Who is Mario Gómez?
Mario Gómez is a German footballer who currently plays for the team ‘VfB Stuttgart’ of the ‘2.0 Bundesliga.’ Born in Riedlingen and raised in Unlingen, Mario was interested in playing football ever since he was a kid. His father was a fan of the sport and supported Mario by allowing him to play football whenever he wanted. Mario exhibited great football skills even as a child. Ever since he became serious about a career in football, Mario has been associated with ‘Stuttgart.’ When he was 13 years old, he was invited to join the team. However, he declined. He officially joined ‘VfB Stuttgart II’ during their 2003–2004 season, and in the first 19 appearances with the ‘Regionalliga Sud,’ he scored 6 goals. In 2005–2006, he joined the first ‘Stuttgart’ team officially and played exceptionally well while rest of his team struggled. For the 2009 season, he joined ‘Bayern Munich’ and kept performing his best. He was eventually signed by various other clubs, until 2017, when Mario made his comeback to ‘Stuttgart.’ Playing for the German national team, he has participated in the 2010, 2014, and 2018 ‘FIFA World Cups.’
Childhood & Early Life
Mario Gómez was born Mario Gómez Garcia, on July 10, 1985, in Riedlingen, West Germany, to José Gómez Garcia and Christel Roth. His father is from Granada, Spain, and is of Spanish descent, while his mother is German. Ever since he was young, he has been fascinated with football, owing to his father, who barely missed a game on TV. Mario began playing football at a tender age.
Mario was a huge ‘Barcelona’ fan while he was growing up. His parents supported ‘Real Madrid.’ Hugely Inspired by players such as Romario and Rivaldo, Mario started practicing football in his lawn, with his father being his first-ever coach.
He played exceedingly well for his age, and he was also taller than average kids his age. Thus, his hopes of making a career in professional football were strong even when he was 13 years old.
‘Stuttgart,’ one of the biggest German clubs, expressed their interest in taking 13-year-old Mario in and training him under their supervision. Although it was a highly lucrative opportunity, Mario and his father declined the offer. Mario was low on self-confidence and was happy playing football with his friends and cousins. He also claimed his education was the reason for declining the offer. He finished his high-school graduation from a local school and began playing with his local team.
Years later, when Mario’s hometown team lost to ‘Stuttgart’ in a game, the ‘Stuttgart’ manager came up to him and offered him a place on his team once again. This time around, he said yes.
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Mario made his debut for ‘Stuttgart’ in the ‘Regionalliga Sud’ in the 2003–2004 season. During his first year, he scored 6 goals in 19 appearances, which was a pretty average performance. However, he invited attention in the following season, when he scored 15 goals in 24 appearances.
Following this performance, among many others, he was officially made part of the first team of ‘Stuttgart’ in the 2005–2006 season. He played in ‘Bundesliga’ and scored 6 games in the 30 appearances that he made. In the ‘UEFA Cup,’ he made five appearances and scored 2 goals.
The 2007–2008 season turned out to be his career’s best so far. While the rest of his team struggled to perform, his performance was remarkable. He scored 19 goals in the 25 appearances that he made and was at the second spot on the list of the leading goal scorers in the ‘Bundesliga.’
He was 23 years old at that time, and many top clubs began inquiring about him. He was known as ‘Mr. Reliable’ and justified his nickname during his last season for ‘Stuttgart,’ too. In the 44 appearances that he made all season, he scored 35 goals, becoming the top scorer from his team once again.
In 2009, he signed a 4-year contract with ‘Bayern Munich,’ for a record amount. However, his performance was not too good in the first season, with him scoring only 10 goals in the 29 league appearances that he made.
Things changed drastically in his favor in the next season, and he ended up as the top scorer from his team. By the end of the league season, he was named the second-best goal scorer.
In April 2012, he signed a contract with ‘Bayern,’ which kept him in the team until the summer of 2016. He ended the 2011–2012 season with a great score card of 26 goals in 33 league appearances. In the ‘Champions League’ alone, he scored 13 goals in 14 games.
Following the ‘UEFA Euro 2012,’ he suffered an ankle injury and underwent treatment, due to which he began the 2012–2013 season late. However, his overall performance remained pretty much average, as he scored 11 goals in his 21 league appearances. It was a huge year for Mario, as he was officially let go of from ‘Bayern’ and was signed by ‘Fiorentina.’
He signed a 4-year contract with the new team. He performed averagely during the first few matches and eventually quit the season midway when he suffered a knee injury in March 2014. In his nine league appearances in his debut year for ‘Fiorentina,’ he scored 3 goals.
He was loaned to ‘Besiktas’ temporarily, following which he quit ‘Fiorentina’ and joined the ‘Bundesliga’ club ‘Wolfsburg.’ His poor form caused him to eventually join ‘Stuttgart’ again in 2017. In the 2018–2019 season, he emerged as the top scorer of his team.
Mario has also played for the German national team, as one of their star players. He has played for his team in the ‘FIFA World Cups’ of 2010, 2014, and 2018. His performance has remained average. He has also led his team in ‘Euro 2008’ and ‘Euro 2012.’
Family & Personal Life
Mario Gómez is known for his unique ability to score with both his feet.
He has a Spanish father and a German mother, due to which he holds citizenships of both the countries. However, he chose to play for Germany.
He dated Silvia Meichel for 9 years, before the couple broke up in 2012.
Following his split, he began dating German model Carina Wanzung. The couple got married in 2016.