Twenty Young Players to Look Out for at Euro 2012: #1 Mario Gotze (Germany)

Players worth keeping an eye in this summer.

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Name: Mario Götze

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Country: Germany

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Age: 19

Germany will be disappointed if they fail to reach the final of next summer’s European Championships. Joachim Low’s side were beaten in the 2010 World Cup Semi-Final 1-0 by winners Spain, although I for one certainly wouldn’t bet against them going one better in 2012.

With the likes of Philip Lahm, Mesut Ozil, Miroslav Klose and Sami Khedira they have a fantastic mix of experience and brilliant young prospects.

No more so than Mario Götze. The 19-year-old attacking midfielder is one of the best young talents around. Götze has unbelievable technique and an incredible football brain for a player so young.

Reluctant comparisons to Lionel Messi are often made in praising Götze and the German has a similar style to beat a man as the little Argentinean. Götze lures in his opponent slowly, dropping his shoulder and knocking the ball passed them at pace to accelerate away towards goal.

Götze and fellow young German starlet André Schurrle were the first two players to be born after the reunification of East and West Germany. While Götze may only have twelve international caps to his name, he has made up for a lack of international experience by becoming an integral part in the Borussia Dortmund side.

Scoring six goals and assisting fifteen last season, Götze won the first title of his career with Dortmund lifting the Bundesliga title.

German legend “The Kaiser” Franz Beckenbauer couldn’t speak highly enough of the attacking midfielder:”It is not possible to stop Mario Götze, he has the same assets as Messi, he runs through opponents as though they aren’t there”.

The way the German team play football is lovely to watch, with plenty of pace, strength and attacking play – Spain better watch out on the break as England found out the hard way in South Africa two years ago.

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