Football

VERSATILE GOETZE TO SPARK GERMAN CHARGE

Midfielder Mario Goetze has seen his reputation and career skyrocket in the past four years, winning Bundesliga titles and becoming Germany coach Joachim Loew's secret weapon.

The 2010 World Cup came too soon for Bayern Munich's 21-year-old but he has since dazzled with his versatile and creative game.

His rise through the German ranks has been spectacular, with Loew opting at times to use the offensive midfielder as his lone striker.

Goetze (above) seems to represent best what Loew has been striving to achieve.

The coach, who selected the youngest German squad in 76 years at the 2010 World Cup, has been working to make his side even fast and more attack-minded.

Audacious in his game and with the ability to score from any angle, Goetze is equally effective in slicing open defences with close-range passing.

While it is anyone's guess who will start for Loew, Goetze could well be Germany's driving force in attack at the Finals.

"We should not stick to specific positions," Goetze said. "We are flexible and we just need to occupy the spaces."

It is exactly this game that Loew wants to see in Brazil with players shifting positions, changing the balance of play and charging forward.

In Goetze, he could not have found a better representative of Germany's "beautiful game". - Reuters.

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