Mario Gotze, Germany

Mario Gotze, Germany

Mario Gotze, Germany

Personal information
Full name Mario Götze
Date of birth 3 June 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Memmingen, Germany
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Bayern Munich
Number 19
Youth career
1995–1998 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 27 (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 28 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:22, 3 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:32, 1 June 2014 (UTC)

Age: 21

Club: Bayern Munich

Mario Gotze stunned the world footballing community last season when he agreed to join Bayern Munich just weeks before he was due to face them in the UEFA Champions League final.

The prodigious No. 10, a former favored son at Borussia Dortmund, where he came through the ranks, has now recovered from injury and begun to make his mark on coach Pep Guardiola’s first team—and boy, what an impact he’s having.

Despite being so young, he has an incredible grasp on the tactical side of the game, and with Joachim Loew’s inability to find a striker to suit Germany’s 4-2-3-1 formation, expect Gotze to grow into a free-flowing centre-forward’s role soon enough.

His weaving dribbles are Lionel Messi-esque, while his agility and small stature allow him to escape the most impossible of circumstances. Teams will mark, double-mark or perhaps even triple-mark him, but it won’t matter.

Gotze will grow over the course of the 2013-14 season, and alongside Mesut Ozil, he will fire die Mannschaft into the latter stages of the FIFA World Cup.