PHOTOS: Podolski hails Brazil and shares pictures with two of his idols

Lukas Podolski Germany

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has posted pictures of him with two Brazilian superstars.

On Tuesday evening Germany come face-to-face with Brazil in the first semi-final of what has been a fascinating and thoroughly entertaining World Cup.

While the players prepare for the match, one German star has been reflecting on his time in Brazil to date.

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has posted a message on his official Instagram account in which he said, "Brazil.  What a country, full of great footballers.  Like Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, two idols of mine."

Along with the message the Arsenal man posted pictures of himself and the two Brazilian legends, with the now-29-year-old looking particularly young standing next to former Barcelona star Ronaldinho.

Today may be about celebrating the great Brazilians of the past, but expect Podolski to be fully focused on the matter in hand when his side comes up against the hosts early next week.

This could be the year that Germany's next great generation show the world what they are capable of.  But with Brazil, Holland and Argentina still in the competition, there is still a mighty long way to go.

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