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Germany bids farewall
to 'Prince Poldi' in England
BERLIN---For the last of his 130
international matches for Ger-
many, Lukas Podolski will lead
the team out as captain for the
The 31-year-old Germany strik-
er, affectionately called "Prince
Poldi," has said he will end his
international career following a
friendly against England today in
"It will definitely be a nice mo-
ment but also a sad moment for
me," Germany coach Joachim Loew
said Tuesday. "We have come a long
way together, overcome many hur-
dles. We experienced many disap-
pointments but also the greatest
triumph that you can experience
as a player or coach, the World Cup
win in 2014."
Only 1990 World Cup-winning
captain Lothar Matthaeus and all-
time top-scorer Miroslav Klose
have made more appearances for
Podolski made his international
debut ahead of the 2004 European
Championship when he was 19. He
has scored 48 international goals
but also, according to Loew, con-
tributed to the team's morale and
spirit through his infectious good
humour and easy-going nature.
"For him, hearts are rightfully
beating everywhere because he has
an incredible empathy for people.
He always gave everyone the feeling
he is incredibly important. We will
miss such a player, such a person
as Lukas," Loew said.
The coach also said Podolski will
be given the captain's armband in
the absence of the injured Manuel
Neuer. That bit of news came as a
shock to Podolski.
Podolski, who was born in Gli-
wice, Poland, and has Polish citi-
zenship, has played in seven tour-
naments over a 13-year career for
Brought to West Germany by
his family when he was 2 in 1987,
Podolski came to prominence at
hometown club Cologne, where he
scored 46 goals in 81 league games
before being signed by Bayern Mu-
nich in 2006.
He was unable to establish him-
self at Bayern and managed only 15
Bundesliga goals in three seasons
before rejoining Cologne in 2009.
Podolski left again after the club's
2012 relegation, spending three
seasons at Arsenal, including a
half-season loan at Inter Milan, be-
fore moving to Galatasaray in 2015.
He will join Japanese club Vissel
Kobe at the end of the season.
His outlook has remained the
same no matter where he played
and his one-liners are as celebrated
as his goals.
"Football is simple. Put the thing
in and go home," Podolski has said.
After the game against England,
the Germans will travel to Baku for
a World Cup qualifier against Azer-
Brazil on verge of landing
World Cup berth for Russia
SAO PAULO---The only team to play
in every World Cup is about to qual-
ify for the next one.
Brazil could ensure its spot at the 2018
tournament in Russia with a victory at
Uruguay tomorrow. Depending on other
results, however, the five-time cham-
pions may have to wait until next week
when they face Paraguay in Sao Paulo.
Either way, Brazil's turnaround has
been rather spectacular. Just over 2 years
ago, the Brazilians were humiliated at
home in a 7-1 loss to Germany in the
World Cup semifinals.
The difference has been coach Ad-
enor Leonardo Bacchi---known at Tite
(pronounced Chi-Chi)---who took over
last year after Dunga was fired. In six
qualifying matches under Tite, Brazil
has won all six.
Brazil leads the 10-team South Amer-
ican qualifying group with 27 points
from 12 matches. Uruguay is four behind
and in good shape to take the second
of four automatic World Cup berths.
A fifth South American team can also
advance through a playoff.
But after Brazil and Uruguay, the race
for the other qualifying spots is wide
open with only six matches remaining.
Ecuador and Chile have 20 points
each and Argentina has 19, followed by
Colombia with 18, Paraguay with 15 and
Peru with 14. At the bottom, Bolivia has
seven points and Venezuela has five.
Neither Brazil nor Uruguay will be
able to count on their top strikers for
the match. The hosts will be without
suspended Barcelona forward Luis Su-
arez, and the visitors will miss injured
Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus,
who has a broken toe on his right foot.
Brazil winger Douglas Costa is also
out with an injured knee and will be
replaced by Palmeiras winger Dudu.
Brazil, however, will have Barcelona
striker Neymar, and he can turn any
match at any moment.
Two-time champion Argentina faces
a tough match against Chile in Buenos
Aires on Thursday.
The Argentines will be without de-
fender Pablo Zabaleta, who has an in-
jured left leg.
After the match against Chile, Argen-
tina plays at Bolivia, where it will battle
the thin air in La Paz. The Bolivian cap-
ital is located at 3,600 meters (11,900
feet) and is always a treacherous venue
for visiting teams. (AP)
Brazil's Diego practices during a training session of the national soccer team in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Monday.
Brazil will face Uruguay in a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match on March 23. PHOTO
Germany's forward Lukas Podolski
shows thumb up at a press
conference prior the friendly
soccer match between Germany
and England in Dortmund,
Germany, yesterday. AP PHOTO
In other matches Thursday, it's: Colom-
bia vs. Bolivia; Paraguay vs. Ecuador;
and Venezuela vs. Peru.
On March 28, it's: Bolivia vs. Argentina;
Ecuador vs. Colombia; Chile vs. Ven-
ezuela; Brazil vs. Paraguay; and Peru
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