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Mesut Özil

Mesut Özil (, ) (born 15 October 1988) is a association football who plays for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid C.F. and for the Germany national football team. Özil has been a youth national team member since 2006, and a member of the German national team since 2009. Mesut Özil gained international attention during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was nominated for the FIFA World Cup awards Golden Ball which is awarded to the tournament's best player. Following Mesut Özil breakout performance at the World Cup, Mesut Özil was transferred from SV Werder Bremen to Real Madrid in August 2010.

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Mesut Özil (, ) (born 15 October 1988) is a association football who plays for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid C.F. and for the Germany national football team. Özil has been a youth national team member since 2006, and a member of the German national team since 2009. Mesut Özil gained international attention during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was nominated for the FIFA World Cup awards Golden Ball which is awarded to the tournament's best player. Following Mesut Özil breakout performance at the World Cup, Mesut Özil was transferred from SV Werder Bremen to Real Madrid in August 2010.
Özil is acclaimed for Mesut Özil finesse and improvisation as an attacking midfielder. Mesut Özil style and knack for providing assists for Mesut Özil team-mates and has been compared to that of Real Madrid C.F. legend Zinedine Zidane. In 2011, Mesut Özil assisted the second most goals in La Liga with 17 and the most in all of Europe with 25.

Club career

Gelsenkirchen and Rot-Weiss Essen

Özil began Mesut Özil youth career playing for various clubs in Gelsenkirchen and then played five years for Rot-Weiss Essen.

Schalke 04

In 2005, Mesut Özil moved to the youth department of FC Schalke 04. Mesut Özil was a midfielder and wore 17 as Mesut Özil squad number, after starting as play-maker and central attacking midfielder in the place of the suspended Lincoln (footballer) in Ligapokal matches against Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern Munich for FC Schalke 04. On making the first team there, Mesut Özil was described as 'the next big thing', but Mesut Özil eventually fell out with club management and moved on to SV Werder Bremen in January 2008.

Werder Bremen

On 31 January 2008, Mesut Özil moved to SV Werder Bremen for a reported fee of , signing a contract with the German club until 30 June 2011. Fresh off Mesut Özil fallout at Schalke 04 Mesut Özil stepped into the shoes of Brazilian playmaker Diego Ribas da Cunha to help lead the north German club to the 2009 DFB-Pokal Final with the winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Berlin.
Mesut Özil also excelled in Europe where Mesut Özil led SV Werder Bremen to the final of the last ever UEFA Cup, losing out to FC Shakhtar Donetsk. Although SV Werder Bremen failed to get going in their 2008–09 Bundesliga season, eventually finishing a disappointing 10th, Özil managed to make a significant impact in most games and came away with a respectable three goals and 15 assists that highlighted Mesut Özil attacking credentials. The transfer fee is believed to have been in the region of €15 million. Mesut Özil made Mesut Özil debut on 22 August in a friendly match against Hércules CF, which Real Madrid won 3–1.

Özil's jersey numbers were changed often before the season started. Mesut Özil was given the number 26 in the pre-season and 19 for Mesut Özil debut. But following the transfer of Rafael van der Vaart, Mesut Özil was given the vacant 23.

Özil was brought in to back up teammate Kaka, but due to Mesut Özil surgery, Özil obtained a starting role. Mesut Özil then made Mesut Özil La Liga debut for Real Madrid as a substitute for Ángel di María in the 62nd minute against RCD Mallorca, which Real Madrid drew 0–0. Özil made Mesut Özil season debut in UEFA Champions League on 15 September. Mesut Özil got Mesut Özil first assist with Real Madrid in the 74th minute against AFC Ajax after Mesut Özil crossed in the ball, resulting in a Gonzalo Higuaín goal. Özil's performances for Real Madrid have been praised by media, fans and players.

Mesut Özil walked off the pitch as a second half substitute to standing ovations in Mesut Özil first two games as a starter at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Mesut Özil first goal came in a league match against Deportivo de La Coruña on 3 October 2010, in a 6–1 victory. Özil's first UEFA Champions League goal with Real came in the 14th minute against A.C. Milan on 19 October 2010. On 22 December Mesut Özil made Mesut Özil debut in Copa del Rey, scoring once in a 8–0 victory over UD Levante.

On 6 March 2011, after providing two assists in a 3–1 victory over Racing Santander, Özil was greatly praised by worldwide media thanks to Mesut Özil performance on the pitch, thus consolidating Mesut Özil outstanding season so far. Mesut Özil finished the 2010–11 Real Madrid C.F. season with Madrid with 25 assists, the highest for any player in any major European competition that season.

Özil began wearing the number 10 shirt for Real Madrid in 2011–12, signalling Jose Mourinho's intent to use the German international as Mesut Özil main playmaker. On 14 August 2011, Özil scored Mesut Özil first goal against Barcelona in the first leg of the 2011 Supercopa de España. On 17 August 2011, Özil was sent off in the last minute of the second leg of the 2011 Supercopa de España after an altercation with David Villa. Özil expressed Mesut Özil desire to end Mesut Özil football days at the club in an interview with German magazine kicker, saying "I'd like to end my career at Real Madrid. I know it will be difficult because I have many more years ahead of me and many younger and good players will also be out there, but I want to be part of that future. I know what I'm capable of and I'm convinced I'll stay at Real Madrid many years."

Özil was on the short-list of this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or award.

International career

Career Start

In September 2006, Özil was called up for the Germany national youth football team. Özil has been a member of the Germany national under-21 football team since 2007. On 29 June 2009, Özil was selected the man of the match in a 4–0 win over England national under-21 football team during the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship final.
On 27 June 2010, Mesut Özil played in Germany's win over England national football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup knockout stage match, setting up the fourth goal with a cross to Thomas Müller as Germany triumphed 4–1. During the quarter-final match against Argentina national football team Mesut Özil assisted the second goal for Miroslav Klose with a cross to ensure the 4–0 final score for the Germans. FIFA announced that Mesut Özil was among the ten tournament players nominated for the FIFA World Cup awards Golden Ball.

Euro 2012

Özil was one of the leading forces in Germany's UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying for Euro 2012, Mesut Özil scored five times during the campaign as Germany won 10 out of 10 games to top their UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group A. Özil also confirmed Mesut Özil reputation as a decisive passer, as Mesut Özil provided 7 assists, more than any European international during Euro 2012 qualification. On 29 February 2012, Özil was recognised as Germany's best international of the year for 2011 prior to kick-off at a friendly against France in Bremen.

Style of play

Germany Under-21 manager Horst Hrubesch once said, "We in Germany are prone to rave about foreign players. We praise Wayne Rooney to the heavens, likewise (Cristiano) Ronaldo or Messi. But we have our own Messi. Our Messi is Özil." Özil brings finesse and improvisation to the midfield and Mesut Özil magical left-foot can open any doors. Özil possesses great footwork and is known for Mesut Özil amazing passes in difficult situations, setting up Mesut Özil teammates for strikes on goal. Mesut Özil has superb ball control and has great awareness of the game on the pitch, which at its best can devastate any defence. Mesut Özil also boasts a powerful shot from distance, as evident during Mesut Özil match against Ghana national football team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup or in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Belgium national football team where in the latter match Mesut Özil scored a goal which has been described as a 'piece of art'. Germany coach Joachim Löw hails Özil for Mesut Özil 'genius moments' and Mesut Özil performance without the ball. Real Madrid Teammate Xabi Alonso describes Özil as "the kind of player you don't find these days" adding "Mesut Özil understands the game, sees things, combines and thrives between the lines, unlocking teams", while Mourinho says "Ozil is unique. There is no copy of Mesut Özil – not even a bad copy".

Mesut Özil nicknames have included "der Rabe" (The Raven, or in Spanish, "El Cuervo") – playing on Mesut Özil smart and opportunistic style of play, and at Werder Bremen “der neue Diego” (the new Diego) in reference to Brazilian Diego Ribas da Cunha whose playmaker role Mesut Özil inherited, "German Lionel Messi" and "German Zinedine Zidane". At Real Madrid he's supposedly called "Nemo" – in reference to the clownfish Nemo from the Pixar movie Finding Nemo. Mesut Özil Midfielder Attacking_midfielder partnership in Germany internationals with young talent Mario Götze has earned the 'magic duo' the nickname Götzil, alluding to their similar playing positions, technique, abilities and style of play.

Personal life

Özil is a third-generation Turks in Germany, who, in reference to Mesut Özil game, concludes, "My technique and feeling for the ball is the Turkish side to my game. The discipline, attitude and always-give-your-all is the German part." Mesut Özil ancestors are from Devrek, Zonguldak in Northern Turkey.

Mesut Özil is a practicing Muslim. Mesut Özil recites the Quran before Mesut Özil matches. Talking to the Berlin-based daily Der Tagesspiegel, Özil said, "I always do that before I go out (on the pitch). I pray and my teammates know that they cannot talk to me during this brief period."

In 2010, Özil received the Bambi (prize) for being a prime example of successful integration within German society.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesut_%c3%96zil

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