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Mario Götze

Mario Götze

Mario Götze plays as an attacking midfielder for Germany. He is best known for coming on as a substitute and scored in the 113th minute of the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina to win Germany their fourth World Cup.

In addition to his favoured role as a number 10, Götze is capable of playing as either a left or right winger and also as a false 9. Götze is considered to be a highly talented player possessing high speed, excellent technical and dribbling skills, and play-making capabilities. In 2010, German Football Association’s then technical director Matthias Sammer described Götze as “one of the best talents Germany has ever had.”

After ascending through several youth teams, Götze was called up for his first senior match for Germany against Sweden, on 17 November 2010. He made his debut that day, coming on in the 78th minute in a goalless draw, substituting for Kevin Großkreutz and becoming the youngest German international since Uwe Seeler. Götze and André Schürrle who came on simultaneously are the first two Germany players to be born in reunified Germany. He made his second appearance for the national team in a friendly match against Italy on 9 February 2011.

Götze’s first goal for Germany was against Brazil on 10 August 2011; 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 Stürmer who scored on debut against France on 16 October 1954. Götze made his tournament debut in Euro 2012 after coming on as a substitute against Greece.

Götze contributed four goals in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, and was named in Germany’s squad for the tournament finals. He was named in the starting line-up against Portugal in the team’s opening match, winning the penalty kick for Germany’s opening goal on his World Cup debut. In the team’s second match, he scored the opening goal and was named the Man of the Match in a 2–2 draw with Ghana.

Götze scored the only goal of the match in the 113th minute of the World Cup final against Argentina from an acute angle, giving Germany their fourth World Cup victory. He became the first substitute to score a World Cup winning goal, as well as the youngest player to score in a World Cup Final since German Wolfgang Weber in 1966.

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