Lukas Podolski continues, at 36 years of age, it is still not over for the professional footballer. He returns to his native country for a year.
Lukas Podolski will not officially sign the contract with his new club until Thursday, but you can already buy his jersey with the number ten in the fan shop. The obligation of the German ex-national player should make his new employer Gornik Zabrze ring the box. Podolski is returning to his roots and playing for the Polish first division club for a year.
Number ten for Poldi
With a video in which Podolski wears a jersey with the number ten, the club announced the commitment on Tuesday: “The time has come. Welcome home.” Next Thursday, the Polish-born Podolski will sign the one-year contract in the stadium in Zabrze and be welcomed by fans of the club, as club spokesman Konrad Kolakowski told the German press agency.
The 2014 world champion tweeted under the linked video: “Thank you and see you later.” In the film, the striker addressed the fans with the slogan: “We’re going forward!” That is the battle cry of the Gornik supporters. The change had already begun on Monday when the club announced in a clip, “The legend countinues …” At Podolski, it was said: “The saga continues”.
Lukas Podolski played the role of the main actor very well. In the 1-0 international match against England, he celebrated an emotional end to his career.
Podolski was born in Gliwice, a neighboring town of Zabrze. “For me, for example, it is still an option that I play again in Poland at the end of my career at Gornik Zabrze, my club in Poland,” Podolski said in a 2016 DFB interview.
Offers from Mexico, Brazil and Qatar
Zabrze Podolski wanted to sign in 2019, but the attacker decided in favor of Turkey. According to media reports, Podolski is now said to have had offers from Mexico, Brazil, Turkey and Qatar.
For me, it’s about playing another year or two, having fun and living in a good city.
Lukas Podolski opposite “Kölner Stadtanzeiger”
“For several seasons, every summer, the topic of the popular Poldis came back like a boomerang. Everyone, both the fans of the club from Zabrze, but also the supporters of other clubs, waited for his promise to be fulfilled. After all, not every day comes World champion over the Ekstraklasa lawn “, wrote the newspaper” Przeglad Sportowy “on Tuesday about the transfer.
Farewell to Poland at the age of two
Podolski had last played for one season for Antalyaspor in Turkey and had been without a club since July 1 after his contract expired. Zabrze is the eighth station of his professional career for the 130-time national player. Gornik had taken tenth place in the Polish championship last season.
Podolski has never played for his new club because he left Poland with his family for Germany, where he made his Bundesliga debut in 2003 with his long-term club 1. FC Köln. Podolski won the championship and DFB Cup double with FC Bayern Munich in 2008, and he also won titles with FC Arsenal (England), Galatasaray Istanbul (Turkey) and Vissel Kobe (Japan).