Mario Götze

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Mario Götze
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Götze with Bayern Munich in 2013
Personal information
Full name Mario Götze[1]
Date of birth (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth Memmingen, Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Midfielder
Club information
Current club Bayern Munich
Number 19[3]
Youth career
1997–1998 SC Ronsberg
1998–2001 FC Eintracht Hombruch
2001–2009 Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Borussia Dortmund II 1 (0)
2009–2013 Borussia Dortmund 83 (22)
2013– Bayern Munich 25 (8)
National team
2007 Germany U15 2 (0)
2007–2008 Germany U16 8 (3)
2008–2009 Germany U17 13 (5)
2009 Germany U21 2 (0)
2010– Germany 27 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:24, 19 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:50, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Mario Götze (German pronunciation: [ˈɡøːtsə]; born 3 June 1992) is a German footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga and the German national team. In addition to his favoured role as a number 10, Götze is capable of playing as either a left or right winger and also as a false 9.[4] Götze is considered to be an up-and-coming player, possessing high speed, excellent technical and dribbling skill, and play-making capabilities. Former German Football Association's technical director Matthias Sammer describes Götze as "one of the best talents that [Germany's] ever had."[5]

Götze represented Borussia Dortmund between 2009 and 2013, winning the Bundesliga title in 2010–11 and the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double in 2011–12, and was a member of the team which reached the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final.

In April 2013, a €37 million bid from Bayern Munich triggered a release clause in Götze's contract, making Götze the second-most expensive German player to date, behind Mesut Özil.[6]

Club career[edit]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Early years[edit]

Götze is a product of Dortmund's youth academy, first entering the club as an eight-year-old. He made his Bundesliga debut on 21 November 2009 in a 0–0 draw against Mainz 05, coming on as a substitute for Jakub Błaszczykowski in the 88th minute. During the winter break of the 2009–10 Bundesliga season, Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp promoted Götze to the first team. Götze took his chance and was an important player in Dortmund's Bundesliga-winning squad of the 2010–11 season. He finished 2010-11 season with 8 goals and 11 assists in all competitions.[7]

In January 2012, Götze was diagnosed with a hip injury. Cartilage in Götze's hip had inflamed under stress.[8]

On 27 March 2012, Götze signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund, keeping him at Borussia Dortmund until 2016. His contract, however, contained a release clause from Dortmund, triggered by a fixed transfer fee of at least €37 million.[9] Götze spoke about his contract extension saying, "Everyone knows how comfortable I feel in Dortmund. The club are far from finished with their recent resurgence. And I want to be part of this development."[10]

In April 2012, Götze made the squad for the first time since his hip injury but was an unused substitute against rivals Schalke 04. Götze played his first game since his hip injury when he came on as a substitute against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Götze won the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund in 2012 as Borussia Dortmund set a Bundesliga record scoring the most points in a season in the Bundesliga with 81 points. Götze also won the DFB-Pokal with Dortmund (5–2) against rivals Bayern Munich in 2012. Götze finished the season with seven goals and eight assists in all competitions.[11]

2012–13 season[edit]

On the first day of the 2012–13 season, Götze came on as a substitute and scored the winner against Werder Bremen in a 2–1 win for Dortmund. On 19 December, he netted a hat-trick, powering Dortmund to a 5–1 defeat of Hannover 96 in the third round of the DFB-Pokal.[12]

At Barcelona Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi are building a triangle, but as a classic duo there is nobody better than the prolific Reus and Götze. How they split Ajax in the Champions League impressed me. I hope they do not succeed in Munich.

Former German captain and head coach Franz Beckenbauer on Reus and Götze partnership, December 2012[13]

Götze provided an assist and netted a goal in Dortmund's 3–0 second leg defeat of Shakhtar Donetsk on 5 March 2013, completing a 5–2 aggregate victory over the Ukrainian champions as Dortmund progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.[14] The result meant that Dortmund had advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time in 15 years.[15][16] Götze was ruled out of the final against Bayern Munich at Wembley Stadium, London, as he suffered thigh injury against Real Madrid in the second leg of the semi-final, which his side lost 2–0 but still progressed to the final through an aggregate score of 4–3.[17] His Dortmund side lost the final 2–1 after a late Arjen Robben goal sealed Bayern's victory.

In his final season at Dortmund, Götze formed a formidable partnership with German teammate Marco Reus. Götze also managed to score 16 goals and assisted 13 times in all competitions.[18]

Bayern Munich[edit]

On 23 April 2013, it was announced that Götze was moving on 1 July 2013 to rivals Bayern Munich after they had triggered Götze's release clause of €37 million.[19][20][21] The transfer made Götze the most expensive German player of all time.[22][23] Mesut Özil eventually broke the record later in the summer, transferring to Arsenal for €50 Million.[24] Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp claimed that the reason behind Götze's transfer to Bayern was the playmaker's wish to play under manager Pep Guardiola, formerly of FC Barcelona.[25] Klopp admitted his annoyance at the timing of the announcement of Götze's move, as it was barely 36 hours before Dortmund's Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid.[26] Klopp later said that Dortmund had no chance of convincing Götze to stay with Dortmund, as he claimed, "He [Götze] is a Pep Guardiola favourite."[27]

2013–14 season[edit]

Götze with Bayern Munich

On 11 August 2013, Götze made his Bayern Munich debut, coming on as a substitute for Mitchell Weiser in the 60th minute. Götze netted two goals to help Bayern get a 1–4 win against Hungarian champions Győri ETO in a friendly match.[28] He made his league debut for the club in a Bundesliga home match against 1. FC Nürnberg on 24 August 2013, which Bayern won 2–0. On 19 October 2013, Götze came on as a substitute and made two assists to help Bayern from a one goal deficit to get a 4–1 win against 1. FSV Mainz 05.[29]

On 23 October 2013, Götze scored his first competitive goal for Bayern in a 5–0 Champions League group stage win over Viktoria Plzeň at the Allianz Arena. He also assisted Bastian Schweinsteiger in the game.[30] On 26 October 2013, Götze came on as a substitute for Toni Kroos in 25th minute and scored his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern Munich with a header in a 3–2 win against Hertha BSC.[31] On 2 November 2013, he made his return to starting lineup in a 2–1 away win of Bayern against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. On 23 November 2013, Götze came off the bench and scored the first goal of a 3–0 away victory over his former team and now a rival Borussia Dortmund.[32] In the team's next fixture against CSKA Moscow, Götze scored the second goal of 3–1 away win in the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League group stage.[33] On 7 December 2013, Götze helped Bayern by netting a goal in the closing minute, as well as assisting Thomas Müller in a dominant 7–0 away victory over Werder Bremen.[34] On 17 December 2013, Götze scored a long-range goal in the 47th minute against the AFC champion Guangzhou Evergrande. Bayern Munich won 3-0 to advance in 2013 FIFA Club World Cup Final.[35]

On 24 January 2014, Götze started as a "false 9" and scored his first goal in the second half of the season against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayern won the match 0–2.[36] On 25 March, he scored in a 3–1 win over Hertha BSC as Bayern were confirmed as Bundesliga champions.[37]

International career[edit]

Götze with Germany in 2012

After ascending through several youth teams, Götze was called up for his first senior match for Germany against Sweden, on 17 November 2010. He made his debut that day, coming on in the 78th minute in a goalless draw, substituting for his Dortmund teammate Kevin Großkreutz[38] and becoming the youngest German international since Uwe Seeler.[39] Götze and André Schürrle who came on simultaneously are the first two Germany players to be born in reunified Germany. He made his second appearance for the national team in a friendly match against Italy on 9 February 2011.

Götze's first goal for Germany was against Brazil on 10 August 2011; at 19 years and 68 days he became the joint-youngest goalscorer for the German national team in the post-war era along with Klaus Stürmer who scored on debut against France on 16 October 1954.[40] Götze made his tournament debut in UEFA Euro 2012 after coming on as a substitute against Greece in the quarter-finals. Götze contributed four goals in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Sponsorship[edit]

In 2012, Götze signed a sponsorship deal with American sportswear and equipment supplier, Nike. He appeared in an advertisement for the new Nike Green Speed II alongside Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen, Raheem Sterling and Theo Walcott in November 2012.[41][42]

Personal life[edit]

Götze was born in Memmingen, Bavaria. His father, Jürgen Götze, is a professor at the Dortmund University of Technology.[43][44] His older brother Fabian currently plays for SpVgg Unterhaching,[45] having left Dortmund's youth system in 2010. His younger brother Felix currently plays for the Dortmund under-15 team.[46]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 April 2014[47]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other[a] Total
Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 2009–10 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2010–11 33 6 2 0 6 2 41 8
2011–12 17 6 2 1 6 0 1 0 26 7
2012–13 28 10 4 4 11 2 1 0 44 16
Total 83 22 8 5 23 4 2 0 116 31
Bayern Munich 2013–14 25 8 3 1 10 3 2 1 40 13
Total 25 8 3 1 10 3 2 1 40 13
Career statistics 108 30 11 6 33 7 4 1 156 44
  1. ^ Includes DFB-Supercup and FIFA Club World Cup matches.

National team[edit]

Germany national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 0
2011 11 2
2012 8 1
2013 6 3
2014 1 1
Total 27 7

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first:

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 August 2011 Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany  Brazil 2–0 3–2 Friendly
2. 2 September 2011 Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Austria 6–2 6–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
3. 7 September 2012 AWD-Arena, Hanover, Germany  Faroe Islands 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying
4. 22 March 2013 Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 2–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying
5. 26 March 2013 Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany  Kazakhstan 2–0 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying
6. 15 October 2013 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Sweden 2–2 5–3 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying
7. 5 March 2014 Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany  Chile 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich

Germany[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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