17
Jul

Mesut Ozil promises to pay for 23 childrens’ surgeries following World Cup win

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German international Mesut Ozil won the World Cup just last week, but now he’s making inroads into winning our hearts.

Ozil initially pledged to pony up for 11 surgeries for children in Brazil prior to the World Cup, as part of the BigShoe campaign:

A generous gesture by itself, now Ozil’s pledge has more than doubled in size since winning the coveted World Cup. Instead of sponsoring 11 surgeries, the Arsenal standout will pay for operations for 23 kids — the same number of players in the German squad. Ozil explained the contribution Facebook:

dear fans,
prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children. since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. this is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil. #Bigshoe #Brasil2014

The World Cup truly does seem to bring out the best in people, and certainly did in Mesut Ozil’s case … a class player and a class person.

(h/t Dirty Tackle)

24
May

Adidas launches World Cup ad during Champions League final

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Adidas unveiled their official World Cup TV spot during halftime of Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final, and of course it didn’t disappoint.

With the tagline “All In or Nothing,” the ad features some of adidas’ biggest clients - Lionel Messi, Dani Alves, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Özil, Luis Suárez, Robin van Persie and Xavi - and is directed by “City of God” director Fernando Meirelles. And yes, none other than Kanye West is on the 1s and 2s.

Watch it below:

29
Sep

Mesut Ozil plays keepy-uppy with chewing gum

It looks like there is nothing Mesut Ozil can’t do right now. After three assists in four matches for the Gunners, the German international appears to have turned around the fortunes of the club. And in his latest act of greatness, Ozil brought out the ol’ gum-juggling trick during warm-ups before Arsenal’s clash with Swansea on Saturday.

Dubbed “the Magician” more than occasionally in both Germany and Spain, Ozil proves he indeed has quite a few tricks up his sleeve. If he ever needs any extra work or a new hobby after football, surely a stint working in the circus could be his next calling.

H/T 101GG

14
Sep

Ozil’s Arsenal debut went pretty well

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When the signing of Mesut Ozil was finally announced on transfer deadline day, nobody should have been more excited than Olivier Giroud. The French striker must have been doing cartwheels in his underwear when he heard Cristiano Ronaldo’s personal assist master would henceforth supply him with goals practically served on a silver platter.

It didn’t take long, either.

Ozil needed just ten minutes in his Gunners debut to prove he is well worth the club record fee of $66 million. Check out this classy first touch and perfectly-weighted ball played to Giroud, who just needed to slot home to hand Ozil his first Premier League assist:

This should be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Arsenal won the match 3-1, but did get a late scare when Giroud went down in a heap with what looked like a non-contact knee injury. Should the prolific Frenchman — who has started the season with 4 goals in 4 EPL games — miss a few matches, Arsenal would be down to just three strikers: Yaya Sanogo, academy product Chuba Akbom and, gulp, Nicklas Bendtner.

That’s… not desirable, but in any case, Ozil’s debut should give Gunners fans plenty of confidence for the season.

4
Sep

Coming soon to Emirates: Backheels, lots and lots of backheels


DISCLAIMER: Might want to put the video on mute. Good grief, what choice of music!

As if Arsenal fans needed another reason to be pumped up about the Mesut Ozil signing, here’s a 2.5 minute compilation of disgusting backheel passes by the German assist master. Some of these are truly jaw-dropping!

It’s no wonder Ozil’s former Real Madrid teammates are furious over the club’s decision to sell the 24-year-old. Cristiano Ronaldo, who profited regularly from Ozil specials, has been quoted as saying he is livid over the sale, while Sergio Ramos has said “If it were up to me, Özil would be one of the last to go.”

It’s not hard to see why, but Real Madrid’s loss is the Gunners’ gain. Emirates will have lots of backheels to look forward to this season.

3
Sep

Arsenal fan saves some money on Ozil jersey

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Image: @mrjohnfriend

Mesut Ozil’s move to the Emirates has Arsenal fans equally ecstatic and perplexed over Arsene Wenger’s sudden willingness to splash the cash. Ozil became the most expensive Gunner of all-time after Wenger & Co forked over $66 million to Real Madrid for the German, more than twice as much as Arsenal paid to get Jose Antonio Reyes in 2004 ($27 million).

However, some Arsenal fans clearly still value Wenger’s tendency to go the cheap route. One Gooner fan found an easy way to turn his old Arsenal kit into a brand-spanking new Ozil jersey, “on a free.” And he didn’t even forget the umlaut!

Brilliant stuff, mate.