Mesut Özil Career Ups And Downs

Mesut Özil started his career as a footballer in 2005 and has faced many ups and downs from then till today.

Ozil first started as a center-attacking midfielder and playmaker from the youth system club of Schalke-04.

Mesut in Schalke-04
Mesut in Schalke-04

He was called up to the German under-17 team in September 2006. Since 2007, he has been a part of the German under-21 squad. 

On January 31, 2008, he signed a deal with Werder Bremen until June 30, 2011, for a reported price of €5 million. He had 14 assists and helped Die Werderaner to the UEFA Cup of 2009 and the DFB Pokal finals, scoring the game-winning goal in the latter. 

Ozil In werder bremen
Ozil In werder bremen

Also, during the 2009–10 season, Mesut was named "best player of the 1st half of the season." Also, on June 29, 2009, he was named man of the match in a 4–0 victory over England in the U-21 European Championship final.

On February 11, 2009, he made his senior debut against Norway in a friendly match. On September 5, in Leverkusen at the BayArena, he scored his debut goal for the national squad in his third outing, another friendly match against South Africa.

Mesut ozil in Germany's kit
Mesut ozil in Germany's kit

The more crucial moment in Özil's career occurred in 2010, when Jose Mourinho, the coach of Real Madrid at that time, signed him to a six-year contract for £16.6 million.

After noticing Özil's performances during Germany's run to the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, the Portuguese manager, Mourinho, realized that the then-21-year-old Mesut was well suited for the club. 

In each of his three Real Madrid seasons, Özil made it into the top two in La Liga for assists. Mesut had 19 assists in the seasons of 2010-11 and 2011-12.

In the first leg of the 2011 Supercopa de Espaa, he scored a debut goal against Barcelona in El Clásico on August 14, 2011.

Furthermore, Özil had 16 assists in the 2012-13 season. On May 2, 2012, he assisted Real Madrid's opening goal and scored a goal versus Bilbao, which Madrid won by 3-0. Eleven days later, he scored two goals against Mallorca in the last game of the season, extending his outstanding form with the club. 

Ozil celebrating with Ronaldo
Ozil celebrating with Ronaldo

Mesut Ozil left Real Madrid for Arsenal on the final day of the 2013 transfer window for a record fee of £42.4 million.

On September 14, 2013, Mesut Özil made his Arsenal debut in a league match against Sunderland. Mesut helped Olivier Giroud to score a goal in the eleventh minute of the game, which they won 3–1. Three days later, he made his Arsenal Champions League debut against Marseille. 

Just over 3 weeks after making his Arsenal debut, Özil scored his home debut against Stoke City, winning 3–1. Özil

contributed to all three goals, with two assists and a free-kick that was saved but fell into the path of Aaron Ramsey.

With eight goals, Özil finished the season of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification as Germany's leading scorer.

Mesut Özil's best Premier League season to date is the 2015-16 campaign. He had 19 assists, along with a record sequence of seven straight assists. Ozil finished with the most assists in the 2015-16 season, making him the first footballer in England, Spain (2011-12), and Germany to do so (2009-10).

However, Özil’s problems at Arsenal began early in the Premier League season of 2018-19. He struggled with back and knee difficulties after being appointed one of the club's captains, which caused a drop in his form.

Statistically, Mesut Özil had one of the worst seasons of his career, with only 6 goals and 3 assists in thirty-five appearances. 

Furthermore, in December 2019, Özil spoke out about the terrible treatment of Uyghur Muslims in China, blaming other Muslim countries for failing to speak out on the subject, which led to his exclusion from Arsenal's 25-man Premier League and Europa League squads. 

Hence, in this way, the downfall in the career of Mesut Özil began. He left Arsenal and posted a goodbye message to fans on Twitter on October 21, 2020. 

Ozil presently plays for Fenerbahce, where he has 3 goals in 20 appearances.

Mesut Özil Brand Endorsements

The brand endorsement of German football player Mesut Özil includes the following:

  1. Mercedes-Benz
  2. Beats by Dr. Dre
  3. Cyrus Genève
  4. Adidas
  5. M10

Mesut Özil Awards & Achievements 

The major awards and achievements Mesut Özil received in his career are listed below:

  1. Werder Bremen DFB-Pokal: 2008–09; runner-up: 2009–10 UEFA Cup runner-up: 2008–09
  2. Real Madrid La Liga: 2011–12 Copa del Rey: 2010–11; runner-up: 2012–13 Supercopa de España: 2012
  3. Arsenal FA Cup: 2013–14,2014–15, 2016–17 FA Community Shield: 2015 EFL Cup runner-up: 2017–18 UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2018–19
  4. Germany U21 UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2009
  5. Germany FIFA World Cup: 2014; third place: 2010

Other individual awards that Mesut Özil has are: 

  1. kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2008–09
  2. kicker Attacking Midfielder of the Year: 2010
  3. Most assists in the Premier League: 2015–16
  4. German Player of the Year: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
  5. UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2012
  6. UEFA Team of the Year: 2012, 2013
  7. Laureus Media Award: 2014
  8. PFA Fans Player of the Month: April, November & December 2015
  9. German Football Ambassador Public Award: 2015
  10. Arsenal Player of the Season: 2015–16
  11. kicker Best German Abroad: 2016

Furthermore, His excellent record with Real Madrid and the German national team earned him a nomination for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, where he finished tenth, the youngest player to do so. Also, before the friendly match against France in Bremen on February 29, 2012, Özil was named Germany's best international player of the year for 2011.