Raphaël Varane and Mesut Özil on Champions League Weekly
Many of us sure remember and love this and this , and whoo hoo, here is another instance of Mesut being awkwardly adorable around children! “Logo” is German news program for kids. They interviewed Mesut before the 2010 World Cup and, well… they did it again. “Kid reporter” …
Mesut Özil entrevista luego del encuentro Galatasaray - Real Madrid vía: Sky. (por Solei Holopainen)
Translation of Mesut’s interview by imagine-a-football-player:
Just letting you know my Turkish isn’t PERFECT so sorry if some are not right :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKhapHMuhug&list=LLf0VgDc947uCJP-MftqF6og #mce_temp_url# that’s the video if anyone is wondering ^
Reporter: What did you think about Istanbul?
Mesut: I really like Istanbul. I usually come here when I have a break and visit my family and friends that live here. The atmosphere [about the match] was great. Everyone supported the team during the 90 minutes. The match went good for us, but Galatasaray beat us 3-2 so well done to Galatasaray. Good luck to Galatasaray and I hope everything works out well for them in the future.
Also all my love and respect to my brother Hamit Altintop.
Reporter: Did you expect Galatasaray to play like that during the second half? Were you surprised?
Mesut: As I already said, they played really good football during the 90 minutes, they scored really good goals. Galatasaray did play good today and won us 3-2 but we beat them 3-0 at our home ground. We all knew it was going to be a hard match today and they beat us but oh well, we believe in ourselves.
Reporter: Is it possible for Real Madrid and Barcelona in the final?
Mesut: Well first we’ll see what team gets picked out for us. We still have to get through the next round and if so, then we’ll find out then.
Reporter: Who would you [and the team] like to play against in the semi finals?
Mesut: It doesn’t really matter for us. No matter who we play against, our aim is to go to the finals. It will be hard but as I said, we’re a strong team.
GaLatasaray-ReaL Madrid 3-2 Mesut ÖziL AçıkLamaLarı 9 Nisan 2013
Now if I only knew Turkish…
Mesut’s interview by BJKTV
translation by jenny_jenkins (thanks a lot bonita)
Female Reporter; To start with, without taking too much of your time before practice, we want to ask you how does it feel to be in Istanbul? Are you able to come often to Istanbul? What do you think of the atmosphere here?
Mesut; Of course I’m very happy, first of all, to be in Istanbul. My friends and family live in Istanbul. From time to time, I also go there for holidays. Unfortunately our holidays are very short. Generally I can come for one week to Istanbul. But I’m very happy to be here.
Female Reporter; You can’t go around a lot, especially during this visit. You haven’t seen a lot of places?
Mesut; No, in general we are staying in the Hotel with the team, besides (also) we aren’t allowed to go outside.
Female Reporter; (laughs) True.
Male Reporter; What do you want to say about the Turkish league and Besiktas, the competition has get excited, three teams are fighting for the league championship. Are you able to follow it (the Turkish League) and what do you think?
Mesut; Unfortunately I can’t follow the league. Our games are at the same time as their games. However, my friends of course do watch the Turkish league a lot. Besiktas, we know, is of course a big club. In my time at Werder Bremen I also played with Hugo Almeida (Besiktas player now a days). Once in a while we naturally phone or write to each other. Like I said when I speak to him he says that Besiktas is a great club and that living in Istanbul is great and the people are very warm/kind.
Male Reporter; By the way Hugo Almeido is suffering a sad injury at this moment.
Mesut; I know, because we sometimes write. I wish him a lot of luck. To Besiktas I also wish a lot of luck in the league.
Male Reporter; I want to ask you Mesut. You’re working with Mourinho, how is to be working with him? For your own development he must have had influence, working with one of the best coaches of the world. How is it like?
Mesut; It’s very nice. Naturally, before I went to Real Madrid I wanted to work with him. Now I’m working with him. He gives very good support. For me, he’s the best coach on earth. What can I say more.
Female Reporter; In connection to that, what can you say more, like about living in Madrid?
Mesut: It is, for me, natürlich a great honour/ it fills me, natürlich, with pride to be in the starting 11 of a big team like Real Madrid. It’s not easy. Real Madrid gives me plenty of support and believes in me and I try, with my abilities on the pitch, to show how grateful I am. For that reason I am very happy to be playing in a big team like Real Madrid.
Female Reporter: If we are speaking of Real Madrid, how do you value your chance in the Champions League? [she refers to a CL win]
Mesut: Very good. I think our chance is very good. We have won 3-0 against Galatasaray. The game tomorrow will be difficult. Natürlich, Galatasaray is playing at home. They have a lot of fans wh will be supporting them. But if we play our game I’m sure we’ll win.
Female Reporter: You have the advantage.
Male Reporter: It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world, perhaps you play in the biggest club club in the world (a paradoxical statement :D) There are many young people who dream of that. To play. You managed it. What advice would you give them? Aside from that they should work hard and train. What advice would you tell them?
Mesut: What I did…I believed in myself. My family and my friends always completely supported me. They should believe in themselves and keep practicing. Hopefully they’ll get to play in a club (meaning: that the dreams of the young players will come true). For me, thank God, it happened. So to all the young players: believe in yourself. Hopefully they’ll manage it at any rate.
Female Reporter: Mesut, before you go I have something I would like to ask you. It’s about the internationally renowned player Guti who played with us at Besiktas. When you were newly arrived in Spain he expressed an opinion about you. Perhaps you remember. It was two years ago. He said “Mesut is a very unique player.” [à farkli means different, unique, special]. His reading of the game; he knows where to play the ball, when to keep it. He is an unbelievably unique player.” What would you like to say about Guti?
Mesut: Natürlich I saw his games because I was fascinated by Real Madrid. Natürlich everyone, when I first arrived, made comparisons between me and him. His left-foot was unparalleled. He played incredible passes. He was a good player. He had quality. I don’t know how many years he played at Besiktas, but he is a successful footballer. For that reason I am filled with pride he said such nice things about me. I thank him.
Female Reporter: We are very proud you play in Spain. We are very grateful you took part in our broadcast.
Mesut: Thank you. My pleasure.
Female Reporter: Once more, many thanks.
Mesut: smiles :)
Entrevista completa de Mesut Özil de la BJK TV en Instambul (por Solei Holopainen)
“I remember that I was very nervous. That to me is not really typical, but the first appearance for Real was something special. I sat next to Sami on the bench and after an hour I came on. We played 0:0, but for me it was a small victory that I could play my first game in the Primera Liga for Real. Now I’ve been playing my third season for Madrid, it is amazing how fast time passes. Much has happened in a short time.” I DFB Interview (19.03.13)