Mesut Özil is a German professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal. At international level, He shows up as a member of German national team for virtually 9 years. However, after 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mesut Özil posted a series of messages on social media on 22 July and claimed that he would retire from National team.
Mesut Özil played total 92 matches for German nation team, scoring 23 goals, and registered 40 assists.
The first time when Özil represented his country is in September, 2006 in a battle between German U19 with Russian U19. A year after that, he was enrolled in German U21 and in the same year, he renounced his nationality of turkey so that he can play in German national team.
In 2009, he was called up by Joachim Loew, the chief coach of German national team, to join the nation team and showed up as a bench when the team versus Norway team in an international friendly match. On 29 Jun 2009, Özil was appraised as man of the match with one goal and 2 assists, which brings the team a 4-0 victory and the first European championship.
Özil was firstly selected for Germany’s squad for the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and played all of the team’s matches. He scored against Ghana in the final group game, which ensured Germany team progressed to the second round as group winners. Finally the team won the third place and FIFA announced that he was among the ten tournament players nominated for the Golden Ball.
In 2012, Özil played for German again in UEFA Euro.He was a necessary part in Germany’s qualification for UEFA Euro 2012, scoring five times during the campaign as Germany won all ten of its games to top their group. Özil also confirmed his reputation as a decisive passer, as he provided seven assists, more than any European international during Euro 2012 qualification. When asked about his country’s chances at Euro 2012, Özil simply replied, “We have the potential to beat anyone and we have what it takes to win the title.”
When German national team participated in 2014 FIFA World Cup, Özil was list in the squad. In the final, Özil played 120 minutes before being replaced. Germany were crowned World Champions with a 1–0 win. After the trophy was presented to the Germany team, UEFA President Michel Platini asked Özil for his match shirt as a souvenir.
In 2016, Özil completed five matches with the team however was defeated by France in semifinal in UEFA Euro. In 2018, Özil was selected for the third time to national team but the team was eliminated in group stages.
After a long trip with German national team, Özil decided to retire from the team. It’s a big loss and sad news for all the Germany football fans and the fans of Özil own. The loyalest fans would never forget Özil wearing the 2018 Germany Home Football Shirt. The football shirts would be a great souvenir for all football fans around the world.