Reportase.one, Jakarta – Before Mesut Ozil Retired over the past 18 years he has played for Schalke, Werder Bremen, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Fenerbahce and Istanbul Basaksehir. Germany’s victory at the 2014 World Cup was one of the best achievements while he was strengthening the national team.
Ozil announced his retirement from football on Wednesday 22 March 2023. Mesut Ozil retires as a soccer player at the age of 34 years.
Facts about Mesut Ozil
1. Football career
To quote Transfermarkt, Mesut Ozil has played for several clubs in Germany. He has played for Westfalia 04 Gelsenkirchen (1995-1998), DJK Teutonia Schalke (1998–1999), DJK Falke Gelsenkirchen (1999–2000), and Rot-Weiss Essen (2000-2005).
In July 2005, he moved to FC Schalke 04 on a free transfer. At this club he started his professional career in 2006, before moving to Werder Bremen in 2008. He moved to Real Madrid in 2010, and moved back to Arsenal in 2013.
Before retiring on March 22, 2023, Ozil had played in the Turkish league. He played for Fenerbahce and Istanbul Basaksehir clubs. He also plays for the German national team and has appeared at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
2. King of Assists
To quote Planet Sport, Mesut Ozil is a professional soccer player who is nicknamed the King of Assists, he has provided many assists for goals. While still at Real Madrid, Ozil ranked first in league assists for three consecutive seasons.
In his first season at the Arsenal club following his 2013 move, Ozil became the fastest player to reach 50 assists in Premier League history. He made the most assists at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. During his career, Ozil played up to 645 appearances for club and country. He has scored 114 goals and 222 assists.
3. World Cup 2014
Mesut Ozil managed to win the World Cup with Germany in 2014. When heading to the World Cup, Ozil was Germany’s top scorer with eight qualifying goals.
Despite managing only one goal and one assist throughout the tournament, Ozil ended the competition with the most successful passes in the final third and was second behind Lionel Messi for chances created. When they beat Argentina in the final, Germany became the European team that broke into the World Cup, having beaten the national team from South America.
4. Upset with Jose Mourinho
In 2010, Ozil was recruited by Real Madrid, he had been under coach Jose Mourinho. Even though his performances with Real Madrid were quite good, Ozil’s sluggish playing style did not always suit Mourinho’s wishes. Both are often at odds because of differences of opinion.
In books Gunning for GreatnessOzil told about the Portuguese coach once throwing insults at him during the first half.
Ozil recounted the incident in the front of his book and it became a formative moment in his career. He initially hated Mourinho because of his player management style. Although he later understood why Mourinho treated players like that.
5. Withdraw from the German national team
In 2018, Ozil decided to step down German national team. He faced racism and disrespect because of his Turkish heritage. He also retired from the national team squad in 2018 amid a political debate in Germany over the influx of immigrants and after backlash over a photo he had taken with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
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