Germany’s midfielder Andre Schurrle came out with a bang in his first World Cup with a goal against Algeria in the Round of 16. Watch the video above to see his best highlights of 2013-2014.
In a post-game interview after the quarterfinals vs. France, Schurrle said:
We have this feeling. We are really close and we all feel we have a big chance to win the World Cup. In the last few years we have come close in tournaments but now we want to win it.
We want to go to the final and win the title; that was our goal from the beginning. It is going to be tough. But it doesn’t matter who we play, we look at ourselves and how we play.
Here’s what you need to know about the young talent:
1. He Had a Hat-Trick in the World Cup Qualifier vs. Sweden
Schürrle had a hat-trick in a 5–3 qualifying victory in Sweden prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He has scored 14 goals in 36 caps since being called to the national team in 2010. At 23 years old, this is Schurrle’s first World Cup. Watch the video above to see all three goals.
2. He Scored a Backheeler Against Algeria
Schurrle’s first goal was a beaut which he netted in overtime in the Round of 16 match vs. Algeria. Schurrle slipped it past goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi who went 90 minutes without a goal scored on him. The goal was one of the best in the tournament and was done by none other than the German substitute.
3. He Has a $7.1 Million Annual Salary at Chelsea
4. He is 1 of 2 German Players Born After the Reunification of Germany
At the age of 23, Schurrle is the second youngest member of the German national team. He and 22-year-old Mario Gotze are the only two German players who were born after Germany’s reunification on October 3, 1990, just a month before Schurrle was born.
5. His Girlfriend Went to Watch Him At the World Cup