World Cup Final: I can't believe it, says Germany hero Mario Goetze
Young playmaker in dreamland after scoring winning goal against Argentina
World Cup final match-winner Mario Goetze said he felt “unbelievable” after scoring the extra-time goal that gave Germany a 1-0 win over Argentina on Sunday.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” said the Bayern Munich forward after etching his name into World Cup legend at the iconic Maracana.
“I don’t know how to describe it. You just score that goal and you don’t really know what’s happening after that.
“It’ll be a party with the whole team and the country. It’s a dream come true to win the World Cup, especially in Brazil.”
After replacing Miroslav Klose in the 88th minute, Goetze’s historic moment arrived seven minutes from the end of extra time when he chested down a cross from Andre Schuerrle and lashed a volley past Sergio Romero.
It was a cathartic moment for the 22-year-old, who left his boyhood club Borussia Dortmund for Bayern last year in a 37-million euros transfer that rocked German football.
Goetze struggled to hold down a first-team place in his maiden campaign at Bayern and admitted he had endured a testing 12 months.
“It hasn’t been a simple year for me or a simple tournament. I owe a lot to my family and my girlfriend [model Ann Kathrin Brommel], who always believed in me,” he said.
“It’s not been simple, but I am simply happy to be here. I kept on training and working hard, and we deserved this trophy.”
Meanwhile, Miroslav Klose revealed he told Goetze he could prove to be the match-winner when he replaced the veteran striker.
Klose, 36, made way for Goetze two minutes from the end of normal time at the Maracana Stadium.
“Before Mario came on for me, I said to him ’You can make it happen'," revealed Klose, who became the all-time leading World Cup goalscorer in Brazil by scoring his 16th goal in his fourth finals.
Klose, the only player to remain from the Germany team beaten by Brazil in the 2002 final, said the victory more than made up for a series of near-misses.
“It’s outstanding, this crowns everything,” he said
“We finished second once, were third twice, but this is world-class, I can hardly comprehend it.
“It was always a dream to once be up there [getting the trophy] and not just having to stand around and have to applaud others.
“The team’s performances were important, we wanted to keep our calm because we knew we had the better quality to win it.”
Poland-born Klose has almost certainly played his last World Cup but was coy about his future plans.
“I don’t know if I will continue with the national team, I need a few nights to sleep on it and then I’ll make the right decision.”