Podolski and Benzema anger gives Germany advantage in Euros

The German ex-Arsenal winger/striker Lukas Podolski and the France hitman Karim Benzema are both very annoyed with the furore in their home countries surrounding the player selections for the Euros.

The 30 year-old Podolski has been criticised in Germany for being selected when everyone really knows that Joachim Low is unlikely to play him during the competition. The media in fact have accused Low of picking Poldi simply as a “mascot” for the team.

As the third most-capped German of all time, there have been sideswipes saying he is there to help with morale rather than the football. Podolski is not happy that the media doesn’t think he is there on merit. “It is wonderful as always”, he said.

“You knows the DFB. It does everything so that we can achieve what we want, to become European champions.

“I definitely do not come here as a mascot. This is an outrage which I do not deserve. I have an important role.”

As someone said on Justarsenal, perhaps he is there as Social Media Relations Officer, but according to his boss, he is there to help the team win the competition. “I know that Lukas can bring the power not that we expect from him.” Low said. “I look forward to the European Championship. The aim is to become European champions. Whether he plays or not.”

Well that’s fair enough I guess. We have Mesut Ozil in the German squad so we’ll have an interest in their games. Karim Benzema, on the other hand, is annoyed that he has NOT been picked for France, despite the accusations hanging over him (which he denies completely, by the way). He thinks he should be there on merit (he is a Champions League winner after all) but he is worried that Didier Deschamps has been influenced by racist elements in France.

Here is what Benzema said in an interview with MARCA, and translated by GetFootballNewsFrance.com:

On his state of mind:
In life, we must not be spiteful. We have to learn from our mistakes and in difficult times, think. Now, I am calm, composed, I have won to the maximum with Real Madrid. France will realise that she was unfair to me.

On EURO 2016:
I was already very disappointed not to be part of the 2010 World Cup, but the Euros at home is even harder to take. It is one of my greatest disappointments, without any doubt, but aside from that, in life I have known other difficult moments.

You have to get back up and I want to go as far as possible in my career. From a football perspective, I would have had a place in the team. But then they invented all these stories and it is hard, of course, to accept and forget it. Luckily, I have always felt that Real Madrid was on my side. Also, I won the Champions League and things are going a little better.

On his critics:
They criticise me a lot in France, me, my family and my entourage, but if I was a bad person, if I was poorly advised, I would not be where I am today. 5 years at Lyon, 7 years in Madrid, winning titles.

On coming back to the French national team:
Of course. They made up a rule: “not selectable” – ok. But in terms of football, I do not understand why, and from a legal point of view, I have not had a trial, I am not guilty, we will have to wait until the court reaches a verdict.

From the moment that I am again available for selection, if they want me, for me there is no problem. I love football and I love to play for my national team.

On Didier Deschamps:
Is he racist like Cantona suggests? No, I don’t think so. But he gave into pressure from a racist part of France. You have to know that in France, the extreme party reached the second round of the most recent elections.

So I do not know if it was only Didier’s decision, because I get on well with him, with the president as well. With everyone really.

On his popularity:
I have more than 40 million fans on social media and people says that people do not like me. It is ridiculous. There was lots of pressure, certainly, but that is the fault of certain journalists who said things on TV that were not true.

On Mathieu Valbuena:
In this story, the only person who knows what happens, who knows the truth, is Valbuena. He played a role, he did not tell the truth, because if had have done so we would not be where we are today.

I wanted to help him, nothing more, and the situation came back to bite me.

The Benzema problem is also affecting the Gunners striker Olivier Giroud, as some in France believe that he should be second choice to Karim and are jeering Olly during games.

I can’t help wondering if these two situations will have a big effect on the outcome of the Euros. Germany pick someone to help with the morale of the side, whereas Deschamp’s selection has caused divisiveness between the fans. I think I would rather back a happy team that an unhappy one.

Mesut Ozil to win the Euros!


Tags Benzema France Germany Podolski


  1. Girouds may suck BIGTIMES but he better person than BENEZEMA.. I prefer we purchase other striker! AUBUMOYANG OR LEWANDOBSKI

    1. giroud cheated on his wife tho? You live in the land in the land of delusion if youthink those strikers would come to arsenal

    2. AUBUMOYANG and LEWANDOBSKI? Weird ……….. Jeez!….u are getting the wrong guys

  2. A fit Rosicky is better than Ozil…….what a goal from Rozza……..Rosicky goals are always beautiful to watch

    1. @Iffybright…

      At last I have someone that shares my view on Ozil…
      I will NEVER buy into the nonsense hype…

      Am sure if Ozil plays for another team, many will say they prefer Cazorla or Rosicky to him,but because he plays for us…they just hype everything he does..smh..

      Ozil will always divide opinions till he retire am sure..I like the guy but he is not a complete 10..

      Would rather have Rosicky, Cazorla, silva, Debryne in my team ahead of him!

  3. Rosicky and modric are just too similar in style of play…….how I wish Rosicky isn’t injury prone, he would have been our main midfield orchestrator just as Modric is to Madrid…… we have lost a midfield genius…..I love you Rozzaaaaaaa

  4. we need to start a twitter hashtag to demand more signings or stop whining on twitter later when there is no signings.

  5. 1. They also criticized Yogi for taking Klose to World Cup at age 36 but he played well. If Yogi trusts Poldi to perform a certain function it is fine by me. Ridiculous criticisms.

    2. I do think it is stupid to snub Benzema. He is the best striker they have! Has he been convicted of a serious crime? No.

    But despite the views of some fans on this site, this is NOT a Giroud vs. Benzema issue. This issue does not revolve around any childish controversy about which striker is “better” than the other. They are both needed on the French team.

  6. ****OT****
    For those interested. Both Milik and Janssen are in play. Poland V Netherlands…

  7. Most of this Ozil fanboys will tell you Ozil has contributed to Arsenal cause more than Cesc……they see players coming out of Real Madrid as gods, that is the reason why most Arsenal fans rate Ozil more than Santi the magician…..I have seen so many matches where Ozil was nowhere to be seen throughout the match only to be given man of the match award just because he gave one assist from corner….imagine that type of scenario…..Santi influence in the midfield was missed and is the major reason why we lost the title….the transition from midfield to attack which Santi do orchestrate very well became a task so difficult for Ozil+ Ramsey to handle just because the two of them don’t have the techniques and dribbling skills needed to make things happen…we struggles to break a defensive team just because Santi,Rozza and Jack were injured…Sanchez became the only source of breaking them……. Sanchez is indispensable, Ozil is not….. sell him and get me payet….Ozil can’t just take Arsenal for ransom…

    1. Santi and Ozil are two different kind of midfielders. There is no comparison need to be done between them.

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