Leon Christoph Goretzka is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Germany national team. In 1999, Goretzka started his career with Werner SV 06 Bochum. He stayed for two years with the WSV before making the move to VfL Bochum in 2001. On 30 July 2012, Goretzka was awarded the 2012 under-17 Fritz Walter Medal in gold. On 4 August 2012, he made his professional debut for Bochum in the 2. Bundesliga against Dynamo Dresden in the Ruhrstadion. On 8 May 2014, Goretzka was included in the 30-men preliminary squad of the German national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Germany’s manager, Joachim Löw. On 13 May 2014, he made his debut in a 0–0 draw against Poland. After Germany’s match against Poland, in which Goretzka had suffered a muscle injury, he was removed from the team’s preparatory training camp and final squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Alongside Schalke teammate Max Meyer, Goretzka was named in the squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics. He captained Germany in their first match against Mexico, but picked up a shoulder injury, and returned to Gelsenkirchen.