20 Facts About Mario Gotze

1. In March 2014, Mario Gotze was one of the first players to wear Nike Magista boots.

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2. In 2011, Mario Gotze signed a sponsorship kit deal with sportswear and equipment supplier Nike.

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3. Mario Gotze was born in Memmingen, Bavaria to parents Jurgen and Astrid Gotze.

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4. Mario Gotze became the first substitute to score a World Cup winning goal, and the youngest player to score in a World Cup Final since fellow German Wolfgang Weber in 1966, who was 22.

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5. Mario Gotze was included in the 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2012 on 28 May 2012.

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6. Mario Gotze made his second appearance for the national team in a friendly match against Italy on 9 February 2011.

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7. Mario Gotze made his debut that day, coming on in the 78th minute in a goalless draw, substituting for his Dortmund teammate Kevin Großkreutz and becoming the youngest German international since Uwe Seeler.

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8. In February 2017, Mario Gotze was dropped from the Dortmund team with a mystery illness, identified in media reports as myopathy, a metabolic disease which can cause fatigue and weight gain.

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9. On 21 July 2016, Mario Gotze confirmed his return to Dortmund, on a four-year contract.

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10. Mario Gotze made his league debut for the club in a Bundesliga home match against 1.

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11. On 11 August 2013, Mario Gotze made his Bayern Munich debut, coming on as a substitute for Mitchell Weiser in the 60th minute.

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12. On 23 April 2013, it was announced that Mario Gotze was moving on 1 July 2013 to rivals Bayern Munich after the team had triggered Gotze's release clause of €37 million.

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13. Mario Gotze kicked off his season by losing the 2012 German Super Cup.

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14. Mario Gotze played his first game since his hip injury when he came on as a substitute against Borussia Monchengladbach.

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15. Mario Gotze spoke about his contract extension, saying, "Everyone knows how comfortable I feel in Dortmund.

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16. On 27 March 2012, Mario Gotze signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund, keeping him at Dortmund until 2016.

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17. Mario Gotze played in the 2011 German Super Cup' losing to Schalke 04.

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18. Mario Gotze made his Bundesliga debut on 21 November 2009 in a scoreless draw against Mainz 05, coming on as a substitute for Jakub Błaszczykowski in the 88th minute.

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19. Mario Gotze is a product of Dortmund's youth academy, first entering the club as an eight-year-old.

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20. Mario Gotze was first selected for the Germany national football team in 2010, at the age of 18.

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