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.
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.”
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Ever since Jose Mourinho’s arrival to Manchester United on May of 2016, there has been a wave of hope arriving from the supporters of the Premier League.
Even though Jose Mourinho is one of the most controversial managers in the world of football as he has done a number of questionable decisions and actions in his career, the Portuguese manager is still considered as one of the top coaches ever as he has lifted some of the most prestigious titles in football including the UEFA Champions League and many other notable pieces of silverware.
There was and still are some fairly high expectations that Jose Mourinho might be able to win the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United in the near future and this is a title that the Premier League club has not been able to win in over 8 years.
However, the arrival of Mourinho has also caused some negative impact upon some players. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young and Phil Jones are some of the more renowned players of Manchester United that have been dropped to the sidelines as Mourinho simply doesn’t consider them to be good enough. (more…)
After making over 100 appearances for Germany and scoring over 40 goals for his national side, it has been officially confirmed that Lukas Podolski has decided to retire as he wants to spend more time with his family and at the age of 31, Podolski is not as energetic as he used to be a few years ago.
The amount of appearances that Lukas Podolski has made for Germany has been decreasing as there are other younger players that have been given the chance to step it up and prove their worth at the international stage.
Podolski is a regular starter for Galatasaray as he made 30 appearances for the Turkish club during the season 2015-16 and it seems like the German forward just wants to spend the rest of his playing career focusing on his club and not having many distractions as well as get more time with his family.
Lukas Podolski confirmed his retirement from Germany as he wrote on his twitter account: Thank you fans! 12 years, 129 matches. It was amazing! It was great! It was an honour to be part of the German national team. (more…)
Lukas Podoloski of Germany is probably looking to retire which was announced before the Euros.
Before the Euros 2016 started he stated that he was considering retiring from international football after the tournament which would be an easy decision if Germany won the tournament. Podoloski has definitely contributed much too several games in the international arena. Being a forward player of Galatasaray and 31 years of age, he has made about 129 appearances at senior level for the country as well as being part of the 2014 squad that brought the World Cup back to Germany.
He stayed back from active games for some time. For instance the last match that he played for Die Nationalmannschaft resulted in a win of 4-0 score over Gilbraltar. It was, however, in November 2014. He also scored several goals for Australia last year. For Euro 2016 he made about a single appearance where he was a substitute in the game that resulted in a win over Slovakia with a score of 3-0. Podoloski has been taking a slacked form in the games more and more. Hence, even though Mario Gomez was injured, he was not required to start the semifinal game against France.
Lukas Podolski managed to score the unique goal of the match as his team Galatasaray beat rival Fenerbahce to win the Turkish Cup for the third season in a row.
The game, however, was quite average with both teams fearing to make a mistake that could give away a goal. The only goal of the match came in the 33rd minute when Podolski managed to divert a ball that was going wide into the net. Indeed, Jason Denyar appeared to have missed the target but the former Arsenal player reacted well in order to score the goal that will give his team the advantage.
Galatasaray was more than content to sit back after the goal as they waited for Fenerbahce to attack them. Fenerbahce will struggle to create occasions in the match, and they became increasingly frustrated with the way the match was going.
The Fenerbahce coach tried to make changes at the break in order to motivate his team, but the performance on the pitch did not change that much. Indeed, he will even replace former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie since he was ineffective on the pitch. (more…)