Stuttgart (dpa) – Mario Gomez fulfilled his last mission with the emergence of the Bundesliga at VfB Stuttgart and ended his career as a professional footballer.
“I am grateful for the time at VfB. It has always been my dream to end my career here. It is all the better that it has now happened with this great success this year,” said the 34-year-old at Sky.
Despite the 1: 3 against SV Darmstadt 98, the Swabians had perfected their return to the Bundesliga. “I had a few moments today with a little Pippi in our eyes. We lost, that’s a bit stupid, “said the striker. “But in the end we went upstairs. That was my last mission for VfB after we messed it up last year. It was my great desire to deal with it.”
Gomez made his Bundesliga debut for VfB on May 8, 2004. With VfB, Gomez was champion of 2007 and German footballer of the year. With FC Bayern, he twice won the Championship and DFB Cup and even the Champions League in 2013. He scored 170 goals in 328 Bundesliga games and became champion and top scorer with Besiktas Istanbul in Turkey. Only his time with the national team remained uncrowned. Of all the people, Gomez missed the successful 2014 World Cup because he was not fit in time.
“It has always been my concern as a player to show people that there is still a certain romance in football for me. For me it was the romance to stop here where it all started,” said Gomez.
For a long time VfB professional Guido Buchwald, Gomez could also play a role at the club in the future. “I can well imagine that he will hold an important position at VfB in the coming years,” Buchwald told the news portal Chillreport