Mario Götze (born 3 June 1992) is a German footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national team. Although his favoured position is that of a playmaker, he can also be deployed as a striker or winger. Götze is considered to be one of the sport’s best young players, possessing speed, technique, dribbling skills, and playmaking capabilities. In 2010, German Football Association’s then technical director Matthias Sammer described Götze as “one of the best talents Germany has ever had.”
He played for Borussia Dortmund between 2009 and 2013, winning the Bundesliga title in 2010–11 and the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double in 2011–12, and was a member of the team which reached the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. In April 2013, a €37 million bid from Bayern Munich triggered a release clause in Götze’s contract, making Götze the second-most expensive German player to date, behind Mesut Özil.
Götze is capable of playing as either a left or right winger, attacking midfielder and also as a false 9. Götze is considered to be one of the best young players in the world, possessing speed, technique, dribbling skills and playmaking capabilities. At Dortmund under former manager Jürgen Klopp, Götze often played different roles in the team’s 4–2–3–1 formation. Following the departure of fellow playmaker Shinji Kagawa in 2012, during the 2012–13 season, Klopp assigned Götze as central attacking midfielder. For Germany, Götze’s talent is sometimes used by German coach Joachim Löw in the “false 9” role.
German football legend Franz Beckenbauer described Götze as “German Messi” for his speed and style of play. In 2010, German Football Association’s then-Technical Director Matthias Sammer described Götze as “one of the best talents Germany has ever had.”
Götze was first selected for the Germany national football team in 2010, at the age of 18. He was included in the squad for UEFA Euro 2012 and, two years later, scored the winning goal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final. He was also included in the squad for Euro 2016.