28 Jan Why has Ozil chosen Fenerbahce squad No. 67?
Mesut Ozil was formally introduced to the world as a Fenerbahce participant, the membership he supported as a boy, on Wednesday after having his Arsenal contract terminated.
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 respectable 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 completely satisfied,” Ozil mentioned. “As our membership president [Ali Koc] mentioned, it was a dream for Fenerbahce and it was a dream for me. It is going to be a beautiful connection. So I’m very completely satisfied. Hopefully, I might be completely satisfied to assist the team on the sector with my expertise.
“I hope we could have a profitable season as a team. I consider in Fenerbahce. I’ve at all times believed in Fenerbahce as a fan.”
Ozil’s former Gunners teammates had already decided who would get his old No. 10 shirt before his plane had even landed in Istanbul last week, but his new number is a far less common sight on the backs of footballers.
With the iconic 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 club to reveal No. 67 on the back.
The number is clearly one that Ozil wanted, as he cryptically tweeted it along with a 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 Football4cast that the unconventional alternative is a nod to his Turkish heritage, particularly his household’s hometown.
The city of Zonguldak, positioned on the coast of the Black Sea in northern Turkey roughly halfway between Istanbul and capital metropolis Ankara, has the publish code 67000. As becoming 5 digits onto the again of a jersey just isn’t actually sensible, Ozil has chosen the shortened model.
Not many gamers have made the No.67 shirt their very own through the years, 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.
Football4cast senior football author James Olley contributed to this report