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Mesut Özil

Mesut Ozil
Özil playing for Real Madrid
Personal information
Full nameMesut Özil
Date of birth15 October 1988(age 28)
Place of birthGelsenkirchen, West Germany
Height1.81 m
Playing positionAttacking midfielder
Club information
Current clubReal Madrid

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Mesut Özil (-deˈmeːzut ˈøːzil, -trˈmesut ˈøzil; born 15 October 1988) is a footballer who plays for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and for the German national team. Özil has been a youth national team member since 2006, and a member of the German national team since 2009. He gained international attention during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was nominated for the Golden Ball Award which is awarded to the tournament's best player. Following his breakout performance at the World Cup, he was transferred to Real Madrid in August 2010.

His nicknames include "der Rabe"-The Raven (or the Spanish, "El Cuervo")- playing on his smart and opportunistic style of play, “der neue Diego” the new Diego in reference to Brazilian Diego Ribas da Cunha whose playmaker-role he inherited at Werder Bremen, "German Messi" and "German Zidane".

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