[97] Özil ended his third season at Arsenal with 8 goals and 20 assists in all club competitions, which won him the Arsenal Player of the Season award. [265][266] The poem was written over a backdrop of the East Turkestan flag and in it, he also criticised Muslim countries for not speaking out about the Xinjiang re-education camps. [240] Because of his Turkish descent, he was eligible to play for both Turkey and Germany. [40] He continued his fine form in the league as he scored another brace against Real Valladolid to rescue Real Madrid in a 3–2 win. Celebrities Who Look Beautiful Even Without Makeup, The Top 25 Wrestling Announcers Of All Time. [254] On 12 November 2015, Özil and Capristo appeared together at the Bambi awards ceremony in Berlin. [88][89], On 24 January 2016, Özil played his 100th game for the Gunners in a 1–0 home defeat against Chelsea in the Premier League. [158] Some have suggested that Özil's omission from the Arsenal squad is related to his criticism of the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in China,[159][160][161] from which Arsenal publicly distanced themselves. However, Bayern Munich proved too good for Werder Bremen as the latter lost the match by a margin of 4 goals to nil. His 3rd season with Arsenal came to a close with 20 assists and 8 goals which earned him the award for being the ‘Arsenal Player of the Season’. It is not clear if this is accurate. [66] On 8 October, the DFB declared that Özil would be sidelined for between 10 and 12 weeks with a left knee injury obtained during a 2–0 defeat at Chelsea three days prior to the international break.
[164] In September 2006, he was called up for the Germany under-17 team. I was in no rush to leave Werder Bremen, but this is one club you say yes to. [275], Özil's "M" goal celebration – which is in tribute to his young niece Mira – is included in EA Sports' FIFA 17. [183] On 21 June 2016, Özil completed 99% of his passes, created six chances and claimed the Man of the Match award in Germany's win over Northern Ireland. aufstellung", "2008/09, Final: Shakhtar Donetsk 2–1 Bremen: Overview", "Acta del Partido celebrado el 20 de abril de 2011, en Valencia", "Acta del Partido celebrado el 17 de mayo de 2013, en Madrid", "Acta del Partido celebrado el 23 de agosto de 2012, en Barcelona", "Acta del Partido celebrado el 29 de agosto de 2012, en Madrid", "Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil wins Germany player of the year award", "Mesut Ozil: Arsenal midfielder wins Germany's Player of the Year for fifth time", "UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2013 revealed", "FifPro announces reserve Teams of the Year – but Luis Suarez and Arjen Robben won't be laughing while Iker Casillas is somehow named the second best goalkeeper of 2013", "2016 World 11: the reserve teams – FIFPro World Players' Union", "FIFA FIFPro World XI: the reserve teams – FIFPro World Players' Union", "2016–2017 World 11: the Reserve Teams – FIFPro World Players' Union", "Ozil named PFA Fans' Player of the Month", "Mesut Özil: Winner of the German Football Ambassador Public Award", "Arsenal's Mesut Özil voted 'Best German Abroad' by Kicker Magazine", "Player of the Season – the winner is...", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mesut_Özil&oldid=984776504, People educated at the Gesamtschule Berger Feld, Germany under-21 international footballers, German expatriate sportspeople in England, Wikipedia articles needing factual verification from October 2018, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia indefinitely semi-protected pages, Articles using Template:Medal with Winner, Articles with unsourced statements from June 2020, Articles with German-language sources (de), Pages using national squad without sport or team link, Wikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:42, 7 March 2020 (UTC), German Football Ambassador Public Award: 2015, This page was last edited on 22 October 2020, at 01:25. [67], On 11 January 2015, Özil made his first appearance in three months as a 73rd-minute substitute in a 3–0 win against Stoke City. Arsenal commented they are constantly reviewing security measures with their players with help from independent experts and the police,[262] which resulted in the decision to not include the pair in Arsenal's Premier League season opener against Newcastle United on 11 August. [142][143] He returned to goalscoring form in a 5–1 home victory against Bournemouth, where he also registered an assist, on 27 February,[144] while his last statistical contribution came in the form of a goal in a loss against Crystal Palace in April. A native of Gelsenkirchen, West Germany, Mesut Ozil was born on 15th of October 1988. [36] His fine form with Real Madrid and German national team saw him earn nomination for UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, in which he finished tenth, being the youngest player to feature in the Top 10.
Next year, he scored the only goal against Bayer Leverkusen, helping his team qualify for the 2009 DFB-Pokal. [95] Özil started in the 2–1 Watford in the FA Cup, where he set up Danny Welbeck for Arsenal's consolation goal with a backheel assist, and three days later in a 3–1 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League as Arsenal crashed out in successive cup competitions in March. [25], He walked off the pitch as a second-half substitute to standing ovations in his first two games as a starter at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. [179], In the final, Özil played 120 minutes before being replaced by Arsenal teammate Per Mertesacker. [15] He helped lead the North German club to the 2009 DFB-Pokal with the winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin. var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_b42b6d"); [154] As a result, Özil registered his worst statistical season, as well making the lowest number of appearances in a campaign since the 2007–08 season. [14] After transferring to Werder Bremen, Özil got the jersey number 11. He garnered break-out attention in the 2009–10 season, being ranked first in assists in major European and domestic competitions, with 25 which garnered him a €15 million transfer to La Liga club Real Madrid. He bagged the ‘German Player of the Year Award’ three times in a row, in 2011, 2012, 2013, and successively in 2015 and 2016. FIFA announced that he was among the ten tournament players nominated for the Golden Ball. [26] Özil's first Champions League goal with Real came in the 14th minute against Milan on 19 October 2010. His debut goal in this season was scored against Barcelona in the 1st round of the two-legged 2011 Supercopa de Espana. [188] Despite the national team heavily under-performing as defending champions by being eliminated in the group stages, Özil featured in two of the country's three games, and averaged more chances per 90 minutes (5.5) than any other player in the competition. "[46], Özil made his debut for Arsenal in their league game away to Sunderland on 14 September 2013. When he has the ball, you can feel the excitement and astonishment among the fans. Explore Mesut Ozil's biography, personal life, family and real age. [citation needed], Following the departure of Jack Wilshere, Özil returned to wearing the number 10, for the new season. That was Özil's 19th assist of the season in the league, a record only beaten by Thierry Henry with 20 in 2002–03 in Premier League history.

On 23 August, Özil made his first appearance of the season in a 2–2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park. He played in twelve games throughout the second half of the season, six times playing in the starting formation, becoming second with Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga at the end of the 2007–08 season. I wouldn't like to put too much pressure on him because he has been a top-class player until now. [82][83] On 20 October, Özil scored his first Champions League goal of the season in Arsenal's 2–0 group stage home win over Bayern Munich. [81] Özil was named man of the match in a 3–0 win at Watford's Vicarage Road on 17 October, supplying assists for Sánchez and Olivier Giroud.

[91] This proved in vain, however, as the match ended 0–0 with the Gunners slumping into fourth as they failed to score in three consecutive Premier League games. He is renowned for his technical skills and creativity; due to his agility, finesse and versatility as an attacking midfielder.[4]. [106][107] He scored the opener in a 1–5 away win against West Ham United on 3 December, and assisted the fourth goal. Germany eventually won the match 1-0. [274] In 2013, Özil launched his own logo. After the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Özil retired from international competition, alleging discrimination and disrespect by the German Football Association (DFB) and the German media. [253] The relationship ended in October 2014, following reports of Özil being involved with another woman. [196] Özil also commented on several media outlets that were using the photograph, where he asserted that the media outlets have selectively criticised him for his Turkish background, noting the relative lack of media uproar after Lothar Matthäus's meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Footage also circulated on social media which appeared to show Kolašinac chasing off the carjackers. I'm angry about Özil leaving. [236] At Real Madrid, he was supposedly called "Nemo", due to his physical appearance – in reference to the clownfish from the animated film Finding Nemo. Özil was involved in all three goals, scoring the first, and adding two assists in a man-of-the-match performance. Mesut Özil was born on October 15, 1988, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany to Mustafa Özil (father) and Gulizar Özil (mother). [55] Özil was showing signs of old form and started in Arsenal's second leg Champions League last 16 clash with Bayern Munich. [138], His involvement in the first-team began to falter due to a mix of injuries and a dip in form, but he returned to assist the only goal in a victory in the Europa League against Qarabag on 12 December.