September 29th, 2014
Spain continued their rebuilding process in a poor fashion after losing 1-0 to France in a friendly match. Despite this disappointing result, manager Vicente del Bosque stated that he could take a lot of positives. The former Real Madrid coach was expected to depart his role as the Spain was after a disastrous World Cup 2014 in which they were knocked out in the group stages straight coming in to defend the title. Del Bosque, however, was persuaded to stay on by the Spanish football Federation and the players. Some players were given their debuts in the friendly, but the result continued to be disappointing.
Manchester United keeper David de Gea, has been in outstanding form over the last 12 months, started only his second match at international level, as Del Bosque looks for alternatives to the out of form Iker Casillas. The Real Madrid captain also does not have a long time left at the top and his performances in the World Cup also came under a lot of criticism. The Chelsea striker Loic Remy scored the only goal of one game in the 73rd minute. Spain did not create much opportunities during the 90 minutes and had only two shots on target. Diego Costa, who has been impressive for Chelsea, was once again disappointing.
“There was a good attitude from everyone. We moved the ball well and there were plenty of positives to take with lots of new faces. It was an even game. They had quicker transitions, but we controlled the game more. We need more matches but we will improve and in general I think we showed we are a good team. We didn`t take what chances we had but the connection with Diego Costa was better. We need to link up well with him,” said Del Bosque.
August 18th, 2014
Mario Gomez went through a disastrous debut season after signing for the Italian side Fiorentina as Gomez sustained a series of injuries which left him out of action and unable to play for the majority of the past campaign. A knee ligament injury forced the German forward to remain on the sidelines of the team for more than 3 months and when he managed to complete his recovery, Gomez only performed for 5 matches before picking up another injury.
The head coach of Fiorentina, Vincenzo Montella managed to guide the Italian club to the 4th spot of the Italian league, Serie A even with the absence of Mario Gomez who was supposed to be one of the main attacking figures of the team which is why Fiorentina was willing to offload €20 million in order to bring him from Germany to Italy.
Fiorentina will be competing in the Europa League during the next season but Mario Gomez wants to aim even higher and hopefully get into the Champions League. He is however well aware that this will only happen if all of his teammates are in great shape.
Gomez is optimistic about the approaching campaign as he went on saying that he has had enough time to fully recover and enjoy going through a proper season with Fiorentina and all of his comrades.
“I am happy with how pre-season training is going. I’ve had a long time to recover my form, doing many sports. I feel good and the injury is behind me now. I’m doing everything to be in top condition for the start of the season. Last year I gave my all, even if I didn’t play very much. This term I want to play regularly and give back to Fiorentina. This club signed me and renewed the contracts of Borja Valero and Gonzalo Rodriguez because it wants to grow. Hopefully we won’t have so many injury problems this year.” Former Bayern Munich player Mario Gomez said.
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.