July 8th, 2014
Mario Gomez was left out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup after missing out the majority of the previous season with Fiorentina due to a knee injury he sustained and the manager of Germany, Joachim Low decided to not include him in his squad.
The Fiorentina player has revealed his intention of giving it his all in the upcoming season with the Italian club in the upcoming campaign which kicks-off in August: “Am I in shape? I am always in shape when I’m on holiday! Now I want to have a great season. Now we need to work and we will in order to do the best we can for this shirt. You can’t predict certain things. Now, my target is to get into top form for the start of next season in order to help my club reach our targets. In effect, I am a new signing for Fiorentina.”
After missing out from the majority of the previous season, Gomez wants to change things around and get back to his top form. Mario Gomez went on saying that since he has recovered from his knee injury, he will be like a new signing for the Italian club.
Gomez spent 3 seasons playing for Bayern Munich where managed on scoring over 70 goals during his time at the Allian Arena but after falling behind in the pecking order of the German team, he decided to make a move somewhere where his chances on appearing for the main team would be more guaranteed but it has not gone so well for him as he was plagued with a knee injury that kept him out of the playing grounds for the majority of the season.
June 23rd, 2014
Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez has admitted he wants to repay the club for his faith in him by putting in a strong performance.
The former Bayern Munich man has admitted that he is happy and enjoying his time in Florence and is looking forward to performing well for the club in Serie A next time around.
The 28 year old Germany international had a season to forget – his first in Italy – as he netted just three goals in his nine appearances for the Florence club after suffering from a multitude of injury issues. But he insists he has no plans whatsoever of leaving the club and wants to repay the fans and club management for sticking by him during what has been a very difficult start to life in Italy.
Mario Gomez has been linked to several continental clubs but the German has insisted he has no plans of jumping ship at this time, especially after the kind of season the team has had. And he is already excited about the challenge that awaits him and the team next season.
He said that while he was at Bayern, there were several rumors about him leaving for a new destination at the end of each season, but he ended up staying at the club for four years and he accepts such things happen in football.
The German forward joined the Italian club for a fee reportedly to be worth € 20 million last season and he wants to pay back that fee in goals.
He added that it is always the wish of the player about where he plays and according to Mario Gomez; he wants to stay in Florence for a very long time.
Gomez, who has been left out of the German World Cup squad, said he cannot wait for the new season to start.
May 19th, 2014
German international Mario Gomez was one of the high-profile absentees from the provisional squad announced by Germany manager Joachim Loew for the World Cup 2014. The former Bayern Munich striker has played little football in the last few months. He has been injured for most of this period. Loew said that the 28-year-old would not have been able to handle the rigours of playing in the heat of Brazil. Hence, he has decided to omit the player, who has 60 international appearances under his belt.
After learning about the decision, the striker took to Facebook in order to express his sadness at missing out on the squad for the World Cup. He says that this news not only brings sadness that he will miss this competition, but he has also been missing the Euro 2012 and the Coppa Italia final as well. Gomez suffered a knee injury midway through the season. His absence along with Giuseppe Rossi’s injury meant that Fiorentina were unable to challenge for a top three place, which would have given them Champions League football.
The 28-year-old says that he will now step up his efforts to continue rehabilitation in the hope that he will be back on the pitch at the start of the next season in 100%.
“So … now the World Cup. After the [Italian] championship and the [Coppa Italia] final, I even miss the World Cup. It was a call from the coach that hurt. Until recently, I believed I’d be fit in time. But, unfortunately, the injuries have set me back again and, in the end, the ugliest season of my career ends with a further setback. Almost seven months of knee injuries were just too much. That annoys me infinitely! I shall come back again, as [I've] often done in my career,” said Gomez.
May 8th, 2014
Mario Gomez has been out of action since Fiorentina’s match against Napoli which was played a few weeks ago in March. The German striker is expected to make it in time for the Italian Cup match that Fiorentina has scheduled to play against the team of Rafael Benitez on May 3.
Along with Gomez, Fiorentina also has to cope with the absence of Giuseppe Rossi as the Italian forward continues suffering fitness problems on his right knee.
According to the medical director of Fiorentina, Paolo Manetti he revealed that the injured players are taking on a recovery regimen which should allow Rossi and Gomez on recovering in time for the Italian Cup match against Napoli.
The doctor adds, “The goal is for Rossi and Gomez to return to a competitive level before the Cup final.”
Gomez is working to get his way back fit and available not only for Fiorentina but for Germany as the 2014 World Cup is just around the corner. The Bayern Munich player has been representing his country since his childhood at the age of 17 as he made his debut for the German national team back in 2007.
He later went on playing on the senior international scene as he was called up by Joachim Low to play at the 2008 Euro and 2 years later for the 2010 World Cup and the German forward is hoping he can perform once more for his country.
Since Gomez made his move to Fiorentina on July of 2013, he has been limited to only a few appearances for the Italian club and before his career reaches its end, he wants to play and represent Germany as he is getting into the last few years of his professional competitive playing career especially considering all of the young rising stars which are emerging.
March 25th, 2014
Former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez believes that none of the players after the German outfit can relax because there is always the constant threat of being replaced by a new player. Gomez was one of the top strikers in the world during his time at Bayern. He was £ 25 million signing, which was a new Bundesliga record at the time, from Stuttgart. He scored more than 40 goals during the last few years at the club, but the arrival of Mario Mandzukic brought an end to his time as the first-team regular. The Croatian was largely picked for the incredibly successful season last time around.
The arrival of Guardiola as the new manager in the summer heralded a new era for the club. Gomez was immediately sold to Italian outfit Fiorentina due to his inability to settle for a substitute’s place. Gomez was unable to accept the new role at the club since it would mean an end to his international career as well. This time at Fiorentina has been less joyful since he has suffered numerous injuries, but as a team, he has done well for the Italian club. He has spoken about the time at Bayern Munich and says that even Mandzukic is not safe.
Mandzukic will be competing for a starting spot along with Robert Lewandowski, who will come on a free transfer, next season.
“From the quality of the team and the club, Bayern are outstanding. At the moment they are the measure of all things. When a new coach and a new system comes in, forwards can be swapped. This is normal in Munich. Everyone is replaceable. This move was absolutely right. Unfortunately I have not been able so little on the pitch so far. I have suffered a lot. At first, it seemed like eight or nine weeks out. Ultimately, it was five months,” said Gomez.