Mesut Özil born 15 October 1988 is a German footballer who plays for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and for the German national team. Özil has been a youth national team member since 2006 when he debuted for his first professional league season and a member of the German national team since 2009.
He gained international attention during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was nominated for the Golden Ball Award which is awarded to the tournament`s best player. Following his breakout performance at the World Cup, he was transferred to Real Madrid in August of 2010. His nicknames include “der Neue Diego” – the new Diego – in reference to the Brazilian playmaker whose role he has inherited at Werder Bremen and "German Messi" for his remarkable playmaking and ball-handling abilities resembling Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi. A third-generation Turkish-German, who, in reference to his 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." Özil began his youth career playing for various clubs in Gelsenkirchen and then played five years for Rot-Weiss Essen. On 31 January 2008, he moved to Werder Bremen for a reported fee of €4.3 million, signing a contract with the German club until 30 June 2011. On 17 August 2010 Werder Bremen announced that they had reached an agreement with Real Madrid. The transfer fee is believed to be in the region of €15m. He made his debut on 22 August in a friendly match against Hércules, which Real Madrid won 3-1.
He then made his La Liga debut for Real Madrid as a substitute for Ángel di María in the 62nd minute against Mallorca, which Real Madrid drew 0–0. Özil made his season debut in the Champions League on 15 September. He got his first assist with Real Madrid in the 74th minute against Ajax after he crossed in the ball, resulting in a Higuaín goal. Özil`s performances for Real Madrid have been praised by media, fans, and players. His first goal came in a league match against Deportivo La Coruña on 3 October, in a 6–1 victory. In September 2006, Özil was called up for the Germany U-17 team. Özil has been a member of the German U-21 team since 2007. On 29 June 2009, Özil was the catalyst in a 4–0 win over England during the U-21 European Championship final.
He made his debut for the German national football team during a friendly match against Norway on 11 February 2009. He scored his first goal for the senior team in his third appearance, another friendly, against South Africa on 5 September in Leverkusen.He was selected for the Germany national squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, starting in the team`s first four games. He scored a left-footed half-volley from the edge of the 18-yard box against Ghana in the final group game, ensuring Germany progressed to the second round as group winners. On 27 June 2010, he played in Germany`s win over England in the last 16 matches, setting up the fourth goal with a cross to Thomas Müller as Germany triumphed 4–1. During the quarter-final match against Argentina, he assisted the second goal for Miroslav Klose with a low cross to make it 4-0 to the Germans. Germany went on to win the match 4–0. FIFA announced him as one of the ten nominations for the Golden Ball.
It has been confirmed that Mesut Ozil has joined Fenerbahçe Sports Club, in the Kadıköy district of Istanbul, Turkey. Jan 24, 2021
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