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2017/2018 Season

2 Gamba Osaka 4 3 1 15
3 Vissel Kobe 5 0 3 15
4 Kashima 5 0 3 15
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 By John Duerden

Can Lukas Podolski put Japan on the footballing map again at Vissel Kobe?

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Can Lukas Podolski put Japan on the footballing map again?

Kobe is a pleasant place. A stroll round the harbour is an enjoyable way to spend a spring afternoon especially if you can grab a taste of the beef for which the Japanese city is perhaps best-known for internationally.

Yet most tourists tend to go to Osaka instead, the country's vibrant second city is just 30 minutes away on the train. And something similar has happened in the football world over the years. Vissel Kobe have never come close to winning the J.League title with most excitement taking...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Galatasaray's Lukas Podolski to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe

Lukas Podolski has played for Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Inter Milan.

Lukas Podolski has announced he will leave Galatasaray to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe at the end of the season.

Podolski, 31, joined Galatasaray from Arsenal in 2015 and has won the Turkish Cup and two Turkish Super Cups in two seasons with the club.

In a message posted on his official Instagram account, Podolski said:...