The revolving door that connects Germany’s two best clubs continues to spin. Borussia Dortmund has signed striker Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich for four years on a $29 million transfer.
Gotze, a product of Dortmund’s youth academy, has enjoyed more success in his 24 years on this earth than most will taste in a lifetime. Chief among his accomplishments is scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final:
He’s won the Bundesliga five times, including each of the past three seasons with Bayern.
Gotze left Borussia Dortmund in 2013 for rival Bayern Munich, a decision he says he regrets making.
Today, three years later and at 24, I look at that decision in a different light.
Despite his considerable talent, Gotze struggled to find playing time at Bayern. And now he’s back at Dortmund, where it all started.
Young Mario ruffled more than a few feathers when he defected from Dortmund to Bayern.
I wouldn’t be surprised if his home fans booed him for the first few matches of the season. Gotze cut the Dortmund fan base deep when he left, and he’ll have to earn back their love and adoration as he returns from Bayern with his tail between his legs.
At least Gotze’s arrival should take the sting away from Mats Hummels leaving.
When one door closes, another opens, except in Germany, where all the doors spin.