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.”
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.”