Matthew Booth> is a South African football center back defender, currently playing for Mamelodi Sundowns in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and South Africa.
At the Cosafa Castle Cup, Booth made his debut in 1999 for South Africa against the Botswana team. Till date, he has been capped 28 times, scoring one goal. With a height of six feet and six inches, he is known as one of the most significant players when meeting the opponent tall players. Other than that, he was even a participant at the Olympics in 2000.
Some of his former teams include Fish Hoek AFC from 1994 to 1996 and Cape Town Spurs from 1994 to 1998. During this time, he made 92 appearances and scored 5 goals. In 1998-2002, he played for the Mamelodi Sundowns making 114 appearances and scoring 6 goals. In 2001, Booth played for the Wimbledon and in 2002-2004 season, he was with the Rostov team, with 52 appearances and one goal. Booth made 107 appearances and scored seven goals whilst with the Krylia Sovetov team in 2004 to 2009 where he was also the captain of the team. From 2009 onwards, he is playing for the Mamelodi Sundowns.
Booth has even won a soft spot in the South African fans hearts, and they simply shout out ‘Booooth’ when he touches the ball to make a goal. This sometimes is mistaken for booing. His teammates nicknamed him as “Giraffe”, whereas, many British media outlets have dubbed him as White Knight, as he is the only white player in the South Africa national squad. However, Booth views himself first and the foremost as the member of the team and not an individual on any race conscious campaign.
Booth achieved 26 full international caps of one goal and 2 SA-B caps.
He successively achieved 35 Under-23 caps (2 goals), 18 Under-20 caps, 1999/00 PSL champion and was also the Rothmans Cup winner in 1999.
Other than that, Booth won the African Champions League Silver Medal in 2001, the Russian Premier League Cup Silver Medal in 2003 and the Russian Premier League third place (UEFA) in 2004.