Experts say Mario Götze is one of the greatest talents in the history of German soccer. This page tells the story of a fantastic young player who is, quite possibly, on the way to becoming the best player in the world. He has already won 2 German national championships, 1 German Cup title and was part of the team of year in the season 2010/2011.
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Mario Götze was born on June 3, 1992 in Memmingen, Germany. He is the son of Jürgen and Astrid Götze.
Mario has two brothers. His older brother Fabian plays for VFL Bochum II in the 4th highest German league, and his younger brother Felix plays for the youth team of Borussia Dortmund.
Mario started playing soccer near his hometown for SC Ronsberg when he was three years old. Three years later, his family moved to Dortmund.
He continued his career playing for Hombrucher SV, and, after two great years, he was scouted by the renowned German soccer club, Borussia Dortmund.
When his coaches saw him for the first time they were fascinated by his amazing skills. In 2009 and 2010 he received the Fritz Walter Medal in Gold. This medal is awarded to the best players of the different age groups.
Mario made his Bundesliga debut on 21 November 2009 against Mainz 05. He was substituted into the game in the 88th minute. This substitution made him one of ten youngest players to have ever played in the Bundesliga!
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However this statistic paled next to his International debut for the club. He scored two goals in Dortmund's 4:3 win over Karpaty Lwiw in the Europa League.
Scoring 6 goals and 16 assists in the competition, he was an important part of DortmundÂ´s national championship win in 2011. In January 2012, Götze was diagnosed with a hip injury that took him out for over 6 months. He finally returned at the beginning of season 2012/2013.
Götze was part of every youth team of Germany starting from under 15 and ending at the under 21 team! He played his first U15 game in April, 2007 against Switzerland.
On November 17, 2010 he was finally called up for his first match as a senior against Sweden. He was substituted in in the 78th minute. Being 17 years and 167 days old this substitution made him become the second youngest senior player in the German soccer history.
Götze scored his first goal for the team on August 10, 2011 against Brazil. He was part of the German squad for the Euro 2012. Since he missed most of the season 2011/2012, Götze played just 10 minutes in a 3:0 win over Greece.
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