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Podolski praises Alexis

Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has recently praised Alexis Sanchez for his performance in the Premier League. The German forward said that Alexis is a talented striker and that he is improving in every match.


Podolski said that it is never easy to score in the Premier League and that Alexis Sanchez is making it look easy. This is a remarkable feat when you know that Alexis is not a pure striker and that it is only Arsene Wenger that has converted him from his favorite position on the wing.

Lukas Podolski said that Arsenal should expect more from Alexis Sanchez in the future and that he will become better as soon as he gets used to playing up front.

The former Arsenal player was mostly pleased with the performance of Sanchez in the match against West Ham where he managed to score a hat-trick. He said that it was a pleasure to see Alexis Sanchez perform in this game and he is undoubtedly one of the best players in Europe at the moment. Read more »

Podolski Calls for Schweinsteiger’s Return to Arrest Manchester United’s Slide

Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has spoken in the past about the situation faced by Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.


Despite being acknowledged as one of the best midfielders in the world, he has been frozen out of the first team by manager José Mourinho immediately upon his arrival at Old Trafford. The two parties have not exactly revealed the reason for the animosity. As one of the top earners at United, Mourinho was expecting to sell Schweinsteiger in order to free up funds for new players. After having arrived at Old Trafford only a year ago, Schweinsteiger seems to have decided against the move.

Mourinho has stuck to his plan of not having Schweinsteiger in the squad, and the player has been training on for the last couple of months. Even though it is highly anticipated that a move will eventually happen in the January transfer window, there have been calls for the player to be included in the first-team. Read more »

Lukas Podolski Calls Time on International Career

Lukas Podolski has announced his retirement from the German national team with immediate effect and manager Joachim Loew has to be on the lookout for a top new international forward once again.


Loew has had the opportunity to manage some of the best players in the world. He has especially been fortunate in terms of forwards since Germany have had the likes of Miroslav Klose, Podolski, and Luca Toni to lead the attack. Klose announced his retirement from international duty after the World Cup 2014. Now, Podolski joins the list after deciding to call at a time following the Euro 2016.

Loew has paid tribute to the former Arsenal striker by saying that he has been one of the best professionals he has seen in his managerial career. Podolski goes out on a high after having lifted the World Cup title with the national team, while also coming close with a runners-up medal in the European Championships. He is amongst the most capped players for the national team with 129 to his name. This is only six short of the record held by Klose, althoughLotharMatthäus leads the way with 150 appearances. Klose is the leading goalscorer with 71 goals while Podolski is not far away with 48.
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Podolski May Retire After Euro 2016

Lukas Podolski may consider his retirement from international football soon after Euro 2016.


He said that the decision whether to retire or not will be easy to make if Germany wins the tournament. The 31 year old has made 129 appearances for Germany so far. He has also been the part of winning squad in the World Cup 2014. The left footed attacker is quite popular for his strong shots and techniques that he makes use of while attacking from the left side. He is known as the 3rd highest goal scorer in the history of German football.

In November 2014, Podolski achieved victory over Gibraltar with 4-0 win and also scored 2-2 draw last year with Australia. Podolski was a part of the UEFA Euro 2016 squad. He has made only one appearance in the Euro 2016.He played as a substitute and achieved victory by 3-0 over Slovakia in the 16th round. The German footballer said he would be all set to walk away before the commencement of World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The Galatasaray player said that it would be his 8th tournament. The Confederations Cup would be played in 2017 as per Podolski. He also said that he has a family and need to focus on his future as well. Podolski married his longtime girlfriend in the year 2011 and has a son and a daughter. He wants to spend quality time with his family and do his best for them.
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Lukas Podolski said that the new Euro format is a bit confusing

Germany winger Lukas Podolski has stated that the new Euro format is a bit confusing for the team.


Indeed, UEFA has increased the number of teams taking part in the tournament from 16 to 24 and Podolski believes that this has created more confusion.

Contrary to past tournaments where the first two teams of each group were qualified for the knock-out stage, this year’s Euro also allow four best third-placed teams to qualify for the next round. Lukas Podolski said that this is a bit confusing as the teams that are already qualified had to wait for a long time before discovering their opponents.

He said that he is fine with the idea that UEFA wants to increase the number of teams participating in the tournament, but they need to find a way to make it simpler. He said that the changes made to the system are stupid and that it takes too long to discover which team you will be facing. For Lukas Podolski, the system at the moment is too complicated, and that teams do not have enough time to prepare their games.
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Lukas Podolski to stay at Galatasaray despite rumors

Lukas Podolski said that he would stay at Galatasaray despite rumors that he might be moving back to Germany over the summer.

The German international stated that he is happy with Galatasaray and that he is not concerned about returning to Germany.


He indicated that he is entirely focused on his current club and that he want to play well and scored goals for the Turkish side. So far this season he has made 37 appearances for Galatasaray and had managed to score 14 times.

There have been rumors that there are German sides that might be interested in signing the former Arsenal player, but Podolski was quick to deny these rumors. He said that it is not up to him to decide on the offers and if ever there was one, it would be up to the Galatasaray board to decide whether they will sell him or not.

In recent weeks, there have also been reports that Podolski might be considering a move to Qatar. Again the German international was quick to deny such reports and told the media that he is happy in Turkey. He asked them to judge him by his football on the pitch and not on lies that are spread by the press. He wants to help his team win important games by scoring goals on the pitch. Read more »

LUKAS PODOLSKI: I’M OUT AFTER EURO 2016

German player, Lukas Podolski will bow out after partaking in the Euro tournament in France 2016. The Galatasaray right man striker has played for the German team for more than a decade now and now set to retire, especially with the competitive talents that are available for the German team.

The 30-year old forward made his debut for Germany in 2004 and has 127 caps under his belt. This current European campaign would be his fourth for the German team. The forward was part of the German wining team that disgraced hosts, Brazil to lift the world Cup in Rio de Janeiro. He only played during the group stages and has not had a starting position since Euro 2012 due to his poor run.

The German told Daily Bild: “The European Championships will be the last major tournament for me. I have already achieved my main goal of winning the World Cup. No one can take that away from me.” Read more »

Inter Milan has parted ways with NemanjaVidic

After having joined Inter Milan back in March of 2014, NemanjaVidic has left the Italian club. Injuries forced Vidic on having to stay in the sidelines for a considerably long period of time, Vidic was not even able to make a single appearance for Inter Milan in this season and a few days ago it was announced to the public that the veteran defender is now a free agent.

NemanjaVidic wrote on Inter Milan official website: “Thanks to all the Nerazzurro family and to the Inter fans. I wish the club all the best for the future. Forza Inter!”

The 34 year old Serbian defender is now searching for a new club to join and this club might be his last one considering his elevated age. It was only 4 days ago since Vidic became a free agent but there are already rumors going on regarding which club he is going to join next and these rumors are linking him with the MLS.

The new season of the MLS kicks off in March and there are plenty of American clubs that are interested in adding new players, this turns NemanjaVidic into an attractive winter target for many clubs in the Major League Soccer who are interested in upgrading their respective squads. Read more »

Per Mertesacker is not happy about Podolski’s departure from Arsenal

Lukas Podolski did not play an important role in Arsenal and was sold to Galatasaray for a transfer fee of €1.8 million which is actually a good decision for him as he now has a bigger and better chance to play in the main team of a club which would not have happened anytime soon if he had decided to remain with Arsenal but Per Mertesacker does not seem to agree with this transaction.

The vice-captain of Arsenal, Per Mertesacker announced his disappointment to the media about the departure of Lukas Podolski as the German defender was not happy to see his former national teammate leaving Arsenal.

Per Mertesacker said: “It is a shame to lose Lukas as a team-mate. His left foot is a weapon which I did not see with many players. On his day, he can still make the difference. I wish him good luck in Turkey.”

Before eventually deciding to join Galatasaray, Podolski tried his luck in Italy as he made a move to Inter Milan on a loan deal but it was an underwhelming period of time for the German forward as he made 17 appearances and only scored 1 goal. Read more »

Lukas Podolki is not moving to Galatasaray

Lukas Podolski is out of favor with Arsenal as the German attacker is not a consistent player under the guidance of Arsene Wenger and he was rumored of being on his way of making a move to Turkey and join Galatasaray but it seems like the transfer will not occur as the Turkish team is no longer interested in signing the 30 year old German player.

 

For a transfer fee in the region of €9 million, Podolski was expected to make a move from Arsenal and enter the Turkish lands of Galatasaray but the club which performs in the Super Lig pulled away from the transfer before it could be completed.

 

HamzaHamzaougle is the manager of Galatasaray and he admitted in saying that they were interested in signing Podolski during the previous winter transfer window but his team has lost their interest.

Hamzaougle said: “Podolski is not on our radar right now. He was in the winter but not right now.”

 When Inter Milan agreed to sign Lukas Podolski on a loan deal, the Italian side had the option to extend that loan deal into a permanent deal but since Podolski never really managed to stand out during his time with the Italian side and the German player had to return to Arsenal. Read more »