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24.04.2014 | Sports

Exclusive InsightsAn Interview with Mario Gomez

It’s almost that time again: the whole world is going football crazy. Shortly before leaving for Brazil, German national team striker Mario Gomez talked to us exclusively about his greatest personal achievements to date and his expectations for the grand tournament.

He’s not only considered one of the most prolific goal scorers in international football, but also one of the most style-conscious: Mario Gomez knows both fashion and soccer. Along with the rest of the German national team, he is making final preparations for the big tournament in Brazil. As the official fashion supplier of the national German soccer team we are close to the action and are eagerly awaiting the kick-off in Sao Paulo. In the turbulent weeks before the first kick-off, we spoke with the professional soccer player about his career, his home and his hopes in the lead-up to Brazil:

Mario, in just a few weeks in Brazil you’ll be playing with new and old teammates for the title of the best soccer team in the world. What are you most looking forward to?
The fact alone to be taking part in the World Cup in Brazil is a dream come true. It’s monumental. The closer it comes, the more excited I get. I also look forward to experiencing the country, the people and the unique atmosphere.

Have you already had the pleasure of getting to know the country and its people? If so, what did you like the most, what things should visitors not miss out on?

I’ve never been to Brazil, so unfortunately I can’t say much about the place or the people. Although, during my time at Bayern Munich I met Dante (Bonfim Costa Santos) and Rafinha (Marcioa Rafael Ferreira de Souza) and I saw what a warmhearted and fun-loving nation Brazilians are. They sing, dance and laugh – which of course is contagious. So I’m really looking forward to get to know the country and the people.

When you’re back home in Swabia, what dish do you absolutely have to have before leaving again?
My absolute favorite is Maultaschen (a type of meat-filled ravioli from the German region of Swabia). I’ve got to have it every time I’m back home. And, of course, it always tastes best at home.

You travel a lot for work. In a moment of quiet and peace do you ever dwell on particularly fond memories of a special place?

Well, my house is of course the first place I think of. It’s my retreat, where I can completely switch off and relax. But I also love wandering around the city, enjoying the numerous traditional cafes that Florence has to offer, and joining friends for a delicious espresso and a chat.

Italians are known for their unique sense of style. What impresses or inspires you as far as the style of your Florentine teammates is concerned?

I love how the Italians are so proud of their tradition in fashion, and how they consciously live it every day. People here prefer a very classic, elegant style. Dressing themselves fashionably is like second nature to them. I like it a lot.

Dressed head to toe in HUGO BOSS, you recently posed for leading photographer David Bailey. What did you like about the shoot? Could you imagine swapping soccer for a career as a fashion model?

I really enjoyed the photo shoot. There was a great atmosphere on the set, and David Bailey is simply an amazing photographer and a very charismatic person. We had a lot of fun, but first and foremost I see myself as a soccer player. It’s my greatest passion in life, and I want to pursue it for as long as I’m able to do so.

At just five years old, you were already running around the soccer pitch. You played in the regional team, in the district team and in the Bundesliga, and then got the call up to the national team. What has been the highlight of your career so far?
After more than ten years of playing professional soccer, the first thing that springs to mind is of course the last season with Bayern Munich where we won the triple. Since I was a boy, I’d always dreamed of winning the Champions League. And last year I finally achieved it. It was so unique and extraordinary that it’s hard to put into words what that moment felt like. After that final it was like a great weight had been lifted off my shoulders, and there was an atmosphere of pure, unadulterated joy. It was definitely one of the best moments in my career so far.

Thanks for talking to us Mario, and we wish you all the best in Brazil.

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