Mario Goetze: The Man Behind Germany’s 2014 World Cup Win

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By Vincent Paul Hidalgo | July 14, 2014 11:59 AM EST

He is so small, so baby faced, yet he delivered the biggest goal for Germany.

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Germany's Mario Goetze (L) celebrates near teammate Thomas Mueller after scoring a goal during extra time in their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014.

The 22-year old attacking midfielder from Germany made his team the first European team to ever win a World Cup at a South American soil with a goal on the 113th minute of the final match. He is pint sized yet possesses high speed, excellent technical and dribbling abilities and play making capabilities.

He should have had minimal impact on the game as he was just projected to be a substitute and play less minutes during crunch time. German coach Joachim Loew showed great faith in him by substituting him for Klose two minutes from the end of normal time. He did not let his coach down as he scored a smashing goal seven minutes from the end of extra time.

This up and comer star was so relaxed prior to the tournament as evidenced by the tweet he sent out before the game:

Goetze currently plays for Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga and the national team. He is also capable of playing both wing positions and at a ripe age is achieving fame and respect of the coaching staff. The former technical director of the German Football Association saw so much in him that he heaped praised on the little guy when he described Goetze, "one of the best talents that [Germany's] ever had."

And his talents were on full display in his 35th appearance for the German national team. He is one of only seven Germans who also play for their mother club of Bayern Munich. Prior to that, he also suited up for Borussia Dortmund from 2009 to 2013, helping the club capture the Bundensliga title in 2011-11 and he was also a member of the same club when it went as high as the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. In April 2013, a 37 million Euro bid from Bayern Munich paved the way for his transfer making him the second most expensive player from Germany to date.

With his winning goal at the World Cup, Goetze's stock is expected to shoot higher. He has a current advertising endorsement with Nike and several other companies are expected to follow suit. Things are on the up and up for this little guy.

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(Photo: REUTERS / Dylan Martinez)
Germany's Mario Goetze (L) celebrates near teammate Thomas Mueller after scoring a goal during extra time in their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014.
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