From German prodigy kid to bench press to World Cup champion: Mario Gotze’s career has been a roller coaster ride. Now he plays in Eintracht Frankfurt.
Memmingen – Enters the penalty area from the left. With his chest he takes the cross from André Schürrle perfectly. When he falls, he passes the ball past Argentine Sergio Romero and sends Germany to their fourth World Cup title. On July 13, 2014, Mario Gotze scored what is probably the most watched German goal in modern football history. The heroic feat of the Maracanã is undoubtedly the highlight of his career – a career full of ups and downs.
Mario Gotze: Beginnings and Breakthroughs at Borussia Dortmund
Born on June 3, 1992 in Memmingen, Bavaria, Mario Gotze took his first footballing steps at the age of three in the jersey of SC Runesberg. After moving to the Ruhr region, Gotze moved to Borussia Dortmund, where he went through all the youth divisions up to the professional team. For the 2008/09 season in the junior division, he received the most important junior award in the German Bundesliga, the gold medal Fritz Walter.
|June 3, 1992|
|176 cm (75 kg)|
|Midfield / striker|
|Borussia Dortmund (2009-2013 and 2016-2020), Bayern Munich (2013-2016), PSV Eindhoven (2020-2022), Eintracht Frankfurt (2022-)|
|World Football Champion (2014)|
On November 21, 2009, Gotze made his Bundesliga debut with Borussia Dortmund at the age of 17 under coach Jürgen Klopp. The debut after a few matches was followed by the first goal. In the offensive midfield, Gotze has established himself under Klopp as an important part of Dortmund’s attacking game. In the 2010/11 Dortmund championship season, Goetze was on the field 33 times and participated in 21 goals, six of which were scored by himself.
At the end of August, Arsenal made an offer of 40 million euros for the 19-year-old “miracle child”. This would have made Gotze the most expensive German player in history. But instead of accepting the offer, he extended his contract in the Ruhr region for another four years. Coach Felix Magath described him in 2011 as the “talent of the century”.
Mario Gotze: Don’t hope for Bayern Munich
Gotze missed the following season, 2011/12, mostly due to injury. Goetze just celebrated his second successive Dortmund title win from the stands. A year later, Memminger secured his regular place in Klopp’s starting line-up again. However, it was not possible to build on the successes of the previous season: in the German Bundesliga they remained in second place behind the superior Bayern Munich without any chance, and in the DFB Cup they already finished in the quarter-finals and also lost. Out of their competition in the Champions League final Munich.
Shortly thereafter, Gotze announced his move to Black and Yellow’s biggest rival: FC Bayern Munich. He had paid the stipulated exit clause of 37 million euros. Fans accused the young player of being lured by money and lack of dedication to Al Shabab. After intense criticism, Gotze replaced Pep Guardiola in the red jersey at Allianz Arena for the 2013/14 season.
However, Gotze did not make a major breakthrough at Bayern Munich. Due to injuries, Gotze often had to celebrate Bayern’s successes from the stands. Gotze couldn’t get past Bayern Munich veterans Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and later Robert Lewandowski, which is why he returned to Serie A in 2016.
Mario Gotze: BVB again, then Eindhoven
Mario Gotze returned to his youth club as a prodigy in Dortmund, but in addition to being injury prone, he also had to struggle for security for his regular spot. At the beginning of 2017, team doctors diagnosed Goetze with a metabolic disease, after which he withdrew from the public eye to focus on his recovery. Gotze played under three different coaches at Borussia Dortmund for nearly four years.
His position at the club ranged from pressing the bench to deputy captain behind Marco Reus. Having lost his regular spot and the expiration of his contract, Goetze decided to join Dutch first-division club PSV Eindhoven.
Mario Gotze: From Eindhoven to Eintracht Frankfurt
Having played mainly in the center of the field in Dortmund, he was used as a winger in Eindhoven under German coach Roger Schmidt. The new environment seems to benefit Gotze. He quickly became a regular player and was directly involved in 13 goals for PSV Eindhoven.
Gotze has repeatedly received praise and support from coach Schmidt. In a total of 77 matches, Mario Gotze scored 36 points (18 goals and 18 assists). Despite the contract term until 2024, Götze announced his return to the Bundesliga to Eintracht Frankfurt in June 2022. He signed a contract with the European League winners until June 30, 2025.
Mario Gotze and his career in the German national team
Gotze wore the German national team shirt for the first time in April 2007 for the under-15 team. Since then, he contested all age groups for the selection of the Football Association before making his debut with the first national team on November 10, 2010. He won the 2009 European Championship for U-17 Youth. At EM 2012 he was part of the team under coach Joachim Loew. He was also called up to the national team for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
In the final against Argentina on 13 July 2014, as a substitute, he scored the winning goal for Germany to make it 1–0 in overtime. After the match, Gotze was named Man of the Match by FIFA. The goal was subsequently voted Goal of the Decade. Gotze was again nominated for the 2016 European Championship. He played his last international match on 14 November 2017 against France.
Mario Gotze: His Successes
- World Champion (2014)
- European U-17 Champion (2009)
- Club World Champion (2013)
- European Super Cup Champion (2013)
- German Champion (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
- DFB Cup Champion (2012, 2014, 2016, 2017)
- Premier League Cup Winner (2019)
- Dutch Cup Winner (2022)
- Dutch Super Cup Winner (2021)
Mario Gotze: Girlfriend and Family
Goetze has two brothers – Fabian and Felix – who are both professional players too. He and his family moved to Houston, Texas, USA when he was three years old. A year and a half later, the family returned to Germany, where they have lived in Dortmund since 1997.
In 2012, he met his girlfriend and future wife Anne Katherine Brommel. “We met at a meal with friends and then my brother asked me if I knew who Mario Gotze was. I think my brother was more excited than me,” Anne Katherine describes getting to know the party. Brummel became known, among other things, through his participation in the actors show Next Germany Topmodel in 2012. Since then, Rheinlander, born in Emmerich, has become a model. She continues to work as an influencer on Instagram, where she is followed by 1.6 million people.
Shortly after they met in 2012, Mario Gotze and Ann Katherine Brommel got engaged. Both married since May 2018, Ann-Kathrin took the name Götze. In 2020, they become parents to a son named Roma. (Andreas Abtz)