Podolski gets armband at strugglers Cologne
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Germany international striker Lukas Podolski was named the new captain of struggling Bundesliga side Cologne on Thursday, succeeding defender Youssef Mohamad.

"It's a great honour for me to become captain and it's an enormous challenge," said the 25-year-old, after being handed the armband at his childhood club by coach Frank Schaefer.

Cologne are third from bottom in the Bundesliga and firmly in the relegation zone having sacked previous coach Zvonimir Soldo in October and general manager Michael Meier in November.