Former German international Lukas Podolski, world champion in 2014, announced on Tuesday that he will sign for Gornik Zabrze, a club from Poland, his native country.
On its website, the Polish first division club announced this “historic signing” and the signing of the contract next Thursday.
“Everyone knows that I was born in Silesia, in Sosnica (a neighborhood in the city of Gliwice, close to the Gornik stadium). Since I was little, Gornik has been my favorite club. There I have family, friends, I grew up there,” said the player. 26 years old, cited by the PAP agency.
Podolski (130 appearances for the ‘Mannschaft’ and 49 goals) made his Bundesliga debut for Cologne in 2003. He left the Rhenish club in 2006 to sign for Bayern Munich, where he failed to establish himself.
From there he returned to Cologne between 2009 and 2012, before going abroad (Arsenal, Inter Milan, Galatasaray). In 2020 he won the Emperor’s Cup with Japan’s Vissel Kobe, before playing last season for Turkish Antalyaspor.
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