Leon Goretzka

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Leon Goretzka
Goretzka Schalke 2015.jpg
Goretzka training with Schalke 04 in 2015
Personal information
Full name Leon Christoph Goretzka[1]
Date of birth (1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 (age 22)
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 90 (10)
2015 Schalke 04 II 1 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Germany U16 10 (2)
2011–2012 Germany U17 17 (5)
2012–2014 Germany U19 3 (0)
2013– Germany U21 10 (1)
2016 Germany Olympic 1 (0)
2014– Germany 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:50, 21 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:00, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

Leon Christoph Goretzka (German pronunciation: [ˈleːɔn ˈɡoːʁɛtskaː]; born 6 February 1995) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Schalke 04 and the German national team.

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 30 July 2012, Goretzka was awarded the 2012 under-17 Fritz Walter Medal in gold.[3] On 4 August 2012, Goretzka made his professional debut for the VfL Bochum in the 2. Bundesliga against Dynamo Dresden in the rewirpowerSTADION.[4]

Schalke 04[edit]

In June 2013, he signed a contract with Bundesliga side Schalke 04.[5] On 11 July 2013, Schalke confirmed that Goretzka signed a five-year professional contract with them until 30 June 2018.[6] The transfer fee is reported as €3,000,000 to €4,000,000 by Schalke's sport and communications manager Horst Heldt.[6] Leon Goretzka was assigned a number 8 shirt, previously worn by Ciprian Marica.[6] During the 2013–14 season, Goretzka scored five goals in 32 appearances.[7] During the 2014–15 season, Goretzka played for both the first and second teams.[8] He made 10 appearances for the first team and only one appearance for the second team.[8] During the 2015–16 season, Goretzka scored two goals in 34 appearances.[9]

International career[edit]

Youth[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.[10][11] On 24 August 2011, Goretzka made his Germany national U-17 football team debut against Turkey in a 4–0 victory.[12] 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.[13] 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.[13] 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.[14]

Senior[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.[15] On 13 May 2014, he made his debut in a 0–0 draw against the Poland national football team.[16] After Germany's match against the Poland, in which Goretzka had suffered a muscle injury, he was removed from the team's preparatory training camp and final squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.[17]

In 2017, Goretzka was named in Germany's squad for the Confederations Cup in Russia.[18] In the nation's opening match for the tournament on 20 June, he scored his first goal for Germany in a 3–2 Group B win over Australia.[19]

Olympic team[edit]

Alongside Schalke teammate Max Meyer, Goretzka was named in the squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[20] He captained Germany in their first match against Mexico, but picked up a shoulder injury, and returned to Gelsenkirchen.[21]

Playing style[edit]

Goretzka is referred to as one of the brightest football talents in German football.[22][23] 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".[24] 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.[25] Goretzka produces powerful shots from outside the penalty area, a trait similar to that of Paul Scholes.[25] He is also well known for his excellent heading ability which sees him often score headed goals.[25] At 6 feet 2 inches, Goretzka's high-jumping ability helps him to win aerial battles even against the strongest and tallest defenders.[23] Goretzka can be deployed as a defensive midfielder, as well as a left or right winger and in the position of playmaker.[23][26]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 21 May 2017
Club Season League Cup Continental Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bochum 2012–13 2. Bundesliga 32 4 4 0 36 4 [2]
Schalke 2013–14 Bundesliga 25 4 2 1 5 0 32 5 [7]
2014–15 10 0 0 0 1 0 11 0 [8]
2015–16 25 1 2 1 7 0 34 2 [9]
2016–17 30 5 2 0 7 2 39 7
Totals 90 10 6 2 20 2 116 14
Schalke II 2014–15 Regionalliga West 1 0 1 0 [9]
Career totals 123 14 10 4 20 2 152 20

International statistics[edit]

As of 22 June 2017
National team Year App. Goals Ref.
Germany 2014 1 0 [27]
2016 2 0
2017 4 1
Total 7 1

International goals[edit]

As of 19 June 2017 (Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Goretzka goal)
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 June 2017 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia  Australia
3–1
3–2
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

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.[29] Goretzka's father Konrad Goretzka is an automotive engineer and electrical engineer for Opel.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Leon Goretzka" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Trio infernale: Iashvili, Goretzka und Freier" [Trio infernale: Iashvili, Goretzka and Freier]. kicker. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Schalke holt Bochums Top-Talent Goretzka" (in German). bundesliga.de. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Leon Goretzka completes transfer to Schalke". SB Nation. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Leon Goretzka". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c "Leon Goretzka » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c "Leon Goretzka". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Goretzka zur DFB-U16" (in German). VfL Bochum. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "U16-Junioren schlagen Nordirland" (in German). RP Online. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Goretzka führt deutsche U17 als Kapitän zum Sieg" (in German). VfL Bochum. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c "UEFA European Under-17 Championship Final Round 2012 – Slovenia 2012" (PDF). UEFA. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ Hallam, Mark (12 May 2014). "Germany vs Poland: More useful to Löw than you might think". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Löw streicht vier und holt Kramer" [Löw eliminates four and gets Kramer] (in German). Spox.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Myson, Chris (17 May 2017). "Kroos, Muller and Ozil among stars left out of Germany's Confederations Cup squad". Goal. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  19. ^ "Socceroos face uphill task after being edged out by Germany". Guardian. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  20. ^ "Leon Goretzka: I’m very grateful". FC Schalke 04. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "Leon Goretzka travels back from the Olympics". FC Schalke 04. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  22. ^ Baystead, Simon (20 September 2013). "Leon Goretzka". liberofootball.co.uk. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  23. ^ a b c Woods, Adam (14 March 2014). "Everything you need to know about... Leon Goretzka". fourfourtwo.com. FourFourTwo. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  24. ^ "Schalke verpflichtet Bochums Supertalent Goretzka" [Schalke signed Bochum Super Talent Goretzka]. welt.de (in German). Die Welt. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  25. ^ a b c "Leon Goretzka – Germany’s Next Big Talent". nastytackle.com. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ "Leon Goretzka". National Football Teams. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  28. ^ "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. 
  29. ^ "RevierSport: Goretzka hat die Reifeprüfung abgelegt" [Reviersport: Goretzka took the matriculation examination]. reviersport.de (in German). Reviersport. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  30. ^ 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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