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Ex-Germany star Lukas Podolski unveils kebab restaurant

Last Updated Jan 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm EDT

Former Germany soccer player Lukas Podolski greets guests in a kebab restaurant in Cologne, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. Former Germany, Arsenal and Bayern Munich star Lukas Podolski has unveiled a new project: a kebab restaurant in his longtime home city of Cologne. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)

COLOGNE, Germany – Former Germany, Arsenal and Bayern Munich star Lukas Podolski has unveiled a new project: a kebab restaurant in his longtime home city of Cologne.

News agency dpa reported that Podolski spokesman Sebastian Lange said about 1,000 fans turned up Saturday to the opening of Mangal Doener, some arriving more than five hours early.

Podolski runs the restaurant along with two co-owners. The player posed in front of a kebab and signed autographs.

Last year, the 32-year-old launched an ice cream parlour in Cologne.

Podolski currently plays for Vissel Kobe in Japan. He is in Cologne receiving treatment for a thigh injury.

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