Not many people can claim to have assisted the winning goal in a World Cup final, especially one as iconic as Mario Gotze’s winner in Brazil against Argentina. This was undoubtedly the peak of Schurrle’s career.
The German forward picked up the ball near the halfway line and burst through the space afforded to him by Argentina down the left flank. Schurrle then delivered the perfect ball, using his left foot to squeeze the ball between two Argentine defenders and at just the right height for Gotze to bring it down and shoot.
This could- and probably should- have been the beginning of a successful career for the then Chelsea man. In his first season at Stamford Bridge he scored eight goals in 30 appearances, including a hat trick away at Fulham. Schurrle’s form at Chelsea was no surprise considering his earlier performances in the Bundesliga for Mainz and Bayer Leverkusen, where he scored 38 goals in four seasons.
However, it was in his second season at Chelsea where things started to trend in the wrong direction. Schurrle’s body began to deteriorate and his weakening physical condition drastically affected his form. While on international duty Schurrle picked up salmonella from a piece of bad chicken, leading to him losing five kilograms of weight. When he came back the German forward felt that he was unable to show that he was 100% fit.
He then moved to Wolfsburg and after impressing in his first full season with the wolves Borussia Dortmund came calling. Unfortunately, his poor fitness coincided with a severe dip in form. Two disappointing seasons at the Westfalenstadion led to equally underwhelming loan moves at Fulham and finally Spartak Moscow where his career has come to an end.
Andre Schurrle’s career might not have ended in the same vain that it started in, not all World Cup winners end up retiring before turning 30. However, while some may call Schurrle’s career disappointing, very few have achieved what he has. I wouldn’t call a World Cup winner a failure at all.