Mesut Ozil may be a somewhat shy and reserved character away from the pitch, but he is an explosive presence once he steps on it. His technique, intelligence and ability to bring the ball under control even while running at top speed have made him one of the most feared attacking midfielders in the world, while he also has a clinical eye for goal and can carve open opposition defences with inch-perfect passes.
Born in Gelsenkirchen to Turkish parents, Ozil joined FC Schalke from Rot-Weiss Essen as a 16-year-old and went on to make his Bundesliga debut for the Royal Blues a year later. In January 2008, the left-footed playmaker moved to Werder Bremen but it was not until 2009 that his major breakthrough came, when he fired the north German club to glory in the DFB Cup, as well as winning the U-21 European Championship with Germany in Sweden and later establishing himself as a key member of Joachim Low’s senior side.
Ozil was in the starting line-up for all seven of his country’s matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, repeatedly demonstrating his outstanding ability as one of Germany’s best players at the tournament. The team finished in third place and Ozil’s talent caught the eye of Real Madrid, where he subsequently played for the next three seasons, winning the Spanish league title and the Copa del Rey. In summer 2013 the 26-year-old joined English club Arsenal and he is now eager to dazzle the footballing world once more at Brazil 2014.