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Mats Hummels and Mario Gomez wearing a blue shirt and pants by BOSSMats Hummels and Mario Gomez wearing a blue shirt and pants by BOSS
10 Questions with Mats Hummels and Mario Gomez

A footballer at the top of his game, star player Mats Hummels knows all about success. We spoke with Mats to find out more about the advice he would give to younger players, his own personal goals for the future and, of course, what he will be wearing on the journey there.

Mats Hummels - full outfit by BOSSMats Hummels - full outfit by BOSS
  • Do you have your own personal ritual before the game?
    No, I really don’t have any ritual at all.
  • What is going through your mind during the national anthem?
    I really am concentrating on not forgetting the words or getting them muddled up; after all, I know that sometimes I can be heard on the television.
  • In sports, there are both victories and defeats. Is there anything in particular that gives you a boost after a game that has been less than successful?
    No, I don’t need anything special. In professional sports, it is quite normal that things don’t always go your way so I am used to it, and it is relatively easy for me to change my mood.
  • What is your next goal as a professional?
    I still have quite a few. I still want to win an international championship with the club, and the same goes for the national team. I reckon that I still have two or three seasons as an active player in the national team, so a championship victory is definitely the objective.
  • Have you got any advice for young footballers?
    It all depends on their age. If they’re still very young, say 11 or 12, then having fun is the most important thing. They shouldn’t be limiting themselves in any way; just playing and trying things out for themselves. 17 or 18-year-olds who have the feeling they could make it, should take a disciplined approach and give football their undivided attention.
  • Formal or casual look?
    It depends on the occasion; I like both but I am more the casual type.
  • What’s your favourite item in the new collection?
    The blue jacket. It is sporty yet elegant and it looks very good on me.
  • What is your suitcase must-have when you’re travelling?
    There are a couple of things. First of all the basics such as my laptop, washbag and, very important for me personally, my contact lenses. But then there are also my style basics such as my HUGO shirt and my chinos from HUGO and BOSS. I just feel great when I’m wearing these.
  • Which places in the world do you think everyone just has to see?
    Unfortunately, I haven’t seen enough myself to really be able to judge.
  • What does success mean to you?
    Success for me is not purely defined by a championship victory. On the way to the big goal, there are also many small triumphs along the way and these count, too. A hard-won victory, for example, is a success for me. If I set myself a personal training target and achieve it after weeks or months, that is also a success. Personally, I have set myself the goal to improve my performance in offensive header shots. I am working very hard to achieve that. And then, of course, winning the championship with the club or the world championship with the national team would be a really big success.
Mario Gomez wearing a blue sweatshirt and jacket from BOSSMario Gomez wearing a blue sweatshirt and jacket from BOSS

10 Questions to Mario Gomez

  • Do you have your own personal ritual before the game?
    Yes, I do, in fact. I always put my left shoe on first, followed by the right. And then I put my left shin pad on, and so on. But I still haven’t tested the ritual to see if it really works (laughs).
  • What is going through your mind during the national anthem?
    When I hear the national anthem before a game, my chest swells with pride. I feel gratitude for the honour of being able to play for my country.
  • In sports, there are both victories and defeats. Is there anything in particular that gives you a boost after a game that has been less than successful?
    It always takes me a while to process a defeat or a match that hasn’t gone very well. But I am pretty good at separating football from real life. That also applies during time off due to injury.
  • What is your next goal as a professional?
    To be world champion, of course!
  • Have you got any advice for young footballers?
    It takes a lot of discipline and professionalism to become a pro, but you should always enjoy the game regardless.
  • Formal or casual look?
    I feel most comfortable wearing casual clothes.
  • What’s your favorite item in the new collection?
    The slim-fit suit. It fits just perfectly.
  • What is your suitcase must-have when you’re travelling?
    My mobile, along with the charger, and a tooth brush!
  • Which places in the world do you think everyone just has to see?
    I’m a great fan of the Maldives. I think it’s paradise on earth and the perfect place for me to get away from it all after a strenuous season, recharge my batteries and just chill out.
  • What does success mean to you?
    To achieve the personal goals that you have set yourself.

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