Leon Goretzka

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Leon Goretzka
Leon Goretzka.jpg
Leon Goretzka with Schalke 04
Personal information
Full name Leon Goretzka
Date of birth (1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth Bochum, Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Schalke 04
Number 8
Youth career
1999–2001 Werner SV 06 Bochum
2001–2012 VfL Bochum
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 VfL Bochum 32 (4)
2013– Schalke 04 25 (4)
National team
2010–2011 Germany U16 10 (2)
2011–2012 Germany U17 17 (5)
2012– Germany U19 3 (0)
2013– Germany U21 3 (0)
2014– Germany 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:55, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Leon Goretzka (German pronunciation: [ˈlɛ.ɔn ˈɡor.ʀɛts.kaː]; born 6 February 1995) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga.[1][2][3]

Club career[edit]

VfL Bochum[edit]

In 1999, Goretzka started his career with Werner SV 06 Bochum. He stayed for two years with the WSV before making the move to the VfL Bochum in 2001.[2] On 15 November 2010, Goretzka made his debut for the German under-16 national team against Northern Ireland in Göttingen.[4] On 24 August 2011, Goretzka made his debut for the German under-17 national team against Turkey in Kelsterbach.[5] Goretzka subsequently captained the German under-17 national team during the 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship qualifying round and the 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.

On 30 July 2012, Goretzka was awarded with the 2012 under-17 Fritz Walter Medal in gold.[6] On 4 August 2012, Goretzka made his professional debut for the VfL Bochum in the 2. Bundesliga against Dynamo Dresden in the rewirpowerSTADION.[7] On 14 August 2012, Goretzka made his debut for the German under-19 national team against Scotland in Falkirk.[8]

Schalke 04[edit]

In June 2013, he signed a contract with Bundesliga side Schalke 04.[9] On 13 August 2013, Goretzka made his debut for the German under-21 national team against France in Freiburg im Breisgau.[10] On 8 May 2014, he was named to the 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by German national team manager, Joachim Löw.

On 11 July 2013, FC Schalke 04 confirmed that Goretzka signed a five-year professional contract with them until 30 June 2018.[11] The transfer fee is reported as €3,000,000 to €4,000,000 by Schalke's sport and communications manager Horst Heldt.[11] Leon Goretzka was assigned a number 8 shirt, previously worn by Ciprian Marica.[11]

National team[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

On 15 October 2010, Goretzka made his Germany national U-16 football team debut in a friendly against Northern Ireland and he scored in the 3–2 victory.[12][13] On 24 August 2011, Goretzka made his Germany national U-17 football team debut against Turkey in a 4–0 victory.[14] In May 2012, he captained the Germany national U-17 football team at the 2012 UEFA U-17 Football Championship in Slovenia and led the German U-17 team all the way to the final against the Netherlands.[15] In the final, Goretzka scored the lead goal of the match taking the scoreline to 1–0 and his goal was compensated in stoppage time taking the scoreline to 1–1; the subsequent penalty shoot-out was won by the Netherlands.[15] On 8 August 2013, he debuted for the Germany national U-21 football team under Horst Hrubesch, in a 0–0 draw against France in which he had a magnificent match.[16]

2014 World Cup[edit]

On 8 May 2014, Goretzka was inducted into the 30-man preliminary squad of the German national football team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Germany's manager, Joachim Löw.[17] On 13 May 2014, he made his debut in a 0–0 draw against the Poland national football team.[18] After Germany's match against the Poland, in which Goretzka had suffered a muscle injury, he was subtracted from the team's preparatory training camp and final squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.[19]

Playing style[edit]

Goretzka is referred to as one of the brightest football talents in German football.[20][21] Peter Neururer, Goretzka's head coach at VfL Bochum, said that he had "never seen an eighteen year old footballer which had a potential as Goretzka" and titled him as the "talent of the century".[22] Goretzka has a potent eye for scoring goals and is known to possess good ball control ability and also has the ability to pick out passes for his team-mates.[23] Goretzka produces powerful shots from outside the penalty area, a trait similar to that of Paul Scholes.[23] He is also well known for his excellent heading ability which sees him often score headed goals.[23] At 6 feet 2 inches, Goretzka's high-jumping ability helps him to win aerial battles even against the strongest and tallest defenders.[21] Goretzka's can be deployed as a defensive midfielder, as well as a left or right winger and in the position of playmaker.[21][24]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 30 August 2014[2]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2012–13 VfL Bochum 2. Bundesliga 32 4 4 0 36 4
2013–14 FC Schalke 04 Bundesliga 25 4 2 1 5 0 32 5
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Germany 57 8 6 1 5 0 68 9
Career total 57 8 6 1 5 0 68 9

International statistics[edit]

National team Year App. Goals Ref.
Germany national team 2014 1 0 [25]
Total 1 0
Last updated: 13 May 2014

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Germany

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Goretzka completed his Abitur and graduated from the Alice-Salomon-Berufskolleg (Alice-Salomon-Vocational School) in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia.[27] Goretzka's father Konrad Goretzka is a renowned automotive engineer and electrical engineer for Opel.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leon Goretzka" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Goretzka, Leon" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Goretzka verlässt den VfL" [Goretzka leaves the VfL] (in German). VfL Bochum. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Statistik: Deutschland U16 – Nordirland U16 3:2 (2:1)" [Statistic: Germany U16 – Northern Ireland U16 3–2 (2–1)] (in German). German Football Association. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Statistik: Deutschland U17 – Türkei U17 4:0 (1:0)" [Statistic: Germany U17 – Turkey U17 4–0 (1–0)] (in German). German Football Association. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fritz-Walter-Medaille für Goretzka, Ginter, Rüdiger und Lotzen" [Fritz-Walter-Medal for Goretzka, Ginter, Rüdiger and Lotzen] (in German). German Football Association. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Trio infernale: Iashvili, Goretzka und Freier" [Trio infernale: Iashvili, Goretzka and Freier]. kicker. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Statistik: Schottland U19 – Deutschland U19 0:1 (0:0)" [Statistic: Scotland U19 – Germany U19 0–1 (0–0)] (in German). German Football Association. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Schalke holt Bochums Top-Talent Goretzka" (in German). bundesliga.de. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Statistik: Deutschland U21 – Frankreich U21 0:0 (0:0)" [Statistic: Germany U21 – France U21 0–0 (0–0)] (in German). German Football Association. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c "Leon Goretzka completes transfer to Schalke". SB Nation. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Goretzka zur DFB-U16" (in German). VfL Bochum. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "U16-Junioren schlagen Nordirland" (in German). RP Online. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Goretzka führt deutsche U17 als Kapitän zum Sieg" (in German). VfL Bochum. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c "UEFA European Under-17 Championship Final Round 2012 – Slovenia 2012". UEFA. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "U21-Junioren bleiben torlos bei gutem Goretzka-Debüt" [U21 juniors remain scoreless in good Goretzka debut]. focus.de (in German) (Focus). 14 August 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Kops, Calle (8 May 2014). "Löw überrascht beim vorläufigen WM-Kader" [Löw surprises with the preliminary World Cup squad]. dw.de (in German) (Deutsche Welle). Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Hallam, Mark (12 May 2014). "Germany vs Poland: More useful to Löw than you might think". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Löw streicht vier und holt Kramer" [Löw eliminates four and gets Kramer] (in German). Spox.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  20. ^ Baystead, Simon (20 September 2013). "Leon Goretzka". liberofootball.co.uk. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  21. ^ a b c Woods, Adam (14 March 2014). "Everything you need to know about… Leon Goretzka". fourfourtwo.com (FourFourTwo). Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  22. ^ "Schalke verpflichtet Bochums Supertalent Goretzka" [Schalke signed Bochum Super Talent Goretzka]. welt.de (in German) (Die Welt). 1 June 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  23. ^ a b c "Leon Goretzka – Germany’s Next Big Talent". nastytackle.com. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  24. ^ Koch, Maximilian (1 May 2013). "Ein Bochumer Junge für die große Fußballwelt" [A Bochum boy for the big football world]. faz.net (in German) (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  25. ^ "Leon Goretzka". National Football Teams. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  26. ^ "Fritz-Walter-Medaille 2012: Die Gewinner: Das sind die besten Talente Deutschlands" [Fritz Walter Medal 2012: Winners: These are the best talents Germany]. spox.com (in German). Spox.com. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  27. ^ "RevierSport: Goretzka hat die Reifeprüfung abgelegt" [Reviersport: Goretzka took the matriculation examination]. reviersport.de (in German). Reviersport. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  28. ^ Webb, Alex; Rothwell, Steve (1 May 2012). "GM-Peugeot Pact Makes Opel Workers Rivals for Survival at Two Plants: Cars". bloomberg.com. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 

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