The view from Germany

A story of shattered dreams

September 12, 2012
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent
"My goal is to play in the Champions League with Cologne," Lukas Podolski said after ending his three-year stint with Bayern Munich. The Cologne boy had come home and was ready to help take the club to the next level.

Fast forward three years, to September 2012: Podolski has gone and Cologne, the three-time German champions, have taken only one point from four league matches. They are now in the second tier. Instead of playing Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke or Werder Bremen, ...

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