The Independent already criticises Podolski for doing too much off the field. Now more...
To get back into shape he trained his mental toughness on Saturday night as he had an appearance in Germany’s most popular, long-running TV-show, which is suggested even as the most successful show in Europe.
“Wetten, dass…?” which loosely translates as “Wanna bet that ...?” lost it’s glamour a while ago but is still well respected and well received by critics. To be a guest in this show still means a lot even for a world class German player like Podolski.
The Arsenal Winger sat next to singer Céline Dion, got a picture with American pop star Miley Cyrus and won his bet. Podolski bet that the football fan Johannes Witzenrath, a 23-year old student, know all scores and goals of the last ten Bundesliga seasons. Witzenrath did.
As a thank you Podolski invited Witzenrath over to a Arsenal game.
Besides that, Podolski talked about his time in London. He got use to the left-hand traffic, the former FC Koln player said, a German car is helpful with that. English food doesn’t bother him. But there is one thing he still getting accustom to:
“The sockets are different,” the German international said with a smile.
Back stage seemed to be fun for the 28-year-old too. Snatching a picture with pop star Miley Cyrus and commenting on twitter “Meet Miley Cyrus? I did it. ;) Poldi”
But at least he looked smooth while doing the walk and talk interview before going on TV saying: “I’m always mentally strong. Pressure is always there, in sports and also in the make-up room.”
Asked if the interview questions before the game are getting on his nerves, he said: “That is part of the business. But I’m in England now, the questions are different there.” It is unrecorded if the Gunner meant that interviews are now in English and not in German anymore or if English Journalists have another approach as their German colleagues.
Doesn’t matter, The Independent already criticises Podolski’s recovering process: “It seems the 28-year-old has been using his time getting back to full fitness wisely; he was also pictured at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena with team-mate Per Mertesacker last week. He will now hope to go on and achieve another of his life goals before the end of this season, win a trophy with Arsenal.”
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