Mats Julian Hummels
(born 16 December 1988 in Bergisch Gladbach
) is a German football
who plays for Borussia Dortmund
, as a central defender
. As of May 24, 2011, he is the highest ranking defender on the Castrol Performance Index
, ranking 7th overall.
A product of FC Bayern Munich
's youth ranks, Hummels signed his first professional contract on 19 December 2006, until 2010. On 19 May 2007, in the season
's final match, he played his first league
game with the first team, in a 5–2 home routing of 1. FSV Mainz 05
On January 2008, Hummels joined Borussia Dortmund
, initially on loan. During his first full season
, he quickly established himself as first-choice, as he often partnered newly signed Neven Subotić
(also born in December 1988), but also missed a great part of its final months due to injury. In February 2009, he was fully signed to the club.
The 2010-11 brought increased success for Hummels. He is the regular first-choice center-back, again paired with Subotic. The duo have helped Dortmund to the best defensive record in the Bundesliga and to the unofficial title of Autumn Champions
. Hummels's performances this season have displayed great quality in tackling, positioning, and composure. He has attracted praise from pundits and coaches alike, and he is considered one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga.
Hummels was called by the U21 team
for the 2009 European Championship
; after getting only minimal playing... Read More