Joel Matip is related to former Middlesbrough striker Joseph-Desire Job

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The free signing of Joel Matip from Schalke may represent something of a masterstroke for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp but, for the more nostalgic Premier League fans among us, it’s a deal that is significant for an altogether different reason.

Matip comes from good footballing stock, you see, with brother Marvin Matip also a Cameroon international and currently playing in the Bundesliga with newcomers Ingolstadt.

However, arguably the most exciting thing about Matip’s imminent arrival is the fact that the 24-year-old’s cousin happens to be Joseph-Desire Job.


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That name will be familiar to any Premier League fan who grew up watching Bryan Robson and later Steve McClaren’s swashbuckling Middlesbrough side of the early 2000s.

Signed from Racing Club Lens just after the turn of the Millennium, Job’s undoubted Boro highlight came in 2004 when he scored after just two minutes in the League Cup final, sending the Teessiders on their way to a 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers.

It remains the club’s only piece of silverware to date and, while big names like Fabrizio Ravanelli and Alen Boksic brought plenty of attention to the north east side, it is Job that remains a cult figure among the Riverside faithful.

A fellow Cameroon international who was part of the squad that won the African Cup of Nations in 2000 and went on to the World Cup two years later, Job is even immortalised with his own politically-charged chant of “there’s only one Job on Teeside.”

We sincerely look forward to seeing him at Anfield next season - here's hoping Matip does a good job too!

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