Mario Gomez biography will give you an insight into how the boy from Swabian village in Germany rose to the heights in the game of football to become one of the best strikers during his professional career.
The game of football has grown many categories of players according to their potential. Some of these players were unsung in their marks made in the game devoid of their respective leagues and the intensity of the league. One of those unsung players is Mario Gomez of Germany.
Mario Gomez Garcia was born on the 10th of July 1985 in Riedlingen, Germany to german mother Christel Roth and a Spanish father Jose Pepe Gomez Garcia, hence Mario has dual citizenship with allegiance given to Germany.
Mario was raised in Swabian village in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg in southwestern Germany which is about 100km south of Stuttgart and 175km west of Munich.
He had his first encounter with football when he was just four years old. According to him, he knew less about what he was doing, however, he had the ball and that was all the joy he needed.
During his early stage of football, Mario was a champion and other kids always wanted to be in his team.
Mario plays with both legs and that is possible because he would always practice in his mother’s garden when they lock him up from going to play with other children.
Mario Gomez played as a striker for the German national team for 11 years. His professional club career began at Stuttgart in 2006/2007 and won the Bundesliga title with a participating mark of 14 goals and 7 assists. The next season he kicked it up a notch by bagging 19 goals in 25 appearances behind Luca Toni of Bayern who scored 24 goals for the season and clinched the golden boot.
In his last season at Stuttgart, he registered 24 goals in 32 games as Luca Toni had done in the prior season. In total of the 2008/2009 season with Stuttgart, he scored 63 goals in 121 appearances.
With the talent showed and quest to achieve more as a striker in the league, he was signed for a record fee of 30 – 35 million pounds in 2009 for Bayern Munich, which was a record signing for the club. Initially, wasn’t scoring as expected, but with the given time Mario Gomez was one of the lethal and prolific strikers at the time in Europe. He gave in a lot of technicality and clinical to aid the Bavarian to win many titles as it was almost a tradition in the Bundesliga.
In 2008 Mario Gomez was invited to the German national team by Joachim Low during the Euro, but couldn’t deliver as he did at club level. However, he went along to become one of Germany’s prestigious strikers at the time with Miroslav Klose and Lucas Podolski. He was the highest goal scorer in the Euro 2012 competition scoring 8 goals with Fernando Torres of Spain.
Gomez won the champions league title and various other trophies with Bayern Munich at the time with top-level players like Thomas Muller, Phillip Lahm, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, the talismanic Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng. His time at Bayern saw him register 13 hattricks of which he scored 10 of them in the Bundesliga and 3 in the champions league edition of 2010/11. He scored 23 goals in 39 champions league games before retiring.
Mario Gomez was never really seen as a threat according to some football pundits because sometimes, he spent some time at the sidelines and couldn’t deliver for Bayern at a certain time which made the Bavarian club employ the services of Mario Mandzukic.
However, when Mandzukic cemented his place in the striker role for Bayern Munich, Mario Gomez was sold to Florentina in 2013 for 20 million pounds and he spent a four-year spell with the club and helping the club at the same time having injury problems. At the end of his spell at Florentina, he scored a total of 7 goals in 29 appearances while hindered by injuries.
In 2015 he was loaned to the Turkish side of Beskitas and he was a major factor in aiding them in securing the Super Lig cup in 2015/16 with 26 goals in 33 appearances. He was formidable for the Turkish side till he left for Wolfsburg where he scored 17 goals in 45 appearances as he aided them in beating getting relegated. In 2018, he moved to Stuttgart and scored 22 goals in 70 appearances. Mario Gomez retired at the age of 35 at his boyhood club and said he was fulfilled with how his career went.
What you should know about Mario Gomez Biography
Mario Gomez is of both German and Spanish nationality, but he was more familiar with Germany than Spain and he decided to be a part of Germany. The 1.89m tall striker was considered one of the best at the time alongside Fernando Torres, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto’o.
In Germany, he was one of the best strikers in the league and in Europe respectively. A box poacher striker known for his ability to score with both foot and his formidability in ariel duels as he was a threat to opposition defenders.
Mario was good at hold-up play and cross anticipation with his strength and agility. His flaw as a striker was said to be poor work ethic and fewer skills as a striker. Nonetheless, he was one of the European strikers during his prime of football.