Mats Julian Hummels (German pronunciation: [mats hmls]; born 16 December 1988) is a German professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national team.
He came through the Bayern Munich youth academy before joining Borussia Dortmund on loan in January 2008 and officially signing for Dortmund in February 2009 for 4 million. His honours at the club include two league titles and finishing as runner up in the 201213 UEFA Champions League. In May 2016, Hummels signed a contract with former side Bayern, which took effect on 1 July 2016.
Hummels has been a full international since 2010, earning over 70 caps until date and representing Germany at UEFA Euro 2012, 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016 and 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Hummels was called by the German under-21 national team for the 2009 European Championship; after getting only minimal playing time during the initial four matches, he started (and performed well) in the final, a 40 success against England.
He made his senior team debut in a friendly against Malta on 13 May 2010 in Aachen. He came on as a 46th-minute substitute for Serdar Tasci, taking part in a 30 win at New Tivoli.
Hummels was in the starting line-up for Germany's opening UEFA Euro 2012 match against Portugal and helped them to a 10 victory. He subsequently received high praise for his performance. Hummels went on to play all 450 minutes in Germany's Euro campaign, along with teammates Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Holger Badstuber, and Manuel Neuer.
Argentina's Lionel Messi (front) battles Hummels for the ball during the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Hummels scored the second goal in Germany's 40 win over Portugal in their first game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on 16 June, heading a corner from Toni Kroos. After missing the team's round of 16 match due to illness, Hummels returned to the team for the quarter-final against France, where he scored the winning goal in a 10 victory at the Estdio do Maracan.
On 11 July 2014, Hummels was named on the 10-man shortlist for FIFA's Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player.
On 10 November 2017, Hummels captained Germany for the first time in a 00 draw with England at Wembley Stadium.
On 4 June 2018, Hummels was named in Germany's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. On 23 June, Hummels missed the second group stage match of the World Cup due to a minor injury though his side won the match against Sweden with a 21 victory. He returned to the side for the final group fixture against South Korea on 27 June, but missed several chances from headers after moving up front during the second half in Germany's unsuccessful attempts to score; ultimately they were defeated 20 and eliminated from the tournament.
On 5 March 2019, national team coach Joachim Lw confirmed that he would plan without Hummels for the foreseeable future, along with his club teammates Jrme Boateng and Thomas Mller.