“I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose” ~ Mesut Özil

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Özil is a practising Muslim. He recites from the Qur’an before his matches. Talking to the Berlin-based daily Der Tagesspiegel, Özil said, “I always do that before I go out [on the pitch]. I pray and my teammates know that they cannot talk to me during this brief period.”

Categories: Football, Islam, Life in the West

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