Matip with Schalke 04 in January 2015
|Full name||Job Joël André Matip|
|Date of birth||8 August 1991|
|Place of birth||Bochum, Germany|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1995–1997||SC Weitmar 45|
|2009–2011||Schalke 04 II||4||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2019|
Matip was born in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia. He started his professional career with Schalke 04 in 2009. He was part of the Schalke side that won the DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup in 2011. He made 258 competitive appearances and scored 23 goals for Schalke before moving to Liverpool on a free transfer in 2016. He won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool, playing the full 90 minutes in the final in 2019. In the same game, he also assisted Divock Origi's goal in the 87th minute that saw Liverpool defeat Tottenham Hotspur 2–0.
Matip was born and raised in Germany but chose to represent his father's birth country, Cameroon, at international level. He played for them at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cups of 2010 and 2014. He chose not to play for Cameroon at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.