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Once considered to be among the best young German talents who was on his way to becoming one of the best German footballers of all time, in his biography we will take a look at his life.

Mario Gotze, born on 3 June 1992, in Memmingen, is a German footballer and attacking midfielder. As a typical number ten, he is also capable of playing as a winger on both flanks and frequently plays in the 'false nine' position. Gotze was once regarded as one of the best young talents in the world, possessing good speed, technique, dribbling as well as the ability to take charge of the game.

In 2010, Matthias Zammer, technical director of the German football association, described Mario as "one of the best talents in German history". A passionate footballer since the age of 3, he played at youth clubs Ronsberg, Eintracht Hombruch and

Borussia Dortmund

, where he made his debut in the main squad in 2008.

After spending five years with the Ruhr club, he moved to

Bayern Munich

in the summer of 2013 for €37.0m, making him the second most expensive German player in history, behind Mesut Ozil (€50m). In five years with Dortmund, Goetze won two league titles and one national cup and was a finalist in the 2012/2013 UEFA

Champions League

. Mario won the Bundesliga three times in a row with Bayern Munich, won the Club World Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and two German Cups.

Gotze played his first official match for Germany on 17 November 2010, aged 18. He has participated in two European Championships (Euro 2012 and Euro 2016) and won the World Cup (2014). He scored the only decisive goal against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final.

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All You Need to Know About Mario Gotze Biography

After Euro 2016, Gotze’s performances were subject of criticism by many pundits and this drop in his performances left him out of Germany squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Mario Gotze Information

In this section of

Mario Gotze biography

, we are going to share some more general information about him such as

Mario Gotze nationality

to let you know him more.

Mario Gotze Bio

  • Full Name: Mario Gotze

  • Nickname: German Messi

  • Profession: Professional Footballer

Mario Gotze Physical Stats

  • Weight: 75 Kg

  • Height: 1.76 m

  • Eye Color: Blue

  • Hair Color: Blonde

Mario Gotze Football Information

  • Position: Attacking Midfielder

  • Jersey Number: 10

  • Professional Debut: 2009

Mario Gotze Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 3 June 1992

  • Birth Place: Memmingen, Germany

  • Zodiac Sign: Gemini

  • Nationality: German

In this section of

Mario Gotze biography

, we are going to share some information about

Mario Gotze childhood

, stay tuned.

Mario Gotze Early Life

Mario Gotze started playing for small regional clubs in Germany, first joining the youth ranks of SC Ronsberg when he was just five years old. The following year he moved to Eintracht Hombruch.

His performances in the last year caught the attention of scouts from Borussia Dortmund, where he transferred and played eight seasons in the youth categories being the most prominent in the Dortmund's youth ranks.

In these eight seasons, he won a German regional championship being a U-17 and was German U-19 runner-up, his performances in the youth ranks earned him praise for his qualities and also several calls for the youth national teams of Germany.

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Mario Gotze Profile

Mario Gotze joined Borussia Dortmund in 2001. His Bundesliga debut came on 21 November 2009 in a 0:0 draw against 1. FSV Mainz 05, replacing Polish midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski in the 81st minute of the match. During the winter break of the 2009-10 Bundesliga season, Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp promoted him to the first team. Gotze seized the opportunity and was an important player for the Bundesliga winning 2010-11 season. He finished the 2010-11 season with 8 goals and 11 assists in all competitions. After his good season in the Bundesliga and all other competitions, he was awarded the Golden Boy Award for the best young player of the year in Europe in the 2010-2011 season.

He played in the 2011 German Supercup loss to

Schalke 04

. In January 2012, he was diagnosed with a hip injury. The cartilage in his hip had become inflamed due to stress. On 27 March 2012, the player renewed his contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2016, his salary rising from €2.5 million to €4 million per season. His contract, however, contained a termination clause, with a fixed transfer fee of at least €37 million. Gotze spoke about his contract extension saying: "Everyone knowsf how comfortable I feel at Dortmund. The club is far from finished with their recent revival. I want to be part of this development".

In April 2012, he returned to the team for the first time since his hip injury but was on the bench against Schalke 04. He played his first game since his injury, coming on as a substitute against Borussia Monchengladbach.

He won the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund in 2012 setting a Bundesliga record for the highest score in a season with 81 points (which was later broken by Bayern Munich in the 2012-13 season). He also won the DFB-Pokal with Dortmund 5:2 against Bayern Munich in 2012. He finished the season with seven goals and eight assists in all competitions.

He started the 2012-13 season by losing the 2012 German Supercup. In the first match of that season, he came on as a substitute and scored the goal against

Werder Bremen

in a 2:1 win for Dortmund. On 19 December he scored a hat-trick, assisting in Dortmund's 5:1 win over

Hannover 96

in the third round of the DFB-Pokal.

Gotze provided an assist and a scored goal in Borussia's 3:0 win over

Shakhtar Donetsk

, finishing with a 5:2 overall win to advance 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. He was ruled out of the final against Bayern Munich at Wembley Stadium, London, due to a thigh injury sustained in the semi-final defeat against

Real Madrid

, which they nevertheless advanced to the final by an aggregate score of 4:3. Ultimately, Dortmund lost the final by a score of 2:1 after an 88th-minute goal by Arjen Robben.

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In his last season at Borussia Dortmund, he formed a great partnership with his German teammate Marco Reus. He also managed to score 16 goals and 13 assists in all competitions. In this section of

Mario Gotze biography

, we are going to share some information about his Munich career.

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Bayern Munich

At the beginning of the 2013/14 season, the 21-year-old Gotze used his €37 million release clause and moved to FC Bayern Munich. In the weeks and months following the announcement of the move, there was fierce criticism in the Dortmund fan base. In his final competitive match for Borussia Dortmund, Gotze was supposed to face his future employer. However, he was not called up to the squad for the 2013 Champions League final due to a torn muscle fibre in his right thigh. Gotze later expressed that new Bayern coach Pep Guardiola had been a reason for the switch, as he was keen to play under him.

Following his rehab for the torn muscle fibre he suffered, Gotze [layed his first competitive match for Bayern on 24 August 2013 (matchday 3) against 1. FC Nürnberg in the Bundesliga. In the UEFA Super Cup win six days later against

Chelsea FC

, Gotze was substituted for Thomas Müller in the 71st minute and injured himself after a foul by Ramires, but played through. In the process, he suffered a torn capsule and was out again. On 19 October, he came on as a second-half substitute against Mainz 05 and was involved in three goals, helping to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 victory.

He also scored his first competitive goal for Bayern Munich in the Champions League after coming on as a substitute against

Viktoria Plzen

. He scored his first Bundesliga goal for his new club on 26 October in a 3-2 win over Hertha BSC to make it 3-1 at the interval. In the top-of-the-table match of the league on 23 November, which would have seen Borussia Dortmund close to one point on FC Bayern, he scored against his former club to make it 1-0 after being substituted for Mario Mandžukić in a booing 66th minute, setting up a high-scoring 3-0 win. This put Bayern ahead of their rivals. On 25 March 2014, Gotze secured the mathematical championship title with FC Bayern on matchday 27, the earliest in Bundesliga history.

On 17 May 2014, he beat Dortmund 2-0 in extra time in the cup final and won the double of championship and cup. The Bundesliga title was defended in 2015. Mario Gotze celebrated his 100th Bundesliga win on 22 August 2015 with a 2-1 away win against Hoffenheim, becoming the youngest player to achieve this at the age of 23 years, 2 months and 19 days.

During the international match on 8 October 2015 against Ireland, Gotze tore a muscle tendon and was out for the rest of the year. Gotze rejoined team training on 1 February 2016 and was back in the squad for the first time on 20 February 2016 against SV Darmstadt 98. After 160 days, he made his comeback in the Bundesliga on 12 March 2016, when he was in the starting eleven in the 5-0 home win against Werder Bremen, thus playing his 150th Bundesliga match.

On 7 May 2016 (matchday 33), Gotze celebrated his third consecutive German Bundesliga championship and his personal fifth championship with FC Bayern. He won his third double with the cup victory on 21 May 2016 after a 4:3 victory in a penalty shootout against Borussia Dortmund.

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Return to Borussia Dortmund

In the summer of 2016, he returned to Borussia Dortmund, the club where he had grown up. He made his first appearance since his return to the Borussia Dortmund jersey on matchday two, in the 1-0 loss against

Leipzig

. On 14 September 2016 he scored his first goal since his comeback in the yellow and black jersey in the first match of the Champions League group F won 0-6 at home against Legia Warsaw, while on 16 December he scored his first goal in the Bundesliga in the 2-2 draw at home against Hoffenheim.

In the second half of the season, he was always halted by injuries until he was forced to take a break to fully recover from all those injuries. On 15 March with a note on the official website, the club confirmed that he responded well to the treatment and that from the new 2017-2018 season he could be fully available for the team again.

After recovering from the injury, he returned to action on the first matchday of the 2017/18 season. Under new coach Peter Bosz, Gotze established himself as a regular at the team. On matchday 13, he suffered an ankle injury against FC Schalke 04. This injury kept him out for the rest of the first half of the season. It was not until after the winter break that he returned to the starting eleven on matchday 18 against VfL Wolfsburg.

Under Peter Stöger, the successor to Bosz who was dismissed on matchday 15, Gotze lost his undisputed position in the starting eleven: he was frequently substituted, came on late or did not even feature at all. In addition, Stöger publicly criticised him for his performances. At the end of the season, he made 23 appearances in the Bundesliga, where he scored two goals, as well as five Champions League and four Europa League matches without scoring.

Gotze was already initially considered a winner in the change of coach to Lucien Favre following the preparation for the 2018/19 season. However, following an appearance against SpVgg Greuther Fürth in the first round of the DFB Pokal, Favre opted against using the midfielder in the Bundesliga. Favre did not even appoint him for the following matches after he was in the squad without an appearance at the beginning of the season.

He just made an appearance against FC Brugge in the Champions League game on 18 September 2018. (1:0). And it wasn't until 6 October 2018, Matchday 7, when he made his first start of the season in the Bundesliga when he was replaced by Julian Weigl in the 77th minute of the 4-3 victory over FC Augsburg and scored for an interim 3-2 lead seven minutes later. Gotze was eventually part of the extended daily line-up again. Initially, in the first half of the season, he tended to play as a false nine up front, mostly using his speed to keep opposition defenders occupied, before being replaced by the less athletic striker Paco Alcácer.

In the second half of the season, Gotze eventually established himself as a main player in Favre's system, where he again played more regularly and also took over the captain's armband from the wounded Marco Reus. He had seven goals and assists in each of 26 Bundesliga matches by the end of the season, which Borussia Dortmund ended as runners-up.

The attacking midfielder won his fifth title with the club in August 2019, when the previous season's double winners FC Bayern were defeated 2-0 in the DFL Supercup. At the start of the 2019/20 season, Gotze once again lost the regular spot he had earned in the second half of the previous season. He was only used on average in every second competitive match, mostly as a substitute, as Paco Alcácer occupied the centre of attack in the first half of the season and, after his transfer, young Erling Haaland in the second half.

He was eliminated in the last 16 of both the Champions League and the DFB Cup with Dortmund. Before Matchday 27, sporting director Michael Zorc announced that Goetze's expiring contract had not been renewed and that the player would therefore leave the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2020. Gotze played his last match for BVB on 26 May 2020 (Matchday 28) in a 1-0 defeat to FC Bayern Munich. Following the birth of his first child in early June 2020, he was first given special leave before being unable to fulfil the requirements of the DFL's hygiene plan in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic, meaning that he was unable to play for the rest of the season.

Ahead of the final match of the season against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (0:4), Gotze was given an official farewell by club officials at the Westfalenstadion at home.

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PSV Eindhoven

On 6 October 2020, he signed a two-year contract with

PSV Eindhoven

. On 18 and 22 October, he scored his first goals in the Eredivisie against PEC Zwolle (0-3) and in the Europa League against

Granada

(1-2 defeat). In this section of Mario Gotze biography, we are going to share some information about his German national team career.

German National Team

In November 2010, Joachim Löw called Mario to the national team for a friendly against Sweden, in which Mario made his first appearance. He is the first German international football player who was born in reunited Germany. He scored two goals against Austria (6-2 win) and one goal against Brazil (3-1 win).

Against Sweden on 15 October 2013, he scored a goal and made two assists to André Schürrle (5-3 victory). In the last friendly match against the Chilean team on 5 March 2014, Germany played against the Chilean football team before deciding who will be selected to play in the World Cup. Gotze scored the only goal of the match with a pass from Mesut Özil. In a match against Armenia on 6 June 2014 in preparation for the World Cup, he came on at the 75th minute of play and scored two goals in the last ten minutes of the game (6-1 victory).

On 21 June 2014, he scored in the 2014 World Cup against Ghana on a pass from Thomas Müller. Germany played the final against Argentina on 13 July. He came on at the 88th minute and scored the only goal of the game in the 113th minute on a cross from André Schürrle after a chest control and a left-foot shot, giving victory to his team.

This goal, which is the most important milestone in his young football career, totally changed his career and his life. He has since become a national hero.

He scored his first double with Germany on 4 September 2015 against Poland (3-1) in Frankfurt. On 15 May 2018, he was not on the list of players summoned by Joachim Löw to play in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Style of Play

Mario Gotze is a versatile and technical attacking midfielder. His preferred position is playmaker, but he is equally capable of playing on the left and right flanks and even as a false 9. He has an excellent technique and uses his skills to pass the opponent's lines. Intelligent and collective, he has a good passing quality which allows him to give a lot of good passes to his team-mates. He is also skilful in the penalty area, which also allows him to score goals. However, his weak points are his shooting power and physical strength.

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Reception

Mario Gotze was once considered as one of the best young talents in the world who many saw him becoming one of the best German footballers of all time, but injuries prevented him from developing as much as he liked and now he’s not even called up to German national team. But being just 28 years old right now, he’s still got plenty of time to prove himself.

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Goal Celebration

We have seen Mario Gotze score many goals for his clubs and country during his career, but the thing about his goal celebrations is that he doesn’t have a signature goal celebration and usually celebrates each of his goals differently. One thing to note here is that on numerous occasions after scoring against his former clubs he refused to celebrate.

Mario Gotze outside Football

In December 2020 it was reported that Mario Gotze is becoming a businessman as he has invested in a start-up company together with former teammate André Schürrle. The company focuses on cannabis products! According to various reports, Gotze and Schürrle are part of a new round of investors in Sanity Group. The company, which was founded in 2018 by Finn Hänsel and Fabian Friede and is headquartered in Berlin, wants to conquer the European cannabis market.

Mario Gotze Personal Life

In this section of Mario Gotze biography, we will focus on his personal life and share some stories about

Mario Gotze life story

and

Mario Gotze religion

.

Family, Children and Relationships

In 1992, in Memmingen, Swabia, Gotze was born, as the second of three sons. He originally lived in the Allgau town of Ronsberg along with his brothers Fabian and Felix, who are football players as well. At the age of three, after his father had received a full scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation for optical signal processing at Rice University, Gotze moved with his family to Houston, Texas, in the USA.

A year and a half later, due to Fabian's school registration, the family moved to Memmingen. In 1997, when Gotze's father had claimed the chair for computer technology at the Technological University of Dortmund, the family moved to Dortmund. From Grade 5 to 10, Mario Gotze visited the Helene Lange Gymnasium in Dortmund's Hombruch neighborhood.

In 2008, he moved to the Goethe-Gymnasium in the Hörde district, where, in 2010, he received qualification for admission to technical colleges (the scholastic portion after grade 12). He served a business internship at the BVB office from 2010 to 2011, in addition to his professional football career.

Gotze has been in a relationship with Ann-Kathrin Brömmel since 2012 and has been married to her since May 2018. In 2020, they became parents to a son named Rome.

Philanthropy

Mario Gotze is involved with his father as a member of the Weitblick initiative for more equitable access to education worldwide.

Furthermore, Gotze has been supporting projects of the children's charity Plan International since May 2014. As an ambassador for the sports initiative "Children need fans!" and kids to life, he is a sponsor for children in Senegal, Vietnam as well as Cambodia and supports four projects of the children's relief organisation in Sierra Leone, Nepal, the Philippines and Brazil. Gotze is also a member of the children's relief organisation Plan International.

He managed to raise 2 million euros for the organisation "Ein Herz für Kinder" (A Heart for Children) after auctioning the left shoe with which Mario Gotze scored the 2014 World Cup final winning goal.

Legal Issues

So far we haven’t seen any reports on media regarding any legal issues or disputes of Mario Gotze. In this section of Mario Gotze biography, we are going to share some information about his career stats.

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Mario Gotze Career Statistics

In this section of Mario Gotze biography, we will take a look at his career stats as a club and international football player.

Club

Since starting his professional career with Dortmund in 2009, Mario Gotze has so far played a total of 346 matches for his clubs in all competitions and scored 84 goals. His best season was 2013-14 with Dortmund where he managed to score 15 goals in 45 matches.

International

Despite not being called up to German national team since 2017, Mario Gotze has played a total of 63 matches for his country and scored 17 goals, the most important of them being the 2014 World Cup final victory goal against Argentina.

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Mario Gotze Honors

Mario Gotze has won all of his club awards and titles with Dortmund and Bayern including

Bundesliga

,

DFB Pokal

, DFL-Supercup,

UEFA Super Cup

and

FIFA Club World Cup

.

His international titles include 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany and 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Championship with Germany U17.

He has many individual titles to his name including UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship Golden Player, Bundesliga Young Player of the Year, Tuttosport Golden Boy and Silbernes Lorbeerblatt among others.

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