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Leeds United looks set to appoint a Slovenian coach as their replacement for Dave Hockaday, who was sacked after just six games in charge. The club have revived their form under the stewardship of Neil Redfearn, but it is widely expected that Darko Milanic will be confirmed as the club’s new coach in the next few days. The 46-year-old is known for representing Slovenia to the international level. He played at the Euro 2000 and has been a manager since 2004. He has managed looks like Maribor in the past, but he is currently in charge of Sturm Graz.
Leeds United are thought to have accepted compensation with Sturm Graz for the manager. As part of the deal, Leeds United will also be offering Milanic’s current assistant, Novica Nikčevič, a role at the club. If the deal is finalised quickly, then Milanic may be taking charge of the weekend’s match against Brentford. Leeds are without a defeat in the last four matches and they have just to drop two points during this period. Hence, Milanic will be straightaway coming into a team that is looking to be on song, which will help him settle better. Leeds maybe 13th in the table, but they are only two points behind the play-off places that seems to be the key for the club right now.
“It was not an easy decision to go. I really wanted to stay here longer. Sturm is my club and here I experienced great times as a player and a coach. I won new friends. But then an offer came from a different league, from another world. This is a tremendous opportunity that I had to accept simply because who knows when such an offer will come again?” said Milanic after revealing the offer from Championship outfit Leeds United.
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20 League appearances was the amount of matches that the German Lukas Podolski was able to make in the past season for Arsenal as Podolski was mostly used as a substitute impact player more than anything else, similar to the role that he played during the 2014 World Cup with Germany as the head coach of the national team Joachim Low only used him on 2 occasions and it only was for a few minutes, not for the actual entirety of any of the matches.
Securing playing time at the Emirates Stadium will be an even more difficult task for Lukas Podolski as he will now have competition from the versatile Chilean attacker Alexis Sanchez who can perform as a forward or winger whenever it may be needed.
Arsene Wenger had to deal without having some of his key players during the Community Shield match against Manchester City as Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil were expected to miss out from this match as the German players were given an extended period of time for them to celebrate and take in all of the glory of being named as the champions of the world.
Mertesacker and Ozil both play hugely important roles in the Arsenal squad but the same cannot be said for Lukas Podolski as he was also given an extended break however, at least compared to his teammates it did not make any big difference as to whether or not Podolski was going to be able to make it back in time to England and perform in the Community Shield match against Manchester City.
Arsene Wenger has a valuation of around €20 million for Lukas Podolski and if Galatasaray are willing to meet with his conditions then the German could be making his way to Turkey before the transfer window shuts down at the end of the current month. Joel Campbell is a cheaper option as he has a price tag of €8 million and a younger alternative than his German counterpart.
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Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski announced that one of the main reasons on why the German squad has turned into a successful and stable team is thanks to the manager Joachim Low who has made a huge influence since being appointed as the head coach of the squad in 2006.
“He looks after the boys, we have rules and that’s important when you spend such a long time together. You have some players who hang around together, or you have areas where a few of you can get together to watch the games. Some players prefer to stay in their rooms more and everyone is different. I think the secret is having a great manager. He looks after us and makes sure everyone is focused on the cup.” Podolski said as he praised the work that Low had done with the German squad.
The Premier League club Arsenal is undergoing a series of changes with players arriving to the Emirates Stadium while others that are edging closer and closer with a move away from the club of Arsene Wenger. Ac.Milan’s Mario Balotelli was being heavily linked with Arsenal but the French tactician Arsene Wenger stepped up to the media and shut down those claims however the future of Podolski has recently started to be put into question as there are rumors which are claiming that the German attacker could be transferred to Fiorentina during this transfer window.
Wenger is eager on signing a solid and consistent attacker that can propel Arsenal to the top of the Premier League in the next season with Alvaro Morata, Radamel Falcao and an army of other players being rumored to join the Emirates Stadium but Arsenal has struggled trying to sign their summer targets as Real Madrid’s Morata is out of their reach while the other targets still remain being a difficult task to sign.
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Germany forward Lukas Podolski is eyeing glory for the team at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
The Arsenal man has said that the team has set its sights on a World Cup win after having two close defeats in the last two editions. Germany suffered two heart breaking defeats at the hands of eventual winners Italy and Spain in 2006 and 2010 respectively, finishing third on each occasion.
Podolski, who is Germany’s third highest capped player at the event, will make his third World Cup appearance this summer since he was handed his international debut in 2004 by then head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Germany is strong favorites to secure their fourth World Cup title this summer and Podolski believes they have the squad to do it as well.
Germany coach Joachim Low was an assistant to Klinsmann in 2006 and now that he is the manager, has shown the same amount of faith on the former Cologne and Bayern Munich forward.
The 29 year old is not happy with the two bronze medals he has at home and is gunning for glory this time around. He said that back in 2006, they had a very young team and no one even thought they would reach the semi finals, but they finished third.
It was the same in 2010 when they beat Uruguay to finish in third in South Africa and having finished as runners up at Euro 2008 and reached the semi finals at Euro 2012, Lukas Podolski believes it is time they shed their ‘chokers’ tag and finally come good at the world stage.
Germany will have to negotiate a tough group which includes the likes of Portugal, Ghana and the United States Men’s National Team and Podolski thinks if they go through, each match will be like a final.