"My technique and feeling for the ball is the Turkish side to my game. The discipline, attitude and always-give-your-all is the German part."
Before all his matches, he recites Quran to help him focus. From the Berlin-based daily Der Tagesspegel, Ozil said, "I always do that before I go out (on the pitch). I pray and my team-mates know that they cannot talk to me during this brief period."
He has been a youth national team member since 2006, when he debuted for first professional league season and a member of the German national team since 2009.