Arsenal signing Podolski desperate for Germany to end Italy hoodoo

Arsenal signing Lukas Podolski is desperate for Germany to end their Italy hoodoo.

Germany will go into Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final having never beaten Italy in seven previous tournament matches.

"It's the time to break that series," Podolski told BILD newspaper.

"Since 2006 we have improved enormously. Today we have a whole different philosophy and a different team. The Italians also know that.

"One thing is clear - we want to be in the final, so we have to beat the Italians. Therefore, this will hopefully be the end for Italy in this European Championship."

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