Tim Matavž

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Tim Matavž
Matavz PSV 2011.jpg
Matavž with PSV in 2011
Personal information
Full name Tim Matavž [1]
Date of birth (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 35)
Place of birth Šempeter pri Gorici, SFR Yugoslavia [2]
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) [2]
Position(s) Striker
Team information
Current team
Number 89
Youth career
1995–2004 Bilje
2004–2006 Gorica
Senior career*
2006–2007 Gorica 30 (11)
2007–2011 Groningen 84 (34)
2008–2009FC Emmen (loan) 15 (5)
2011–2014 PSV 70 (24)
2014 Jong PSV 2 (0)
2014–2017 FC Augsburg 27 (3)
2016Genoa (loan) 7 (0)
2016–20171. FC Nürnberg (loan) 20 (5)
2017–2020 Vitesse 69 (32)
2020–2021 Al Wahda 19 (12)
2021–2022 Bursaspor 16 (2)
2022–2023 Omonia 10 (3)
2023– Gorica 23 (1)
International career
2006 Slovenia U18 3 (1)
2006 Slovenia U19 4 (0)
2007 Slovenia U20 1 (0)
2006–2010 Slovenia U21 20 (6)
2010–2020 Slovenia 39 (11)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 6 November 2023

Tim Matavž (born 13 January 1989) is a Slovenian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Croatian club Gorica. [3]


Club career

Matavž began his football career at the age of 6 playing for Bilje. In 2004, he moved to Gorica youth squads. He was promoted to their senior squad in the 2006–07 season and played a total of 30 matches in the Slovenian first division, scoring 11 goals in the process. [4]

On 30 August 2007, at the age of 18, he signed a five-year contract for Groningen. [5] On 26 September 2007 he scored four goals in KNVB Cup in a match against IJsselmeervogels, [6] but later moved to Emmen on loan and remained there until January 2009.

On 13 March 2009, Matavž scored his first goal in the Eredivisie in a 2–0 victory over Roda. Soon he began scoring for Groningen on regular basis in all competitions. On 24 February 2010 Matavž extended his contract with club until 2013. [7] On 6 February 2011, in a match against Willem II, Matavž scored his first hat-trick in the Eredivisie. [8]

On 2 February 2011, Groningen sporting director Hans Nijland said that Matavž had already agreed terms with Napoli and that he was looking forward to joining them. [9] However, Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven were also in talks with Groningen to buy him before the transfer window closed. On 31 August 2011, Matavž eventually signed a five-year contract with PSV. [10]

On 29 June 2017, Matavž returned to the Netherlands, to join Vitesse on a three-year deal. [11] [12]

On 19 July 2020, Matavž joined Al Wahda on a two-year deal. [13]

International career

On 9 October 2010, Matavž scored a hat-trick for Slovenia in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Faroe Islands. [14] At the age of 21, he became the youngest player ever to score three goals for Slovenia. [15] Overall, Matavž earned a total of 39 caps for the national team, scoring 11 goals. [16]

Personal life

Matavž was born in Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia). [17] He is the cousin of fellow footballer Etien Velikonja. [18] In June 2014, Matavž married his long-term partner Polona. [19] He has two daughters, Tia (born 2012) and Ela (born 2015), and one son, Val (born 2017). [20] Beside Slovene, Matavž is also fluent in Dutch. [21]

Career statistics


As of match played 7 March 2020 [2]
ClubSeasonLeagueNational cupContinentalOtherTotal
Gorica 2006–07 Slovenian PrvaLiga 2711321 [lower-alpha 1] 03113
2007–08 Slovenian PrvaLiga30002 [lower-alpha 2] 151
Groningen 2007–08 Eredivisie 1502400174
2008–09 Eredivisie42004 [lower-alpha 3] 183
2009–10 Eredivisie3213322 [lower-alpha 3] 13716
2010–11 Eredivisie2916422 [lower-alpha 3] 23520
2011–12 Eredivisie430043
FC Emmen (loan) 2008–09 Eerste Divisie 15510165
PSV 2011–12 Eredivisie2811549 [lower-alpha 4] 54220
2012–13 Eredivisie2711427 [lower-alpha 4] 7003820
2013–14 Eredivisie152106 [lower-alpha 5] 2224
FC Augsburg 2014–15 Bundesliga 16310173
2015–16 Bundesliga110204 [lower-alpha 4] 0170
Genoa (loan) 2015–16 Serie A 700070
1. FC Nürnberg (loan) 2016–17 2. Bundesliga 20510215
Vitesse 2017–18 Eredivisie3014105 [lower-alpha 4] 15 [lower-alpha 6] 24117
2018–19 Eredivisie146004 [lower-alpha 4] 24 [lower-alpha 3] 32211
2019–20 Eredivisie2512212713
Career total32211430173818179407158
  1. Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  2. Appearance(s) in UEFA Cup
  3. 1 2 3 4 Appearance(s) in Eredivisie European play-offs
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  5. Four appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League and two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  6. One appearance in Johan Cruyff Shield and four appearances and two goals in Eredivisie European play-offs


Scores and results list Slovenia's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Matavž goal. [22]
List of international goals scored by Tim Matavž
18 October 2010 Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, SloveniaFlag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 1–05–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
43 June 2011 Svangaskarð, Tórshavn, Faroe IslandsFlag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 1–02–0UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
52 September 2011Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, SloveniaFlag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 1–11–2UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
615 November 2011Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, SloveniaFlag of the United States.svg  United States 1–12–3 Friendly
812 October 2012 Ljudski vrt, Maribor, SloveniaFlag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 1–02–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
1031 May 2013 Schüco Arena, Bielefeld, GermanyFlag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 2–02–0Friendly
1119 November 2019 Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, PolandFlag of Poland.svg  Poland 1–12–3 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification




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