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Özil playing for Germany in 2018.
|Full name||Mesut Özil|
|Date of birth||15 October 1988|
|Place of birth||Gelsenkirchen, West Germany|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|1995–1998||Westfalia 04 Gelsenkirchen|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:43, 15 May 2016 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:02, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
Özil is often praised for his skill at being an attacking midfielder. He is known for making plenty of assists. In 2011, he made the second most assists with Real Madrid in La Liga with 17 and the most assists in major European competitions with 25.
In 2005, he went to the youth department of FC Schalke 04. He was a midfielder, and his number was 17. He soon played in the Ligapokal, against teams such as FC Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen. He was thought to be the "next big thing," but soon left the club.
In 2008, Mesut Özil moved to Werder Bremen for a reported amount of €4.3 million, signing a contract with the German club until June 30, 2011. He soon became popular in the club, leading them to the 2009 DFB-Pokal final with the winning goal against Bayer Leverkusen. He helped the team make it to the UEFA Cup, but lost to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Because of his impressive performance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he made his place as one of the best young football athletes in Europe. Teams such as FC Barcelona, Manchester United. and Arsenal wanted him in their squad. Werder Bremen made an agreement with Real Madrid. The transfer amount was believed to be near €15 million. After signing, Özil said, "When the offer came in to join Real Madrid, there is no decision to make. Let's be honest – you don't refuse this club. I was in no rush to leave Werder Bremen, but this is one club you say yes to. They are an institution, a club with a fantastic history, stadium and squad full of world-class players. The prospect of performing at the Bernabeu is so awesome you jump straight in."
Ozil joined Arsenal in September 2013 at a transfer fee believed to be around €50 million. His first game for Arsenal was against Sunderland in which the team won 3-1, with him making an assist. He was a top performer in his first season, however his form has went down since then.
Club career statistics
International career goals
|1||September 5 2009||BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany||23x15px South Africa||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||June 23 2010||Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa||23x15px Ghana||0–1||0–1||2010 World Cup|
|3||October 8 2010||Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany||23x15px Turkey||2–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|4||June 7 2011||Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan||23x15px Azerbaijan||0–1||1–3||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|5||September 2 2011||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany||23x15px Austria||2–0||6–2||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|6||September 2 2011||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany||23x15px Austria||4–1||6–2||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|7||October 11 2011||Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany||23x15px Belgium||1–0||3–1||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|8||November 15 2011||Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, Germany||23x15px Netherlands||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
|Correct since 15 November 2011|
- "Real Madrid C.F. - Web Oficial - Mesut Özil" [Official Real Madrid profile - Mesut Özil] (in Spanish). realmadrid.com. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/mesut-ozil-international-retirement-statement-12963681 | Mesut Ozil retires FULL TRANSCRIPT: The explosive words from Arsenal star as he sensationally quits Germany
- https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/breaking-mesut-ozil-announces-retirement-12962134%7C Mesut Ozil retires from Germany duty and slams the "racism and disrespect" he suffered after World Cup - Mi