17
Sep

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski can’t find his shinguards

This about sums up Arsenal’s performance in Dortmund on Tuesday: Lukas Podolski couldn’t find his shinguards after being told to come on as a second-half substitute:

Luckily, Mesut Ozil eventually loaned Podolski his.

It was Ozil’s best assist of the evening.

H/T OffThePost

12
Jun

Celebs, athletes celebrate the World Cup on Facebook

It’s finally here! Brazil and Croatia got the 2014 World Cup off to a rousing start. 

Take a look at how some celebrities and the players not playing for Croatia and Brazil were spending the day:

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3
Jun

adidas’ World Cup adverts involving cow hearts upsets animal rights activists

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A new World Cup ad campaign by sports giants adidas is stirring up a little bit of controversy. The adverts feature several of the world’s best players holding up bloody cow hearts while pledging to give up theirs in Brazil:

Arjen Robben, Diego Costa, Nani, Dani Alves and Lukas Podolski star in the series of adverts, which has at least one animal rights group up in arms:

"If this was supposed to be some sort of PR stunt, then it misses the point. It’s bad enough that animals are slaughtered for food but to parade a heart, dripping blood and gore, is hardly a good way to advertise a sporting goods firm," a spokesman for the German group "Four Paws" said.

"[Podolski] says he’d give his heart but it wasn’t his heart was it. It was the heart of an innocent animal,’ the spokesman said.

That’s a good point, but then again holding up his own heart would be a little counterproductive to his World Cup ambitions:

Podolski defended his decision to take part in the advert. “I don’t find it disgusting,” the Arsenal winger said, “It just shows my promise to give my heart in our bid to win the World Cup. I and the rest of the team will give it all for Germany.’

H/T Daily Mail

26
May

Lukas Podolski throws reporter in pool, lightens mood in Germany camp

imageLeave it to Podolski to provide some comic relief. (Getty Images)

The German national team is gearing up for the World Cup in Italy, but there hasn’t been much to smile about so far.

In addition to the long list of injured first-team players that still haven’t been able to join practice, Joachim Low & Co. have had to deal with the fallout from Kevin Grosskreutz’s drunken stupor after the German Cup final. (And if you don’t know what we’re talking about, read this.)

With this cloud of negativity hanging over the German camp, you just knew it was only a matter of time before Lukas Podolski did something silly to lighten the mood.

And sure enough, the team’s resident prankster did just that at the end of Germany’s media day on Sunday, throwing one esteemed reporter into the team resort’s pool: Poor guy! Let’s just hope his cell phone wasn’t in his pants.

18
May

Lukas Podolski posts photo of Arsenal players sleeping after celebrating

After a lengthy drought, Arsenal was finally able to claim a much-deserved trophy after Saturday’s FA Cup triumph over Hull City. Some Gunners seemed to have celebrated a touch too much:

With a caption of “Hangover 4 - The collapse,” Lukas Podolski posted a photo on Instagram of several teammates all tuckered out from celebrating.

It might be a little embarrassing, but who can blame ‘em?

(h/t 101GG)

7
May

Arsenal players gear up for FA Cup final in strange ways

With a week and a half to go until they take on Hull in the FA Cup final, several of Arsenal’s players took a time-out from their no doubt serious preparations to sing the club’s long-standing FA Cup chant “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,” the results of which are, well, they’re not good:

Meanwhile, Gunners forward Lukas Podolski apparently found some time to go back to his home city of Cologne for a little R&R. But in order to remain sharp, he also picked up some tips from the talented sea lions at the local zoo:

Yup, that seal has a first touch that puts even Diego Maradona to shame! In fact, if it’s up to Podolski, they’ll make him a Gunner soon:

GIF via: r/soccer

1
Jan

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski sends message to racing legend Michael Schumacher

Aside from the fact that strikers hope to score in every match, Lukas Podolski had a little extra motivation on New Year’s Day — he was going to do it for his German compatriot Michael Schumacher. The seven-time Formula 1 champion has been in critical condition the past few days, following a serious ski accident that left him in a coma with severe head trauma.

Though Podolski failed to get on the score sheet, he posted a little tribute to Schumacher on his Facebook after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Cardiff. With several teammates around him, Podolski lifted up the undershirt he was wearing with the message “Get Well Soon Schumi.”

29
Sep

Arsenal plots move for Bender

With German compatriots - Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker - already at the Emirates, next on Arsene Wenger’s wish list is Lars Bender. The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is highly rated by the German club and will want to make sure the price is right before selling off one of their best players.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.

25
Jul

German Samurai, Pant-less Giroud highlight Arsenal’s Asia Tour

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Image via Facebook

On the field, Arsenal enjoyed lots of goals on their preseason tour through Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia. It seems like the Gunners had a “blast” off the field as well.

For one, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker showed off their affinity for Japanese culture by dressing up as Samurai warriors and staging a live ‘showdown’ in front of teammates and fans. Seriously, this video might be the greatest thing to come out of Japan since the Sony Playstation:

(video H/T 101GG)

And if that wasn’t enough, the club posted a video of “Arsenal Tour Outtakes” to their website, chronicling the shenanigans of Mertesacker, Podolski, Olivier Giroud and co.

Warning: video may or may not include footage of Giroud in his underwear: