Özil's Nike Mercurial Vapor match worn boots. These
during the season 2008 with Werder Bremen.
Both boots are
His nicknames include "der Rabe"-The Raven
(or the Spanish, "El
Cuervo")- playing on his smart and opportunistic
style of play,“der neue Diego” – the new Diego – in reference to
Brazilian Diego Ribas da Cunha whose playmaker-role he inherited at
Werder Bremen, "German Messi" and "German Zidane".
debut for the Germany national football team during a friendly match
against Norway on 11 February 2009. He scored his first
goal for the
in his third appearance, another friendly, against South
Africa on 5 September in
Leverkusen. He scored two goals for Germany
in a Euro 2012 qualifying match
against Austria on 2 September 2011.