German midfielder who joined Bayern Munich in 2007 and Germany's national team in 2010. He helped lead Germany to a World Cup in 2014.
He began his youth career with Greifswalder SV at the age of seven.
He was the top scorer at the European Under-17 Football Championship in 2006.
He grew up with a brother, Felix, who would also become a player in Germany's professional league.
He became teammates with Lukas Podolski on Germany's national team in 2010.