Mats Hummels is a German soccer star who plays for FC Bayern Munich. He has also played for Borussia Dortmund. He is also a part of the Germany national soccer team. Read on to find all you need to know about the German defender.
Mats Hummels Biography
Mats Hummels was born Mats Julian Hummels on December 16, 1988, in Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. His parents are Hermann Hummels, his father, and Ulla Holtho, his mother. His father, Hermann was also a while his mother, Ulla, was a sports journalist – little wonder then how he turned out to be such a fine soccer player. Hummels has a younger brother, Jonas Hummels, who also played soccer but retired due to a career-ending injury which he had while playing the game.
Hummels was keen on playing soccer and aspired to play in the forward position at a very young age. He joined the youth team of German club, FC Bayern Munich following his family’s relocation to Munich when he was six years old as his father got the job as the coach of the club’s youth team. He started with the team when he was fourteen and he was handled by his father but that did not accord him any preferential treatments as he had to put himself through a lot of hard work to merit his place in the team.
At times when he was not sharp in his form, he found himself on the bench as he watched others show him what the rewards to more hard work could be. Another thing that happened to him under his father’s watchful eyes was that he was molded into the defense-minded player that he is today, despite aiming for the strikers’ role while joining the club. When he did get his chance to play, his father played him as a defensive midfielder or further back as part of the defense backline.
His professionalism and spirited efforts for the team, as he rose through the ranks of the FC Bayern Munich youth team, earned him his first pro contract in soccer on December 19, 2006, when he turned eighteen.
Mats Hummels rose through the youth ranks o FC Bayern Munich to become one of the most sought-after defenders in world soccer today. He is highly rated among his peers and fans alike for his athleticism, consistency, strength in the air, and technical abilities and being a German player, he has drawn comparisons to the legendary Germany defender, Franz Beckenbauer. Hummels has the ability to read a game and can both play in the in the defensive midfield position and also as a central defender.
After growing through the youth team of Bayern Munich which he joined when he was only a six-year-old under the tutelage of his father, he signed his first professional contract at the age of 18 which was a four-year contract on December 19, 2006. He played for the reserves for one year before he was called up to the senior squad. His first game in the Bundesliga was Bayern Munich’s 5-2 demolishing of 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the final game of the 2006-07 season.
In order to get more game time, he went on a loan deal to Bundesliga rivals, Borussia Dortmund midway into the 2007-08 season. His decision proved to be the right one as he became a regular for Dortmund, partnering Neven Subotić, who also came in newly into the club, in heart of the team’s defense. His importance to the club was shown as Dortmund made a move to sign him on a permanent deal and got their man after dishing out the sum of €4 million. He won several titles and cups with Dortmund, including some against his former employers, FC Bayern Munich.
He rejoined Bayern Munich in 2016, amid interest from other leagues including the English Premier League (EPL). Hummels was called up to the Germany national team and he made his debut on May 13, 2010, against Malta which Germany won 3-0. He was also part of the Germany side that won the World Cup in 2014 against Argentina. Mats Hummels currently receives $10,010,000 in annual salary in Bayern Munich and has an estimated net worth of $12 million.
Is Mats Hummels Married? Wife
Mats Hummels is married to Catherine Fischer, a German television presenter and journalist popularly referred to as “Cathy Fischer”. He met his beautiful brunette in 2007 through a date set up by a mutual friend. Born in Dachau, Fischer, who is also a model, attended the Technical University of Dortmund where she studied Technical Sciences.
After dating for eight years, Hummels proposed to Fischer while on a ski holiday and got married to his beau on June 15, 2015, in Munich at the grand hotel Bayerischer Hof in a small ceremony. The couple is often referred to as the “Beckhams of Germany” with his wife, Cathy Fischer, labeled by People Magazine and Sky Germany as the “Bundesliga WAG of the Year” in 2013.
She has taken to blogging about lifestyle and health and is regarded as the most hated WAG because of the naive and immature rhetorics and remarks she made as a presenter in 2014. Their marriage has been blessed with a child, a son, whose name is not available at the moment. He was born on January 11, 2018.
Family – Parents, Brother
As mentioned above, Mats Hummels has one brother, Jonas, who also played soccer before he had an injury which forced him to give up playing the game he loves. His father, Hermann Hummels, was a former pro soccer player and head coach. He was the head coach of FC Bayern Munich youth team where Hummels first got a taste of soccer. It was a position Hermann held until 2012 when he was replaced by Stephan Beckenbauer, son of the club legend and one of Germany’s all-time best defender, Franz Beckenbauer on 30 March 2012.
Presently, Hermann Hummels runs his own sports management company where he manages young soccer talents and also does consultancy for players. His son, Mats Hummels is one of his clients. His time at the youth team produced an array of German soccer superstars who wore the country’s colors and did the nation proud for a long period of time. Aside from his son, Hummels, there was also Thomas Müller, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, among so many others. It also helped his son develop his soccer potentials.
Hummels’ mother, Ulla Holtho was a sports journalist who developed an interest in sports as a way of distracting herself from the poverty and squalor she was born into. Born in 1958 into the family of a railway worker father and a strict mother who was just a housewife, Ulla understood what it meant to grow up in abject penury. Her sports interest were in cycling, soccer, polo, and jogging. She wanted to be a sports journalist and it was so as she became the first woman to run the commentary of a soccer game on German TV.
Other Facts – Weight, Height, and Body Stats
Name: Mats Julian Hummels
Known as: Mats Hummels
Nickname: The Mexican
Profession: Professional Soccer Player
Birth Date: December 16, 1988
Birth Place: Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Spouse: Cathy Fischer
Height: 1.91 m
Weight: 90 kg (198 lbs)
Body Stats: N/A
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Net Worth: $12 million