengladbach on July 4, 2017. The transaction was estimated to be valued roughly €17 million.

An important fact about Matthias Ginter is that he started all four games for the under-21 squad at the 2015 European Championship in the Czech Republic. Following two Kevin Volland goals in their second group encounter against Denmark at the Eden Arena in Prague, Ginter completed the scoring by heading in Amin Younes' cross in the 53rd minute, resulting in a 3–0 triumph.

After going on as a 90th-minute replacement for Mesut zil in a friendly match against Chile at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on March 5, 2014, he got his first cap for his country's senior national team. He was the 900th player to represent Germany at the international level.

He was chosen as the youngest player in Germany's 23-man team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in June, despite the fact that he did not appear on the field of play at any stage during the tournament. He was a member of the German team that won silver in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Ginter won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup alongside fellow World Cup winner Shkodran Mustafi and Julian Draxler.

Ginter was included to Germany's final 23-man roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on June 4, 2018. He refused to play, becoming him the first outfield player in German football history to not play a single minute in two World Cup campaigns.

Ginter netted his first goal for Germany in a game versus Belarus on November 16, 2019. On May 19, 2021, he was named to the UEFA Euro 2020 team.

Ginter married Christina in May of 2020. Ginter's kid was born on his birthday, January 19, 2020. The home stadium of SV March, the club where Ginter began his career, was renamed "Matthias-Ginter-Sportpark" in October 2021.

Matthias Ginter social media


Matthias Ginter social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (


) with 335k followers. In the page we can see various pictures of him with the fans and his family.

He also has a Twitter account (


) with more than 103k followers. He rarely posts new stuff on his Twitter page.

Matthias Ginter body measurements

Speaking about Matthias Ginter body measurements, it should be mentioned that the German stat is 187 cm and 70 kg.

Matthias Ginter net worth and salary

Matthias Ginter net worth

is around €7 million. He is a rich soccer player who lives in Germany at an undisclosed location.

His current wage from his hometown club, Borussia Monchengladbach, is €2.6 million per year. Aside from that, he adds a sizable quantity to his bank account via his Nike endorsement agreement and national team wage. His current market worth is €25 million.

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