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What Mesut Ozil's retirement says about Germany

24 July, 2018, 20:56 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Turkey Ex-footballer lawmaker supports Mesut Ozil

The Arsenal midfielder, a key member of the squad which won the 2014 World Cup, criticised the German Football Association (DFB) bosses, sponsors and the media.

"Neither the national coach nor I were informed in advance", Loew's agent Harun Arslan confirmed to German daily Bild.

Ozil claimed German FA (DFB) chiefs wanted him "out of the team" before the start of the World Cup, due to the emergence of a photograph featuring him with Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "I'm aware that the picture of us caused a huge response in the German media, and whilst some people may accuse me of lying or being deceitful, the picture we took had no political intentions".

Notable absentees from the voices of support for Ozil came in the form of the German national team players.

The report further revealed that Iwobi who was in Nigeria's squad to the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association world Cup in Russia is not in new Arsenal manager Unai Emery's plans going into the new campaign.

All three players born in Germany of Turkish descent presented Erdogan with a shirt from their respective club.

While not wanting to make public comment on some of Ozil's statements from his Twitter post, the governing body said it "emphatically" rejected any suggestions of racism within the organisation.

The DFB and Germany got many choices wrong, but most of all, they left Ozil with no choice other than this one.




Though a collective failure of the team, in Ozil a section of German media and politicians found a ideal scapegoat.

Leon Goretzka, 23, Lars Stindl, 29, and Thomas Mueller, 28, have also played well for Germany in the attacking midfield role. Ozil has insisted that "it wasn't about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family's country".

"But for me, it's only important [if] Mesut Ozil can help the national team or not, and I have this feeling in the last one and a half year, he never played on this level how we played before, and now it's time for changes".

"I think we don't have a problem".

"Mesut Abi ('brother' in Turkish), your technique on the ball has opened the door to the national team for players like me", wrote Draxler on his Instagram account along with a picture of him and Ozil.

"I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish", said Ozil.

Fellow players have their say.

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