“Make him! He makes him!” Hardly any exclamation from a live commentator has burned itself more into the collective German football memory than this one from Tom Bartels, when Mario Götze shot the DFB national team to the world championship title in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2014 with his remarkable goal against Argentina.
The career of the now 30-year-old, which was once so steep, did not always go according to plan. But the Bundesliga data is still impressive. Not least because of this, Eintracht Frankfurt can celebrate having brought Götze back to the Bundesliga after two years.
Endless titles and impressive odds
Mario Götze’s trophy cabinet alone is enough for several dream careers: he has been German champion five times, winner of the DFB Cup four times, as well as world champion, winner of the super cup, winner of the club world championship, winner of the U17 European championship, winner of the Dutch cup and super cup. Wherever Götze played, titles were always within reach. The attacking player has scored 57 goals in 230 Bundesliga games. 21 goals are added in almost 100 European Cup games, Götze also made 63 appearances for Germany (17 goals).
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All very impressive odds, which could have been better. At some point after the golden goal in Rio, the former mega-talent had a spanner in the works. Increasing concerns about injuries and a metabolic disease led to longer and longer medical records from 2015 onwards. In the heyday of Messi and Co. and the temporary trend of the “false nine”, the actually so ingenious ten was used more and more often as the sole center forward. A position in which he was rarely able to convince.
Back to old strength in Eindhoven
And so the always so successful Bundesliga time for Götze seemed to be over for the time being in the summer of 2020, when after his second engagement at Borussia Dortmund he went to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands. However, Götze flourished again under German coach Roger Schmidt. In the last two years he has made 77 competitive appearances for PSV and was directly involved in 36 goals (18 goals and 18 assists).
Schmidt mostly used Götze in his favorite position in central, attacking midfield. Exactly that position should now also be planned for him at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Frankfurt against Bayern at the start of the Bundesliga on August 5th
Via the Champions League even to the World Cup?
For Frankfurt Götze is – without a doubt – an absolute transfer coup. And not just because of its golden past. With his great experience, he will be of great help to Eintracht, which has been so furious recently, when it takes part in the Champions League for the first time. At PSV he was recently captain more and more often. In any case, Götze has not lost any of his playful quality over the years. And he has recently again impressively demonstrated his goal threat.
If Götze stays fit like last year, then he will immediately be a reinforcement for Eintracht. And who knows: If he finds his way back to his old strength in this country, then even a revival in the national team after four and a half years should be possible. Finally, a world championship is on the agenda for autumn. In any case, he has found the right showcase for this with Eintracht Frankfurt.