The 1. FC Köln announced their “lifetime club membership” program a few days ago, which should have brought Lukas Podolski running back to his beloved hometown.
Once the prominent Kölsche Jung was able to sort out details of a move from London to Istanbul to continue his playing career with Galatasaray, Prinz Poldi returned to the Geißbockheim to attend to the important business of securing a lifetime membership, not only for him, but also for his son Louis.
“I heard FC was offering fans and club members to become lifelong members and I thought to myself, ‘that is awesome,'” said Podolski. “My son and I wanted to be lifelong club members either way and we have now made it official.“
It’s one thing to lift your son in the air to celebrate a world championship. It’s an entirely other thing to give him a lifetime of EffZeh love.
According to the club’s website, Poldi stuck around to observe the afternoon training session of a team some thought he might be preparing to rejoin, especially considering Arsenal reportedly accepted just €2.5 million from Galatasary to take a player for whom they paid €12 million just three years before.
Despite delivering goals at a high rate in limited time with the Gunners, Poldi never quite found his spot in Arsene Wenger’s side, eventually being loaned to Inter Milan last season, setting the stage for his London departure.
Whatever awaits him in Turkey, Lukas Podolski can now rest assured that he and his son have a permanent home club. Whether either of them also take the pitch at Müngersdorf one day as lifetime members and players, will have to wait a little while.