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Name Mesut Ozil
Spelling Mesut Özil
Gender Male
Ethnic German
  Turkish German
Job Arsenal FC Footballer
  German Footballer
Desc Mesut Ozil is king of assist. No other player has recorded more assists or created more chances in the Premier League since his debut in September 2013
  Ozil set a new Premier League record in November 2015 by becoming the first player to create a goal in six consecutive matches
  He scored nine goals and made 20 assists in the 2015-16 season and was named Arsenal’s player of the season

Affiliation

Org German National Team
Club as Player Arsenal FC
  Real Madrid
  Werder Bremen
  Schalke 04
  Westfalia

Relationship

Wife Amine Gulse
Father Mustafa Ozil
Friend Per Mertesacker
Girlfriend Mandy Capristo
  Melanie Rickinger

Publication

Book Die Magie des Spiels [The Magic of the Game]

2010 10 01 Interview

[q: Have you always been a creator?] Yes, I’ve been a playmaker since my youth. I love to play the deciding pass and enjoy setting up goals – and scoring them myself. When I was a kid, my big idol was Zidane. I don’t have role models now, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are consistently playing on a high level. They haven’t become World Footballers of the Year for nothing

[q: Players of your kind, like Sneijder and Iniesta, are enjoying a resurgence] Football is more physical than it used to be, but creativity hasn’t been lost. Football is a very physical and fast game, but smaller players can assert themselves. Look at Messi

[q: Is it tough being considered the ‘main man’ in a team at just 21?] I managed to cope very well. I enjoyed the trust of the managerial staff and the team. I don’t feel any pressure on the pitch. I simply love and enjoy playing football. The World Cup was an incredible experience – it’s the greatest thing for a footballer. The time in South Africa was unforgettable. We have a very young team with a great future and will be given another chance

[q: Any tips for budding young playmakers?] Talent alone is not enough. I can give the kids out there the following piece of advice: you have to work hard every single day and try to improve daily. I have to improve in every aspect. My biggest aim for the new season is to score more goals

[q: What are your goals for the future?] For every player it is something special to compete for the Champions League or win the World Cup. My personal goal is to become one of the best players in the world

2011 08 27 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil talks about Fasting] Because of my job I cannot follow Ramadan properly. I do it only the few days I can, only when I have a free day. But other than that it’s impossible, because you have to drink and eat a lot to stay at peak fitness

2013 04 09 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil talks about Germany] I was born and raised in this country. I was successful with their Under-21s and I feel good here. I chose Germany for that reason. There’s no reason why I wouldn’t be successful with them

[Mesut Ozil talks about Turkey] My family and I will always be Turkish but I was born and I live in Germany. I feel more comfortable in a Germany shirt

[When the two countries were pitted against one another in qualifying for Euro 2012, he openly admitted that it was something of a nightmare scenario for him] I didn’t want a match in Euro 2012 qualification with Turkey. My will is for both teams to feature in the finals

[Children idolise him due to his heritage and people are proud to have one of their own as a regular at a club the size of Madrid. He said in 2011] I think that the Turks are proud of me. I have experienced the respect that they have shown for me, and many people accept and respect my decision to play for Germany

2013 09 02 Retrieve

[Arsenal smash club record to sign Mesut Ozil. On completing his medical] I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger. From our negotiations it is clear the club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future

2013 09 03 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil talks about his situation in Real Madrid before transfering to Arsenal FC] At the weekend, I was certain that I would stay at Real Madrid. But afterwards I realised that I did not have the faith from the Carlo Ancelotti or the bosses. I am a player who needs this faith and that is what I have felt from Arsenal

2013 12 14 Retrieve

[Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has issued an apology to the Arsenal fans after he decided not to join the team in applauding the travelling support following their 6-3 loss to Manchester City] Sorry I didn’t thank the fans at the end of the game! You have been brilliant to me and I know you had travelled a long way and spent your money to support us. I was upset with the result and know I should have come to you to say ‘thank you’ and I know it is a big Arsenal tradition win, lose or draw.

2014 03 09
Mesut Özil celebrates with fellow goalscorer on the day Olivier Giroud as Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles looks on. Arsenal will now play Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-finals on Apr 13

2014 07 14 Retrieve

[Özil took to social media to share his euphoria during Germany’s World Cup celebrations] don’t ever let somebody tell you, you can’t do something. believe in your dreams – here, today and all over the world

2014 07 17 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil uses his World Cup winnings to pay for 23 sick children to have surgery] Prior to the World Cup, I supported the surgery of 11 sick children. Since the victory in the World Cup is not only due to 11 players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. This is my personal thank you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil

2015 11 13 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil on his fine start to the campaign] After training there are a few shooting drills that can help with self-belief. In general, when you look at my chances in front of goal, I’ve taken them well

Every player wants to score goals. I’m intending to score more this season than in previous years. It’s most important for us to perform well and to be successful - I’m looking forward to giving assists or scoring goals. My aim is to score more goals this season than in the last two. I think I’m on a good path and will achieve that

2016 10 01 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil says team-mate Alex Iwobi plays like a mixture of Jay-Jay Okocha and Edgar Davids] He reminds me of his uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha. He was a player I loved watching. Alex reminds me of a mixture of him and Edgar Davids. He’s really strong on the ball, also defensively, but he’s good in front of goal too. He’s developing really well and if he continues the way he’s been playing for the whole season, he will enhance his game. The manager knows exactly how good he is and I wish him all the best

2016 10 15 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil explains the three-finger hand gesture after scoring] That’s for my niece. She’s called Mira and when I score now, the goals are for her. She’s too young to notice but she has come to London a few times and has watched some games in which I’ve scored and then made that hand gesture. I just enjoy spending time with her because she’s so cute. She’s at the age where she’s a lot of fun to be around. We’re just delighted as a family to have her. She actually has an Arsenal shirt and a Germany one too and both have her name on the back

2016 11 12 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil speaks about his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo] I really enjoyed playing with him because he made me better on the pitch. He’s a good guy and a good friend of mine. Of course I gave my assists, a lot to him, and he knows, but I really enjoyed playing with him because it was easy. He doesn’t need a lot of chances, even if I give him two assists, he scored two. He’s a very amazing player, one of the greatest footballers in history. I never saw a guy like him, he works really hard. He’s the first guy to get in in the dressing room and the last guy maybe to go to his house. He’s very professional, always he wants to fight, even in the training games. If you see a player like this over there, of course you are looking what he does

2017 03 02 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil reveals that Jose Mourinho accuse Him coward] ‘You think two beautiful passes are enough. You think you’re so good that fifty percent is enough’. He pauses. Stares at me with his dark brown eyes. I stare back. Like two boxers at the stare-down before the first round. He shows no emotion. Just waits for a response from me. How much I hate him right now. And I love Mourinho actually

[Özil claims to have then thrown his shirt at Mourinho, who responded] Oh, are you giving up now? You’re such a coward. What do you want? To creep under the beautiful, warm shower? Shampoo your hair? To be alone? Or do you want to prove to your fellow players, the fans out there, and me, what you can do

2017 04 01 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil tells about his admiration for the support he receives from the club’s fans] You know what made me proud? That day, the Arsenal fans sang the Ozil song. I’ve never experienced anything like it at any other club. It gives me goose bumps every time the fans sing that song

2017 09 13 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil comments on criticisms of his lazy body language] Some people like me, some people don’t. Some people look at my body language and think I don’t care. But that’s me. I won’t change my body language or my style of play drastically anymore

2017 09 30 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil tells about his football role model] I admire many footballers, especially creative midfielders as that’s my style of play as well. My real idol has always been Zinedine Zidane. I always watched his games and wanted to play like he did

2018 07 23 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil blames unfair discrimination over his meeting with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] For me, having a picture with President Erdoğan wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country

My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies. The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt. I feel unwanted and think what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten

[Making direct reference to Reinhard Grindel, president of the DFB, Özil added] People with racially discriminative backgrounds should not be allowed to work in the largest football federation in the world that has players from dual‑heritage families. Attitudes like theirs simply do not reflect the players they supposedly represent. In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win but I am an immigrant when we lose

It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten

I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly. I am disappointed but not surprised by [Grindel’s] actions. But when high-ranking DFB officials disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough

[Özil claims he was racially abused by a supporter after the match against Sweden] A German fan told me after the game, ‘Özil, fuck off you Turkish shit, piss off you Turkish pig’. I don’t want to even discuss the hate mail, threatening phone calls and comments on social media that my family and I have received. They all represent a Germany of the past, a Germany that I am not proud of. I am confident that many proud Germans who embrace an open society would agree with me

2018 09 22 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil speaks about what it was like to play with Cristiano Ronaldo] I really enjoyed playing with him because he made me better on the pitch and he’s a great guy off it, too. I gave him loads of assists and he doesn’t need me to remind him of that! It was easy to play with him because you didn’t need to create a lot of chances. Even if I just gave him two passes, he would score two goals and that’s why he’s one of the greatest footballers who’s ever lived

2019 06 08
Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in the wedding party as Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil tied the knot on Friday. Erdogan and his wife, Emine, were legal witnesses for Ozil, who married model, actress and former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse in Istanbul. Secular Turkish weddings require a witness each for the bride and groom

2019 07 26 Tweet

[Mesut Ozil lets fans know he and Arsenal team-mate Sead Kolasinac are all ok after footage of their car being attacked was circulated online] @seadk6, my wife Amine and me are doing well again after yesterday’s incident in London. Thanks for all your supporting messages guys