Munich – FC Bayern München attacker Mario Götze has long been accustomed to breaking records in his short career thus far, and on Matchday 2 he reached a new milestone while making history in the process.
The reigning champions’ 2-1 victory away to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday marked his 100th Bundesliga win and, although plenty of other players have reached that landmark, nobody has ever done so at such a young age.
100 wins from 144 outings
The Memmingen native was just 23 years and 80 days old when he made his 144th appearance in Germany’s top flight, and what a game it turned out to be. Kevin Volland scored the joint-fastest goal in Bundesliga history, Bayern went down to ten men, Hoffenheim missed a penalty and then Robert Lewandowski netted in the last minute to hand Pep Guardiola’s charges all three points – and ensure Götze’s name was entered in the record books once again.
As the youngest-ever member of the 100 club, Götze beat the previous incumbent Georg Schwarzenbeck by 289 days. He also needed fewer matches to get there: the Bayern No.19 did it in 144 games, Schwarzenbeck in 175.
The youngest players to win 100 Bundesliga games
Mario Götze 23 years, 80 days Georg Schwarzenbeck 24 years, 5 days Uli Hoeneß 24 years, 19 days Toni Kroos 24 years, 25 days Thomas Müller 24 years, 78 days
|Mario Götze||23 years, 80 days|
|Georg Schwarzenbeck||24 years, 5 days|
|Uli Hoeneß||24 years, 19 days|
|Toni Kroos||24 years, 25 days|
|Thomas Müller||24 years, 78 days|
With so many victories it is inevitable that Götze is also unparalleled when it comes to amassing silverware. He has already won the Bundesliga title four times: twice with Borussia Dortmund in 2010/11 and 2011/12, and twice with Bayern in 2013/14 and 2014/15. In this regard too Götze is way ahead of previous youthful prodigies: Hoeneß had only won three Bundesliga titles by the time he earned his 100th league win; Kroos (one) and Müller (three) also had fewer at the same stage.
Only two other players have ever won four Bundesliga crowns by the age of 23: Ludwig König and David Alaba, but neither of those have won the World Cup, much less scored the decisive goal in the final.
Götze has also set a number of records with the German national team. He made his senior international debut on 17 November 2010 away to Sweden at the age of 18.5 years, making him the country’s youngest player since the Bundesliga was founded and second youngest in the post-war era (after Uwe Seeler, who was 17.94 years old).
Furthermore, his first international goal in a 3-2 win over Brazil on 10 August 2011 at the age of 19.19 years made him Germany’s youngest scorer since 1934. He was also the youngest German to score the winning goal in a World Cup final when he did so last year. And as if that was not enough, Götze has a knack of scoring important goals: 16 of his 41 efforts in the Bundesliga have put his side 1-0 up. And the best news of all for Bayern: he has not yet reached his peak!