A practicing Muslim Mesut Ozil is set to shine in Euro 2012 Germany vs Italy semifinal match. Here are schedule, score, preview and live stream details
Germany vs Italy game is going to be the toughest of this whole tournament. The two teams are expected to come out with their best game and both would like to see the other beaten by a big margin to have a psychological edge over its competitor in the finals. Spain has already qualified for the final after beating Portugal in the penalty shoot-out.
Spain and Portugal played a very competitive game. Though Spain played a very controlled game –they have been criticized for coming up with rather boring game that has won them matches but attracted fans’ scorn- they were not able to score any goal during the match. But in the penalty shoot-out they proved lucky and sneaked into the finals.
Germany plays different soccer than Spain. They are very attacking side and know the ins and outs of their adversaries. So they plan their game accordingly. It is amazing to see such a young side excel the game so completely.
They have some players who can simply overshadow others not just in their own team, but in other teams as well. One such player is Mesut Özil. Somebody rightly called him a national treasure long time ago. Since then he has tremendously improved his performance and game.
Mesut Özil is as good a player in the field as Cristiano Ronaldo . But he plays more as a team and due to the fact that his team has many gifted players, he doesn’t look like as outstanding player in his team as Ronaldo in Portugal’s national soccer team. But he has proved himself and his worth on many times. During the last FIFA soccer world cup he stood out among his teammates and now again during the Euro 2012 he has proved his worth with his impeccable game and sportsmanship.
A reviewer while writing about him says, “Rarely has a player been the embodiment of such profound change when it comes to both a national side’s ethic and ethnicity. The Werder Bremen youngster has brought a glorious aesthetic to a team so often renowned for being grittily athletic. In reciting verses of the Koran under his breath as the German anthem plays before games, the practising Muslim of Turkish parents has also become the most stirring symbol of the admirable rainbow nation… zil has been lauded from far and near. “We have always sought an out-and-out No.10 and now we have found one,” said team-mate Klose. “Mesut has made the position his own for Germany. He is an absolute bonus for us.” He has done so only 16 months and 13 caps on from his senior international debut. And quicker than Lw, who cautions about proclaiming him the finished article, had anticipated”. The German team that is expected to lift the Euro 2012 trophy is looking towards him to repeat his scintillating performance of the tournament and take his team to the finals.