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:
— Nani (@luisnani)June 2, 2014
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:
— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10)June 1, 2014
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
Leave 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.
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?
Twitter can be a really nasty place if you’re in the public eye, and especially if you’re a pro athlete. Have a bad game? An off day? You’ll get absolutely destroyed by fans online. How does one combat this?
Face the criticism and prove the keyboard warriors wrong. Or, at least try to. Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mikel Arteta took on the internet bullies to show that the criticism wasn’t warranted.
Mertesacker and Arteta were successful.
Podolski, however, might want to work on his aim. Maybe then he’ll score more than eight Premier League goals next year.
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:
That’s the new transfer target. Currently he’s a big star in Cologne but we’ll see whether we can make… http://t.co/5SDzSP7din— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10)May 6, 2014
GIF via: r/soccer
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.”
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.
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:
Without big breaking news, huge transfers and live games, the soccer ‘silly season’ is in full flow. As a result, one of the most anticipated news snippets in the summer is the first view of a team’s new kit. Quite often they provide the ‘water cooler talk’, whether it’s a stylish strip or a garish attempt, such as Liverpool’s this season.
Next up in the kit unveiling stakes is Arsenal. While their new away kit hasn’t actually yet been revealed, we’ve caught a glimpse of what is reported to be the new shirt. Just click below to see the eye-catching attempt.
Yep. Nike’s final season with Arsenal has allowed them to pull out all the stops. It’s a pretty simple design but it certainly draws attention. We like it, even the smart addition of the buttons and collar!
The shirt will be officially unveiled on Tuesday. Who knows, we could soon see the likes of Gonzalo Higuain in it too.
[H/T 101 Great Goals]