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Özil playing for German national team.
|Full name||Mesut Özil|
|Date of birth||15 October 1988|
|Place of birth||Gelsenkirchen, West Germany|
|Height||Script error: No such module "person height".|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|1995–1998||Westfalia 04 Gelsenkirchen|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:06, 1 September 2013 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:57, 7 September 2013 (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 in the La Liga with 17 and the most assists in major European competitions with 25.
Gelsenkirchen and Rot-Weiss Essen
Mesut Özil began his career with Gelsenkirchen then Rot-Weiss Essen.
In 2005, he went to the youth department of FC Schalke 04. He was a midfielder, and played as number 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 F.C. and Arsenal F.C. wanted him in their squad. Werder Bremen made an agreement with Real Madrid C.F.. 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."
His first game was against Hércules, which the team won the game 3-1.
Club career statistics
International career statistics
|1||September 5 2009||BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany||South Africa||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||June 23 2010||Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa||Ghana||0–1||0–1||2010 World Cup|
|3||October 8 2010||Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany||Turkey||2–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|4||June 7 2011||Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan||0–1||1–3||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|5||September 2 2011||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany||Austria||2–0||6–2||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|6||Septembe 2 2011||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany||Austria||4–1||6–2||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|7||October 11 2011||Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany||Belgium||1–0||3–1||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|8||November 15 2011||Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, Germany||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. http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/es/1193040475259/1330011842639/jugador/Jugador/Ozil.htm. Retrieved 14 April 2012.