Position: ATTACKING MIDFIELDER
D.O.B: 15TH OCTOBER 1988
In an interview with FourFourTwo Magazine, Özil spoke about his choice to play for the German national team: "I am third generation in Germany: my father grew up here. Turkey will always be a special country for me but I did not doubt my decision to play for Germany – ever. I started to play for Germany in the youth teams."
Özil was selected for Germany's squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, starting in all of the team's matches.
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso described Özil as "the kind of player you don't find these days," adding, "He understands the game, sees things, combines and thrives between the lines, unlocking teams," while José Mourinho said, "Ozil is unique. There is no copy of him – not even a bad copy."
Özil ended the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign as Germany's top scorer with eight goals.