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Mesut Özil Retired From National Team Because of Racism

On 23rd July 2018, shortly after the 2018 Russia World Cup, the great Germany football player, Mesut Özil posted a statement on social media saying “It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.” By this statement, Özil pronounce his retirement from Germany national football team. As Özil said, this consequence comes from several events happening after his picture with Turkey President Erdogan such as unreal report from medias, racial discrimination in DFB against Özil whose root of his ancestors is Turks, renouncement from his partner, unfair criticism and being for the fault for the poor performance of the national team in Russia

Özil has met Erdogan in May who were preparing for the presidential election during a charitable and educational event. However, medias portrayed it as a political propaganda. Some German started to abuse this Turkish-German footballer with hate mails, threatening calls and comment on social media. Except for these bad words from common people, official also shows their racial discrimination. “I was called by Bernd Holzhauer (a German politician) a ‘goat f*ker’ because of my picture with President Erdogan and my Turkish background.” Özil states “Further more, Werner Steer (Chief of German Theatre) told me to ‘piss off to Anatolia ’, a place in turkey where many immigrants are based ”

DFB president Reinhard Grindel was accused of mistreating this arguable issue and irresponsibility for the low rank in Russia by Özil. “Whilst I attempted to explain to Grindel my heritage ancestry and therefore the reason behind the photo, he was far more interested in speaking about his own political views and belittling my opinion.” Özil also reprimand that “I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly” and “In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose”.

Racial discrimination should never happen anywhere, especially in such a teamwork as football. No team can win a match if everyone in the team doesn’t know how to cooperate. A good cooperation is based on mutual respect and help rather than discrimination. Obviously FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) knows how destructive the racism is, therefore the organization advocate the slogan ”Say No To Racism” and use a three-step procedure in case of discriminatory incidents and also deploy anti-discrimination observers at all matches organized by FIFA. DFB and Germany medias should be shameful on their behaviors against Mesut Özil, one of the most eminent players in national team who has his debut in 2009 and work hard for these years.

Mesut Özil was a “German Football Ambassador” in 2015 and won the champion of the 2014 Brazil World cup as main force of the team. He has participated in consecutive 26 matches at international level as starting player. However, he would not wear Germany national football shirt anymore. It’s a regret for Germany to loss such a prominent player.

Mesut Özil, One of the Greatest Footballer in German National Team

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.