Leon Goretzka

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Leon Goretzka
2017 Confederations Cup - Final - Leon Goretzka (2).jpg
Goretzka with Germany in 2017
Personal information
Full name Leon Christoph Goretzka[1]
Date of birth (1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 (age 22)[1]
Place of birth Bochum, Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Schalke 04
Number 8
Youth career
1999–2001 Werner SV 06 Bochum
2001–2012 VfL Bochum
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 VfL Bochum 32 (4)
2013– Schalke 04 99 (14)
2014–2015 Schalke 04 II 2 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Germany U16 10 (2)
2011–2012 Germany U17 17 (5)
2012–2014 Germany U19 3 (0)
2013–2015 Germany U21 10 (1)
2016 Germany Olympic 1 (0)
2014– Germany 12 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:41, 21 October 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:36, 8 October 2017 (UTC)

Leon Christoph Goretzka (German pronunciation: [ˈleːɔn ˈɡoːʁɛtskaː]; born 6 February 1995) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Schalke 04 and the Germany national team.

Club career

VfL Bochum

In 1999, Goretzka started his career with Werner SV 06 Bochum. He stayed for two years with the WSV before making the move to VfL Bochum in 2001.[2]

On 30 July 2012, Goretzka was awarded the 2012 under-17 Fritz Walter Medal in gold.[3] On 4 August 2012, Goretzka made his professional debut for the VfL Bochum in the 2. Bundesliga against Dynamo Dresden in the rewirpowerSTADION.[4]

Schalke 04

In June 2013, he signed a contract with Bundesliga side Schalke 04.[5] On 11 July 2013, Schalke confirmed that Goretzka signed a five-year professional contract with them until 30 June 2018.[6] The transfer fee was reported to be between €3,000,000 and €4,000,000 by Schalke's sport and communications manager Horst Heldt.[6] Leon Goretzka was assigned a number 8 shirt, previously worn by Ciprian Marica.[6] During the 2013–14 season, Goretzka scored five goals in 32 appearances.[7] During the 2014–15 season, Goretzka played for both the first and second teams.[8] He made 10 appearances for the first team and only one appearance for the second team.[8] During the 2015–16 season, Goretzka scored two goals in 34 appearances.[9]

International career

Youth

On 15 October 2010, Goretzka made his Germany national U-16 football team debut in a friendly against Northern Ireland and he scored in the 3–2 victory.[10][11] On 24 August 2011, Goretzka made his Germany national U-17 football team debut against Turkey in a 4–0 victory.[12] In May 2012, he captained the Germany national U-17 football team at the 2012 UEFA U-17 Football Championship in Slovenia and led the German U-17 team all the way to the final against the Netherlands.[13] In the final, Goretzka scored the lead goal of the match taking the scoreline to 1–0 and his goal was compensated in stoppage time taking the scoreline to 1–1; the subsequent penalty shoot-out was won by the Netherlands.[13] On 8 August 2013, he debuted for the Germany national U-21 football team under Horst Hrubesch, in a 0–0 draw against France in which he had a magnificent match.[14]

Senior

On 8 May 2014, Goretzka was inducted into the 30-man preliminary squad of the German national football team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Germany's manager, Joachim Löw.[15] On 13 May 2014, he made his debut in a 0–0 draw against the Poland national football team.[16] After Germany's match against Poland, in which Goretzka had suffered a muscle injury, he was removed from the team's preparatory training camp and final squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.[17]

In 2017, Goretzka was named in Germany's squad for the Confederations Cup in Russia.[18] In the nation's opening match for the tournament on 20 June, he scored his first goal for Germany in a 3–2 Group B win over Australia.[19]

Olympic team

Alongside Schalke teammate Max Meyer, Goretzka was named in the squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[20] He captained Germany in their first match against Mexico, but picked up a shoulder injury, and returned to Gelsenkirchen.[21]

Playing style

Goretzka is referred to as one of the brightest football talents in German football.[22][23] Peter Neururer, Goretzka's head coach at VfL Bochum, said that he had "never seen an eighteen year old footballer which had a potential as Goretzka" and titled him as the "talent of the century".[24] Goretzka has a potent eye for scoring goals and is known to possess good ball control ability and also has the ability to pick out passes for his teammates.[25] Goretzka produces powerful shots from outside the penalty area, a trait similar to that of Paul Scholes.[25] He is also well known for his excellent heading ability which sees him often score headed goals.[25] At 6 feet 2 inches, Goretzka's high-jumping ability helps him to win aerial battles even against the strongest and tallest defenders.[23] Goretzka can be deployed as a defensive midfielder, as well as a left or right winger and in the position of playmaker.[23][26]

Career statistics

Club statistics

As of 20 October 2017
Club Season League Cup Continental Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bochum 2012–13 2. Bundesliga 32 4 4 0 36 4 [2]
Schalke 2013–14 Bundesliga 25 4 2 1 5 0 32 5 [7]
2014–15 10 0 0 0 1 0 11 0 [8]
2015–16 25 1 2 1 7 0 34 2 [9]
2016–17 30 5 2 0 9 3 41 8
2017–18 9 4 1 0 10 4
Totals 99 14 7 2 22 3 128 19
Schalke II 2014–15 Regionalliga West 1 0 1 0 [9]
Career totals 132 18 11 4 22 3 164 23

International statistics

As of 8 October 2017
National team Year App. Goals Ref.
Germany 2014 1 0 [27]
2016 2 0
2017 9 6
Total 12 6

International goals

As of 8 October 2017 (Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Goretzka goal)
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 June 2017 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia  Australia
3–1
3–2
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
2. 29 June 2017  Mexico
1–0
4–1
3.
2–0
4. 4 September 2017 Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany  Norway
5–0
6–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 8 October 2017 Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany  Azerbaijan
1–0
5–1
6.
4–1

Honours

International

Germany

Individual

Personal life

Goretzka completed his Abitur and graduated from the Alice-Salomon-Berufskolleg (Alice-Salomon-Vocational School) in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia.[29] Goretzka's father Konrad Goretzka is an automotive engineer and electrical engineer for Opel.[30]

References

  1. ^ a b c "FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017: List of players: Germany" (PDF). FIFA. 2 July 2017. p. 4. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Leon Goretzka" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Fritz-Walter-Medaille für Goretzka, Ginter, Rüdiger und Lotzen" [Fritz-Walter-Medal for Goretzka, Ginter, Rüdiger and Lotzen] (in German). German Football Association. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Trio infernale: Iashvili, Goretzka und Freier" [Trio infernale: Iashvili, Goretzka and Freier]. kicker. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Schalke holt Bochums Top-Talent Goretzka" (in German). bundesliga.de. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Leon Goretzka completes transfer to Schalke". SB Nation. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Leon Goretzka". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c "Leon Goretzka » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c "Leon Goretzka". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Goretzka zur DFB-U16" (in German). VfL Bochum. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "U16-Junioren schlagen Nordirland" (in German). RP Online. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Goretzka führt deutsche U17 als Kapitän zum Sieg" (in German). VfL Bochum. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c "UEFA European Under-17 Championship Final Round 2012 – Slovenia 2012" (PDF). UEFA. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "U21-Junioren bleiben torlos bei gutem Goretzka-Debüt" [U21 juniors remain scoreless in good Goretzka debut]. focus.de (in German). Focus. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Kops, Calle (8 May 2014). "Löw überrascht beim vorläufigen WM-Kader" [Löw surprises with the preliminary World Cup squad]. dw.de (in German). Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  16. ^ Hallam, Mark (12 May 2014). "Germany vs Poland: More useful to Löw than you might think". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Löw streicht vier und holt Kramer" [Löw eliminates four and gets Kramer] (in German). Spox.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Myson, Chris (17 May 2017). "Kroos, Muller and Ozil among stars left out of Germany's Confederations Cup squad". Goal. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  19. ^ "Socceroos face uphill task after being edged out by Germany". Guardian. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  20. ^ "Leon Goretzka: I'm very grateful". FC Schalke 04. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "Leon Goretzka travels back from the Olympics". FC Schalke 04. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  22. ^ Baystead, Simon (20 September 2013). "Leon Goretzka". liberofootball.co.uk. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  23. ^ a b c Woods, Adam (14 March 2014). "Everything you need to know about... Leon Goretzka". fourfourtwo.com. FourFourTwo. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  24. ^ "Schalke verpflichtet Bochums Supertalent Goretzka" [Schalke signed Bochum Super Talent Goretzka]. welt.de (in German). Die Welt. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  25. ^ a b c "Leon Goretzka – Germany's Next Big Talent". nastytackle.com. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  26. ^ Koch, Maximilian (1 May 2013). "Ein Bochumer Junge für die große Fußballwelt" [A Bochum boy for the big football world]. faz.net (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  27. ^ "Leon Goretzka". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  28. ^ "Fritz-Walter-Medaille 2012: Die Gewinner: Das sind die besten Talente Deutschlands" [Fritz Walter Medal 2012: Winners: These are the best talents Germany]. spox.com (in German). Spox.com. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  29. ^ "RevierSport: Goretzka hat die Reifeprüfung abgelegt" [Reviersport: Goretzka took the matriculation examination]. reviersport.de (in German). Reviersport. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  30. ^ Webb, Alex; Rothwell, Steve (1 May 2012). "GM-Peugeot Pact Makes Opel Workers Rivals for Survival at Two Plants: Cars". bloomberg.com. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 

External links

  • Leon Goretzka at fussballdaten.de (in German)
  • Leon GoretzkaUEFA competition record
  • kicker profile
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