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Text — Medard Meier Photos — David Willen Date — 14 June, 2012

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—No other German soccer player hits the net as often as he does: Mario Gómez, a striker with FC Bayern Munich and a member of the german national team, is one of the best of breed.

“My favorite place to be is at home because it’s easiest for me to switch off there,” says Mario Gómez, FC Bayern Munich’s gifted 26-year-old striker. An exceptional talent, Gómez has managed to remain completely grounded. His favorite place in the world? “All the world’s greatest football stadiums, of course. Like our own Allianz Arena or, as recently, the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid,” says the star.

The transfer fee that brought Gómez from VfB Stuttgart to Munich two years ago is thought to have been a record-breaking 35 million Euros. It seems to have paid off: since joining his team, Mario Gómez has scored an average of almost one goal per game.

But sit down with 26-year-old Mario Gómez, and he seems almost like a shy young lad. At the same time, at our meeting and photo shoot he is mature and collected, as well the perfect model – perfectly at home in front of the camera. His calm belies nothing of the bundle of energy within. Adored by the fans and a clinical striker on the pitch, Gómez has worn the Captain’s armband for the national eleven, and is the soul of equanimity.

Nevertheless, he’s happy to try to live up to the high expectations heaped upon him from all sides. “There’s no point in trying to avoid the pressure,” says Gómez. With all that surrounds him, he aims to remain the same person, whether things go well or less so on the field, or whether in public or in private. The way he sees it, he’s simply part of a big show, in which everyone has a right to voice their opinions and make judgments. Gómez maintains his feet firmly on the ground, always remembering where he comes from: “Home is still where I grew up, in Unlingen,” a small village in Baden-Württemberg, in Southern Germany, where his roots are half-immigrant.

As a 14-year-old his father, Pepe – a master painter – moved with his mother and sisters from Andalusia to Germany. There, Pepe met Christa – Mario’s mother – who is German. Mario is proud of his parents. His dad was the one to show him that if you set yourself a goal, you can achieve it as long as you pursue it with enough resolve. Pepe was also Mario’s first coach. Apart from his vocational training, he had only one thing in his head: soccer. Today, his father still plays a central role in his career. “He is, without doubt, my best and most open critic.”

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—German Footballer Mario Gómez plays as a striker for FC Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and the German national team. Gómez joined Bayern in the year 2009 after six years in Stuttgart.

In the Gómez family, no one is allowed to get a big head. But the occasional indulgence does slip through, and Gómez is open to the appeal of classically beautiful watches with a touch of understatement, such as those created by IWC Schaffhausen: “A watch is the only form of jewelry I wear,” he attests. Germany’s number-one soccer player is a natural in his position as a role model, and fully aware of the responsibility it carries with it when he thinks back to his youth. He still clearly remembers what his idol, Romário of Brazil and FIFA World Player of the Year in 1994, once meant to him.

Even today, when he is one of the best in the world, he is not so self-absorbed as not to realize that others are ahead. On the field, he strives to continue to perfect his goals. In his free time, he separates entirely into his private life – making it the most precious time of all, and his favorite sphere. That could change. At the coming European Football Championships, he will have an huge opportunity to step out onto a much bigger stage: “I’m expecting an exciting tournament and a German team that goes all out to bring the title back home.”

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