He was a hero of German football – and fell as quickly in favor of the Germans as before: Gelsenkirchen-Bismarck's Mesut Özil (31, London Arsenal).
Grandson of Turkish immigrants, who conquered Turkish nationality at age 18: World Champion (2014) to and from Germany. Blessed with game intelligence – defeated with political simplicity: a sympathetic star experienced by Turkish autocrat Recep Tayyip Erdogan (65) – your best man!
Özil now (Ören Arsenal: 400 000 €) on the sports portal "The Athletic" against his homeland: Racism, lack of respect for him!
The national team theme: to him through!
BILD documents Özil's break with Germany!
Özil about his godfather Erdogan
"He is currently the president of Turkey and I would always pay tribute to this person, whoever he is."
May 14, 2018: Erdogan's party publishes PR photos of the president with Özil and national teammate Ilkay Gündogan. A scandal!
Özil has not understood outrage to this day: "If German President or Angela Merkel were in London and wanted to meet and talk, of course I would do the same." Autocrat or democrat? Özil knows no difference.
Özil about his break with the selection
In Erdogan's debate, he also felt on the "helpless and unrespected" national team. Özil (An) 's complaint now: "It seemed like I should apologize for the meeting, admitting a mistake. Then everything would be fine; otherwise I am not welcome on the team and should go. I would never do that."
A blow to the national team's neck! The scandal overshadowed the World Cup in Russia because it fell silent – unlike Gündogan. The team covered it publicly. Team manager Bierhoff admitted that Özil was the only player who would not even press in Russia.
Özil about his critics in Germany: "You must respect what I did for Germany. (…) My generation changed German football. Since then, he looked more handsome." "
Özil on racism in Germany
He draws a line for the Nazi terrorist attack on the Halle synagogue with two dead: "There are big problems in Germany – just look what happened in Halle last week, another anti-Semitic attack. Unfortunately, racism is no longer just a right-wing issue in the country. It has moved into the middle of society ".
Özil in public criticism of him: "I was racially abused – even by politicians and public figures."
Rebuke racism also for teammates. "No one from the national team" helped him publicly: "Everyone was silent and let it happen."
He reports racist failures to him and Gundogan in the German stadiums during the Erdogan case ("Return to your country", "Turkish Pig", "Goat Fucking"): "Racism has always been there, but people have reversed the situation. . used me as an excuse to live it. "
Özil also commented on the spectacular assault, his wife and teammate Sead Kolasinac, who drove the attackers off the open street in London: "Seads' reaction was very, very brave. He attacked one of the guys. (…) I was worried about my wife, worried about Sead. I didn't think of myself. "