Mats Julian Hummels (born 16 December 1988) is a German professional footballer who plays as a central defender for FC Bayern Munich and the German national team.
Hummels is a product of Bayern Munich’s youth academy, first entering the club as a six-year-old. He signed his first professional contract on 19 December 2006, until 2010. On 19 May 2007, in the season’s final match, he played his first Bundesliga match with the first team in a 5–2 home routing of 1. FSV Mainz 05.
In January 2008, Hummels joined Borussia Dortmund, initially on loan. During his first full season, he quickly established himself as first-choice, as he often partnered newly signed Neven Subotić, but also missed a great part of its final months due to injury. In February 2009, he was fully signed to the club for a fee of €4 million.
The 2010–11 season brought increased success for Hummels. He was the regular first-choice center-back, again paired with Subotić. The duo helped Dortmund to the best defensive record in the Bundesliga, as the team won the league title. Hummels’ performances that season displayed great quality in tackling, positioning, passing and composure. He has attracted praise from pundits and coaches alike, and he is considered one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga, and in Europe.
Hummels won the Bundesliga for a second time in 2011–12 as Borussia set a Bundesliga record with the most points in a Bundesliga season with 81 points. Hummels scored a goal in Borussia’s 5–2 win against Bayern in the 2012 DFB-Pokal Final as the team completed the league and cup double. On 3 June 2012, Hummels signed a new contract that will keep him at Dortmund until the summer of 2017.
On 10 May 2016, it was confirmed that Hummels would re-join Bayern Munich from 1 July 2016, signing a five-year contract. He made his 2016 debut for Bayern on 14 August 2016 in the 2016 DFL-Supercup final, against his old team and winning 2–0.
Regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, Hummels is a large, consistent, and physically strong player, known for his powerful tackling and strength in the air, as well as his ability to read the game and intercept loose balls. A technically gifted and tactically versatile central defender, he is also capable of playing as a defensive midfielder; his composure, elegance, ball playing ability, and confidence in possession have led him to be compared to compatriot Franz Beckenbauer, and Spanish defender Gerard Piqué.
Hummels has been a full international since 2010, earning 53 caps till date and representing Germany at UEFA Euro 2012, 2014 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Euro 2016.