Old news now, but good news for Inter!
Originally posted by Football Italia staff
Lukas Podolski hopes to “rank among club legends like Ronaldo and Zanetti” after joining Inter from Arsenal.
The World Cup winner completed his transfer this evening, arriving on a six-month loan with a reported option to buy at the end of the season.
“Now it’s official: I’m part of the glorious world-famous club Inter Milano!!” wrote Poldi on Twitter and Instagram.
“I’m grateful for the confidence the club has in me – and will try pay it back with strong performances.
“I want to give a special thanks to coach Roberto Mancini who made a big effort for me to come to Inter, he made it an easy decision for me & also sports director Piero Ausilio who made this transfer happen.
“I hope to rank among club legends like Ronaldo, Zanetti, Klinsmann, Brehme, Matthäus and many others one day.
“Yours, #Poldi #Internazionale#Inter #ForzaInter #newbeginings #Italy #aha”
Podolski is already in the squad travelling to Turin and could make his debut in Tuesday night’s Serie A clash with Juventus, wearing the Number 11 jersey.
Image via @Podolski10
Courtesy of wikipedia.org
Although he was eligible to play for Germany and Poland, Podolski chose to play for Germany. He was first capped by Germany in 2004 and has been part of the squad in all major tournaments since then, winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He is the third most-capped player in German history, with 120 caps, and the joint third-highest goalscorerin German history, having scored 47 times, tied with Rudi Völler and Jürgen Klinsmann.
On 29 May 2013, Podolski scored the fastest goal in German national team history, after just 9 seconds of the 4–2 friendly win over Ecuador. It was also the second fastest international goal in history, second only to San Marino‘s Davide Gualtieri‘s 8.3-second strike against England in 1993.
Lukas Podolski in 2014
|Full name||Lukas Josef Podolski|
|Date of birth||4 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Gliwice, Poland|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
(on loan from Arsenal)
|1991–1995||FC 07 Bergheim|
|1995–2003||1. FC Köln|
|2003||1. FC Köln II||2||(0)|
|2003–2006||1. FC Köln||81||(46)|
|2007–2008||Bayern Munich II||2||(0)|
|2009–2012||1. FC Köln||88||(33)|
|2015–||→ Internazionale (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:45, 6 January 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:47, 14 November 2014 (UTC)