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Podolski stripped of Cologne captaincy

July 26, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff
Lukas Podolski has been replaced as Cologne captain by Brazilian defender Pedro Geromel.

Podolski, 26, is a popular figure amongst Cologne's fans and is in his second spell at the club, but has been stripped of the captaincy in a move designed to hail a new era under new coach Stale Solbakken.

"I can understand the reactions this decision will provoke and I can understand the disappointment of some fans," Solbakken said. "But I ask the fans to understand my decision is for the ...

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