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Former Germany national team striker Lukas Podolski will take the reins as captain of Vissel Kobe this coming season, members of the J. League eam announced Friday.

“It’s a heavy responsibility to be appointed captain by any team, in any country,” Podolski said after a practice in Okinawa Prefecture, speaking in German. “The top priority is to bring results to the team.”

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