The Turkish club Fenerbahçe Istanbul presented Mesut Özil. In a splendid production, he spoke about his new club – and the German national team.
The famous Erdogan photo had just flickered across the screen when Mesut Özil broke again with his German homeland. “I wish them success,” said the new savior from Fenerbahçe at his pompous performance in Istanbul about a possible comeback in the German national team, “but no, I will never play for them again.” He also ruled out a return to the Bundesliga: “No chance.”
In terms of sport, Özil’s return to the DFB-Elf is not an issue anyway, although the 32-year-old had welcomed the recent attempts at rapprochement between DFB President Fritz Keller and Director Oliver Bierhoff. But also in terms of sports politics, the topic still contains far too much explosive. That became clear again on Wednesday.
Erdogan shot can be seen in film
Shortly before signing his contract, Özil willingly had himself photographed with a flag of the Turkish “brother state” Azerbaijan and thanked his “brothers and sisters” there for their support. Recep Tayyip Erdogan likes this; the Turkish President supported Azerbaijan in the recent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenia.
The recording with Erdogan, which ultimately led to the break with the DFB in 2018, could be seen in a film at Özil’s presentation in the grand hall of a posh restaurant. Fenerbahce TV filmed it in the town of Devrek in the mining region of Zonguldak, where Özil’s family has its roots. The Erdogan photo with Özil and the Arsenal jersey hangs as a poster on a street.
“He knows the expectations”
Özil has now swapped the red shirt of the Londoners for the blue and yellow one from Fener – and the expectations are huge. “He will once again prove to the world who Mesut Özil is,” said club president Ali Koc full of pathos: “The vacation is over, the hard work begins. He knows the expectations and knows what his transfer means for the club and the country . “
Özil listened to what the businessman said with visible awe. “I don’t know what to say,” he began his brief statement, “I’m very excited and happy. I’ve always been a Fenerbahce fan, that’s why I’m here.”
Özil came with a black shirt and black jacket, his wife Amine and daughter Eda at his side. His brief answers to questions from fans from Germany or the reporters present were met with applause. Also the sentences about the DFB team and the Bundesliga, where the Gelsenkirchen native once played for Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen. Past.
“Candidate for the title”
The future belongs to Fener. Does he believe in the title with the current runner-up in the Süper Lig? “Of course, Fenerbahce is always a candidate for every title,” said Özil. Does he feel pressure? “There’s always pressure on a football player. I’ve played for big clubs and I know that. Fenerbahce is the club I love. I’ll do my best.”
At 4:39 p.m. local time, he signed his contract, which runs until 2024, for which, according to Koc, he made financial cuts.
The performance was followed by around 200,000 viewers via social media. Fener presented Özil as a “role model” and “global brand”.
Erdogan’s AKP party has also been trying to exploit the “homecoming” of the “prodigal son” for days. Even Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu commented on the change. At the meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Ankara, he smugly said: “I hope you don’t mind if Mesut meets with our President, Heiko.”