|FULL NAME||Blaise Matuidi|
|BORN||April 9, 1987|
|HEIGHT||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
Blaise Matuidi is a professional French footballer who has represented his country and Juventus in Serie A as a central and defensive midfielder. He was born in the city of Toulouse, France, on April 9th, 1987.
The left-footed player isn’t the most brilliant footballer, but he can make things happen thanks to his tireless work ethic and courageous mentality.
Matuidi was born in an impoverished Paris area and began his football career in September 1993 with Us Fontenay-Sous-Bois, where he stayed for five years until joining Co Vincennes in July 1998.
In July 2001, he transferred to US Creteil Lusitanos and began training at the INF Clairefontaine school the following year.
He joined Troyes, a local Champagne club, when he was 16 years old. In November 2004, he made his first professional debut in a Ligue 2 match against Gueungon.
He rose to attention the following season as his team was promoted to Ligue 1 and established himself as a solid midfielder in France’s top flight. Matuidi joined another Ligue 1 club, St Etienne, for 4.5 million euros in July 2007.
He led his new team to Europa League qualification in their first season and was praised for his interceptions and tackles.
Matuidi has played for France at the Under-18, Under-19, and Under-21 levels.
Matuidi made his international debut in September 2010 against Bosnia-Herzegovina as an 80th-minute substitute in a Group D Euro Qualification match. During his brief time on the pitch, he was assigned to the middle midfield.
However, following his debut match, he was dropped out of the squad. Matuidi was given a first XI start in an International Friendly against Croatia in March 2011 after his comeback to the national team.
Rise to Glory
Matuidi performed admirably in the 2016 European Championship, but he was overshadowed by players such as Pogba, Griezmann, and Payet. Didier Deschamps, the French coach, used him in both the central and defensive midfield positions to keep the offence and defence in sync.
Statistically, the French midfielder completed 92 percent of his passes during the competition.
Matuidi didn’t play many international matches in the start of his career. Throughout Euro 2012, he sat on the bench.
Matuidi was given the leadership in an international friendly match against Uruguay in Montevideo in June 2013, in which the Les Bleus lost 1-0 to the Lation Americans.
In October 2014, he led France against Armenia, and in November 2017, he led France against Wales.
Matuidi scored three goals in 67 appearances for Troyes during his two-year stay. The midfielder played 98 games in four seasons after joining St Etienne.
Matuidi joined Paris Saint-Germain for 7.2 million euros in July 2011. Matuidi played 203 games for the Paris side in seven seasons, earning four Ligue 1 titles.
The French international joined Juventus for a fee of 20 million euros in August 2017. In Turin, he wowed everyone with his down the flank run and great communication with Mandzukic and Sandro.