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Forward Lukas Podolski to Transfer to Vissel Kobe from Turkish Club Galatasaray S.K.

An agreement has been reached that will see forward Lukas Podolski transfer to Vissel Kobe of the Rakuten Group from Turkish football club Galatasaray S.K.

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Lukas Podolski

Full name:  

Lukas Josef Podolski

Date of birth:

June 4, 1985 (31 years)

Height/weight: 182cm/83kg
Nationality: Germany, Poland
Position: Forward
Team history:



1. FC Koln (Germany)

2006-2009 FC Bayern Munich (Germany)

1. FC Koln (Germany)

2012-2015 Arsenal (England)
2015 Inter Milan (Italy)
2015-2017 Galatasaray (Turkey)
International career:


German national U-17 squad

2002-2003 German national U-18 squad
2003 German national U-19 squad
2004 German national U-19 squad
2004-2016 German national team
*48 goals from 129 international matches

Comment from Chairman and Representative Director Hiroshi Mikitani:
“We are very excited to have a world-class striker join the Vissel Kobe team. Podolski is widely recognized for his achievements at clubs across Europe such as FC Koln, FC Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Inter Milan and Galatasaray. Podolski has achieved enormous renown as an international football star with many titles to his name, in particular, as a member of Germany's national team, he played in 129 games, scored 48 goals as well as being chosen as the Best Young Player at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and making a key contribution to Germany's victory at the 2014 World Cup. We have very high expectations of Podolski's ability to take the Vissel Kobe team to victory in the J.League.
“Along with the Rakuten partnership with FC Barcelona due to start in July 2017, we expect that Podolski's decision to join us will become another new window to open up Japan to the world of global football. Of course, none of this is possible without the tremendous support of our Vissel Kobe fans here in Japan!”


Rakuten, Inc.
Corporate Communications Department



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