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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