Attacking midfielder known for his ball handling and speed. He joined Borussia Dortmund in 2012 after spending three seasons with Borussia Monchengladbach.
He began his youth career with his hometown club Post SV Dortmund in 1994.
He debuted with the German national team in 2011 and in 2012, he was named Footballer of the Year in Germany.
He was raised with two older sisters. He is married to Scarlett Gartmann.
He was teammates with midfielder Mario Gotze on the German national team.