Mesut Özil

by Aylin on January 18, 2014

Mesut ozil

Place of Birth: Gelsenkirchen, West Germany (now Germany)

Date of Birth: 15 October, 1988

Ethnicity: Turkish

Mesut Özil is a German football player. He has been described as a “third-generation immigrant”. His family is from Devrek, Zonguldak, Turkey. He has said, “My technique and feeling for the ball is the Turkish side to my game. The discipline, attitude and always-give-your-all is the German part.”

Mesut has been described as having Kurdish ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate.

He is a Muslim.

photo by Photo Works/

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Capricious October 8, 2015 at 10:33 pm

He’s a mongoloid type of Turk (who came from the East). He’s not a Mediterranean/Caucasian Turk. A

His soccer mate, Benzema, who is Berber/Algerian, looks more quintessentially Turkish than he does.

neiltennant January 6, 2018 at 2:50 pm

he could also be Italian or Spanish

he looks like the younger ENZO FERRARI

Gurrl August 26, 2015 at 6:04 am

He himself claims to be of ethnic Turkish descent-not Kurdish.
Some people make rumors he is Kurdish because he made the decision to play for Germany instead of Turkey. His family has been living in Germany for generations.

sarahle October 12, 2015 at 10:34 pm

for generations?

he is the first born generation in germany…
his parents were born in turkey

Gurrl October 13, 2015 at 4:17 am

He’s third generation actually.
“Özil is different. He is a third-generation immigrant who feels himself a blend of both cultures.”
Multiple sources say it. Not just this one.

sarahle October 13, 2015 at 10:55 pm

trust me, his grandparents and father were born in turkey.
I live in Germany and we do know the soccer national player really good.
he stated himself in several TV interviews that his parents were born in zonguldak/turkey. his father, is known, immigrated to germany when he was 2 years old.
turkish people started to immigrate to germany in 1970s.

Gurrl October 14, 2015 at 1:32 am

Okay fair enough.
But i do know of Turks who are not only first generation.

neiltennant January 6, 2018 at 2:52 pm


they immigrate in the mid 50s

2015 we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the migration of the migrant workers

neiltennant August 19, 2015 at 8:12 am

living in germany i have met 1000s of turkish people

because there are millions of turks in germany they and their ancestors came as guest workers

and i can say for sure

there are many dark haired, dark eyed and dark skinned turks and on the other hand i have also met a few blue eyed and blonde turks

Özil is medium he is in between.

Funnily i am sitting with a guy here who looks nearly the same and who is of german descent

margot August 19, 2015 at 4:30 am

He’s not ethnically Kurdish…Some people think he’s Kurdish because he refused to play for the Turkish team, he preferred to play for the German team…So some think he’s a traitor so he can’t be Turkish..
Actually, he is of Turkish descent.

Marseille July 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm

So ugly.

Anyways could pass as an ethnic German from South Germany.

andrew July 18, 2014 at 6:18 am
sarahle July 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm

lols… seems that you’ve never been to south germany. I live in germany and have lived in south germany for about 2 years.

he looks like what he is… turkish/kurd/anatolian/mongolian… what every.

athelya November 17, 2015 at 3:22 pm

this may sound weird but he kind of looks like hitler? dark hair, round protruding eyes..

neiltennant January 6, 2018 at 2:57 pm

he looks like ENZO FERRARI

a July 18, 2014 at 8:58 pm

He’s not that ugly,this is bad picture of him,he is kinda weird,but he has a nice body and nice smile

ihatemostpeople July 19, 2014 at 1:05 am

He is ugly as hell.

andrew July 19, 2014 at 5:20 am

he is a billionaire soccer world champion, he doesnt give a fuck

sarahle July 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm

sorry but ugly…

a July 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Kurdish?really?anyway Ozil can pass as mixed too,this brazilian mixed man looks like him:

ashash May 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Wouldn’t his ethnicity be Kurdish then?

ethnic May 5, 2014 at 7:48 am

there is a lot of debate on other forums saying that he has some Kurdish ancestry as well as Turkish.

J.J. January 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm

correction; his eyes are hazel (light brown) and his hair is dark brown (brunet)

andrew January 19, 2014 at 2:35 pm

very popular footballer

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