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Mats Hummels Facts and Biography

Mats Hummels is Borussia Dortmund’s most renown defender. The 30 years old German player had a very remarkable career. Despite a few setbacks and injuries, the current BVB number 15 is an idol young players look up to. Considered one of the best defenders to ever play in the German National team, there is more to know about the talented center back. Therefore, I am happy to share with you Mats Hummels facts and biography.

Mats Hummels Birth Place

Mats Hummels with his mother Ulla Holthoff

Although most fans think Mats Hummels is born in Dortmund, it’s not the case. The decorated center back was born on December 16, 1988, in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, 80 kilometers south of Dortmund. Mats Hummels father, Hermann Hummels, played professional football and worked as a youth coach for Bayern Munich until 2012. The family moved to Munich when Mats was 6 years old. His mother Ulla Holthoff was a sports journalist.

Journalists love Mats Hummels Interviews

Mats Hummels Mother Ulla Holthoff

Mats Hummels mother, Ulla, used to take young Mats to work. According to her, “For some shows he’d sit in the TV wagon at the back and was allowed to press the button for the graphics to appear on the screen,” she said. “When he’s in a stadium nowadays, it’s guaranteed there’ll be at least one journalist telling him: ‘I know you, you used to be so small!'”. Reading lots of books since he was a kid, Mats is also known for his interview eloquence. 

Mats Hummels Podcast

Mats Hummels Podcast Alleine ist Schwer

Here at, we are proud of our Ultimate Borussia Podcast. However, we are not the only ones to produce audio content. Mats Hummels, in cooperation with his brother, Jonas, host a Podcast called “Alleine ist schwer” (meaning: Alone is hard). Mats Hummels brother Jonas used to be a footballer too. Unfortunately, injuries stopped him from playing.

Jürgen Klopp was Mats… Babysitter!

Mats Hummels with Jurgen Klopp

We all know and love Jürgen Klopp, current Liverpool coach, and former BVB legendary leader. While the Champions League winner and World’s best football coach for 2019 is known for his close relationships with his players, Jürgen Klopp’s relationship with Mats Hummels was even closer. In fact, Jürgen Klopp used to babysit Mats Hummels. You might ask yourself, how is that possible? Well, here is the context: Klopp used to play for FSV Mainz back in 1994 when Hummels father, Hermann, was the coach. Therefore, Klopp was asked on several occasions to babysit Hummels when he was 6.

Playing for FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund

Mats Hummels played for BVB and FC Bayern

Mats Hummels started playing in the Bayern Munich youth team since age 7. Climbing the Bayern Munich ranks, he struggled to make the first-team squad and therefore was loaned to Borussia Dortmund in 2008. Upon being reunited with childhood friend Jürgen Klopp, Mats immediately established himself as a key player in the squad. After winning back to back Bundesliga titles with BVB, a DFB cup and reaching the UEFA Champions League final in 2013, Mats Hummels made a move to Archrival Bayern Munich in 2016 in hopes for a UEFA CL title. A move that made BVB fans angry because the German defender was the team’s captain before the transfer. However, the fans welcomed him back in 2019 when Mats decided to return to Borussia Dortmund.

Praised by Zinedine Zidane

Following a spectacular performance in the UEFA Euros 2012, French 1998 FIFA WorldCup winner and current Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane labeled Mats Hummels as the most impressive player at the competition. This was no surprise as Mats Hummels is a player who masters challenges, arial duels, and passing. His ability to keep the ball and make deep and accurate passes is remarkable.

Mats Hummels Wife

Mats Hummels with Wife Cathy Fischer

Cathy Fischer, Mats Hummels wife, is also known in German football. She was voted “Germany’s most popular WAG 2013”. (WAG stand for wives and girlfriends of high-profile sportspersons). She also won the title of “Miss FC Bayern 2007”. The couple has been dating since 2006.  

World Cup Winner

Mats Hummels celebrating World Cup Title in 2014

During the FIFA WorldCup 2014, Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels was a key player in Joachim Low squad. Hummels appeared in 6 out of 7 games and scored 2 goals. Considered a main contributor to the German National Team achievement, Hummels is proud of the title and considers it the most valuable moment of his entire life.

Mats Hummels Career Choice

Had he not became a football star, Mats Hummels would have chosen journalism. This comes as no surprise because his mother is the first female sports journalists to work for ZDF. In addition, Mats Hummels used to hang out in television offices and studios. He also is an avid reader since he was a kid and journalists enjoy interviewing him thanks to his remarkable eloquence.

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