Lukas Podolski

Schweinsteiger WRITES GOODBYE LETTER TO PODOLSKI

Jun
24

Lukas Podolski received an emotional goodbye letter from his teammate, Bastian Schweinsteiger before his final international duty on March 22nd, 2017.


The 31-year old made his last appearance for the defending world champions in their 1-0 International Friendly victory over England as the former Arsenal forward found the net at the 69th minute through Andre Schurrle’s assist which sank Gareth Southgate’s men at Signal Iduna Park.

Addressing the letter to Lukas, Schweinsteiger through the German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag, reached out to his friend:

“‘We have been friends for many years, such that rarely happens in life’ – that was the first line of your farewell letter to me then when I was retiring from the national team back then in the Welt am Sonntag, and funny enough I don’t know how better to start mine to you right now.”

Bastian in his letter confessed his invaluable gratitude towards his friend and teammate, Poldoski especially during his retirement.

He thanked him for being there through the good and the bad moments of his career and wished him absolve good luck in his future career. (more…)

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SCHWEINSTEIGER STILL HAS IT, IMPACTS IN MLS

May
04

German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has shown the fans what made him a bull in games in Europe in his elite days.


He made his debut in the Major League Soccer (MLS) for his club Chicago Fire against Montreal Impact.

The player was snubbed by Jose Mourinho while he was at Manchester United. He refused to exit the side as Mourinho expected so the coach banished him to the reserves team. While making his debut in America after he finally decided to leave, he scored a goal in the 17th minute from close range.

Schweinsteiger was impressive in the game, playing full 90 minutes. The game eventually ended 2-2 at Toyota Park but it showed a glimpse of what the former Bayern Munich star could do. Schweinsteiger was voted the Man of the Match as the fans were thoroughly glad. His through pass to Luis Solignac late in the game was amazing. The dismissal of Juninho in the 70th minute affected the team but they managed to see the game through.

“It was a great feeling. Perfect cross from David [Accam] and the header. It was a good feeling at first, but I’m a little bit sad and not so happy that we couldn’t win the game,” the star said after the game. (more…)

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PODOLSKI QUITS GALATASARAY, MOVE TO JAPAN

Mar
28

Former Germany international Lukas Podolski has made a shocking move to the J League to feature for Vissel Kobe, according to reports.


The player shocked Turkey when he agreed to the move considering that he was going strong at Galatasaray since his move from Arsenal. The 31-year old player agreed to the move to help the struggling outfit in their local league.

Podolski was recently named one of the top players in Europe to have excelled in second division football before helping the team to the top flight. He was listed amongst Fernando Torres, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, David Trezeguet and Alessandro Del Piero and others in the report.

Podolski scored 31 times for the Gunners from 2012 to 2015 before his move. So far he had netted 18 goals in 37 starts for the Turkish Super League giants. He made the headlines when he scored five times in the 6-2 victory over Erzincanspor in the Turkish Cup recently. (more…)

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Michael Ballack asks Players visiting to China to compare their Salaries

Mar
06

Michael Ballack reckons that even though there is the possibility of a bumper salary hike for the players if they take the route to China, the players should ask themselves if the salary that they are getting in UK or in any other part of Europe is not sufficient for them.


If it’s sufficient already and the players are capable of having any materialistic luxury in their lives that they want with that salary, then what’s the point of looking for a salary hike? What do they want more money for?

In the words of Ballack, “It amazes you the kind of amounts you get to hear of because it’s far more than the amounts that you generally hear of here in UK and mind you, there is no scarcity of money in UK. Even when I was around I think the salaries were pretty high, even mine was high and I think it’s even higher for the players these days, I am talking about UK.” (more…)

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Galatasaray Boss Wants Podolski to Stay

Feb
08

Galatasaray manager Jan Olde Riekerink says that he wants to keep striker Lukas Podolski at the club. The German has been linked with a move away from the Turkish outfit with talk about Chinese Super League becoming his next destination.

China’s incredible spending spree in the January transfer window has left many top clubs bewildered at the prospect of retaining some of the best players. The incredible amount of transfer fees and wages being offered by the Chinese clubs have been simply astronomical for super clubs in Europe to handle. Despite huge pedigree, Galatasaray are not immune from the threat. (more…)

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MKHITARYAN SET TO PLAY IN EUROPA CLASH

Dec
13

Former Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan is reportedly set to play for Manchester United when they face Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday.


The player has had an underwhelming time at Old Trafford since his £26 million move this summer. Since the Armenia international featured in the game against Man City on September 10, he had not played in the Premier League. The very talented player has now been relegated to a substitute in the Europa League.

Coach Jose Mourinho played him last week in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal but he is set to get a starting shirt when United play Feyenoord.

“I told him that he is going to be involved in the game against Feyenoord. I said to him ‘Arsenal was not the game for you.’ I don’t think he needs 10 or 20 minutes from the bench. I said ‘you need a good game and you need to either start or if not to come for the second half,” Mourinho said.

The Portuguese tactician, like his players, is under pressure to perform in their first season together. Mourinho admits that Mkhitaryan has been under pressure at Old Trafford and that it has affected his performance.

“He needs less pressure and better conditions for him to express his qualities. He is trying. Obviously, he is not happy. But he is transforming his frustration in a good way which is to close the mouth [of his critics] and work hard and try to adapt,” he added.

Mkhitaryan was pictured training with Bastian Schweinsteiger at their Carrington base. Schweinsteiger recently returned to training with the senior team after he was exiled. Top German football figures in Manuel Neuer, Michael Ballack, Ilkay Gundogan and Lucas Podolski supported that Man United treat the player with more respect even if they were not playing him. Since Schweinsteiger is not included in the Europa League squad, he would not appear when the Red Devils play the Giovanni van Bronckhorst side.

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Jurgen Klopp comments on Liverpool need

Apr
21

Jurgen Klopp says that Liverpool need to have more self-belief if they are to start winning matches against the top teams.

The manager was speaking after the club’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham at Anfield. Even though the result does not hugely improve Liverpool’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League, it is a welcome result against a team that is challenging for the title. It once again puts Liverpool in the headlines, as they have affected the title race in a significant manner. Philippe Coutinho came up with the opening goal seven minutes after half-time break.
Opposition striker Harry Kane, who has been one of the best forwards in the division, came up with the equaliser a few minutes later. Rather worryingly, Liverpool took off striker Daniel Sturridge when he clearly represented one of the best chances of the home team coming up with a winner. Klopp later revealed that the decision was purely tactical and not based on any injuries. Speculation mounted during the match that Sturridge had suffered a recurrence of the numerous problems he has been facing in the last two years.Both teams failed to find a winner in the second half and this was largely down to the absence of self-belief according to the German manager.

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Lukas Podolski has come under a lot of criticism

Jan
28

Germany striker Lukas Podolski has come under a lot of criticism for his decision to choose German doctors over those in Turkey.

The striker is currently playing with Galatasaray after having moved to the Turkish club for around £ 1.8 million. He signed a three-year contract with the giants in 2015. The transfer will provide Arsenal with a fee of £ 2.1 million for every year of this contract that he spends in Istanbul. First impressions have been promising for Galatasaray, as he has been able to score eight goals in 16 appearances so far.

The 30-year-old has been able to bring in a decent tally of goals, although it has not exactly translated into league domination for Galatasaray. They are one of the biggest teams in this part of the world, but Galatasaray have consistently been overshadowed by the likes of Fenerbahce in recent years. Now, the threat from Besiktas has grown and Galatasaray wanted to put an end to this by signing a top player like Podolski. After recently suffering an injury, the striker made the decision to return to Germany to seek help from doctors. The club, though, have criticised his decision by saying that he should have stayed with the club’s medical staff.

“What annoys me here is that in some Turkish media also much nonsense is spread about my injury. Some Turkish newspapers lie. Do not listen to speculative rumours about my injury. My treatment is going well in Germany. The doctors and physios here I’ve always worked and they have my confidence. For me these are the best conditions in order to be as fast as possible fit again and come back. This is at the end the most important thing for me,” said Podolski, whose last appearance in the Galatasaray shirt came back towards the end of 2015.

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Podolski had too much competition in Arsenal and had to be offloaded

Oct
04

Joel Campbell, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, MesutOzil and Danny Welbeck are the main attacking figures of Arsenal and it was just too much competition for Lukas Podolski who was already going through some difficult times at the Emirates Stadium as his career was experiencing a steady decline and the only option that was left was for him to make a move away from Arsenal.

Podolski’s first season as a player of Arsenal saw him making 33 appearances for the Premier League club and he managed to score 11 goals in his debut season but things began to fall apart for the German attacker as he began to lose his place in the starting XI of Arsene Wenger and it reached a point where Podolski was lucky if he got some playing time on the pitch.

It was only a matter of time until Podolski was offloaded from Arsenal and it occurred on July 4th of the ongoing year as the German player joined Galatasaray for a transfer fee of €1.8 million as he signed a 3 year long deal.

Arsene Wenger believes that this switch of clubs is the best thing that he could have done as this will benefit his career which was fading away. The French manager of Arsenal revealed a few details concerning Podolski as he told the media: “I felt that the opportunities for him to play with the stature a player has, he needed to go somewhere and play. (more…)

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Lukas Podolski is not satisfied with his role in Arsenal

Jun
16

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski made 7 appearances in this season which reached it’s end a few weeks ago and in all of the matches where he played in, the German forward made a total of 0 goals.

One of the reasons of why Podolski’s numbers with Arsenal was so low in this season is because he was loaned out to Inter Milan.

Podolski was loaned out to the Italian side Inter Milan in a transfer that had hopes of reviving the career of Podolski who had and still continues to struggle to score goals on a consistent basis not only for Arsenal but for any club that he joins.

The German forward is 30 year old and his future is uncertain as the player is not a regular starter in Arsenal and Podolski is eager to turn into a performer who could make an impact with his team and have a starting role but in order to do this, he might have to make a move away from the Emirates Stadium. (more…)

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