The Rise of Matthias Ginter

When youngster Matthias Ginter signed a five-year deal for Borussia Dortmund after joining from boyhood club SC Freiburg on 17th July 2014 for £8 million, most Bundesliga fans had never heard of the young defender. He was a key member and standout performer in the heart of the Freiburg defence before making the move, and helped his former side to avoid relegation. The 6’2″ starlet was the only Freiburg player to feature in all 34 league matches during the 2012/13 campaign.

A centre back by trade, the 21 year-old made his debut at the Westfalenstadion beating bitter rivals Bayern Munich 2-0 in the DFL Super Cup in August, 2014. Despite making his first appearance for the yellow-blacks the former SV March youth graduate had a season to forget.

The versatile colossus, who can also play as a right back and defensive midfielder, notched up one of the most bizarre own goals against Mainz, as Dortmund slumped to a 2-0 defeat. It seemed the youngster was still finding his feet as his team rapidly declined, finishing the season in 7th on 46 points.

Since then the youngster’s composure and maturity has seen him play a key role in Thomas Tuchel’s side this season, making 23 appearances in all competitions to date, scoring three and assisting an impressive 10 goals – more than any other player in the Bundesliga.

It seems that playing in front of home crowds up to 81 359 in Dortmund, after playing in front of a maximum of 24,000 fans at SCF home matches has raised his game and not fazed the young man. His attitude is also second to none.

He continues to be a standout performer in the heart of the back four and is seen as one of the most intelligent players for his age in Europe. This was seen by former boss Jurgen Klopp, who persuaded him to join Dortmund in a two-horse race with Arsenal for his signature.

The number 28 may find himself as an even more key member of Dortmund’s squad, with Mats Hummels’ future still unclear, despite Kicker reporting that the veteran will remain a BvB man. If the 26 year-old Hummels was to leave the Westfalenstadion, Ginter would have big shoes to fill. The fact that the youngster can play a number of roles as well as accept a place on the substitutes bench is something which is seen as a godsend by manager Tuchel.

The hot prospect has completed an impressive 86.3 pass success rate so far in this seasons UEFA Europa League despite only making four appearances in the competition. He also has a 77.1% pass success rate in the Bundesliga to date and made 23 interceptions, 18 clearances and three blocks.

Despite not making an appearance for Joachim Löw’s Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he has a key role to play for the future and was the youngest player in the German 23 man squad. He should be a German international for years to come. His honours include a World Cup Medal and a DFL Super Cup with Dortmund. He is also a two time Gold winner of the Fritz Walter Medal for the best young player of his age for 2012 and 13.

Back in the summer Ginter represented Germany’s Under 21 team in the 2015 European Championships in the Czech Republic, starting four matches. In their second group match against Denmark, following a Kevin Volland brace, Ginter rounded the game off in the 53rd minute helping his side to a 3-0 victory.

The youngster has a bright future ahead.

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Sam May

Sam May is a Sports Journalism student currently studying at the University of Chester. He’s part of the media team at Tranmere Rovers Football Club and complete’s their official home match reports. Aspiring to be a senior Sports Journalist or TV Commentator, he has completed a work placement with The Daily Mail. Other work lined up includes: The Independent, Press Association, Liverpool Echo, Shoot Magazine and Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Follow Sam: @Sam95May