The next breed of Germany stars are pushing hard to force their way into Joachim Low’s plans for Euro 2012 and Gotze has the confidence and raw ability to emerge as a star this summer.
After shooting to prominence during Dortmund’s surprise Bundesliga success in 2010, the suspicion was that Gotze would soon be making a move away from the club that had put him onto the big stage with Arsenal and Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid among those said to be chasing his prodigious services.
While his move to sign a new contract with Dortmund in March of this year was designed to quash speculation over his short-term future, the speculation is likely to fire up all over again if he makes his mark at Euro 2012.
A goal taker and a maker of chances for his team mates, he could be a key man for Germany this summer after playing his part in the qualifying campaign, with four promising appearances and a goal against Austria last September.
Strengths: He has an ability to run at the opposition with pace and skill, which is helped by the fact he is naturally two-footed. Technically excellent and with a good eye for goal.
Weaknesses: Still learning the game, he occasionally picks the wrong pass and is not the biggest physically.
Career high: Winning the 2010-11 German Bundesliga title and scoring six goals in 29 starts and making 15 assists.
Career low: Forced to wait for his chance in the Dortmund first-team.
Style: Tricky, technical, fast; a potential phenomenon.
Quotes: "It is not possible to stop Mario Gotze. There is no one playing better than him. He runs through opponents as though they aren't there. He has the same assets as Lionel Messi in terms of his technique and understanding of the game. He is an instinctive footballer - just like Messi." German legend Franz Beckenbauer on Gotze.
Trivia: Gotze has the nickname 'Gotzinho' in the dressing room and lives at home with his parents.