A tale of two Marios: how Mario Gómez made a mark as Mario Götze lost his way

When Mario Götze scored the winner at the 2014 World Cup final, Mario Gómez was watching at home – if at all – but the striker has rediscovered his form at Besiktas and is likely to be the more effective forward for Germany at Euro 2016

By Jason Humphreys for Englische Woche, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Two years ago Mario Götze was the darling of Germany. His beautifully taken extra-time winner in Rio delivered the World Cup to Joachim Löw’s team and ensured the forward’s place in the hearts of the millions watching at home. But as the nation jumped to its feet in the 113th minute, knocking over plates and spilling drinks, another German forward would have been experiencing mixed emotions – elation, without a doubt, but with a melancholic tinge. For Mario Gómez, the tournament was the epitome of a season of false starts.

Despite scoring 75 goals in 115 appearances for Bayern Munich over three seasons, Gómez left the club in July 2013 after falling behind Mario Mandzukic in the pecking order – a result of the Croatian’s stellar form since signing from Wolfsburg and Gómez’s own injuries and subsequent delayed start to the season. Mandzukic hit the ground running and there was simply no getting him out of the team. In the end, Gómez signed off with a brace in the DFB Cup Final to help beat former club VfB Stuttgart and made an eye-catching move to Fiorentina for around €20m.

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