Summary

  • Hummels returns to Bayern after eight years at Dortmund.
  • Götze moves in the opposite direction following a three-year spell in Munich.
  • Inverse careers intertwined at BVB for four seasons.

The respective transfers of Mats Hummels and Mario Götze between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München were among the biggest headlines of the summer, not least because both players returned to the clubs where they started their professional careers.

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Origins

Hummels: Born in 1988 in Bergisch-Gladbach, near Cologne in central western Germany, Hummels joined the Bayern youth academy as a child, where his father worked as a coach. However, the defender's talent did the rest and he made good progress, eventually signing professional terms in December 2006, before making his Bundesliga debut against 1. FSV Mainz 05 in May 2007. Further first team opportunities were limited, though, so he moved to Dortmund in January 2008.

A young Hummels (r.) chats with former coach Jürgen Klopp (l.) in 2009 at Dortmund.

Götze: Götze's story begins a few years later. He was born in Memmingen, just outside Munich, in 1992 but relocated to Dortmund when his father started a job as a professor at the city's University of Technology. The youngster's outstanding technical ability was immediately apparent and by the time he was 17 he was ready to make his Bundesliga debut – incidentally also against 1. FSV Mainz 05 - 17 on Matchday 13 of the 2009/10 season.

Götze, aged 17 here, in action for BVB's youth side in 2009.

What happened next?

Hummels: The centre-back swiftly went on to prove his doubters at Bayern wrong, establishing himself as a key member of the defence alongside Neven Subotic in the Jürgen Klopp era from summer 2008 onwards. His composure on the ball and excellent positioning earned him a reputation as a defender of great class and success soon followed: he became a full Germany international in May 2010, helped Dortmund win the Bundesliga title (2011 and 2012) and the DFB Cup (2012), as well as triumphing at the 2014 World Cup. Courted by several European major clubs, Hummels opted to return to his roots in May 2016.

Watch: Hummels' top five goals

Götze: Once Götze had his foot in the door of the Dortmund senior team there was no going back. A two-footed attacking midfielder able to dribble and play the killer pass, he sealed a place in the first team and made his senior Germany debut in November 2010 at the age of 18. Götze shared those two Bundesliga titles with Hummels, but after contributing 22 goals and 32 assists for BVB in 83 Bundesliga matches he joined Bayern in summer 2013. He won three successive Bundesliga crowns in Munich, and made global headlines by netting the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final. However, with playing time increasingly hard to come by at the Allianz Arena, Götze returned to his boyhood club in July 2016.

Watch: Götze's best five Bayern goals:

What now?

Hummels: Having regularly played alongside Jerome Boateng for Germany, it appears likely that the duo will be Carlo Ancelotti's preferred centre-back pairing, especially as Holger Badstuber is still recovering from injury and Medhi Benatia has joined Juventus on loan. Moreover, Hummels is eager for more silverware, saying that he has "the chance to win everything every year here," at his official unveiling recently.

Hummels was all smiles at his presentation as a Bayern player on 6 August.

Götze: Having failed to hit top form in the last few seasons, the Dortmund No.10 is eager to get back to his best. In familiar surroundings and with close friends Marco Reus and Andre Schürrle now in the same team for the first time, Götze has the ideal conditions to shine once again and propel BVB towards more trophies.

New start, new haircut: Götze signs autographs for fans at Dortmund's summer training camp in Austria in July.