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Mesut Ozil

  • Position: Midfielder
  • Squad number: 8
  • Date of birth: 15 October, 1988 (21 years old)
  • Height: 6'0" (182cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
7 Mesut Ozil
7|1 Mesut Ozil
0 As substitute
58|34 Total Germany
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
7 Total Germany
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
1 Mesut Ozil
3 Mesut Ozil
16 Total Germany
15 Total Germany
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
1|8 Mesut Ozil
1|0 Mesut Ozil
64|69 Total Germany
12|1 Total Germany
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Germany games played

  1. Germany 4-0 Australia
    Sunday, 13 June Match report
  2. Germany 0-1 Serbia
    Friday, 18 June Match report
  3. Ghana 0-1 Germany
    Wednesday, 23 June Match report
  4. Germany 4-1 England
    Sunday, 27 June Match report
  5. Argentina 0-4 Germany
    Saturday, 3 July Match report
  6. Germany 0-1 Spain
    Wednesday, 7 July Match report
  7. Uruguay 2-3 Germany
    Saturday, 10 July Match report

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Mesut means ‘happy’ in Turkish and it goes without saying Germany are more than happy that this talented playmaker chose to represent the country of his birth, rather than that of his father.

When he made his decision, Ozil was forced to shut down the guestbook on his website after he was deluged with criticism from angry Turkish fans, but he shrugged off the controversy and scored in the final as Germany beat England to win 2009 Under-21 European Championship.

National team coach Joachim Loew has hailed his emergence as a “stroke of luck for German football.”

Ozil began his career with Schalke and became the most expensive teenager in German football when he moved on to Werder Bremen for 4.3m Euros. He scored the winning goal in the 2009 German Cup final win over Bayer Leverkusen and has said: “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.”

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