Arsenal's Podolski eyes success in Brazil
Arsenal's Lucas Podolski believes that his national side can cause a stir at this year's World Cup and end almost 20 years of international pain by claiming the title.
Speaking with fifa.com, the striker, who has only recently returned to action following a lengthy injury, said: "It could be an exciting year. We're top of the Premier League with Arsenal and we want to stay there."
"Then of course there is the World Cup, which is another great highlight. Our last major tournaments have gone well and I think we can play a major role again."
"We'll all be more clued up on where we stand after the first game, but the aim is to finish at the very top."
Podolski, somewhat a veteran at 28 and with a mighty 111 caps, will be joined in the Germany squad at Brazil 2014 by club-mate Per Mertesacker and even potentially winger Serge Gnabry, 18.
The team will compete in a tricky group G alongside Portugal, Ghana and The USA.