BERLIN, Germany, June 23 – World Cup winner Mario Goetze has been tipped for a recall to Germany by former national team manager Joachim Loew after returning to the Bundesliga signing for the League side champions Eintracht Frankfurt.
Goetze has completed his move from Dutch Eredivisie runners-up PSV Eindhoven by signing a three-year contract.
“I’m really looking forward to playing for Eintracht Frankfurt,” said Goetze, who scored an extra-time winner in Germany’s victory over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final.
“The club has grown incredibly and embarked on an exciting and ambitious path of which I am happy to be a part.”
Frankfurt qualified for the Champions League for the first time since losing the 1960 European Cup final to Real Madrid after winning the Europa League last season.
Sporting director Markus Kroesche says Goetze turned down “many offers” to join Frankfurt.
“We’ve lacked a type of player like him so far,” Kroesche said.
Loew, who brought Goetze on as a substitute in the World Cup final, is backing the midfielder to claim an international recall despite last playing for Germany in 2017.
“He has all the qualities for it,” Loew, who stepped down as coach after Euro 2020, told Sky.
“He will play in the Champions League again, be the focus here in the Bundesliga and will want to present himself for a place in the World Cup.”
Goetze regained his confidence during his two-year spell at PSV after struggling for form at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
As a fresh-faced teenager in the 2010/11 season, Goetze helped Dortmund win the first of back-to-back Bundesliga titles.
Back then, German legend Franz Beckenbauer described Goetze as ‘unstoppable’ and compared him to Lionel Messi.
Bayern signed Goetze in 2013 by triggering a release clause in his contract from Dortmund for 37 million euros ($39 million).
Yet Goetze never landed a first-team spot under Pep Guardiola at Bayern, leaving in 2016 to return to Dortmund, where a metabolic disorder sidelined him in early 2017, after which he struggled to get back in shape.
He left the Bundesliga in 2020 for Eindhoven, where he managed 18 goals and as many assists over the past two seasons.