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Name: Mathias Zanka Jørgensen
Club: FC København
Debut: 26 September 2007 v FC Fredericia (Danish Cup)
Date of birth: 23/04/90
Born in the Copenhagen district of Osterbro, Mathias Zanka Jørgensen began his career with local club B93, whose ground stands in the shadows of Parken Stadion. Having honed his defensive skills under FCK's noses, it was perhaps no surprise when, as a 17-year-old, Jørgensen signed for the Danish titleholders on 26 June 2007.
His debut swiftly followed, while in the autumn of 2008 Jørgensen − expected to be a key figure at next summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship on home soil − was named Talent of the Year in Denmark and made his international bow soon after in a friendly against Wales.
Jørgensen got the chance to shine in the UEFA Champions League when Ståle Solbakken's team qualified for the group stage in August. After beginning FCK's Group D campaign on the bench, Jørgensen has started his side's last three matches, impressing in the 1-1 draw with FC Barcelona earlier this month.
Standing 191cm tall, Jørgensen is an imposing figure who is powerful in the air. In addition, he is also strong and assured in possession, able to bring the ball out of defence and lend his support in attack with his useful right foot. That was certainly evident last season when he scored four goals as FCK won the Super League title, perhaps his most important effort being to open the scoring in a 2-0 defeat of Brøndby IF in May which wrapped up the club's eighth Danish crown.
Lyngby BK 1-4 FC København
16/03/08, Super League
Having been gradually eased into the side from the bench, Jørgensen − then 17 − made his first league start for FCK one to remember by scoring the third in an emphatic away victory.
"It's every footballer's dream to play at Camp Nou, and to go there and play a good match was a big thing for us. The second game in Parken was a big experience for us also because of the result."
Jørgensen on facing Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League
"Zanka is a player that has no limits right now. He is facing a new stage [in his career], new challenges, and is coping with these new demands very well. Added to that, he is a boy who we really like in our group, with his sense of humour, his way of being around the others and how he helps new players in the squad. He is a very important player for us."
Keld Bordinggaard, Denmark U21 coach
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