Japanese club has high hopes for Podolski
KOBE, JAPAN — Japanese club Vissel Kobe rolled out the red carpet for German striker Lukas Podolski on Thursday, hoping the high-profile signing will improve their fortunes in the J-League.
Arriving by charter at Kobe Airport, Podolski was greeted by a large group of Kobe supporters eager to get a glimpse of the World Cup-winning striker.
“The first target is to fight for the first three places (in the J-League) and to qualify for the (Asian) Champions League,” Podolski said. “I think as well it is a nice challenge for me to see other countries and play against other big teams.”
Podolski has moved from Turkish giant Galatasaray after signing a deal with Kobe estimated to be worth $5.3 million.
Kobe is in 11th place.