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Mario Gotze fact file: The lowdown on Germany’s World Cup hero, Super Mario!

Jul 13, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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The 113th minute of the 2014 World Cup final will forever be remembered as the moment Mario Gotze won the World Cup for Germany.

Gotze, 22, chested the ball down and hammered a perfect volley across goal into the far corner to give the Germans their fourth World Cup in history.

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It’s safe to say Gotze is now a national hero in Germany. There is going to be a lot of newborns called Mario this time next year…

Anyway, below is everything you need to know about Gotze as the game-winner has became a hero, icon and wunderkid with one majestic swipe of his left boot.


Gotze celebrated with his girlfriend at the Maracana, after becoming a German hero.


Full name: Mario Gotze
Age: 22
Hometown: Memmingen, Bavaria
Club team: Bayern Munich
International stats: 35 apps / 11 goals
Height: 5 ft 9 in
Squad number: 19
Position: Playmaker, left, right, central midfield
2014 World Cup stats: 6 apps / 2 goals
Fun fact: His father, Jurgen, is a renowned professor at the University of Dortmund

Other ‘Super Mario’ facts

  • Gotze was embroiled in a transfer brawl between Germany’s two biggest teams, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, last summer. Bayern found out Gotze had a buy-out clause in his contract the week before the two squared off at Wembley for the UEFA Champions League title. Then, they bought him. Uproar. Gotze, heading to Bayern but still a Dortmund player, didn’t play. After moving to the Allianz this season his career has failed to take off at Bayern. Maybe this goal will help.
  • Gotze is the second most expensive German player in history after Bayern splashed out $50 million for the talented attacker. Only Mesut Ozil $(64 million) cost more.
  • Gotze’s girlfriend is German lingerie model, Ann-Kathrin Brommel.
  • Gotze is held in high esteem from his manager, Joachim Low, who revealed in his post-match presser that he told Gotze at half time of extra time to: “Show to the world that you’re better than Messi and that you can decide the World Cup.” He did just that. No big deal…
  • Gotze is a standout guy who remembered his best mate Marco Reus during the greatest moment of his career. Gotze and Reus came up through Borussia Dortmund’s academy together, but Reus was badly injured in a warm up game before the World Cup and didn’t go to Brazil. Gotze dedicated his goal (plus he was holding Reus’ shirt after the game, see below) and the win to his good pal Reus. Fair play, Mario.

  1. the8man - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Germany are fitting champions. They played well.

    Congratulations to all the particpating nations. It was a wonderful spectacle. May God continue to bless football.

  2. godsholytrousers - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Gotze is the son of a prominent German University Professor. I guess the winning hunger comes from within no matter what your childhood upbringing might be.

  3. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Great result. Pirlo, Kaka came from good familial backgrounds; Gotze another wonderful example.

  4. sportsfan69 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Great team, worthy of Champions. Germany #1

  5. nextmanup81 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    And my gosh, every single German player had a top model type girl kissing them after the game – even the goofy looking players. Winners on and off the field. Well played Germany, well played.

  6. the0verheadwire - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Goetze didn’t play in the Champion’s league final because he was hurt, not because Bayern had bought him. I bet a lot of folks at Dortmund still consider him a traitor, now just one who won their country the World Cup.

  7. patriotsdefense - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Not to take anything away from Mario, but the real MVP and hero for Germany was Manuel Neuer.

  8. doctorrustbelt - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    …or… Schurrle… or… Schweinsteiger… or… Kroos… or… Lamm… or…

    • shaab23 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      if that idiot/choker/scrub Higuain buried that first opportunity; Kroos would have surely been the MVP…for Argentina…

  9. granadafan - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Super rich, lingerie model for a girlfried, World Cup hero. Yeah, Goetze’s life is pretty good right about now.

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