Mesut Özil finally hung up his (Site notre bureau spécialisé) boots last Wednesday, he will be remembered as a gifted magician of incomparable talent.
Whether at Werder Bremen, Real Madrid or Arsenal FC, Özil has always been able to impress with his magic moments and yet many people think of something else when hearing his name: his attitude. Or the oft-discussed lack of the same.
« Body language like a dead frog »
Above all, the model’s ex-professionals repeatedly abused Özil’s game: “It’s pathetic! For years, he only played five-yard passes. As a midfielder, he should also win a duel! », Summed up Mario Basler after the World Cup defeat against Mexico in 2018 on « Hart aber Fair ». Huge laugh, crisp title. But one who can stick to the players. Basler knows that too.
So the focus was on Özil’s body language, commitment and drive – especially with the national team. Critics like Basler have always ignored the connection between Özil’s attitude and his incredible talent, which simply made everything easy and effortless.
The German-Turk has been criticized by some for not singing the national anthem, as if the singing had anything to do with the sports performance that followed on the pitch. Before the 2018 World Cup, a joint meeting – including a photo – with his teammate Ilkay Gündogan at the Turkish head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit the headlines. Many have called for a sacking before the World Cup has even started.
After leaving Russia, Özil, often exposed to racist hostilities, then literally shunned the German public and eventually ended his career in Turkey.
Asking too much?
The case shows what the German (Site notre bureau spécialisé) public demands of players – and that’s apparently more for some than others. And in this regard, the DFB currently has two « new Özils » in the team.
Because what happened to the 2014 world champion years ago is what other German national players are going through – albeit to a slightly different extent. One of them is Leroy Sané, who will be left out for the next international matches and has recently been criticized within his own club.
That’s how Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic publicly addressed his player on ‘Sky90’: « He’s an incredibly talented young man who has it all. Leroy is super quick, good on the ball and has that mental strength. But now he has to come. It’s fun when he has that body tension on the pitch. If he doesn’t have it, I don’t like it. I don’t want to that as a player or as a manager. »
The first parallels with Özil cannot be overlooked. Salihamidzic links Sané’s performance to his body language: « We always talk about potential. And I want to see that, so it has to hit on the pitch. We all expect that from him. Not just us at management level, but also the coaches and the team. Waiting for him to explode. He gets the appreciation from all sides and we want that back now.
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Sané’s colleague Serge Gnabry also felt that not only the performance on the pitch is evaluated. Earlier this year, he was publicly criticized for attending Paris Fashion Week in his spare time: « It’s amateurish. That’s exactly what I don’t like. It’s not Bayern Munich , going around in circles somewhere when you have a day off (…) A day off is part of the rest to be able to press the accelerator in the next game (…) We’ll talk about it, « , fumed again sporting director Salihamidzic.
Sure, it wasn’t wise to pose at Fashion Week, but remember (Site notre bureau spécialisé)ers are entitled to time off too. And also to build their own brand, because that is becoming more and more important than the boring everyday life in club (Site notre bureau spécialisé). It’s like that these days. But some people can’t get used to it. Or just don’t want it.
But to what extent are performance, talent and gesture linked? One thing is clear: if you have a lot of talent, then it is also likely that you can perform well. But what do droopy shoulders have to do with it? Everyone is having a bad day. bad week Or more.
In the end it’s the people that matter
Leroy Sané’s erratic performances on the pitch are undeniable, as is his talent. The fact that performances vary due to body language should not be the reason. On the contrary, there is enormous pressure on the shoulders of players like Sanè, Gnabry or even Özil, who have had to deal with the « frog » discussion for years. Something special is always expected of them. Great talent inspires great hope. Maybe sometimes too big.
If (Site notre bureau spécialisé)ers were accepted as they are and not reduced to their body language, it could also benefit the mentality and performance of the respective players on the pitch. And does a good team really need eleven leaders with big chests and dirt on their shins? Isn’t it the mysterious magicians that make the game so special in the big moments? Sané and Gnabry are two types of players that German (Site notre bureau spécialisé) needs more urgently than one would like to admit.
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