The 2014 World Cup winner with Germany, the place he was born and raised by his Turkish immigrant dad and mom, met all the necessities for any first rate participant unveiling: he signed his three-and-a-half-year contract at a desk in entrance of an enormous crest of his new membership, gave a thumbs as much as the assembled media, held up the membership’s jersey and expressed his happiness to be on board.
“I have no idea what to say as a result of I’m very excited and really pleased,” Ozil stated. “As our membership president [Ali Koc] stated, it was a dream for Fenerbahce and it was a dream for me. It will probably be a beautiful connection. So I’m very pleased. Hopefully, I will probably be pleased to assist the staff on the sphere with my expertise.
“I hope we may have a profitable season as a staff. I imagine in Fenerbahce. I’ve at all times believed in Fenerbahce as a fan.”
Ozil’s former Gunners teammates had already determined who would get his outdated No. 10 shirt earlier than his airplane had even landed in Istanbul final week, however his new quantity is a far much less frequent sight on the backs of footballers.
With the long-lasting No. 10 worn by the 32-year-old at Real Madrid and Arsenal already taken at Fenerbahce by striker Mbwana Samatta, Ozil raised the yellow-and-blue striped jersey of the membership to disclose No. 67 on the again.
The quantity is clearly one which Ozil needed, as he cryptically tweeted it together with a coronary heart emoji earlier this month on the day he travelled to the Turkish metropolis to finish his signing.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 17, 2021
Ozil’s camp has confirmed to ESPN that the unconventional alternative is a nod to his Turkish heritage, particularly his household’s hometown.
The city of Zonguldak, situated on the coast of the Black Sea in northern Turkey roughly halfway between Istanbul and capital metropolis Ankara, has the put up code 67000. As becoming 5 digits onto the again of a jersey isn’t actually sensible, Ozil has chosen the shortened model.
Not many gamers have made the No.67 shirt their very own over time, however Ozil will little doubt be delighted to that he can now play once more following his 10 months on the sidelines at Arsenal whereas additionally paying tribute to his household on the identical time.
ESPN senior soccer author James Olley contributed to this report