Saturday, March 17, 2018

EURO 2016 could define Mario Gotze’s future

Should Gotze leave Bayern? / Image via

Should Gotze leave Bayern? / Image via

With the European Championship finals just around the corner a number of footballers are eagerly anticipating the tournament as it would provide a chance to prove their worth following frustrating seasons with their club.

One such football player is definitely Bayern Munich forward Mario Gotze who got the backing of Germany head coach Joachim Low to succeed in France and lead the team towards the European glory.

The 24-year-old has made his mark in Germany’s final warm-up game against Hungary on Saturday having scored an opening goal for his team when he met Jonas Hector’s low delivery from the left with the ball ricocheting off Lang inside the near post and he is expected to be a mainstay in Low’s team in France.

Mario Gotze starred as striker proving that little playing time at Bayern left no dents in his fine form.

Bayern struggles

Mario Gotze will be eager to continue the run at the final showpiece as he faces uncertain summer despite his clear desire to stay on with Bayern Munich and fight for his place under the guidance of new coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Mario Gotze managed only 14 Bundesliga appearances during the 2015-16 season and additional four in the Champions League which was a disappointing and insufficient tally for a player of his calibre.

Having played a huge role in Dortmund’s successive Bundesliga triumphs prior to his move to Bayern Munich, Mario Gotze has seen his playing time with the Bavarian giants limited to a great extent. Once considered one of the brightest prospects in world football has failed to make his case and prove his worth as he got less than what he bargained for when he decided to leave Borussia Dortmund.

International glory

His frustrating time with Bayern did little however to ruin his international career as Mario Gotze went on to become a scorer of the historical 2014 FIFA World Cup winner for his country, earning a legendary status in his homeland.

With over 50 caps for Germany Bayern Munich player is expected to be one of the key members of Low’s team and is sure to go out to use every chance he gets to prove Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti that he was and still is the right man for Bayern.

The 2016 European Championship could have a crucial role in regard to his future and Gotze is ready to grab the chance with both hands.

The summer’s edition of the continental championship is of great value to both the 24-year-old and Germany alike, as the team is coming off from the worst qualifying campaign under Low. The Mannschaft have been looking shaky in defence, but they will most definitely raise the bar significantly during the final showpiece in France.

Germany begin their EURO 2016 campaign on 12 June against Ukraine and are looking at the odds of 1/2 to record a win at the beginning of the competition.

Summer of hard choices

Mario Gotze proclaimed his loyalty to Bayern Munich during the last couple of weeks ignoring the good-hearted messages to quit Bayern in order to save his career.

Germany international is 24 years of age and is approaching the peak of his career when he needs regular playing time in order to fulfil his potential at club level.

Gotze has entered the final year of his contract and his desire to stay past this summer is seen as a clear message to Bayern Munich who are yet to offer him a new deal. Despite Gotze’s wish to stay, Bavarians could quite easily choose to sell him this summer in order to avoid the risk of losing him for free next summer.

Several clubs such as Gotze’s former side Borussia Dortmund and Premier League outfit Liverpool have expressed their interest in signing the 24-year-old player this summer.

A return to Dortmund could see Gotze rediscover his form at a familiar ground despite the fact BVB fans could still find it difficult to forgive Gotze his initial betrayal.

On the other side, reuniting with Jurgen Klopp could benefit both the player and Liverpool as Gotze played his best football under the former Dortmund boss.

Gotze’s professionalism is commendable and his willingness to fight for his place at Bayern really shows off a piece of his winning mentality, but he should ultimately reconsider his options. A successful EURO 2016 campaign could help him reach final decision as he will most definitely not be short of options in July and August.

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Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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