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Star striker Podolski takes aim for Arsenal

The Local · 30 Apr 2012, 15:26

Published: 30 Apr 2012 15:26 GMT+02:00

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“It will give me the opportunity to play on an international level in a European top club,” wrote Podolski on his Facebook page.

Podolski joined struggling Cologne – currently 16th in the Bundesliga - from Bayern Munich in 2009. The 26-year-old striker said his decision was not a choice against Cologne, “but for this great chance in my sporting career.”

“We regret his decision very much,” club chairman Claus Horstmann told the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper on Monday. “We had been prepared for a competitive offer and would have liked to extend the contract with Lukas Podolski on this basis.”

Horstmann went on to thank the star striker for the “many great football moments in Cologne” which had helped raise the profile of the club in the past years.

Arsenal reportedly paid Cologne €13 million for the striker whose contract had been set to run until 2013 according to a report in the Bild newspaper on Monday.

The club said the transfer fee would be invested in helping improve the quality of the professional team and promoting younger players.

Podolski first joined Cologne's junior team at the age of ten and played his debut game in the Bundesliga with the club in 2003 when he was eighteen.

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In an emotional farewell on Facebook, Podolski wrote that the decision had not been easy, as the club, the fans and the city are “very special” to him. “I’ll always keep the club in my heart” he wrote.

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16:27 April 30, 2012 by Englishted
Good player that will fit in with the premier league.
16:44 April 30, 2012 by reallybigdog

Didn't realize you know him personally. Are you helping him settle in then? With all the talent coming up through the German leagues its easy to see why so many clubs will be looking to Germany to fill their top positions. Like Real Madrid for example. Not that it helped them beat Bayern that is.
19:47 April 30, 2012 by Englishted

I never said i knew him ,but his style of play will suit the Premier league.

However I do know he was born in Poland so do the Germans get there players from there?

Madrid for the record did beat Bayern over 90 minutes ,only to lose on penalties.

Also you will find there are not so many German players in England having said that there a no English players here I believe.
08:22 May 1, 2012 by Johnne

I don´t know which match you saw, but Bayern beat Madrid over 90mins and they still won on penalties.
09:22 May 1, 2012 by Englishted

Real Madrid 2 Bayern München 1 .

Ronaldo 6min(pen) Robben 27min (pen)

Ronaldo 14min

And that is how it stayed until the shoot-out so over 90 minutes Real did in fact win ,only to lose the shoot -out .

The game was played on 25-04-2012 at 20.45 in front of 82619 people .

I hope this sets the record straight so please if you disagree do correct any of the above information and say you source mine was sky sports .
09:43 May 1, 2012 by Peepopaapo
Another foreign player for the English Premier League just like Arsene Wenger - the coach of FC Chelsea - is a foreigner - and the English still wonder why their ridiculous football national team keeps on s*****g when all the key positions in the English clubs are full with foreign players.

@ Englishted: That was the second leg in Madrid, but you seem to forget the first leg in Munich where Bayern defeated Madrid 2 to 1 - after the second leg it was 2 to 1 for Madrid, (agg. 3 to 3 with Madrid and Bayern having one away goal each), so they went on to extra time and then they eventually went on to penalties - that's just the way it works in the UEFA Champions League.

But I wonder what you want to tell us with Madrid "only losing on penalties". Do you want to say that Bayern was lucky, even worse than Madrid and do not deserve to be in the final? In this case you are completely wrong - both teams were on the same level with a nice tactical and attacking football - so actually a contrast of the ugly way Chelsea played against Barcelona which was only based on destroying the entire game.
09:54 May 1, 2012 by Johnne

Yes I agree with you on the visible result and scoreline during the match but the result was the same during the first leg in Munich. As you know, it was 3:3 on aggregate due to the UEFA away goals rules and extra time under the knockout system plus Bayern won on statistics and play by play analysis. Although I agree that being a die-hard Bayern fan, I might have seen things differently and Real pressed during the first 35 mins- Bayern took over the game and controlled it to the end/during the penalties. I follow Bayern & Chelsea games live on sky sports at home and anywhere, thanks to skygo :-D
10:13 May 1, 2012 by Englishted

I know the rules and over the two legs Bayern deserved to win .

I was only proving a point in answer to your comment #5 .


I agree on my of your points however why are Spain so good when they also have foreigner players in key positions in there top two teams in the league.
10:38 May 1, 2012 by Peepopaapo
Note to post#7: Arsene Wenger is the coach of FC Arsenal London.

@ Englishted: When it comes to Real Madrid you are right. ízil, Khedira (German national team), Benzema (French national team), Ronaldo (Portugese national team) are in deed key players of Real Madrid, but nevertheless you should not forget that players like Casillas and Ramos (though he missed a penatly against Bayern) are also very important.

The core of the Spanish national team consists of players from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid - especially FC Barcelona and there you can find many Spanish players especially in the midfield and since nowadays the midfield in my opinion is the most important part of a squad the Spanish team is quite good (at the moment).

Then there is their style of playing, called "tiki-taka".
11:13 May 1, 2012 by Englishted

Messi is also a major part of Barcelona set up.

One point that as a Englishman sends me up the wall is:

It is Arsenal F.C. (football club) no London in their name this is true of all clubs in London.

English and Scottish clubs do not put F.C. before their name it comes after .
11:57 May 1, 2012 by Peepopaapo
@ Englishted:

That's true, Linonel Messi is a very important part of Barcelona (since he scored lots of goals for them in the Spanish Primera Division and the UEFA Champions League), but without Xavi and Iniesta Messi is just not the same what you can easily see by looking at him playing with the Argentine national team.
14:40 May 1, 2012 by Lachner
The reason for England not being successful in a World Cup since 1966 has nothing to do with foreign players occupying key spots in the English Premier League. As a matter of fact, Spain had to wait 76 years (13 championships since 1934) until they could win their first World Cup, so using them as an example is not good since they also have a top league with plenty of foreigners. Other recent champions like Italy and France also have plenty of foreigners in their leagues. Therefore, there is no correlation between the amount of foreigners occupying starting positions in key clubs to winning a World Cup.

I believe the recent success of Spain in football, is due to a good sports program and the development of youth players. Not only did the national football team win the World Cup, but they have also had tremendous success in other sports like tennis, formula 1 racing and basketball. Therefore, I credit their organization, youth development programs, an efficient tactical system and good coaching.

In terms of the English National Team, they have been terribly mediocre, yes, but they have enough talent to win a World Cup in 2014 or 2018. The great thing about England is that they have lots of high quality young players like Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart, Leighton Baines, Micah Richards, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshire, Ashley Young, Danny Wellbeck and Daniel Sturridge among many others, that are taking over the older generation of Beckham, Ferdinand, Terry, Gerrard, Cole, Lampard, Parker, etc. that, although extremely talented, failed to accomplish to win anything. They need to hire a good manager and plan accordingly. I think they can do it.

For clarification, I support the German National Team and I think they will win the Euro 2012! :)
15:35 May 1, 2012 by Al uk
@ lachner other than Joe Hart i would place the others you named in the average category.
15:56 May 1, 2012 by Peepopaapo
@ Lachner: You forgot to mention the abilities of Fuentes...
22:10 May 1, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Let's get back to the fact that Poldi is a good player who can improve in the English Premier league. He was going a bit stale in Germany and hopefully this move will help him realise his potential. Wenger has a good knack of finding exceptional talent at a good price. I feel this could be another bargain that he has successfully found. Assuming it is a bargain of course when there is no info of the transfer fee.
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