Ozil proud to be Germany’s player of the year


The German football federation has confirmed that Mesut Ozil has been crowned the German national team’s player of the year, as voted for by fans.

The 25-year-old, who has 17 goals in 52 games for his country, scooped the accolade for the third year in a row with 30 percent of the vote beating Bayern Munich duo Philip Lahm and Thomas Mueller into second and third respectively.

“This election makes me proud and happy,” Ozil told the DFB website. “Above all, because it was carried out by the fans.”

“The year 2013 was a very turbulent time for me with my move from Madrid to London. The internationals were all the more important in the circle of my friends and in front of these great fans. ”

“I still play every international game, as if it was my first. I see this award as an obligation for a successful 2014 and with it a successful World Cup.”

Given the talent at Joachim Loew’s disposal it appears from the outside that this is quite a feat by Mesut Ozil. So a pat on the back for the young man.

That being said, Arseblog News wouldn’t be surprised if the hatred shown by most German football fans towards Bayern and their players might have something to do with his success.

We look forward to a clean sweep next year with Per second, Poldi third, Serge fourth, Gedion fifth, Eisfeld sixth, Lehmann seventh and Stefan Malz in seventh.


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    • Have you just been watching the highlights as he does a lot of off the ball work. Pulling defences around, opening himself up for passes, working the space, etc….

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      • It’s a very lazy observation that I’ve heard a few Arsenal fans making. Basically, unless he is assisting or scoring CONSTANTLY for 90 minutes then he’s having a shit game, and can’t be bothered for us etc. etc…

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        • Agreed, it’s an assertion that has been made in the press as well. He is a very different type of player from say Santi Cazorla. Although they play in the same/similar positions, Santi is very busy, wants the ball all time, more “all action” shall we say. The British press love that and we have a lot of those type of players. Ozil has a more languid style, but is all about being decisive and frankly he is. I think it’s 7 assists and 4 goals in 14 games, so not far from producing a goal and game, having just moved to the league, one which generally takes a while to adjust to plus he without a preseason with the rest of the squad. I’m sure there is more to come but as it stands I think he’s been superb.

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        • agreed. he’s been very good and will get better. seems like everyone needs a moan every know and then and we project…

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        • He’s an easy player to underestimate if one insists on a stereotype of what a £40 million midfielder should do. Of course, he has had a few quiet games and it’s probably legitimate to say that there’s more to come from him.

          But in general, Özil’s style of play is about elegance rather than flamboyance; minimalism rather than domination. That’s always been his way and there’s no point in wishing he was something else.

          There was a lovely piece on 11 Freunde last year on this very topic: http://www.11freunde.de/artikel/mesut-oezil-und-die-lobpreisung-des-professors. Rough translation of a short passage:

          “[I]t isn’t the baroque dribbles like those of Mané Garrincha or the majestic midfield traversals like those of Franz Beckenbauer that make him so great; not even the proverbial ‘passes from the depths of space’. The great moments of Mesut Özil are so minimal that one can scarcely catch them – to me, they are the pinnacle and the most beautiful distillation of one-touch football to date.

          “Özil’s moments are short and have scarcely tangible substance – like those elements in particle accelerators that exist only for fractions of a second. He lets a quick pass run on at the last moment instead of stopping the ball; he stops the ball and adheres to it suddenly, so that his opponent’s movement loses its reference point and all control; then he plays passes that seem to come out of nothing rather than out of the epic depths of space.

          “You first detect Mesut Özil when his pass has already nearly become a goal. His minimalism is a variation of that basic principle which is always alluded to (consciously or otherwise) whenever the word ‘elegance’ has been used since the European renaissance. In exactly the same way, we speak for example of ‘elegant solutions’ in mathematics: they are procedures and reasoning that find their bearing and their goals quicker and more parsimoniously than the conventional methods suggest.”

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    • if you’re not impressed by Ozil then i don’t necessarily think that football is the game for you, as a fan. have you considered a more technical sport such as chess? or if it’s effort you’re after then weightlifting appears to involve quite significant amounts of that. good luck in your quest

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    • Im a fan of Ozil, my second team is madrid infact and all im saying is i’ve seen him play better football for them than he has done for us so far.

      i have no doubt he will put in blinders this season though it baffles me that he’s enjoying the “premier league intensity” when it’s the exact opposite from what i have seen. He’ll take abit of time to fully cope i understand that. He is worldclass afterall.

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      • I would play “better football” if I had Ronaldo on my team.
        Ozil created EIGHT chances in his “quiet” game at West Ham.
        It isn’t his fault we can’t finish them to credit Ozil with more assists.
        Ozil is still adapting and our team will get better.

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      • You lost me at “my second team is madrid”.

        Real men have one club.

        Although, I’ll let it slide if you were born in Madrid and 3,,, no 4 generations of your family supported them.

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        • It’s very common outside of the UK for people to have several clubs. Lived out of the UK for years now and people dont get it when you say “I’m from London and only have space in my heart for Arsenal”, when they ask who you support in Portugal or Spain.

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        • Arsenal are my club, however my mother was born in Madrid, so always had a love for Aletico Madrid… No one in their right mind supports Real as a “second” team, get outta here.

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        • No i will not because im a gooner and arseblog is my preffered Arsenal blog. looks like i offended too many people juz coz i have a “2nd” team that i vouch for. i must be the only one in the world. oh oh!

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    • Your not impressed Heroldgoon but a lot of Germans are. Three years running hey can’t be a bad player we are not talking about a very average footballing nation here are we.

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    • I bet you watch football matches with our ass, cause only an asshole will not notice the good works done by a player of Mesut calibre.

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  2. Deadline day 2013: Ozil Day, it was around 5 o’clock eastern standard time when the notification hit my phone. I was at dinner with my girl, I stood up gave a Wenger-like fist shake and yelled Ööözzziiillll to the AAAARRSSSEEENAALLL! And the rest well, we know.

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  3. Good for him, I think the best has yet to come but he has transitioned excellently. Look forward to seeing him lift the title come May!!! COYG

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  4. I think we must wait few months before we see the best of ozil. It’s a new league, new countries and new way of playing. In navy case, the first six months returns are not so bad. He has 9 assists and 4 goals.

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  5. “We look forward to a clean sweep next year with Per second, Poldi third, Serge fourth, Gedion fifth, Eisfeld sixth, Lehmann seventh and Stefan Malz in seventh.”

    dont forget you’ll have to add draxler and reus to that list of gooners soon 😉

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  6. For those of us that are fortunate enough to go to games, he’s a joy to watch.

    His movement and awareness of space are something you really do appreciate seeing him live, and he’s well worth watching in isolation for 5 or 10 minutes, to see what he’s up to.

    Class act.

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    • It’s something that can be spotted on the telly as well (although it is of course harder to do)

      He constantly moves into space, and puts in a real shift doing so. Granted, he does not have the intensity in his pressing game as say TR7, but his smart movement when we have the ball constantly forces the defending team to take decisions and, as a consequence, often loose their shape a little bit. Make a point of watching him singled out some time. You’ll notice that he puts in these little bursts of speed making you think “where the fuck is he going” and then a split second you see him on the ball with no one near him (provided his run was spotted) At the very least it will leave one or two players on the defending team with a hard decision to make (cover the player or the space?)

      Add that to that the fact that he has the talent and skill to be absolutely deadly precise even with someone pressing him very close, oooh I get goose bumps just thinking about it.

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  7. I still sometimes pause for a moment, while flicking through training photos of Arsenal, and think – ‘We’ve got Mesut Özil.’

    After 4 months it still hasn’t properly sunk in.

    And then I think about how Cazorla is getting back on form and how he and özil haven’t hit it off yet and what it will be like when they do, and then slowly my hands reach down towards my….. erm, yeah I’m going stop now.

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  8. Let’s make the majority of German fans happy and beat those bastards from Bayern Munich in Febuary and March.

    I really can’t stand that cocky, arrogant swagger of their goalkeeper Neuer. Love it when they concede a few goals and he almosts starts crying.

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  9. Honestly sick and tired of people who keep on saying “I haven’t been impressed by Özil” or “he has been underwhelming” What matches are these people watching cause I would hate to be them! The sheer amount of chances that Özil creates in one game alone is astonishing and although he can’t tackle to save his life he is always willing to try and track back when needed!

    Congratulations on the award and proud to have one of the 10 best players in the world gracing the Emirates pitch every week

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    • “proud to have one of the 10 best players in the world gracing the Emirates pitch every week” but Bendtner has been injured…

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  10. At the rate we’re going I expect us to have signed a few more Germans by this time next year! Draxler, Reus and Khedira wouldn’t go amiss.. we could make a top 10 then!

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  11. Ozil is already getting some flak from his languid style of play but he has chalked up 7 assists in his limited time in England. As comparison, Rooney leads in assists for the calender year has 13.

    Santi despite his jolly image is a fierce competitor. he does not seem to want to play as second fiddle and you can see he wants to reclaim top assists maker from Ozil.

    This is all of course a massive positive for us.

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  12. Now ozil has settled in the main thing now is the team have to get a few spares or signings, all the team will have pressure if they have to go into different roles on the field, i’m no brainwasher but you see what happens at these stages of other seasons this 2013-2014 the team are continually going for a nice season good news ozil best player for germany, bad news theo out for world cup, anything can happen in games coyg

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  13. I seriously don’t know what people are watching sometimes. I see Ozil all over the pitch. In a recent game when Ramsey and Flamini bombed forward and we lost the ball, who was there to receive the pass from Mertesacker in our defensive third? Ozil.

    Also if we had more clinical finishers and/or runners in behind the defense ala Walcott, Ozil would have a mountain of assists by now. As it stands, he creates a bucketload of chances for us. We just need to convert them.

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  14. Good achievement. Not sure if he deserved it though ahead of the bayern players who had an incredible year. Set them straight at the emirates though!

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  15. I am with the Ozil camp!! He has been absolutely massive for us. I would be interested to know his rate of successful passes. Must be very very high, esp the last attacking third. Coz as far as I can remember, he very seldom pass to an opponent or cause us to lose possesion when he gets the ball. Its always a pass to one of us.
    He burst of speed all of a sudden can surprise many players. Sometimes he squeze between two or even three and you thought he is gonna lose the ball….but surprise2 out will come from him a pass, or a little push oof the ball away, a short sprint….and the ball is gone!!
    Takes an awfully awesome skill to do that.
    AW one of the best and experinced manager around at the highest level, and the most careful spender will never spend that amount of $$$ if he doesnt believe in the quality that is worth that $$$!!!
    So please get off Ozil back & start enjoying his performance…as only he can do it.

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  16. I don’t think Ozil’s talent is wasted on most Gooners. And besides that every forward in the world would want Ozil to be supplying them. Suarez would bite his own arm off to play along side him, and RVP slicing his wrists to have missed out.

    Trophys cannot be far off with him in our squad.

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