Nemanja Matic is a Serbian footballer who plays for English outfit Chelsea and the Serbia national football team. Matic is most notably known for his tall build and his world class passing and distribution abilities.
Born on the 1st of August 1988 in Yugoslavia Matic began his professional career at Jedinstvo Ub in 2005. On 18 August 2009, MatiÃ„â€¡ signed for Chelsea from MFK KoÃ…Â¡ice for a fee of around £1.5 million in a four-year contract. He was given the number 24 shirt by Chelsea but wasn't able to make his debut immediately due to the injury he picked up at the 2009 under-21 championships.MatiÃ„â€¡ made his Premier League debut for Chelsea on 21 November, coming on as a substitute for Florent Malouda in the 69th minute in a 4-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
On 31 January 2011, MatiÃ„â€¡ was transferred to Portuguese club Benfica along with Ã¢â€šÂ¬25 million (£21M) in a swap deal for Brazilian centre back David Luiz. On 13 January 2013, MatiÃ„â€¡ scored Benfica's first goal in an entertaining 2-2 draw with O Clássico rivals Porto. On 15 May, MatiÃ„â€¡ faced former employers Chelsea in the Europa League final in Amsterdam but was on the losing side as Benfica fell to a 2-1 defeat. On 4 July 2013, he was named Primeira Liga Player of the Year, after having won the monthly award three times over the course of the season. Matic returned to his former club Chelsea in January 2014 reuniting with former boss Jose Mourinho.
Having played for Serbia at the Under-21 level Matic made his senior debut in 2008. In December 2012, MatiÃ„â€¡ announced he will not play for the Serbian national team while SiniÃ…Â¡a MihajloviÃ„â€¡ is the coach. The reason he gave for this decision is that he felt he was not given the right opportunity by the coach not playing a single minute in his last five call-ups.