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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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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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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 asks Players visiting to China to compare their Salaries


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


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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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.