Mario Götze (German pronunciation: [?ma??i?o ??œts?]; born 3 June 1992) is a German professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national team. Although his favoured position is that of a playmaker, Götze also possesses speed, technique and dribbling skills. In 2010, German Football Associations 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 Götzes contract, making him the second-most expensive German player to date, behind Mesut Özil. He spent three seasons with the club where he won a further three league titles, two DFB-Pokal trophies and a winners medal in each of the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. He then returned to Dortmund in 2016 where he has since added another DFB-Pokal title to his name.
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.