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Mario Gomez retires from international duty


Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez has decided to retire from Germany duty shortly after their surprise group stage exit at the World Cup. The 33-year-old managed to feature from the bench in all three of Germany’s games at the tournament but his efforts were not sufficient to help them avoid a shock exit during the group phase.

“For me, a huge dream has come true with the World Cup in Russia. Even if the cut-off and the pathetic departure in the group-round [meant] we all failed. My entire career, I was allowed to play for the German national team. But when I had to watch 2014 [it] hurt, I finally realised how much [I was missing] the team and what a great honour it is for me to [play] for such a team. I wanted to experience these moments, these emotions. As a team and for me! I gave it all!” a statement read on his official Facebook account.

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Lukas Podolski Out for Six Weeks Due to Foot Injury


Lukas Podolski has received a major setback with the news that he will be out for at least six weeks after suffering a foot injury in training. The former Bayern Munich forward is currently playing withVissel Kobe. The 33-year-old made the switch to this Japanese club back in July 2017 for a fee of around € 2.6 million. This brought an end to his long spell in European football. The striker was expected to move to a lesser league at some point in his career and it has finally arrived towards the tail end of his career.

At one point, there was a serious danger ofPodolski’s career coming to a grinding halt due to a poor record when it comes to injuries. He was also struggling with homesickness during the early part of his career. This led to the striker being unable to settle down at any of his previous clubs. Regarded as a top scorer for German national team in the last decade,Podolski came through the ranks at FC Koln. He went on to represent top clubs like Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Inter Milan, and Galatasaray during a stellar career. He also ended up making more than 100 appearances for the German national team.

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Lukas Podolski Eyeing Third Stint With FC Koln


Former Germany international has highlighted his ambition to represent FC Koln for a third stint in his professional career. The 32-year-old left Galatasaray to join Japanese outfit Vissel Kobe during the last summer transfer window and many believed that the Germany may have bid farewell to his playing career in Europe.

However, this does not appear the case as per Podolski, who has refused the rule out the possibility of another Koln comeback, the former Bayern Munich and Arsenal star said: “For me, this club, this city, these fans are really home. And I will return to 1. FC Köln in a shirt or in another position.BILD mustn’t have heard right. It remains my dream to wear the Cologne shirt again.” (more…)

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Juventus Chief Admits Emre Can Deal Is Far From Done


Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has revealed that the club have made their approach for Emre Can, and they are not in a hurry to know about his final decision. The Germany international has just three months left on his current Liverpool deal, and he has been widely tipped to leave the club on a free transfer during the summer.

Can has been regularly associated with a move to the Old Lady since July 2017, but the German stressed earlier in February that he has yet to decide on his next move. Speaking on Premium Sport, Marotta reiterated the player’s stance and suggested there are also other clubs vying to pursue his services on what is likely to be a huge bargain, he said: “We are not going to have a final reply any time soon. He is a top player and many clubs want to sign him. He is available as a free agent. We’ve already made our move but his reply is not going to arrive any time soon.”

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Lukas Podolski appointed captain of Vissel Kobe


Former Germany international Lukas Podolski has been named the new captain of J1 League side Vissel Kobe for the upcoming campaign. The 32-year-old joined the Japanese outfit from Galatasaray in July 2017, and he notched five goals in 15 appearances in the backend of last season.

In a report covered by Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Podolski was pleased to have been offered the opportunity to lead the Far East outfit, he said: “Being a captain is a big responsibility. The most important thing will be to deliver results.” Meanwhile, the notion was shared by a few of his teammates with Daiya Maekawa, particularly, pleased to work under the leadership of the former Arsenal and Bayern Munich man, he wrote on Twitter: “Master and apprentice. I would like to learn from you.”

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Lukas Podolski reveals ambition to play in Brazil


Former Germany international Lukas Podolski is looking at the prospect of playing club football in Brazil before calling quits on his professional career. The 32-year-old is currently in the ranks of Japanese outfit Vissel Kobe whom he joined from Galatasaray during last summer’s transfer window.

In an interview with Globo Esporte, Podolski revealed his ambition of playing in the Brazilian top-flight for Flamengo, after enjoying his time around during Germany’s World Cup triumph back in 2014, he said: “When I went to Brazil for the World Cup, I liked it a lot and I don’t know what will happen when I leave Japan. I want to play for longer than after my contract ends here in two years and we’ll see what happens. Everyone knows that I like Brazil and Flamengo. I love what the fans give to their team. We’ll see what happens.”

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Lukas Podolski Says Arsenal Not Strong Enough with Fighters


Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has suggested that the current Arsenal team does not have the fighting spirit that is very much required in order to fight for the top honours.

After having spent more than a decade without a major title, Arsenal have managed a couple of FA Cup victories and success in the Community Shield over the last three years. However, the club continue to go without a Premier league title for several years. The chances of winning the league title in the 2017-18 season appear to be very slim given the competition have strengthened the immensely during the summer.

Podolski says that Arsenal are in a much weaker position compared to recent years. The team missed out on the top four place for the first time in more than two decades and will be playing in the Europa league as a result. He says that the attitude of the fans has changed over the years after watching the team go through repeated failures. Podolski spent a couple of years at the Emirates stadium before moving to Turkish football. (more…)

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Lukas Podolski Scores on His Debut in the J-League


Former Arsenal and Germany forward Lukas Podolski showed that he has still not lost his scoring touch after managing to find the back of the net in his debut forVissel Kobe.

The German is the latest high profile player to make the switch to the J-League, which is regarded as one of the strongest divisions in Asian football. Possessing one of the strongest left foots in the world, Podolski managed to score from 23 m in order to score his first goal forVissel Kobe. His second came up with an even better timing, as he helped with the hosts take the lead after the opposition had equalised. The game ended up finishing with a 3-1 score.

Podolski has been playing with Turkish club Galatasaray over the last few years, but he has just made the switch toVissel Kobe in a deal worth around $ 5.3 million. This, he has become the biggest import in the J-League after Diego Forlan. The former Manchester United and Atletico Madrid striker played for the likes of Cerezo Osaka during the 2014-15 campaign. (more…)

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Lukas Podolski ended his international career on a high note


Lukas Podolski decided to hang up his international playing boots on March 22 of 2017 during Germany´s friendly match against England which concluded with the team of Joachim Low claiming a 1-0 triumph.

The only goal of this friendly match was netted by Lukas Podolski himself as the 32 year old forward scored in his last competitive match at the global stage.

Joachim Low is the head coach of the German national side and he has been in that position since 2006. Even prior to Low´s appointment as the manager of Germany in 2006, he had already been selected as the assistant manager in 2004. This means that Joachim Low has seen and worked alongside Lukas Podolski throughout his entire career in Germany.

“He is a unique specimen; no one can really replace him. For me it will be a beautiful moment but a sad one because he was one of the greatest players ever to come out of Germany´´ (more…)

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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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