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  • 6/16/2010

Germany's new jewel Ozil looking for glory


Germany's rising star Mesut Ozil, tipped by coach Joachim Loew as a future world-class player, insists that the three-time champions have a genuine chance of winning a fourth World Cup.

Barely known outside of Germany and Turkey before the tournament, 21-year-old Werder Bremen midfielder Ozil played a key role in orchestrating his side's impressive 4-0 thrashing of Australia in Durban on Sunday.

Germany's second Group D game is against Serbia on Friday in Port Elizabeth and a victory would almost guarantee them a place in the knock-out phase, but Ozil says the goal for a team not originally among the favourites is to seal a fourth title.

Germany lost captain Michael Ballack to an ankle injury before the tournament even started, but Ozil's performance suggested the national side can plug the gap with the next generation of talent.

""We have always sought an out-and-out Number Ten and now we have found one,"" said striker Miroslav Klose.

Loew has adopted a three-man attacking midfield playing behind a lone striker and Ozil's ability to run at defenses and provide probing passes makes him the ace in Germany's pack. \ But while Ozil is being courted by the German media as the country's new mothballing hero after just 11 appearances for the national side, Loew has warned the player to keep his feet on the ground.

Source: tehrantimes.com

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