The season 2012/13 was the third in a row for Bochum in the 2nd Bundesliga after fall in class in 2010. The beginning of another championship would probably remain to be unnoticeable if the 17-year-old boy didn’t come to the first team.
Home game of Bochum against "Dynamo" Dresden has brought together about 17 000 fans who were over watching formation of future player of the national team and potential star. Shy guy was playing on the right wing of half-backs though until then in the youth team he was playing in the center of the field. But not incidentally all club bosses and coaches who noticed universality and quick learning ability of the boy spoke about his talent.
Hardly the second half of that match in which Bochum has already lost 0:1 as Goretzka decided to support the attack and ran to the opponents’ penalty area in order to close a high ball. His header evened the score and carried fans off their feet. People began to chant his name. Perhaps, we have to repeat: stands were singing the name and surname of the 17-year-old boy who has just debuted for Bochum in the 2 nd Bundesliga. Since then Goretzka became changeless football player of the first eleven and was playing more often on his position in the middle of the field, and the press seriously started talking about interest in the boy from Bayern and other strongest clubs of Germany.
Soon scouts of the European clubs started to visit Bochum regularly and could not only shout slogans to Goretzka together with his fans but also prepare very informative reports for the management. With the Fritz Walter Medal (gold) - annual awards given by the German Football Association to best young football players from 17 to 19 years (U-17 in our case), no one had any doubts that Goretzka’s career would be great.
Schalke 04 which didn't regret €4 million for the talented boy appeared to be the first football club. "All top clubs had noticed him but we did a lot to attract him", - told the general manager Horst Heldt. Peter Neururer the former coach of Bochum had spoken about him in glowing terms, seriously calling Goretzka to be the main German talent of the 21st century. The career in Schalke was quick – the place in the first eleven and 5 goals during the season, a debut in the Champions League, the first call from Joachim Löw. Prior to the World Cup 2014 he debuted for Bundesteam in a friendly match against Poland but he wasn't included to the final berth.
Goretzka is famous for his perfect pass and game reading and thanks to that he became the indisputable player of a starting lineup and the leader of Schalke. His position is central midfield though he was often used on the place of the attacking and right midfielder that speaks also about his creative qualities. Germany notices his strong game in air, and also brilliant kick that we could observe during this Confederations Cup.
He is famous also by his sports character and obstinacy in the field. He was playing with concussion of the brain in the European League playoffs against Ajax, having been injured after one collision. Actually, Goretzka was playing with concussion practically the whole match and he even managed to score a goal. As it became clear later, he also suffered from the chronic health problems (food). Because of that problem he has missed practically the whole season 2014/15 but after recommendations of the doctor he went on a serious diet to cease this nightmare and to save his career.
Now Goretzka brilliantly showed himself in German national team. He became the hero of a semifinal match against Mexico. Having scored 3 goals, he not only increased probability of leaving Schalke but also considerably increased the price tag. However Goretzka has only one year with club so now it is a high time for him to promote and there are a lot of clubs that are interested in him. The German mass media assume that Bayern is going to sign him next summer absolutely free of charge. Hoffenheim has already done this with Sebastian Rudy and earlier in this way Hoffenheim has invited Robert Lewandowski and Sebastian Rode.
development is the worst for Schalke therefore this summer can bring
big changes in Leon Goretzka 's career. "I have discussed with
him this question before the tournament, - Joachim Löw said. – I
think, he is rather clever to make the right decision as he thinks very
accurately over each his step". 8 goals and 6 assists for
Schalke during the last season and successful performance with the
national team finally claimed Goretzka to be the great player. The
press writes about serious interest from Arsenal, Liverpool,
Tottenham, Juventus and we may say that wherever he would be playing
he can become the important player of any club. He is only 22 years
old – it is a high time for big achievements.
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