At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, midfielder Mesut Ozil was the star player for the Germany national football team, earning a nomination for the Golden Ball award and scoring or setting up enough goals to truly help his team through every Ozil 8 Germany 2014 World Cup Away Jerseystage of the competition (until Germany's elimination in the semifinals). Now, with Germany and Ozil headed to Brazil for another crack at winning the World Cup, you can celebrate this fantastic player with a specialized Ozil Germany away kit.

The shirt in question, the Ozil 8 Germany 2014 World Cup away jersey, is an exact replica of the shirt that Ozil will be wearing in Brazil for his team's tournament campaign. The shirt is made by Adidas, with red and black horizontal striping and Ozil's jersey number (8) emblazoned on both sides. It's the perfect shirt to show your team spirit for the German team, or a perfect gift for the die hard football fan in your life. Regardless of why you are interested in the shirt, you can find it online at the Soccer Box store.

Ozil's Breakthrough

Prior to the 2010 World Cup, Mesut Ozil was playing as part of the Werder Bremen Bundesliga team, earning accolades as part of the league, but hardly catching worldwide attention due to the less successful nature of his club. That began to change when Ozil first donned the Germany away kit in 2009, and was subverted entirely when he was selected to play as part of the German squad in South Africa.

Ozil went on to be a starting player in each of the six matches that the German team played at the 2010 World Cup. In the first match, a group stage meeting with Australia, Ozil provided an assist to bring the score to a dominant 4-0 win. And in the third group stage match, a bout with Ghana, he footed his own goal into the net to bring the score to 1-0, win the game, and assure Germany a place at the top of the group even despite a loss in the second group stage match against Serbia.

Ozil was no less instrumental to Germany's success during the elimination stages. In the round of 16 match against England, he set up yet another goal that brought Germany's score to four points, handily beating the Brits score of one point. The quarterfinals told much the same story, with Ozil offering another assist en route to Germany's 4-0 triumph against Argentina.

With Ozil's assists, it seemed as if Germany was unstoppable, and with a slightly different draw, the team would likely have made it all the way to the finals. However, Germany's positioning brought the team in contact with Spain for the semifinals, and the eventual World Cup champions ended Germany's campaign with a 1-0 final score.

Germany, of course, won the consolation match, besting Argentina 3-2 the day before Spain scored another 1-0 victory this time against The Netherlands to claim its first ever World Cup. However, this year, Ozil and the rest of the German squad are undoubtedly feeling motivation to do what they couldn't do in 2010 and win the whole ballgame. You can support their mission with an Ozil 8 Germany 2014 World Cup away jersey!

The 2014 World Cup Campaign

Mesut Ozil may have missed out on actually winning the Golden Ball award in 2010, but this year, he's definitely got a chance of contending for it again. If his performance in the World Cup qualifiers are any indication, Ozil is going to be a player to watch throughout the tournament this summer.

Indeed, in Germany's 10 qualifying matches (two apiece against Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Kazakhstan, and the Faroe Islands), the team won nine, drew one, and scored a total of 28 points. Eight of those goals were provided by Ozil, making the midfielder the top scorer for the German team. If he repeats that performance in Brazil, then the Ozil 8 Germany 2014 World Cup away jersey could become a bona-fide collector's item!