Matija Nastasić (Serbian Cyrillic: Матија Настасић, pronounced [mǎtija nǎstasitɕ]; born 28 March 1993) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for German club Schalke 04 and the Serbia national team as a centre back.
Nastasić training with Schalke 04 in 2015
|Full name||Matija Nastasić|
|Date of birth||28 March 1993|
|Place of birth||Valjevo, FR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2010–2011||→ Teleoptik (loan)||21||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 February 2021|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2019
He began his career at Partizan, and after a loan to Teleoptik joined Fiorentina in 2011. After one season there he transferred to Manchester City for €15 million and a swap with Stefan Savić, winning the Premier League in 2014, despite injury problems. In 2015, he joined Schalke, initially on loan.
Nastasić made his senior international debut for Serbia in 2012, and has gone on to earn over 25 caps.
Matija Nastasić is a product of Partizan youth academy. Unable to find space in the Partizan first team setup, he was sent out on loan to Serbian second division side FK Teleoptik from Zemun. There, the young, left footed centre back made 21 appearances and caught the eye of Fiorentina sporting director at that time, Pantaleo Corvino, who signed him in a deal for €4 million.
Nastasić spent some time in the Fiorentina youth side but, due to a lack of quality centre backs in the squad and suspensions and injuries, he trained with the first team on many occasions. Fellow Serbian and Fiorentina manager Siniša Mihajlović handed him his Serie A debut on 11 September 2011 in a 2–0 win against Bologna. He went on to make a further 25 appearances that season but one stood out more than any and it was during this performance that he announced himself to Italian and World football. It was a match between La Viola and Milan at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. Nastasić showed many of his qualities - tackling, comfort on the ball, tactical astuteness. It was these qualities that led to a deadline day transfer to English side Manchester City in a move worth €24.4 million, excluding the value of Stefan Savić who was given to Fiorentina as part of the exchange.
Nastasić signed a five-year contract with Manchester City, ending on 30 June 2017. He was part of an exchange deal with Stefan Savić. He made his debut for the club on 18 September 2012, starting in a Champions League away fixture against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. He made his Premier League debut on 29 September in a 2–1 win against Fulham. He cemented his place in the starting XI and his great form won him the club's Player of the Month Award for November. Quickly becoming a fan favourite, the youngster pushed 30-year-old Joleon Lescott out of the starting lineup in centre-back position and was selected to start in the 2013 FA Cup Final, a 1–0 defeat by Wigan Athletic. In May 2013, he was named Manchester City's Young Player of the Season.
On 13 January 2015, having not featured for City during the season, he was loaned to German club Schalke 04 for its remainder. He made his debut on 31 January, starting in a 1–0 home win over Hannover 96. Having not featured in the Champions League that season, he featured in both legs of Schalke's elimination by Real Madrid in the Last 16.
In June 2018, along with goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann, Nastasić sign a contract extension with Schalke to stay with the club until the summer of 2022.
In May 2018 he was named in Serbia’s preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but he failed to make the 23-man final squad.
|Teleoptik||2009–10||Serbian First League||9||0||—||—||—||9||0|
|2010–11||Serbian First League||12||0||0||0||—||—||12||0|
|Manchester City||2012–13||Premier League||21||0||3||0||5||0||1||0||30||0|
|Senior International appearances|
|1.||29 February 2012||GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus||Cyprus||0–0||Friendly||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
|2.||15 August 2012||Stadion Rajko Mitić, Belgrade, Serbia||Republic of Ireland||0–0||Friendly||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
|3.||8 September 2012||Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland||Scotland||0–0||2014 World Cup Qualification Group A||Time played: 90' (complete game) |
|4.||11 September 2012||Stadion Karađorđe, Novi Sad, Serbia||Wales||6–1||2014 World Cup Qualification Group A||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
|5.||12 October 2012||Stadion Rajko Mitić, Belgrade, Serbia||Belgium||0–3||2014 World Cup Qualification Group A||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
|6.||16 October 2012||National Arena Philip II of Macedonia, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||North Macedonia||0–1||2014 World Cup Qualification Group A||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
|7.||6 February 2013||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||Cyprus||3–1||Friendly||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
|8.||22 March 2013||Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia||Croatia||0–2||2014 World Cup Qualification Group A||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
|9.||26 March 2013||Stadion Karađorđe, Novi Sad, Serbia||Scotland||2–0||2014 World Cup Qualification Group A||Time played: 90' (complete game) |
|10.||6 September 2013||Stadion Rajko Mitić, Belgrade, Serbia||Croatia||1–1||2014 World Cup Qualification Group A||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
|11.||10 September 2013||Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales||Wales||3–0||2014 World Cup Qualification Group A||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
|12.||11 October 2013||Stadion Karađorđe, Novi Sad, Serbia||Japan||2–0||Friendly||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
|13.||15 October 2013||Jagodina City Stadium, Jagodina, Serbia||North Macedonia||5–1||2014 World Cup Qualification Group A||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
|14.||7 September 2014||Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia||France||1–1||Friendly||Time played: 90' (complete game) |
|15.||11 October 2014||Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia||Armenia||1–1||2016 Euro Qualification Group I||Time played: 90' (complete game) |
|16.||14 October 2014||Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia||Albania||0–3||2016 Euro Qualification Group I||Time played: 41' (complete game)|
|17.||29 March 2015||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal||Portugal||1–2||2016 Euro Qualification Group I||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
|18.||7 July 2015||NV Arena, Sankt Pölten, Austria||Azerbaijan||4–1||Friendly||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
|19.||13 July 2015||Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark||Denmark||0–2||2016 Euro Qualification Group I||Time played: 90' (complete game)|
- "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "Matija Nastasic Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- ACF Fiorentina S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2011, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
- ACF Fiorentina S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2012, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
- "Summer 2012 British Transfers". Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
- "Manchester City sign Matija Nastasic as Stefan Savic departs for Fiorentina". The Telegraph. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
- "Fulham 1-2 Manchester City" BBC Sport. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- "Matija Nastasic has been voted as the Etihad Player of the Month for November". Manchester City F.C. official website. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- "Brazil World Cup squad: Scolari leaves out Kaká and Philippe Coutinho". Manchester City Football Club. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- "Pellegrini admits Nastasic injury is still baffling City". Manchester Evening News. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- "Games played by Matija Nastasic in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
- "Manchester City loan Matija Nastasic to Schalke". BBC Sport. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
- "TEN-MAN SCHALKE HOLD ON TO BEAT HANNOVER". Bundesliga. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
- Uersfeld, Stephan. "Matija Nastasic signs for Schalke from Man City in permanent transfer". ESPN FC. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
- Akerman, Nick (25 March 2015). "Matija Nastasic Transfer Clause Activated by Schalke". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
- "Wolfsburg, Leverkusen, Schalke all win DFB-Pokal openers; Hoffenheim lose". ESPN FC. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- "Matija Nastasic and Ralf Fährmann extend contracts to 2022". Schalke 04. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
- "Schalke extend Nastasic, Fahrmann contracts". Sports Star. 3 June 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
- "Serbia - M.Nastasić - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
- Mondo (Serbian): Matija Nastasić ponos Valjeva 3 January 2013
- "Један тим, срцем свим – Младен Крстајић одабрао" [One team, with all their hearts – Mladen Krstajić selects]. FSS.rs (in Serbian). Football Association of Serbia. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
- Matija Nastasić at National-Football-Teams.com
- "Matija Nastasic: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 17 April 2018.