Lukas Podolski stripped of captaincy by Cologne

Germany forward Lukas Podolski has been stripped of the captaincy by Cologne and Brazilian defender Pedro Geromel appointed as his successor, coach Stale Solbakken said.

Germany’s Podolski, Ozil skip training

German players Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil skipped training on Thursday as a precautionary measure to be fit in time for their World Cup quarter-final clash against Argentina on Saturday.

Podolski to miss Germany qualifier against Azerbaijan

Germany striker Lukas Podolski has been ruled out of Wednesday`s 2010 World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan after picking up a minor injury in training this week, the German soccer federation (DFB) said on Sunday.