Mario Gomez joins the Wolves
German international signs for VfL Wolfsburg.
German international Mario Gomez returns to the Bundesliga, making an immediate move to VfL Wolfsburg. The 31-year-old striker will be officially presented as a VfL player on Thursday and will receive the Green-White jersey with the number 33. Wolfsburg is the Swabian born front-man’s third club in the Bundesliga, following stints at VfB Stuttgart and FC Bayern Munich. The striker has made a total of 236 top-flight appearances in Germany, scoring 138 goals. Mario Gomez comes from AC Fiorentina, from where he was most recently on loan in the Turkish Süper Lig with Besiktas Istanbul.
"We looked at the possibility of signing Mario Gomez during the winter, so we are all the happier that it has now worked out. Mario is a striker of international class, who, aside from his playing qualities, also brings an immense amount of experience to our team. As an ambitious player, he fits in here perfectly," commented VfL’s Sporting Director Klaus Allofs. Head-coach Dieter Hecking is also extremely about his future collaboration with a top goal-getter. "Mario is the best German striker in my opinion. His success and goal-tally speaks for itself. In addition, he possesses leadership qualities and has a clear vision, which is congruent with our own. He suits our team and this club perfectly." Mario Gomez will train with his new team mates for the first time at 15:30 CET on Thursday. "I am really looking forward to this this new challenge. The talks held with Klaus Allofs and Dieter Hecking were very good. I am delighted to be returning to the Bundesliga. I want to return to the international stage along with VfL and I firmly believe we will achieve that."
Titles and awards - 68 internationals, 29 goals
Mario Gomez began his professional playing career at VfB Stuttgart, with whom he won the German league title in 2007. In the same year, Gomez was named Germany’s ‘Footballer of the Year’. Between 2009 and 2013, the front-man played his football at FC Bayern Munich, with whom he was a UEFA Champions League winners in 2013, as well as a Bundesliga and DFB-Cup double winner in 2010 and again in 2013. After two years in Italy’s Serie A with FC Fiorentina (29 games / 7 goals), in July 2015, Germany’s ‚Golden Boot‘ winner in the Bundesliga from 2011 made a loan move to Besiktas Istanbul in Turkey’s Süper Lig, where he again claimed the top-striker crown, scoring 26 goals in 33 games.
Gomez has been a member of the German national team since 2007, with whom he participated at the 2010 World Cup, as well as European Championships finals in 2008, 2012 and again this summer in France. The attacker has made 68 international appearances for his country, scoring 29 goals.