Mesut Ozil proud of being able to combine Turkish & German cultures in his playing style [divider]
Arsenal star Mesut Özil believes he has been able to take the best of Turkish and German culture and adapt it to his playing style.
“As a footballer it benefits my way of playing. I’m proud I’ve been able to take something from both cultures,” Özil was quoted as saying in the Guardian.
Özil was born in Germany to Turkish parents from by the Hışıroğlu village which is located in the Zonguldak province of North-Western Turkey.
The 26-year-old was eligible to represent both countries at international level.
The World Cup winner has drawn criticism for not singing the national anthem in national team games. Özil prays instead while the anthem is being sung.
“If I don’t sing the anthem [before games] it is only because at that moment I am concentrating on the match. And I pray during the anthem for health and happiness,” he added.
The attacking midfielder is bi-lingual in Turkish and German, Özil also speaks English and Spanish.
Arsenal are currently third in the Premier League just one point behind second placed Manchester City. The Gunners take on Liverpool next after the international break.