When Mesut Ozil transferred from Real Madrid to Arsenal in 2013, he commanded a fee of £42.5m that officially made him the most highly paid German soccer player of all time. Clearly, the English club saw immense value in the 25-year-old attacking midfielder, and that value is expected to be on full display this summer as Ozil takes the pitch in Brazil for his second World Cup appearance. The German team is currently ranked number two in the world by FIFA, behind 2010 World Cup champs Spain, so fans will be wearing team gear like the Ozil 8 Germany 2014 World Cup home jersey in hopes that they can push the German team to a fourth World Cup victory.
Soccer Box has numerous Germany football shirts available for purchase, including the aforementioned Mesut Ozil home kit. The jersey bears the basic German home kit design, including the angular red stripe on the front, the white and black color scheme, and the Adidas ClimaCool craftsmanship. Of course, the shirt also boasts Ozil's name and jersey number (8), so that fans can proclaim their faith in the man who is arguably the German national team's star player.
The First World Cup
When Mesut Ozil arrives in Brazil this summer, wearing the Ozil 8 Germany 2014 World Cup home jersey for Germany's first two matches of the tournament ("home" games against Portugal and Ghana), he will be marking his second opportunity at a World Cup title. Though Germany did not win the World Cup in 2010, the team did contend strongly, making it all the way to the semifinals before losing to the eventual winners from Spain.
Ozil was instrumental in getting the German team that far, playing in all six of the team's matches, and contributing to victories either in the form of goals or strong assists. At the end of the tournament, FIFA revealed that Ozil was one of the 10 players in contention for the Golden Ball award. He had clearly been one of the best players of the tournament, and had done his Germany football shirts proud.
Other International Successes
It wasn't just Ozil's performance at the 2010 World Cup that marked him as one of the best players in the world at setting up assists and helping teammates score goals. He did similarly good work at FIFA's 2012 European Championship, earning two "Man of the Match" decorations en route to another semifinal exit for Germany.
This time, the German team was bested by Italy, though the champion of the tournament was the same as it had been at the 2010 World Cup: Spain. Now, with FIFA more or less seeding Spain and Germany as the 1 and 2 teams at this summer's World Cup tournament, it is entirely likely that the two could finally come face to face in a championship match.
If that is the case, then Germany is going to need to be able to do what it couldn't in 2010: beat the Spanish football team. It won't be easy, as Spain's current squad is one of the most skilled teams in history. However, with players like Mesut Ozil on the squad, Germany's chances of toppling the reigning champs are as good, if not better than, any other team in the tournament.
Before Germany can get to Spain, however, the team will face other hurdles, such as the toughest group stage drawn in the entire competition. In order for the Germany football shirts to even appear in the knockout stage this year, Germany will have to best Portugal, the United States, and Ghana.
Of the four, Germany is the highest ranked and the most decorated, with three World Cup titles to its name. However, since Portugal is ranked third, since Ghana is famous for exceeding expectations at the World Cup, and since the United States is being coached by Jurgen Klinsmann, a former German national player very familiar with the team's style of play, it's safe to say that there are no "easy matches" in Germany's group this year.
If Germany is to get through the group stage, and perhaps even make it to the final, then there is no doubt that Mesut Ozil and his legendary assists will be a big part of the reason why. Give the attacking midfielder an assist of your own by supporting him with an Ozil 8 Germany 2014 World Cup home jersey from Soccer Box!