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Defender Omer Toprak choses to play for Turkey
German born Leverkusen center back Omer Toprak declared to play for Turkish National Football Team.
Omer Toprak, 22 has chosen Turkish National Team over Germany. Ravensburg, Germany born succesful defender had played with German U19 in 2008 and won European Championship. A Go-Carting accident put him out of football for almost one year, his return to football with German Bundesliga side Sc Freiburg was a success, which led to his transfer to Bayer Leverkusen in 2011.
After Real Madrid’s star player Mesut Ozil has chosen to play for Germany, the battle for Germany-born Turkish players between Germany and Turkey Football Federations emerged. Mehmet Ekici from Werder Bremen has chosen to play for Turkey, while Dortmund midfielder İlkay Gundogan is eligible to play for German National Football Team.
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