|Date of birth||15 October 1988|
|Place of birth||Gelsenkirchen, West Germany|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|Current club||Werder Bremen|
|1995–1998||Westfalia 04 Gelsenkirchen|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:48, 21 February 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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.
As of 25 November 2009
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