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Mesut Özil (born 15 October 1988 in Gelsenkirchenmarker) is a Germanmarker footballer, of Turkish heritage, who plays for Werder Bremen and the German national team.

Club career

Özil began his youth career playing for different clubs in Gelsenkirchenmarker and five years for Rot-Weiss Essen. In 2005, he moved to the youth department of Schalke 04. He is a midfielder and wears 11 as his squad number, after starting as playmaker and central attacking midfielder in the place of the suspended Lincoln in Ligapokal matches against Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich for Schalke.

On 31 January 2008, he moved to Werder Bremen for a reported fee of 4.3 million, signing a contract with the German club until 30 June 2011.

International career

In September 2006, Özil was called up for the Germany U-17 team. Özil has been a member of the German U-21 team since 2007. On 29 June 2009, Özil was the catalyst in a 4–0 win over England during the U-21 European Championship final.

He made his debut for the Germany national football team during a friendly match against Norway on 11 February 2009. He scored his first goal for the senior team in his third appearance, another friendly, against South Africa on 5 September in Leverkusenmarker.

Career statistics



Werder Bremen

Germany U-21

Personal life

His brother Mutlu is footballer for Heßler 06 in Gelsenkirchenmarker and his girlfriend Anna-Maria Lagerblom (née Lewe) is a sister of Sarah Connor.


  1. Mesut Özil aşkta da mutlu

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2006–07 Schalke Bundesliga 19 0 1 0 1 0 21 0
2007–08 11 0 1 1 4 0 16 1
2007–08 Werder Bremen 12 1 0 0 2 0 14 1
2008–09 28 3 5 2 14 0 47 5
2009–10 12 6 1 0 4 3 17 9

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