WELLSPORTS News On July 22, 2018, Özil issued three statements on the social networking site and announced his withdrawal from the national team.

The reason is not football.

Ozil was born in Germany and grew up in Germany, but his biggest challenge was to decide to be a Turk or a German. In daily life, you can be a dual identity, but in the football world, you have to choose one.

Ozil is the “third generation” of Turkish Germans. His grandparents came to Germany in the 1970s and became a member of the wave of migrant workers. His father was born in Turkey but lived in Germany for almost 50 years.

Both Ozil and his brothers and sisters were born in Germany, but this does not mean that they are German citizens. The German law treats them as Turks according to their blood.

This situation, combined with a strong national pride, made many of the German-born Turkish players before Özil finally chose to play for the Turkish national team, such as Basturk. Basturk is 10 years older than Ozil and was born 7 miles east of Gelsenkirchen. He never hesitated to represent Germany or Turkey. “It is unthinkable to return to the German national team 10 to 15 years ago. It is inevitable that players with other nationalities will enter the German national team. Now everything has changed and multiculturalism has begun to merge. Such changes are necessary. Because more and more third-generation Turkish Germans agree that they are a German, not a Turk.”

The enactment of the German New Nationality Law was also one of the reasons. In the 1990s, Germany launched a heated discussion on immigration issues. At that time, Germany got rid of the “narrow national view” focusing on the pure blood of Germanic. In 1999, The German New Nationality Law was enacted, which cleared the way for millions of immigrants to acquire German citizenship.

Ozil’s father, Mustafa, joined German, and Ozil subsequently decided to keep only the German passport and play for the German team.

At the end of 2010, the German team played against Turkey in the European Cup qualifiers. This game was held in Berlin, but the scene was filled with a large number of Turks living in Germany. Every time Özil touched the ball, it was greatly embarrassed.

Ozil led the wave of Turkish people joining the German team, such as the later Jing Duoan, Emre Zhan. Özil once said: “Modern football is a multicultural fusion. We are proud that Germany is now a multicultural country. This is one of the reasons why the national team is so successful now.”

In 2010, Özil was awarded the German Immigrant Integration Award.


The immigration issue is complex. It is not just a question of the integration of foreign cultures, but also how the original Germans accepted and embraced foreign cultures.

On the one hand, Özil has benefited from the German national machine. German public schools are basically free. No matter how poor the street players are, they can receive elite education. Özil is not at home from Schalke 04. Going to the 100-meter Bergfeld Comprehensive School, his alumni include Neuer, Hevedes, and later Martipu, who represented Cameroon.

On the other hand, gossip is always inevitable. Gelsenkirchen once prospered because of the coal industry, so it attracted many Turks to work, but after the 1980s, because the coal mines were shut down one by one, they lost major industries. Turkish immigrants have lost their jobs – the unemployment rate here is the highest in Germany. The Ozil family lived around Bismarck Street, where there has been a gossip about “the poorest Turk Street in Germany”.

The acceptance of refugee flows in Germany in 2014 has intensified the resistance of Germans to foreign culture. Ozil’s father once said: “I think that few people are better than me and Özil in this country. I feel very sorry. Some people will still look at us strangely. This phenomenon has been since 2015. It has not changed.”

Once the national team scores well, everything is OK. Once the national team is not performing well, the criticism begins.

As early as during the World Cup in Brazil, Ozil’s act of not singing the national anthem before the game was criticized by the German media. In May of this year, Turkish President Erdogan took a photo with Ozil and Gondoan during his visit to the UK, due to Jing Duo’an. On the jersey, the words “To pay tribute to my president” in Turkish, and on the eve of the Turkish election, Özil and Gondoan were ravaged by German political circles and the media.

The criticism of Özil continued from the World Cup until the German team was out, until July 22, Özil finally uttered:

Like many people, my ancestors came from more than one country. Although I grew up in Germany, my family also has a Turkish background. I have two hearts, a German heart and a Turkish heart. In my childhood, my mother taught me to respect others forever, never forget where I came from. These are the values ​​I am still thinking about today.

I know that our photos have caused great repercussions in the German media. Although some people may accuse me of lying or cheating, the photos themselves have no political intent. As I said, my mother never let me forget my ancestors, traditions and family traditions. For me, taking photos with President Erdogan is not about politics or elections, but about my respect for the highest positions in the family. I am a football player and not a politician. Our meeting is not an endorsement of any policy. In fact, every time we meet, we are talking about the same topic – football, because he is also a player when he is young.

Özil’s attitude toward politics is too naive, and some Germans are too sensitive to foreign cultures. This is the root of the problem. Özil issued a statement in the statement: “My friends Podolski and Klose have never been referred to as Polish-German. So why am I a Turkish-German? Is this because of Turkey? Because I am a Muslim?”

Perhaps because of this. The refugee tide that began in 2014 has intensified some German resistance to Muslims, but in Özil’s view, there should be no national or national boundaries in the football world:

“I am often considered to be a member of the Turkish national team, but in fact I spent more time in Spain than in Turkey in this life, then I am now a ‘German-Turkish Spaniard’? My life This is not the case. Why do we always think about it with rules and regulations? My life is football. There is no national or national boundary in the football world. It is not important where my ancestors are. People will only pass me. The performance and character to judge me. If it is the same in life, that would be great.”

It is precisely the background of Ozil’s life that has become the handle of some politicians. Ozil said that Loew and Bierhoff are on their own side, but in the eyes of German Football Association President Grindel and his supporters, “When we win, I am a German. When we lose, I am an immigrant. .”

He played for the German team for 9 years, played 92 times, scored 23 goals, assisted 40 times, and after being selected as the best player in Germany five times, Ozil chose to withdraw from the national team. He said: “As long as I still feel the existence of racial discrimination and disrespect, I will not represent the German national team again. This is not the original intention of me to play, I will not sit back and ignore it. Racism should never have The place to live.”

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