Category: Lukas Podolski

German star Podolski joins Japan’s Vissel Kobe

Tokyo (AFP) – German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski has formally joined Japan’s Vissel Kobe, the J-League club said Thursday, bucking a trend of big-name players moving to cash-rich China. The 31-year-old forward, who has played for Turkey’s Galatasaray since 2015, is expected to arrive in Japan in June. Kobe did not give immediate details of the deal, although Podolski is understood to have signed a three-year contract worth $15 million. Podolski, who joined Galatasaray from English Premier League club Arsenal, via a loan spell at Inter Milan, cost Kobe an estimated transfer fee of around $3 million. The former ... Read more

Galatasaray get Beijing offer for Podolski

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkish Super Lig club Galatasaray of Istanbul said on Wednesday it had received a significant offer from Beijing Guoan for star German striker Lukas Podolski. “An important offer has been received from Beijing Guoan for Podolski,” said Galatasaray’s sporting director Levent Nazifoglu. “We are considering this offer. Whether this transfer is realised is dependent on the player,” he said quoted by the Anadolu news agency. He did not give a transfer fee but 7 million euros ($7.3 million) has been named as a possible sum. Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan is the club of former Galatasaray ... Read more

Podolski says Germany should have won Euro 2016

Berlin (AFP) – Lukas Podolski believes Germany wasted their chance to lift the Euro 2016 title and admits he was sad to see Portugal win the final of the European championships. The 31-year-old Galatasaray striker announced his retirement from international football on Monday, having scored 48 goals in 129 appearances for Germany, and was in the squad which won the 2014 World Cup. Germany coach Joachim Loew plans to pick Podolski one last time for die Mannschaft in a future friendly, once the ankle injury he suffered in the Turkish Super Cup final has healed. Podolski made just one appearance ... Read more

Schweinsteiger, Podolski to play in final Germany friendly

Berlin (AFP) – Bastian Schweinsteiger will play one last game for Germany at the end of August, it was announced on Tuesday, despite the exiled Manchester United midfielder confirming his international retirement. After 120 appearances and having won the 2014 World Cup title with die Mannschaft, the 32-year-old told head coach Joachim Loew at the start of August that he has retired from international football after 12 years in the famous white shirt. But Schweinsteiger will play one last game for Germany — on August 31 in a friendly against Finland in Moenchengladbach — to allow fans to say goodbye ... Read more

Germany’s Podolski announces international retirement.

Berlin (AFP) – German striker Lukas Podolski announced on Monday his retirement from international duty for the Mannschaft after appearing 129 times for the World champions and scoring 48 goals. The Galatasaray forward is the second German veteran to announce his retirement in the last two weeks after Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger also announced his retirement. “I told the manager (Joachim Low) that from now on I won’t be playing for the national side anymore” Podolski wrote on his facebook page, saying it as a “very difficult decision”. Podolski made his debut for Germany in 2004 against Hungary when ... Read more

Germany’s Podolski fuming over ‘mascot’ jibe

Ascona (Switzerland) (AFP) – Germany veteran Lukas Podolski was left fuming on Wednesday having been dubbed the ‘mascot’ of die Mannschaft in some quarters due to his dearth of recent appearances for the world champions. Podolski, who turns 31 on Saturday, has made 127 appearance for Germany, scoring 48 goals, in more than a decade. This will be his fourth European championships, having also played at three World Cups. But he was last a first-choice starter for Germany four years ago at Euro 2012 and only played in two group stage matches when Joachim Loew’s side won the 2014 World ... Read more

Lukas Podolski seals move from Arsenal to Galatasaray

Galatasaray have announced the signing of Lukas Podolski from Arsenal, with the Germany international signing an initial three-year deal. Podolski, 30, was expected to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer having slipped down the pecking order following the arrivals of players such as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan and has now signed a contract with the Super Lig champions, with an option for a fourth year in place. Announcing the deal through their website, Galatasaray confirmed an initial fee of 2.5million euros (B£1.8m) plus add-ons for how ... Read more

Lukas Podolski Completes Loan Move From Arsenal to Inter Milan

Arsenal have confirmed German forward Lukas Podolski has completed a loan move to Inter Milan for the remainder of the 2014/15 season. The 29-year-old, who joined the Gunners from Cologne in the summer of 2012, had become frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities, often used as an impact player from the bench by manager Arsene Wenger. He has scored three goals this season – including a dramatic last-gasp winner in the Champions League group game at Anderlecht. Podolski, who was part of the World Cup winning squad in Brazil during the summer, has already linked up with Roberto Mancini's ... Read more