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Mesut Özil
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Personal information
Date of birth 15 October 1988 (1988-10-15) (age 21)
Place of birth Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current club Werder Bremen
Number 11
Youth career
1995–1998 Westfalia 04 Gelsenkirchen
1998–1999 Teutonia Schalke-Nord
1999–2000 Falke Gelsenkirchen
2000–2005 Rot-Weiss Essen
2005–2006 Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Schalke 04 30 (0)
2008– Werder Bremen 61 (11)
National team
2006–2007 Germany U19 1 (4)
2007– Germany U21 16 (5)
2009– Germany 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:48, 21 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:25, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

Mesut Özil (born 15 October 1988 in Gelsenkirchen) is a German footballer of Turkish[2] descent who plays for Werder Bremen and the German national team.

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Club career

Özil began his youth career playing for different clubs in Gelsenkirchen 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.[3]

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.[4]

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 Leverkusen.

Career statistics

As of 25 November 2009 (2009 -11-25)[5]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
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 21 7 1 0 4 3 26 10
Career Total 91 11 8 3 25 3 124 17

Honours

Schalke
Werder Bremen
Germany U-21

Personal life

His brother Mutlu is footballer for Heßler 06 in Gelsenkirchen and his girlfriend Anna-Maria Lagerblom (née Lewe) is a sister of Sarah Connor.[6]

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