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Mesut Ozil will complete his move to Fenerbahce this week and will take the number 67 shirt and, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably going ‘huh’?
Mesut Ozil likes the number 10. We all know that.
As soon as Jack Wilshere left Arsenal, he moved from 11 to 10, a number he’s worn throughout his career.
It adorned his back with Real Madrid and Germany, but it has not always been his number. Ozil has worn the 17 with the Germany youth teams and Schalke, the 11 at Werder Bremen in addition to Arsenal, the 8 with Germany, and the 23 when he first arrived at Real Madrid.
Ozil is not, then, as wedded to it as we might imagine.
When Mesut signs for Fenerbahce, he will take the 67, which is a very strange number indeed.
Numbers currently available at Fenerbahce are the 2, 12, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 28, as well as quite a few above that.
But Ozil has gone for 67 which is, apparently, the postal district of Ozil’s ancestral town, Zonguldak.
Post/zip codes for the province are all 67xxx with 41 regions in total.
It will not, however, be the highest shirt number in use with the Fenerbahce first team. They currently have a 71 (Ismail Yuksek), 77 (Gokhan Gonul), 88 (Caner Erkin) and a 99 (Kemal Ademi).
Ozil posted a picture of himself, along with his wife Amine and his daughter, Eda, as they flew to Turkey on a private jet decked out with Fenerbache flags.
He’s already changed the colours of his logo to the yellow and navy of his new side and spoke to Turkish TV to say, “I’m very excited.
“God gave me the chance to wear this jersey as a Fenerbahce fan. God willing, I will carry it with honour.
“I haven’t played in a while, but I am physically fit, I have no issues.”
Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette is already making jokes about Ozil leaving…