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World Cup Face Off: Özil versus Giroud

World Cup Face Off: Özil versus Giroud

World Cup Face Off: Özil versus Giroud

We look at the World Cup prospects for some Premier League teammates who will be on opposite teams during Brazil 2014. Which Premier League star will finish on top?

Who are the players?

Mesut Özil has won over 50 caps for Germany and was named in UEFA's Team of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Özil plays as an attacking midfielder, in the number 10 position, just behind the main striker. He has scored over 30 goals with Arsenal, Real Madrid, Werder Bremen and Schalke.

Olivier Giroud has won more than 20 caps for France. In February 2012, he scored his first international goal in a 2-1 victory against Germany! Giroud plays as a main striker. He has scored over 100 career goals and was Arsenal's top scorer this season, with 22 goals. 

How important are the players to their national teams?

Mesut Özil is one of many star players on the German national side. Özil was the top scorer for Germany's during the Brazil 2014 qualification matches, scoring 8 goals and helping Germany to qualify at the top of their group. Özil, along with other attacking talents such as Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Mario Götze (Bayern Munich) and Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), will make Germany a strong team in the tournament.

Olivier Giroud is often used as a target man, which means he holds the ball in attacking positions and passes to other forward players. France will hope that Giroud can link well with creative players such as Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) and Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad) to score the goals that will take France into the later stages of the tournament. 

Do they have any weaknesses?

Both Özil and Giroud are world class players so they have very few weaknesses. However, Özil can be inconsistent sometimes and doesn't always playe his best. Also, he doesn't have a lot of physical strength and can be knocked off the ball too easily. Giroud sometimes isn't fast enough to go past defenders so relies on his physical strength.

What is our prediction?

France and Germany both finished top of their groups, but Germany found it difficult to beat Algeria in the last 16 whilst France looked good against Nigeria in their last 16 match. Both countries are ex-World Cup winners and have a lot of experience in their teams, which makes it a difficult match to predict. However, Germany are still favourites, and after a lucky escape against Algeria will be looking to improve on that performance.

We predict that Özil will score in a comfortable 2-0 win for Germany. 

When and where is the match?

This match will be played on July 4th at 1700 GMT in the 75,117 capacity Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Lots of Premier League teammates will face off at Brazil 2014.  Read another World Cup Face Off article - Antonio Valencia (Manchester Utd and Ecuador) versus Patrice Evra (Manchester Utd and France). 

Germany's Mesut Ozil in action for Arsenal, Getty.

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Arsenal's Oliver Giroud will be in the French attack at Brazil 2014, Getty.

 

 

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Mesut Ozil is one of Germany's star players, Getty.

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hsn's picture
hsn
16/01/2023
TR
5537
points

Sentences
At his fifth caps for Turkey he faced off his super league teammates.
Note
I think target man on the pitch also can be described as a playmaker who distributes balls as passes.


hsn's picture
hsn
16/01/2023 17:10
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5537

Sentences
At his fifth caps for Turkey he faced off his super league teammates.
Note
I think target man on the pitch also can be described as a playmaker who distributes balls as passes.

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Gabriel Amaral
01/06/2021
BR
1512
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I got sad to remember what happens after Germany beat France as a brazilian...


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Gabriel Amaral
01/06/2021 22:56
Brazil
Arsenal
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I got sad to remember what happens after Germany beat France as a brazilian...

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mobeckham
19/06/2020
TR
6511
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I love Özil because lots of friends and fellows told me that I play with the same style as him.


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mobeckham
19/06/2020 17:38
Turkey
Manchester United
6511

I love Özil because lots of friends and fellows told me that I play with the same style as him.

Elite
19/07/2016
NG
33
points

France will win against Germany


Elite
19/07/2016 11:57
Nigeria
Arsenal
33

France will win against Germany

Elite
19/07/2016
NG
33
points

France


Elite
19/07/2016 11:55
Nigeria
Arsenal
33

France

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HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Germany 2-1 France


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HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016 00:26
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Germany 2-1 France

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I thought Germany would win against France.


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HakanUslu1881
22/03/2016 00:25
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I thought Germany would win against France.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
29/02/2016
PS
3705
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I think Gremany deserved a little bit to win that match,it was difficult.


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assemjuve
29/02/2016 17:15
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I think Gremany deserved a little bit to win that match,it was difficult.

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aragorn1986
27/11/2015
ME
3557
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Ozil is a player with most assistances in the league but as a team Germany is def.number 1.


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aragorn1986
27/11/2015 23:29
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Ozil is a player with most assistances in the league but as a team Germany is def.number 1.

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almirpereira
26/10/2015
BR
1332
points

very well


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almirpereira
26/10/2015 18:49
Brazil
Chelsea
1332

very well

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SajidaXI
03/07/2014
PK
0
points

Germany


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SajidaXI
03/07/2014 20:08
Pakistan
Manchester United
0

Germany

raulito
20/05/2014
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well,for most people without doubt germany is by far the favorite to win the match because france is not playing their best,they almost got knocked out in the world cup qualifiers,so they are the underdogs in this match.My score for this match is germany beat 3-1 france.I don't know whether ozil or giroud will score or not but this is my prediction for such a great match XD


raulito
20/05/2014 19:02


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well,for most people without doubt germany is by far the favorite to win the match because france is not playing their best,they almost got knocked out in the world cup qualifiers,so they are the underdogs in this match.My score for this match is germany beat 3-1 france.I don't know whether ozil or giroud will score or not but this is my prediction for such a great match XD

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