Mesut Ozil to launch football development centre in England

Mesut Ozil to launch football development centre in England

Former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is set to launch a football development centre for South Asians in England.

Ozil has joined forces with the Football Association and Football for Peace for the initiative with The University of Bradford set to host the centre, which will "run football and life skill sessions" at League Two side Bradford's training ground.

"I want to promote them, give them an opportunity to be successful both on and off the pitch. I am from an ethnic diverse background and understand the challenges."

"I have always been surprised why the South Asian community are only allowed to be fans of the game. Why are we not seeing more players or managers breaking into professional football?

"I hope the Football for Peace Mesut Ozil Centre will become the platform they need," said Ozil.

Former Real Madrid playmaker Ozil, who is of Turkish origin, was born in Gelsenkirchen in Germany and went to represent the German national team 92 times helping them win the 2014 World Cup.

Ozil is currently at Turkish side Fenerbahce after leaving Arsenal on a free transfer in January.

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