Germany's Mesut Ozil recites Holy Quran before World Cup matches
Berlin, July 3, IRNA - Germany's new star midfielder Mesut Ozil who is of Turkish-origin, recites the Holy Quran before the World Cup matches in a bid to help him focus.
Talking to the Berlin-based daily Der Tagesspiegel on Saturday, Ozil said, "I always do that before I go out (on the pitch). I pray and my team-mates know that they cannot talk to me during this brief period."
A third generation Turkish-German, Ozil has become one of the superstars at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Triple World Cup winners Germany are to face Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals in Cape Town later in the day in what is seen as a the battle of the football titans.
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