Mathias Jorgensen


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Mathias "Zanka" Jattah-Njie Jørgensen (born 23 April 1990) is a Danish footballer who plays as a centre back for the Premier League club Huddersfield Town. He was nick-named "Zanka" by a youth coach. The youth coach had to squeeze the football team in his car going to an away game. And "Zanka" was placed on the floor in front of the passenger seat. This reminded the coach of the movie "Cool Runnings" about the Jamaican Bobsledders in 1988. One of the main carachters is named "Sanka" and the nickname "Zanka" was born.

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

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

Only 8 days after his first team debut, Zanka 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.

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

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.

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