The German Club VfB Stuttgart presents Mario Gomez at La Manga Club

The German footballer, Mario Gomez, at La Manga Club

The German club VfB Stuttgart yesterday presented the German international, Mario Gomez, during their stay at La Manga Club’s Football Centre over the winter break. The player, who has been a regular in the German national side, is now facing his latest challenge in a career that has been glittered with success at the highest level. Having returned to the club where his career first started, he now has the challenge of being selected for the World Cup this summer in Russia.​

La Manga Club, 5th of January, 2018.- The Football Centre of La Manga Club has inaugurated the winter season with the arrival of VfB Stuttgart, one of the clubs with the richest history and tradition in Germany. In a press conference yesterday, the sporting director Michael Reschke and the director of communications Tobias Herwerth presented the club’s most recent signing, Mario Gomez, who has played at the highest level for both club and country and now faces what could be the final stages of his career with VfB Stuttgart.

After attending to the German media, the VfB Stuttgart’s high-profile signing spoke to the national and international media and y took the opportunity to state that “being here [in Spain] is like returning home”, reminiscing of his Spanish heritage and Granada roots. In terms of his objectives at the new club, he commented that “I am looking forward to playing with them. The team has a lot of potential and although over the last few years it’s been more difficult, I have really good feelings and we will fight to finish further up in the Bundesliga.”

The FIFA World Cup is to be played throughout June and July in Russia, and much of the media present wanted to know his opinion on the favourites for the tournament. “Germany will be competing against some very dangerous teams that are of a similar level, such as France, Brazil, Argentina, Spain or England” Mario Gomez told us, “any of these teams could win, and we will do everything possible to reach the final.” In regards to the possibility of him forming a part of Germany’s efforts in the summer, he commented that “the truth is that you have to be realistic, I’ll soon turn 33 and it would be my last chance, so I have to give my very best to be there and at the end to win the world cup.”

His return to Spain with VfB Stuttgart has generated much excitement, and he took the opportunity to state that “I have loved being at La Manga Club, it’s almost like returning home, I have friends and family here, the weather is beautiful, the facilities are top quality, the football pitches are spectacular… everything is perfect.”

VfB Stuttgart are the first team to arrive at the Football Centre of La Manga Club for the winter break, where the German U16 and U17, Austria U17 will also be, as well as the reigning Belgian champions, RSC Anderlecht (U21 and first team), who will arrive today. You can find all of the teams that are staying at La Manga Club via our webpage, alongside the full list of games that will take place, with pitch and timing details.

The winter break at the Football Centre of La Manga Club will welcome international teams from over 25 countries, some competing in the Champions League and other top European leagues. Over a three-month period, one will be able to see around 150 games and more than 4000 professional players training on La Manga Club’s facilities.