Job Joel Andre Matip (born 8 August 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Liverpool and the Cameroon national team.
Born in Bochum, Matip began his career with SC Weitmar 45 before joining VfL Bochum in 1997. After three years in VfL Bochum’s youth teams, Matip was scouted by Schalke 04 in July 2000.
FC Schalke 04
Matip made his professional debut on 17 October 2009 in a Regionalliga against 1. FC Saarbrücken. He made his Bundesliga debut for Schalke on 7 November 2009 against Bayern Munich, in which he scored the game-tying goal and was subsequently named man of the match.
On 2 March 2010, Matip signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Schalke 04.
In January 2012, Schalke announced that Matip signed a two-year contract extension running until 30 June 2016.
On 23 February 2013, Matip scored both goals as Schalke recorded an important 2–1 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf, securing the club’s second win in 12 games.
On 15 February 2016, Matip announced signing a four-year pre-contract agreement to join Liverpool on a free transfer, following the expiration of his contract with Schalke.
On 1 July 2016, Matip officially became a Liverpool player, taking the shirt number 32, whilst Cameron Brannagan, who previously wore 32 took number 25.
Matip made his debut for Liverpool on 23 August 2016 against Burton Albion in the League Cup in a 5–0 win for the Reds. He scored his first goal for the club in a 4–2 Premier League win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on 29 October.