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Mats Hummels

Mats Hummels

An ever-present at both club and international level, Mats Hummels has developed into one of Europe’s finest centre-backs in recent years, his elegant playing style even drawing comparisons with the legendary Franz Beckenbauer. Borussia Dortmund’s defensive stalwart is as strong in the tackle as he is in the air, possesses an outstanding ability to read the game, while his open and articulate manner makes him a natural leader off the pitch as well as on it.

Hummels, who won the European U-21 Championship with Germany in 2009, joined Bayern Munich at just seven years of age, but failed to break into the first-team squad. He joined Dortmund at 19 – first on loan, then as a permanent signing. It was a move that paid off, as Hummels played a major role in the Yellow-Blacks’ league title victory in 2011, their league and DFB Cup double in 2012, as well as their route to the 2013 Champions League final.

His performances for the national team at EURO 2012 were no less impressive: Hummels became a regular for Joachim Low’s side in Poland and Ukraine and, not only did he win the second-most tackles during the group stage, he did so without conceding a single foul. The defensive giant is now looking to add stability to Germany’s defence at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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