Mario Götze

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Mario Götze
FIFA WC-qualification 2014 - Austria vs. Germany 2012-09-11 - Mario Götze 01.JPG
Götze with Germany in 2012
Personal information
Full name Mario Götze[1]
Date of birth (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Memmingen, Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 19[3]
Youth career
1995–1998 SC Ronsberg
1998–2001 FC Eintracht Hombruch
2001–2009 Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Borussia Dortmund 83 (22)
2013– Bayern Munich 29 (10)
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 35 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:41, 30 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:14, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

Mario Götze (German pronunciation: [ˈɡœtsə]; born 3 June 1992) is a German footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga. 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 one of the sport's best young players, possessing speed, technique, dribbling skills, and play-making capabilities. In 2010, German Football Association's then technical director Matthias Sammer described Götze as "one of the best talents Germany has ever had."[5]

Götze was first selected for the Germany national football team in 2010, at the age of 18. He was included in the squad for UEFA Euro 2012 and, two years later, scored the winning goal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final.[6]

Götze played for 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.[7]

Club career[edit]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Early career[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 scoreless 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.[8]

Götze with Borussia Dortmund

He played in the 2011 German Super Cup' losing to Schalke 04.[9] In January 2012, Götze was diagnosed with a hip injury. Cartilage in Götze's hip had inflamed under stress.[10]

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.[11] 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."[12]

In April 2012, Götze made the squad for the first time since his hip injury but was an unused substitute against rivals Schalke 04. He 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 (which was later broken by Bayern Munich in 2012-2013). 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.[8]

2012–13 season[edit]

He kicked off his season by losing the 2012 German Super Cup.[13] 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.[14]

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[15]

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.[16] The result meant that Dortmund had advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time in 15 years.[17][18] 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.[19] 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.[8]

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.[20][21][22] The transfer made Götze the most expensive German player of all time.[23][24] Mesut Özil eventually broke the record later in the summer, transferring to Arsenal for €50 Million.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27] 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."[28]

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.[29] 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.[30]

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.[31] 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.[32] On 2 November 2013, he made his return to starting line-up 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.[33] 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.[34] 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.[35] 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[36] where he came on as an 80th minute sub.[37] Bayern won the match 2–0.[37]

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.[38] On 25 March, he scored in a 3–1 win over Hertha BSC as Bayern were confirmed as Bundesliga champions.[39] On 3 May 2014, he scored a brace and assisted two in their 4–1 away win against Hamburger SV.[40] On 17 May 2014, he played the full 120 minute match against his former club Borussia Dortmund in 2014 DFB-Pokal Final. Bayern won 2–0 in extra time to win their second major title this season.[41] Götze's debut season with Bayern has yielded a mixture of success and frustration, scoring 15 goals and providing 14 assists in all competition.[8]

2014–15 season[edit]

After winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup for Germany, Götze started his 2014–15 season on 13 August 2014. He came on as substitute in a 2–0 loss against his former club Borussia Dortmund in 2014 DFL-Supercup.[42] On 17 August 2014, Götze opened his scoring account in their first 2014–15 DFB-Pokal win against SC Preußen Münster.[43] On 22 August 2014, he started and played for 62 minutes in their 2–1 home season opener victory against Vfl Wolfsburg.[44]

International career[edit]

Götze with Germany in 2011

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[45] and becoming the youngest German international since Uwe Seeler.[46] 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.[47] Götze made his tournament debut in UEFA Euro 2012 after coming on as a substitute against Greece.

2014 World Cup qualification[edit]

Götze contributed four goals in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, and was named in Germany's squad for the tournament finals.[48]

2014 World Cup[edit]

Götze scores the winning goal for Germany as Ezequiel Garay (left), Martín Demichelis (centre) and Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final

He was named in the starting line-up against Portugal in the team's opening match, winning the penalty kick for Germany's opening goal on his FIFA World Cup debut.[49] In the team's second match, he scored the opening goal and was named the Man of the Match in a 2–2 draw with Ghana.[50] Götze played just 14 minutes in 0–1 win against the United States,[51] half of the Round of 16 win against Algeria[52] and seven minutes in their Quarterfinal 0–1 win against France.[53] The fact that the German coach Joachim Löw brought on Julian Draxler for his first minutes of the World Cup in Germany's Semi-final 7–1 hammering of Brazil, keeping Götze benched throughout, perhaps was a wake-up call for him.[54]

In the World Cup final against Argentina, Löw substituted 36-year-old Miroslav Klose after 88 minutes with Götze and told him "Show the world you are better than Messi and can decide the World Cup".[55] Götze scored the only goal of the match in the 113th minute, controlling André Schürrle's cross on his chest before volleying the ball into the net, giving Germany their fourth World Cup.[56] He became the first substitute to score a World Cup winning goal,[57] and the youngest player to score in a World Cup Final since fellow German Wolfgang Weber in 1966 (who was also 22).[58]

Style of play[edit]

Götze is capable of playing as either a left or right winger, attacking midfielder and also as a false 9.[59] Götze is considered to be one of the best young players in the world, possessing speed, technique, dribbling skills, and play-making capabilities. At Dortmund under former manager Jürgen Klopp, Götze often played different roles in the team's 4-2-3-1 formation. Following the departure of fellow play-maker Shinji Kagawa in 2012, during the 2012–13 season, Klopp assigned Götze as central attacking midfielder. In Germany, Götze's talent is used by German coach Joachim Löw in the false 9 role.

German football legend Franz Beckenbauer described Götze as “German Messi" for his speed and style of play.[60] In 2010, German Football Association's then technical director Matthias Sammer described Götze as "one of the best talents Germany has ever had."[61]

Outside football[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Götze was born in Memmingen, Bavaria. His father Jürgen Götze, is a professor at the Dortmund University of Technology.[62][63] His older brother Fabian currently plays for SpVgg Unterhaching,[64] having left Dortmund's youth system in 2010. His younger brother Felix currently plays for Bayern's under-17 team.[65] Götze is currently dating German lingerie model, Ann-Kathrin Brömmel.[66] Götze is a Christian.[67][68][69]

Sponsorship[edit]

In 2011, Götze signed a sponsorship kit deal with American sportswear and equipment supplier, Nike.[70] He appeared in an advert for the Nike Green Speed II alongside Eden Hazard, Theo Walcott, Raheem Sterling, Christian Eriksen and Stephan El Shaarawy in November 2012.[71] In March 2014, Götze was one of the first player to wear Nike Magista boots.[72] Götze appeared as part of a Galaxy XI in an advertisement for South Korean company Samsung alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao, Iker Casillas in a team managed by German football legend Franz Beckenbauer.[73] On 14 August 2014, Konami announced that they had featured Götze on the front cover of Pro Evolution Soccer 2015.[74]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 30 August 2014.
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other1 Total
Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 2009–10 5 0 0 0 5 0 [75]
2010–11 33 6 2 0 6 2 41 8 [76]
2011–12 17 6 2 1 6 0 1 0 26 7 [77][9]
2012–13 28 10 4 4 11 2 1 0 44 16 [78][13]
Totals 83 22 8 5 23 4 2 0 116 31
Bayern Munich 2013–14 27 10 4 1 11 3 2 1 44 15 [79][80]
[37]
2014–15 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 1 [81][42]
Totals 29 10 5 2 11 3 3 1 48 16
Career totals 112 32 13 7 34 7 5 1 164 47

International[edit]

Germany national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 0
2011 11 2
2012 8 1
2013 6 3
2014 9 5
Total 35 11

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
8. 6 June 2014 Coface Arena, Mainz, Germany  Armenia 5–1 6–1 Friendly
9. 6–1
10. 21 June 2014 Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil  Ghana 1–0 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup
11. 13 July 2014 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Argentina 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup Final

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Borussia Dortmund[82]
Bayern Munich[82]

International[edit]

Germany

Individual[edit]

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