22 Facts About Nemanja Matic

1. Nemanja Matic is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Italian Serie A club Roma.

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2. Nemanja Matic is known for his consistent performances on the pitch and his combative style of play.

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3. Nemanja Matic began his senior career at Kolubara, before joining Slovak side Kosice in 2007.

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4. Nemanja Matic made his senior international debut in 2008 and scored twice in 48 appearances.

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5. Nemanja Matic was part of Serbia's squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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6. Nemanja Matic was given the number 24 shirt by Chelsea but was not able to make his debut immediately due to the injury he picked up at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

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7. On 23 August 2010, Nemanja Matic transferred to Eredivisie club Vitesse on a one-year loan, together with teammates Slobodan Rajkovic and Matej Delac.

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8. On 31 January 2011, Nemanja Matic agreed to join Portuguese club Benfica in the summer of 2011, as part of a deal for Chelsea to sign Brazilian centre-back David Luiz.

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9. Under Benfica manager Jorge Jesus, Nemanja Matic was converted from a playmaker into a defensive midfielder.

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10. On 14 April 2012, Nemanja Matic started for Benfica in the 2012 Taca da Liga Final against Gil Vicente, where he won his first trophy with the Lisbon-based club.

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11. On 13 January 2014, Nemanja Matic placed second in the 2013 FIFA Puskas Award.

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12. On 26 April 2015, Nemanja Matic was named as one of four midfielders in the PFA Team of the Year, alongside teammate Eden Hazard.

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13. On 30 July 2017, a photo was leaked of Nemanja Matic wearing a Manchester United training kit printed with the number 31 vacated by Bastian Schweinsteiger the previous March, fuelling rumours that Nemanja Matic was on the verge of a reunion with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

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14. On 6 July 2020, Nemanja Matic signed a new three-year contract with the club, securing his future until 2023.

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15. On 15 April 2022, Nemanja Matic announced he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

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16. Nemanja Matic played in the Cyprus International Football Tournament in 2009 where Serbia made it to the final.

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17. Nemanja Matic broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and was forced to undergo surgery.

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18. In December 2012, Nemanja Matic announced he would not play for the Serbian national team while Sinisa Mihajlovic was the coach.

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19. Nemanja Matic earned his final cap against Luxembourg on 10 September 2019.

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20. Nemanja Matic is often used at a holding position and screens the defence while providing cover for attacking movements.

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21. Nemanja Matic is of partial Macedonian descent as his maternal grandfather is from Volkovija.

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22. In November 2018, Nemanja Matic refused to wear a Remembrance poppy on his shirt for a match against Bournemouth.

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