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Mesut Özil
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Personal information
Full name Mesut Özil
Date of birth 15 October 1988 (1988-10-15) (age 29)
Place of birth    Gelsenkirchen, Germany West Germany
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder, Winger
Club information
Current club England Arsenal
Number 11
Youth clubs
1995-1998
1998-1999
1999-2000
2000-2005
2005-2007
Germany Westfalia 04 Gelsenkirchen
Germany Teutonia Schalke-Nord
Germany Falke Gelsenkirchen
Germany Rot-Weiss Essen
Germany FC Schalke 04
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
2008-2008
2008-2010
2010-2013
2013-
Germany Schalke 04
Germany Werder Bremen
Flag of Spain Real Madrid
England Arsenal
030 00(0)
071 0(13)
105 0(19)
042 00(9)   
National team
2009- Germany Germany 066 0(18)

Mesut Özil (born 15 October 1988) is a German professional footballer who plays for English club Arsenal and the German national team. Özil has been a youth national team member since 2006, 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. Özil started his senior career at hometown club Schalke in the Bundesliga in 2006, transferred to Werder Bremen in 2008 and transferred to Real Madrid in August 2010 following his breakout performance at the FIFA World Cup with Germany. On transfer deadline day of summer 2013, he moved to Arsenal for a club-record fee of £42.5 million. The transfer makes him the most expensive German football player of all time.

Özil is acclaimed for his finesse and improvisation as an attacking midfielder. His style and ability for providing assists for his team-mates has been compared by former manager José Mourinho to that of Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane. In 2011, Özil ranked first in assists in major European and domestic competitions with 25. In 2012, he ranked first in assists in La Liga with 17. He was also one of the top assist providers in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012 with three in both tournaments.

Honours

Club

Werder Bremen
Real Madrid
Arsenal

International

Germany

Individual

External links

Arsenal FC
Arsenal F.C. squad - 2017-18

2 Debuchy · 4 Mertesacker · 6 Koscielny · 7 Sánchez · 8 Ramsey · 9 Lacazette · 10 Wilshere · 11 Özil · 12 Giroud · 13 Ospina · 14 Walcott · 16 Holding · 17 Iwobi · 18 Monreal · 19 Cazorla · 20 Mustafi · 21 Chambers · 22 Adélaïde · 23 Welbeck · 24 Bellerín · 29 Xhaka · 30 Maitland-Niles · 31 Kolašinac · 32 Akpom · 33 Čech · 34 Coquelin · 35 Elneny ·

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Germany – 2010 FIFA World Cup - Third place

1. Neuer 2. Jansen 3. Friedrich 4. Aogo 5. Tasci 6. Khedira 7. Schweinsteiger 8. Özil 9. Kießling 10. Podolski 11. Klose 12. Wiese 13. Müller 14. Badstuber 15. Trochowski 16. Lahm 17. Mertesacker 18. Kroos 19. Cacau 20. Boateng 21. Marin 22. Butt 23. Gómez

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Germany – UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finalists

1. Neuer 2. Gündoğan 3. Schmelzer 4. Höwedes 5. Hummels 6. Khedira 7. Schweinsteiger 8. Özil 9. Schürrle 10. Podolski 11. Klose 12. Wiese 13. Müller 14. Badstuber 15. L. Bender 16. Lahm 17. Mertesacker 18. Kroos 19. Götze 20. Boateng 21. Reus 22. Zieler 23. Gómez

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Germany – 2014 FIFA World Cup

1. Neuer 2. Großkreutz 3. Ginter 4. Höwedes 5. Hummels 6. Khedira 7. Schweinsteiger 8. Özil 9. Schürrle 10. Podolski 11. Klose 12. Zieler 13. Müller 14. Draxler 15. Durm 16. Lahm (c) 17. Mertesacker 18. Kroos 19. Götze 20. Boateng 21. Mustafi 22. Weidenfeller 23. Kramer

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Germany – UEFA Euro 2016 – Semi-finalists

1. Neuer 2. Mustafi 3. Hector 4. Höwedes 5. Hummels 6. Khedira 7. Schweinsteiger 8. Özil 9. Schürrle 10. Podolski 11. Draxler 12. Leno 13. Müller 14. Can 15. Weigl 16. Rüdiger 17. Boateng 18. Kroos 19. Götze 20. Sané 21. Kimmich 22. Ter Stegen 23. Gómez

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