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Goetze: 'Football is very short-lived'
by Paul Kennedy, August 6th, 2014 10:05PM

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[PORTLAND DAILY] To say the stay of Bayern Munich's gang of seven -- the six German World Cup champions and Dutchman Arjen Robben -- in Portland was short is an understatement.

They arrived from Munich midday Wednesday on a private Volkswagen jet and were headed back right after the AT&T MLS All-Star Game, where their playing time ranged from as much a half an hour for goalie Manuel Neuer to a few minutes for the injured Bastian Schweinsteiger and Robben. All in their first day back from summer vacation.

Upon landing in Portland, they were driven directly to a media event at the adidas' headquarters outside Portland and then met up with their teammates who have been in the United States for a week.

"The vacation was short, just 20 days," said World Cup hero Mario Goetze. "I spent time in Spain. But I've been training for a week."

Goetze says he won't start getting ready in earnest until he returns to Munich for training for his second season with Bayern Munich.

"Last year was difficult because I was injured for a long period and I had a hard time getting into the team," he said. "This season it's important to stay healthy and stay fit."

The World Cup and his game-winning goal for Germany in the final against Argentina are behind him.

"It was an incredible experience to play the World Cup in a football-crazy country like Brazil," he said. "It was a fantastic event. Football is very short-lived, so you get used to his. Having won was an amazing experience and then two weeks later the new thing happens, the new season starts. You have to shift quickly and set new goals for yourself."

Goetze admitted to having watched highlights of the final when he came on as a sub and scored the winner in the 113th minute.

"I've seen the goal a couple of times," he said. "It was a great moment for Germany and for me. I feel I have digested this experience."

Bayern opens with the curtain-raising DFL Supercup next Wednesday at Borussia Dortmund and then begins it Bundesliga title defense nine days later against Wolfsburg. That leaves little time for the World Cup champions to get back into the swing of things.

The last time Bayern had such a large contingent of World Cup champions was after the 1974 title. It won the European Cup the next season but finished 10th in the Bundesliga after opening with four losses in its first seven games.

Thomas Mueller, another of the World Cup heroes, doesn't think this Bayern team with 14 2014 World Cup players will suffer from a World Cup hangover.

"Now we have a different team with many players with so much quality," he said. "We can compensate a little bit more."



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