He is the world champion, 92 times in Germany, and was one of the nominees for the Ballon d’Or in 2010. Meanwhile, midfield manager Mesut Ozil fell deeply.
Even at his favorite club Fenerbahce Istanbul, where the 33-year-old was welcomed in January 2021, Ozil is now no longer welcome. This is not the first time that the dispute over Ozil’s commitment has ended.
Frustration instead of the championship title with Ozil
“Welcome to your home, your home.” Even a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used these words to greet Ozil a year ago after he moved to Fenerbahce in Istanbul. So much honor for the former world star.
Change to Fenerbahce fixed: This is how Mesut Ozil is received in Turkey(01:06)
But he cannot meet the high expectations on the Bosphorus. He cannot even fulfill the dream of a championship title – his first since 2014 – for “Fener”. Besiktas’ opponent is allowed to party instead – and Ozil continues to attract attention on the pitch with tepid displays.
Now the knockout: After being substituted in the league match against Konyaspor, Ozil was said to have verbally attacked his coach Ismail Kartal. Even football boots have flown in the air. Fenerbahce has now taken the consequences of the incident and kicked the player out of the squad.
I also banged for the national team and Arsenal
Mesut Ozil was once one of Europe’s elite midfielders. He was considered a good technical with very dangerous free kicks. The German trained at Schalke with Turkish ancestors and played at Bremen, then Real Madrid and then Arsenal. Then came the highlights of his 2014 career: With Germany, Ozil played all seven matches in the World Cup in Brazil until the final and eventually crowned himself world champion.
Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, Ozil was heavily criticized for having his picture taken with controversial Turkish ruler Erdogan. After the tournament comes the ugly departure from the national team. Also at Arsenal, the former captain will be demoted first in 2020 and then retired completely.
“He doesn’t have the top league tier anymore”
Rumor has it that Ozil is now ready to continue his career in the United States. A return to a major European league is unlikely.
However, the criticism of Ozil was not long in coming. “He has come slowly and not only since this year. In the past two years at Arsenal, he has not performed well,” German coach and football expert Friedhelm Funkel said on the TV show “Doppelpass” about Ozil. The 68-year-old adds: “In that At the time, he no longer has the level to play in a major European league.” (Cat)
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