Götze with Germany in June 2011
|Full name||Mario Götze|
|Date of birth||3 June 1992|
|Place of birth||Memmingen, Germany|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|Current club||Borussia Dortmund|
|1998–2001||FC Eintracht Hombruch|
|2009–2010||Borussia Dortmund II||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:31, 20 April 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Mario Götze (German pronunciation: [gøːtsə]; born 3 June 1992) is a German footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga and the German national team. He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder, but is capable of operating as a right or left winger. Götze is considered to be[by whom?] 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 reckons Götze as "one of the best talents that we've ever had". Franz Beckenbauer spoke about Götze, along with Marco Reus, saying, "...as a classic duo there is nobody better than the prolific Reus and Götze."
In April 2013, a €37 million bid from Bayern Munich triggered a release clause in Götze's Borussia Dortmund contract. The move, to take place in the close season, will make Götze the most expensive German player of all time. Gotze collected a winning UEFA Champions League 2013 medal for his new current club Bayern Munich as they won the UEFA Champions League 2013 final against his former club Borussia Dortmund.
Personal life 
Götze was born in Memmingen, Bavaria. His father Jürgen Götze is a professor at the Dortmund University of Technology. His older brother Fabian Götze currently plays for VfL Bochum II, having left Dortmund's youth system in 2010. His younger brother Felix currently plays for the Dortmund U15 team.
Club career 
Borussia Dortmund 
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 2009–10 Bundesliga season, Borussia Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp promoted Mario 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.
In January 2012, Götze was diagnosed with a hip injury. Cartilage in Götze's hip had inflamed under stress.
On 27 March 2012, Götze signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund, keeping him at Borussia Dortmund until 2016. However, his contract contains the possibility to leave Borussia Dortmund for the fixed transfer fee of 37 million Euro. 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."
In April 2012, Götze made the squad for the first time since his hip injury but was an unused substitute against rivals Schalke. 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 Borussia Dortmund 5–2 against rivals Bayern Munich in 2012.
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.
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 the Yellow-Blacks progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The result meant that Dortmund had advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time in 15 years.
Bayern Munich 
On 23 April 2013, it was announced that Götze will move on 1 July 2013 to rivals FC Bayern Munich after they had triggered Götze's release clause of €37m. The transfer is set to make Götze the most expensive German player of all time. Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp claimed that the reason behind Götze's transfer to Bayern Munich was the playmaker's wish to play under manager Pep Guardiola. 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.
International career 
After ascending through several youth teams, Mario 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 and becoming the youngest German international since Uwe Seeler. 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. Götze made his tournament debut in Euro 2012 after coming on as a substitute against Greece in the quarter-finals.
Style of play 
Götze is considered to be an up-and-coming, potential world class player due to his speed, technical skill and creativity. His primary playing position is as an attacking midfielder and would normally assume the role of a play-maker distributing accurate passes and setting up his team-mates for a goal. On some occasions for the national team, he has played in a deep midfield role, and later as a false-striker.
In 2012, Götze signed a sponsorship deal with American sportswear and equipment supplier, Nike. He appeared in an advert for the new Nike Green Speed II alongside Eden Hazard and Theo Walcott in November 2012.
Career statistics 
- As of 30 April 2013.
National team 
|Germany national team|
International goals 
Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first:
|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|
- Fritz Walter Medal 2009 in Gold (Category U17)
- Fritz Walter Medal 2010 in Gold (Category U18)
- Member of the kicker team of the year (German Bundesliga season 2010–11)
- Golden Boy Award: 2011
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- Official website (German)
- Mario Götze at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Mario Götze at National-Football-Teams.com
- Mario Götze – FIFA competition record
- Mario Götze – UEFA competition record