LB presents the Full Story of a Football Genius best known by the Nickname; ‘The German Zidane’. Our Mesut Ozil Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings to you full account of notable events from his childhood time till date. Analysis involves his life story before fame, family life and many OFF and ON-Pitch little known facts about him.
Yes, everyone knows about Mesut Ozil’s assist records and play making abilities but few consider his life outside the pitch which is quite interesting. Now without further adieu, lets begin.
Mesut Ozil Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Early Life
Mesut Özil was born on October 15, 1988, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany to Mustafa Özil (father) and Gulizar Özil (mother). He was born a last child among four child. More importantly, he was born a practicing Muslim of Turkish origin. In essence, he is a Muslim German Turk whose parents are immigrant. Mesut’s grand parents migrated through lands and seas from Turkey to Germany to get a better living in the Germany’s Ruhr industrial heartland.
Mesut Ozil started off his life as a child from a very poor home. He was born during the period of the German industrial decline where unemployment rate for migrants was over 70%. His parents thus struggled from one low paying job to another in a bid to keep family moving. His migrant neighborhood was characterized by limited social mobility and several forsaken apartment blocks which was an indication of poverty.
Despite these challenges, Mesut was determined to succeed. All the thing he laid his hand on went well.. Starting from his academics to his quest to start playing football. Literally, Mesut used football as an escape route from poverty.
His love for football started when he started playing it on his favorite playground close to his home. Mesut Ozil at an early age became so obsessed with kicking a ball. When tried, he would take it home and sleep wit it on his bed. He also spent much time watching his elder brother perform dribbles for him.
Growing up, he took lots of ball control lessons from his elder brother Mutlu who only loved football for the fun of playing it. Mutlu never believe someone of his migrant status could make it in football. Ideally, Mesut Ozil’s immigration neighborhood (a scruffy suburb of around 16,000 inhabitants) was never seen as a breeding ground for talented footballers.
His determination to succeed has led to a success story that has inspired the German nation. He is regarded as the first national player from an immigrant background to have made it internationally.
Mesut Ozil Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: The Start to Soccer
Mesut Ozil decided to give soccer a shot as soon as he observed it was a sure way to get out of poverty. He started out by participating in his school’s football followed by developing his soccer skills alongside friends in the “Monkey Cage,” (a local pitch surrounded by fences) located at his migrant neighborhood.
It was the ‘monkey cage’ that Ozil’s radar passing skills were first developed. This happened in the German Bismarck district of Gelsenkirchen. Mesut Ozil would be there at the pitch ‘every day whether it be sun, snow or rain’, according to his older brother Mutlu.
Experience gained from the “Monkey Cage football” increased his chances of getting successful trials for bigger team outside his migrant neighborhood. First, he enrolled officially into his school’s elementary football team.
Mesut progressed from its youth level to semi adult which denotes college football level. His secondary school was the largest in Germany with more than 1,400 students. He was highly favored and was still selected to represent the school.
Joachen Herrmann, deputy head at Ozil’s secondary school, describes the young boy’s fascination with football as ‘a little bit autistic’, adding: ‘I always had the feeling he even took the ball to bed.’
From his college classroom window, Ozil could see the Veltins-Arena, Schalke’s home stadium. The dreaming teenager had every reason to let his mind drift. As well as his precocious talent, the school has close links with the Bundesliga side.
The schoolboy Ozil was obsessed with football. Despite that, he was also intelligent at school. Manuel Neuer, the Bayern Munich goalkeeper was also in the school. He was a few years above Ozil, while Julian Draxler was lower. Benedikt Howedes and Joel Matip are also graduates of the school. The school was forward in terms of football terms. They had lots of training activities, three sessions in the mornings, three at evening and five times during the weekends.
Ozil was known as a reserved student but in training and on match days his personality changed. ‘When I saw Mesut for the first time, I had to check his age,’ says Krabbe, a school teacher. ‘he was very small, quiet, introverted off the pitch. But on the football field he was the extrovert, the very biggest player. He puffs out his chest for effect. “He was the superstar of our team.”.’
It was at the Gelsenkirchen College that Ozil recognized he would be successful through football. He fought a lot of his personality issues as soon as he started getting much recognition. He was known to be a very shy kid off the pitch.
His teacher once put it “Mesut was not the student that could face a crowd. He was always very shy. But if you saw him on the pitch he was another person, because there he exploded. Give him a ball, and he would be somebody else.”
‘He was a shy weak little thing but could shoot 25 metres, run very fast and entered every contest for the ball,’ said school club coach Ralf Maraun. He continued … ‘He was a real street footballer. I remember once we won a game 12 goals to zero. Mesut scored 10. The other team’s coach took me aside and said, “Next time, please leave the migrant kid at home”.’
At College, the migrant boy from Bismarck became the most popular footballer. It didn’t take long before he got registered in the German football body for schools where he got his ID. This qualified him to participate in bigger competition.
Mesut devote every spare hour to nursing his life’s ambition. After succeeding, he did one thing everyone still remembers him till date. That is; share in his success with loved ones.
Mesut Ozil Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Family Life
Mesut Ozil’s family started life at the district of Bismarck, Germany. This is a neighborhood in Germany inhabited mostly by Turkish Migrant.
His family migrated from Turkey to Germany to become laborers in the year 1967. Over the years, they’ve lived in poverty. It was Mesut who used football to change the destiny of his family. He was the only Turkish Migrant who made his family to have an incredible rise from poverty to unimaginable riches.
FATHER: Mustafa Özil is Ozil’s father. He is a second-generation Turkish migrant who migrated to Germany with his father when he was 6 years old.
Before he switched jobs after his son made it in football, he was formerly a metal worker. He started out as a sales man (chicken products) during his youth.
Mesut Ozil allowed his father Mustafa to become his manager after he made it in football. This ofcourse made him to forget about his old job and concentrate fully in football business. He has made an incredible amount of money from his son’s career.
MOTHER: Mrs Gulizar Özil is the mother of Mesut Ozil. She started out as a house wife whose primary responsibility was to fend for her kids. She has been described as a lucky migrant mother by her pairs who were once together with her in their migrant neighbourhood in Germany. A strong mother / son bonding exist between Mesut and Gulizar.
SIBLINGS: Mesut Ozil has three siblings; namely Mutlu Özil, Nese Özil and Dugyu Özil.
His elder brother, Mutlu Ozil. He was once a footballer who played football not to pursue a career from it but to entertain people who were interested in watchin his mesmerizing skills. He had the opportunity to push his career forward but never believed a Turkish migrant would make in football. Today, he is credited for Mesut Ozil’s rise to stardom. Mesut learned lots football from him. The dribbling, passing, and play making skills all originated from Mutlu.
Mesut Ozil have two elder sisters namely; Nese Ozil (right) and Dugyu Ozil (Left). They have both attracted attention due to their to Mesut Özil. Nese (far right) in particular has once been described as Mesut’s clone. Thou, his immediate and shorter elder sister Dugyu is much closer. Their brother’s rise to stardom have provided lots of financial support for his lovely sisters. Today, their life long dreams have been meet.
Mesut Ozil Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Reationship life
First of all, Mesut Ozil dating life has been complicated. He finds himself attracted mostly to non Muslim ladies who wouldn’t want to convert to his religion, thus leading to breakups.
Starting off, Mesut Ozil has once dated Anna Maria, who is a German model and who was previously married to a Finnish soccer player, Pekka Lagerblom.
After breaking up with Ozil, she is now dating a German rapper named Bushido.
Mesut also dated Aida Yespica, a stunning beauty pageant queen who became Miss Venezuela in 2002.
Ozil began dating Mandy Capristo, a singer by profession, from 2013 but their relationship came to an end in 2014 after it was reported that he was seeing another woman.
He later came back to his relationship with his ex-girlfriend and well known singer Mandy Capristo. The re union started in November, 2015. After their separation they realized that they are meant for each other and again came back together.
Mesut Ozil Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Feud with Father
Mustafa (Ozil’s father) is known for his toughness. He became his son’s agent in July 2011. Mustafa recently relinquished the role after a decision by Ozil to appoint his brother Mutlu instead. This saw the beginning of tension between father and son. Mustafa claims Mesut’s girlfriend Mandy Capristo is solely responsible for his son’s decision to dump him as his agent.
This led to what many saw as shocking. His father, Mustafa went on to sue his son after sacking him.
According to a report; ‘Mustafa Ozil is not an easy man to deal with. He was very focused on Mesut and knew he had a big talent. He goes to every of his training, every match. It became the centre of his life after dropping his low paying metal mine works to follow his son’s career .’
His father out of frustration of being left out took the Mesut Ozil marketing company to court. He demanded a £495,000 compensation in his loss. Mesut Ozil has not spoken to his father since his actions. The father and son relationship which is said to be once strong got destroyed by the legal battle.
Upon observing his demands, Mesut Ozil’s lawyer also demanded a return of an £800,000 the father had taken from his son for doing nothing. The case was eventually settled outside court. This issue got Mesut Ozil’s parents to split up with the mother following the son’s direction.
Mesut Ozil Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: A Serious Muslim But…
Mesut Ozil is a Muslim. Specifically, he is a devout Muslim, who recites Holy Qur’an before every single matches he has to play. Talking to the Berlin-based daily “Der Tagesspiegel”, Mesut said, “I always recite from Quran before I go out (on the pitch). This really helps me to keep me focused. I pray and my team-mates know that they cannot talk to me during my prayers.”
Despite being a practicing Muslim, Mesut Ozil finds it difficult to fast during the summer. This is because of his job as a footballer.
Moreover he recites verses from the quran during the German national anthem as well. This is because he cannot sing the national anthem.
Mesut Ozil Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Played Chess as a Child
Mesut Ozil learnt how to play chess while growing up in the migrant neighborhood of Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Just like football, he also adapted to Chess as a child.
He was a member of his school’s football team and chess club. Mesut was also interested in mathematics in school. His love for Chess and Mathematics have paved way for his local thinking and play making abilities in the field of play.
Mesut Ozil Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Immortality
Lots of fans have asked the question; Is Mesut Özil IMMORTAL?. Lots of fans have gotten a meltdown over the Arsenal man’s likeness to late F1 legend, Enzo Ferrari.
Even his Folks think Mesut Özil is the reincarnation of Enzo Ferrari. The Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur died on 14 August, 1988 – giving just enough time for the reincarnation process to happen before Özil was born on 15 October, 1988. This theory has been backed-up in the Buddhist and Taoist teachings, which say the human soul leaves the boy and is reborn after death. This is the reason why a lot of New Age people believes that Enzo Ferrari, the founder of Ferrari, reincarnated as Mesut Ozil.
Reincarnation and time travel theories about celebs are nothing new.
Mesut Ozil Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: He’s not Human
His assist has no bounds. This is why many believes he is not human. Mesut Ozil sees what humans finds difficult to see. The picture below proves it.
Mesut Ozil Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Charity
Mesut is also renowned for his philanthropic bent of mind having donated large sums to numerous charitable organizations. He contributed his entire 2014 World Cup prize money (about USD 5, 00, 000) towards the treatment of approximately 23 Brazilian kids.
He cared for the children displaced as a result of the Syrian civil war. Özil toured the camp as well as playing with children, signing autographs and handing out football shirts.
Mesut Ozil Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts:About His Eyes
If you look at a picture of Mesut Özil’s eyes, you might image an image of someone suffering from Graves Disease (aka thyroid eye disease). But he is not suffering from any condition of such nature.
The three points that make us think Özil isn’t a Graves disease sufferer are:
First, his eyes don’t present any sign of redness or other symptomstypical to the condition.
Secondly, Graves disease is a condition where the physical effects often come and go, or sway in severity. Özil’s eyes have remained pretty consistent.
Finally, a condition like Graves disease would have side effects like impaired vision, aches and pains, or sight loss. This would make become a professional athlete playing at the highest level pretty much impossible.
Mesut Ozil Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts:His Books
A book has been dedicated to him. It is titled “Mesut Özil Superstar”. This was done by a passionate fan who had insisted his name remain anonymous.
Mesut loved it and contracted him to write another of him which has the slug ‘Gunning for Greatness’.
Mesut Ozil Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Accolades and Achievement List
(1) With Arsenal FC he has won the FA CUP thrice (2013–14, 2014-15, 2016-17) and the FA Community Shield in 2014,2015 and 2017.
(2) With Real Madrid, he has won the La Liga(2011–12),the Copa del Rey( 2010–11) and the Supercopa de España in 2012.
(3) With Werder Bremen, he had won the DFB-Pokal(2008–09).
(4) With Germany, he has won the FIFA World Cup(2014) and the UEFA European Under-21 Championship(2009).
OTHER AWARDS INCLUDES
- 2009-2010 Bundesliga Top Assists
- 2010 FIFA World Cup Top Assists
- 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 German Player of the Year Award
- 2010 FIFA World Cup Man of the Match (vs Ghana)
- 2010-2011 UEFA Champions League Top Assists for Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid
- 2011-2012 La Liga Top Assists for Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid
- 2015-2016 Premier League Top Assists for Arsene Wenger and Asernal
- 2015-2016 Player of the Season by Arsenal
- 2012 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award (10th place)