Mesut Ozil will be aiming to lift Euro 2016 trophy, 2 years after he and Germany won the FIFA World Cup 2014 © Getty Images
Mesut Ozil will be aiming to lift Euro 2016 trophy, 2 years after he and Germany won the FIFA World Cup 2014 © Getty Images

Just days before the start of the European Championship, Germany and Arsenal’s star midfielder Mesut Ozil was today announced as Laureus Sport for Good Ambassador. Ozil took time out of his preparations to inspire young people from the Laureus-supported KICKFORMORE project here. The successful German star took part in the football activities with the young people, playing by the particular rules of KICKFAIR street football.

At KICKFORMORE, two mixed teams of four players play in short matches, without a referee. Both teams agree on three individual rules before the match. Afterwards, both teams jointly evaluate whether all players have played by the rules and fairness points are awarded and added to the final score.

Ozil said, “There are children here from several different cultural backgrounds, but it s obvious that they are all united among nations and that it works out well. Most importantly, they are very respectful with each other, which is very much the same like in the German National team. For me, community involvement is very important and I can identify with the mission of Laureus Sport for Good. Sport, in my case football, has changed my life and influenced me positively. I am eager to give something back to society and to help children and young people who need assistance.”

An attacking midfielder known for his goal assists, Ozil began his senior career at FC Schalke in Germany, before spending five years at Werder Bremen. In 2010, zil signed for Real Madrid, where he won a La Liga title and the Copa Del Ray. In 2013, Ozil signed for Arsenal, where he currently plays and regularly tops the assist charts.

Internationally, Ozil made his Germany debut in 2009. In 2010 he helped his country towards a third-place finish at the South Africa World Cup. In 2014, Ozil played a central role in the Germany team which won the World Cup in Brazil.