Brazil was beaten 3-2 last Wednesday night, but there was one fierce battle German football couldn't quite win the following day. Despite all their better instincts, journalists and fans were enraptured over the performance of Mario Götze, the scorer of Germany's second goal.
Elsewhere, you could read of "Götzinho, the white Brazilian" (
Ironically, Götze's remarkable level-headedness has only fed the hype even further. "He's probably the coolest 19-year old German football's ever seen", wrote
And the same holds true off it, too, of course. Götze, who excelled in arts and math, went against the advice of his university professor father (data technology) to finish school one year before his A-Levels. "I wanted to stop to improve my body and have the time to work on that on a daily basis," Götze told
Last season, Götze was so devastatingly brilliant in the 3-1 win at Leverkusen -- the game that, in hindsight, sealed the title for Borussia -- that manager Jürgen Klopp felt moved to take him off; one of his many humiliated opponents might just have reverted to violence otherwise. Him being just too good will also, potentially, be a problem for Dortmund. Not a game goes by without scouts from many of Europe's clubs watching him, not a day without someone purporting to work on behalf of a big club trying to sweet-talk his agent, Volker Struth.
"It's possible," Götze replied, when asked by