Interview with Daniel Ginczek from VfL Wolfsburg: “My best decision was to leave Dortmund”

Daniel Ginczek was German champion in his first season as a professional with Borussia Dortmund before he found his way to VfL Wolfsburg via Bochum, St. Pauli, Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

In an interview with SPOX and goal he reveals how impressive Mario Götze was as a youth player, how he experienced Jürgen Klopp as a coach and why he came up with shoes by Diego Klimowicz in the U19 Bundesliga.

The 30-year-old also gives the reasons for Wolfsburg’s successful season and talks about his own ambitions.

Mr. Ginczek, was the career of a professional soccer player always your big dream or was there a plan B?

Daniel Ginczek: It was actually always my big dream – with no alternative. When I was three or four years old, I told the neighborhood: One day I will become a professional footballer. Sometimes there was laughter, but in the end it turned out the way I dreamed it would as a little boy.

Ginczek: “Mario Götze had a lot ahead of us”

Ginczek: I was part of the Westphalian selection every now and then, although it was difficult for boys from smaller clubs to be invited there. The selection made me later in contact with Borussia Dortmund and VfL Bochum, both clubs wanted to sign me. As a Dortmund fan, I then decided on BVB, although most of them advised me to move to Bochum because it would be easier there. Today I can say that it was the right decision.

You played with great talents when you were young at BVB. Who impressed you the most?

Ginczek: Clearly Mario Götze. As soon as he had the ball on his feet, you thought: If he doesn’t turn out to be a Bundesliga professional, then the rest of us can wrap up all of us. He had a lot ahead of us, just the rooms he saw.

Do you have a certain scene in mind when you think of Mario Götze?

Ginczek: There were always scenes, whether in the game or in training, in which he suddenly crossed the balls in front of the goal. Then when I asked him why he didn’t finish himself, he said: “I don’t have to score, assists are just as important.” Mario was helpful to the team to a really extraordinary degree. His example shows that such an attitude can also be rewarded.

They weren’t used for a minute during the season. How did Klopp manage to keep your mood and motivation high?

Ginczek: I played a good season in the regional league, but Jürgen Klopp told me openly and honestly that I wasn’t physically that advanced yet. That was hard to understand at the moment, but today I know that at 76 kilos I wouldn’t have moved too much in a storm. Jürgen kept talking to the young players like me and encouraged us. I’m glad that I was able to be part of this team – even if it makes me a little sad that it wasn’t enough for a competitive game.

Ginczek: The competition at BVB was huge with Barrios and Lewandowski, which is why I had myself loaned out to VfL Bochum after the season. During my second loan at St. Pauli, I finally realized that I had the confidence to play the Bundesliga. Back then Dortmund wanted me to come back as a backup for Lewandowski, but it was more important to me to gain a foothold in the Bundesliga and play regularly. I managed to do that in Nuremberg.

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