Mesut Ozil is a midfield magician, casting an elegant spell over opponents and conjuring passes through gaps lesser mortals can't even see. After an eventful sojourn among the Galacticos of Real Madrid he has savoured silverware at Arsenal, while in 2014 he lifted the World Cup with Germany.
But his life and career have been a test of resilience. Growing up in Germany's Turkish community, he faced prejudice from those who claimed his dual identity would prevent him giving his all for the national team. Later came questions over a different type of commitment, the kind levelled against those, like Mesut Ozil, who excel in football's finer arts rather than relying simply on running and ruggedness. He has proved concerns on both these issues lack substance.
In Gunning for Greatness, Mesut Ozil reveals the inside stories of his relationships with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, his quest to help the under-fire Frenchman restore Arsenal's pre-eminence - and how he silenced the sceptics by conquering the world.
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Mesut Ozil was born in 1988 to Turkish parents at Gelsenkirchen in what was then West Germany. An attacking midfielder, his professional career began with home-town team Schalke 04 and led him to Werder Bremen and Real Madrid before he joined Arsenal for a club-record £42.5m in 2013. His honours include FA Cup success with Arsenal, a Spanish title with Real and the German Cup at Bremen. A five-time Player of the Year in Germany, he made his debut for the national team aged 20 and was a member of their World Cup-winning side in 2014.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The most important bollocking of my life xiii
1 My embarrassing home: What family ties can achieve 1
2 Matthias rather than Mesut: People who recognise what's inside you 13
3 The world of football isn't a talent show: The most important thing is a firm grounding 21
4 A bone of contention between Germany and Turkey: The art of making the right decision 36
5 Runner-up with Schalke: Don't be afraid to make mistakes 50
6 A dirty smear campaign: Success requires a good network 68
7 Mesut at home alone: You can't buy good friends 88
8 Footballers aren't politicians: Action is better than talking nonsense 97
9 Kung fu goalie: Team solidarity in stormy waters 111
10 Victory in the German Cup: How to swallow defeat 125
11 My move to Real: Knowing when to think of yourself 144
12 A new world: Your job is never to be satisfied 167
13 Galactic duels: Follow your instinct 185
14 London Calling: When one door closes another one opens 208
15 Sami Khedira: He fought like a lion 228
16 Out of the golden cage: Or, be the man you are 234
17 World Champions in Brazil: A successful conclusion needs passion and discipline 264
18 Arsenal: The toughest challenge 285
Epilogue Danke schön, tesekkürler, gracias, thank you 295