Photo: Lukas Podolski's Vissel Kobe debut was widely covered by media outlets across Germany.

On July 29, Lukas Podolski made his long awaited J-League debut, scoring a pair of goals to lead his Vissel Kobe side to victory over Omiya Ardija of Saitama.

His remarkable performance made waves not just in Japan, but also in his native Germany. Here is a quick round-up of the major headlines.


Sport1 – Lukas Podolski scores twice in his debut for Vissel Kobe

“Many German and Cologne flags were visible in the crowd. It seems support for the ‘Boy from Cologne’ is certain in his new home.”

Express –  It was “really cool,” said two-goal scorer Poldi about his dream debut in Kobe

“Thanks to Poldi’s tremendous debut, Kobe now has 29 points and the chance to come in third in their division – which would qualify them for the Asian Champions League.”

n-TV – The Japanese press pay tribute to the ‘world champion warrior’ ”

“The Rhenish optimist with the heart of a fighter is keen to help Kobe go all the way to the Asian Champions League. With his first two goals in the J-League, Podolski made the first steps there, even if the task for the club remains challenging.”

Bild – Poldi wins debut match wearing manga-inspired shoes

“In the first half of the season, Podolski was wearing shoes adorned with a picture of the hero from ‘Captain Tsubasa,’ the famous Japanese manga.”

Stern – Podolski leads Vissel Kobe to victory
“A dream debut for Lukas Podolski in Japan: with two goals, the football world champion was at his best in his first game for Vissel Kobe.”
Goal.com – “Really cool”: Podolski celebrates a dream comeback in Japan

“The football-world champion stole Japanese fans’ hearts in his J-League debut. He scored two goals in his first match for Vissel Kobe – that’s as good as it gets!”

SZ-Online – World Champion warrior with manga shoes

“A tough left footer from 20 meters out, a header from inside the box, and it’s two goals for Lukas Podolski – that’s what they call a dream debut!”