Mario Goetze

{Profile Updated 12/06/2012}

Date of Birth: - 3rd June 1992.

Height: - 5ft 9inches.

Position: - Attacking Midfielder (but versatile to both wings also).

Nationality: - German

Playing Career: - Borussia Dortmund.

Linked With: - Arsenal

- Manchester United

- Chelsea

- Barcelona

- Real Madrid

- AC Milan

- Bayern Munich

Club Career

Borussia Dortmund:

Goetze is a product of Dortmund's youth academy, first entering the club as an eight-year-old. After spending over 8 years in the youth academy, Goetze was finally given his opportunity in late 2009.

21st November 2009 - Goetze made his Bundesliga debut in a 0-0 draw against FSV Mainz 05.

During the winter break of 2009/2010 Bundesliga season, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp gave Mario Goetze an opportunity to impress in the first team by giving a run of a few games. Goetze then took his chance and was a vital player in Dortmund's Bundesliga Championship winning team of the 2010/2011 season.

Gotze scored an overwhelming six goals and made 15 assists, making him the best 18-year old player statistically speaking to have ever graced the Bundesliga at that age.

Goetze then continued his prolific form in the opening game of the 2011/2012 Bundesliga campaign, as against a formidable Hamburger SV, Goetze scored one goal and provided two assists in the 3-1 win to continue is excellent form.

January 2012 - Goetze was diagnosed with a hip injury - a cartilage in Goetze's hip had inflamed under stress and kept him out of action for around 3 months.

27th March 2012 - Goetze signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund, keeping him at the club until 2016.

April 2012 - Goetze made the squad for the first time since his hip injury but was an unused substitute against rivals Schalke. Goetze played his first game since his hip injury when he came on as a substitute against Borussia Monchengladbach a week later.

International Career:

17th November 2010 - After consistent performances through Germany's youth set up (e.g. U21's), Goetze was called up for his first senior match for Germany against Sweden. Gotze then went on to make his debut that day, coming on in the 78th minute in a goalless draw.

10th August 2011 - Goetze's first goal for Germany came against the very strong Brazil; 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 Sturmer in 1954.

Club Statistics

Dortmund (as of 12/06/2012):

2009/2010 season: - 5 Appearances, 0 goals, and 0 assists.

2010/2011 season (in all competitions): - 41 appearances, 8 goals and 12 assists.

2011/2012 season: - 25 appearances, 7 goals and 15 assists.

Career Total: 71 appearances, 15 goals and 27 assists.


- Bundesliga x2 (2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons)

- Uefa U17 Championship (2009)

- Member of the German team of the year. (2010/2011 season).

- Golden Boy (the most prolific U21 player in Europe, once held by the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero etc).

- European U21 player of the year (voted for ahead of Thiago Alcantara, Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen and Jack Wilshere).

General Comments

I myself have watched Mario Gotze play both at club level and international level. Although the Bundesliga is not as powerful or advanced as it once was, Gotze has floods of potential in my opinion. His ability to take on players, dominate the midfield, create a chance out of nothing, his skill and general power as a player is simply brilliant.

Gotze has the potential to be a world-class player, as he has it all; the goals, the assists and the experience. It is obvious that i'm not the only one with this opinion, as so many clubs are tracking him and his progress. This is because as I've said, he generally has it all and is a very, very good player. In my opinion, he will be one of the best players in the world in a few years time, as he is that damn good.

I would like to say that I added in Goetze's 'honours' to this profile as I felt it was important people recognise how much this kid has won at such a young age, and just to provide evidence of how much potential Goetze really has. Another thing I'd like to say (before I get abuse for it) is why I have 'spelt Gotze wrong'. It isn't the wrong spelling, but this website doesn't format symbols with regards to umlaut's etc, and the correct spelling without the umlaut over the O is Goetze.

As a lover of football, I would love to see Goetze in the Premier League, as I believe his style of football would compliment the League and give whatever team he opts for a genuinely great player who is a complete game changer, and perhaps even a title winner.

To get on to the business end of the profile, Goetze will not be leaving Dortmund anytime soon. I suspect this profile won't need updating for some time now as I expect him to stay at Dortmund with his freshly signed new contract and it would take an absolute MONSTROUS bid for him to come in for anything to change. He loves Dortmund, he loves Germany and I honestly cannot see him, and I can honestly say he will not leave this summer, or a fair few transfer windows to come.

Thanks all,