- Götze back to his roots as he returns to Dortmund.
- German international won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in Dortmund before joining Bayern in 2013.
- Added three more league titles in Munich.
bundesliga.com traces the Memmingen-born midfielder's return path between Bavaria and North Rhein-Westphalia…
Götze was already picking up goals and titles before he was 21. "Players like him come around once in a blue moon," said Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke. Here is why:
Götze left Dortmund in 2013, having only just missed out on a third straight Bundesliga title - although he soon added that to his collection down south, where former Bayern and Dortmund coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said it was "only logical" he would go. "I'm just astonished Bayern didn't bring him in a year or two ago, when you could already see he was one of the biggest talents in German football," Hitzfeld added…
With eight goals and seven assists in his first 23 games for Bayern, Götze hit the ground running with the record champions. "I like working with good players, and he's one of the best in Germany," said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola. Not many back in Dortmund agreed with that anymore, though, and they made their feelings known when Götze returned to Westphalia with his new club.
"It wasn't pleasant to come off the bench to stadium full of catcalls - I won't forget that feeling in a hurry, when everybody in the stadium seems to hate you," Götze said in this video of his first few months with FC Bayern:
He had the whole of Germany cheering him in 2014, on the other hand, when he fired them to World Cup glory in what was a memorable year for Götze.
Now he is back in Dortmund, ready to write the next act in his glittering career, in the same location he penned his introduction and opening scenes. Drama is guaranteed.