24 Mathieu

Jeremy Mathieu

Defender

With his ample experience in the First Division, Mathieu also stands out due to his imposing physical presence and his ability to bring the ball out from the back

Mathieu joined FC Barcelona on 23 July 2014, following an agreement between Barça and Valencia that brings the French defender to Catalonia on a five-year contract after making 176 appearances and scoring seven goals for Valencia.

Mathieu started out as a professional playing left-back in his home country with Sochaux, making his Ligue 1 debut in the 2002/03 season. After three years and 97 matches for the club, scoring 13 goals and winning the 2004 League Cup, he switched to Toulouse in 2004/05, where he was soon one of their key players, playing 122 matches and scoring five goals.

In 2009, he crossed the border to sign for Valencia, by now aged 25. It was here that following a long absence through injury in 2012/13 he was played in a new position, centre-back, and did so well there that this has been his position ever since. In the season prior to his move to FC Barcelona, he made 46 appearances (32 in La Liga, 10 in the Europa League and 4 in the Copa del Rey), scoring 4 goals.

Mathieu also has international experience for France. He made his debut for Les Bleus on 11 November 2011 against the United States.

Mathieu made his official debut for the Club on 24 August 2014 in La Liga against Elche. The match ended with a Barça victory (3-0). In the 2014/15 season, the Frenchman played 40 games in the league, Champions League and Copa del Rey, scoring three goals. Mathieu's most important strike opened the scoring in Barça's 2–1 Clásico win over Real Madrid at Camp Nou on 22 March 2015.

Technical profile

This physically strong French international can play in various defensive roles. Being 1.89 metres tall, he is strong in the air and knows how to position himself well on the field. In recent years, he has switched from left-back to centre-back, where his speed and skill have won him a fantastic reputation.