Lukas Podolski

Team Antalyaspor Antalyaspor
Position Forward
Height / weight 1.8 m / 83 kg
Born Jun 4, 1985
Nationality Germany Germany
Nickname Poldi
Team History
Antalyaspor Antalyaspor 2020 - present
Vissel Kobe 2017 - present
Galatasaray S.K. (football) 2015 - 2017
Inter Milan Inter Milan 2015 (loan)
Arsenal FC Arsenal 2012 - 2015
1. FC Köln 2009 - 2012
FC Bayern Munich Bayern 2006 - 2009
FC Bayern Munich II Kleine Bayern (little Bayern) 2007 - 2008
1. FC Köln 2003 - 2006
1. FC Köln 2003
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Lukas Podolski is a Germany international football player who currently features for the English and European giants Arsenal. He plays as a forward and is renowned for his shooting powers, technique and attacking moves from the left.

Podolski was born to Polish parents in the Silesian industrial town of Gliwice. When he was just two years of age, his family emigrated from Poland to West Germany and were given Aussiedler status as a result of his paternal grandparents having German citizenship prior to World War II.

Podolski commenced his professional club football career at his hometown club of Koln and played for the team’s second team between 2002 and 2004. He then made the breakthrough into the first team and was a huge success at a personal level until 2006, scoring 46 goals in 81 league matches and helping his side win the 2. Bundesliga title in 2004-05.

His knack of scoring goals earned him a €10 million move to Bayern Munich. At the Bavarian giants, Podolski struggled for regular playing time especially after the arrival of Italian striker Luca Toni and eventually rejoined Koln in 2009. Podolski was on the Bundesliga with Bayern in 2007-08, the DFB-Pokal in 2008 and the DFB-Ligapokal in 2007.

Back at Koln, Podolski regained his form and once again established himself as one of the best forwards in Europe, scoring 33 goals in 88 league matches, although the 2009-10 campaign was a disappointing one for him.

His form and class attracted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who snapped up ‘Poldi’ following Koln’s relegation from the German top flight at the end of the 2011-12 campaign. He has struggled on occasions since joining the Gunners because of injuries, but he still remains a very important part of Arsenal.

Podolski made his international debut for Germany on June 2004 against Hungary. He was just 19 at the time and became the first second-division player since 1975 to break into the Germany national team.

‘Poldi’ played for Germany at Euro 2004, 2006 World Cup finals, Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup finals and Euro 2012.

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  • Profile image 46x46 Charito - over 6 years ago

    There is a letter to Dani Alves in aethonr post. This is my letter for Arseneear Mr Wenger,I love you. I have loved you since the double in 97, loved you during the season of the Invincebles and I loved you during the 5-6 years after we last won a trophy but when we still played great football and felt like a team that could beat anyone anytime. I even love you nowadays, even though we most of the time play with the handbreak on, without urgency and often lack a little bit of sharpness in the final third.But that is the thing that bothers me. Today I love you despite of a lot of things, yesterday I loved you because of a lot of things.I would love for us to win a trophy together again, (I do not live in London anymore but I would definitely fly in too celebrate all night as I used to do while we had those partys more or less every year.) but that is not the point. The point is: I would like to feel that spark again. That spark where you think anything can happen. The spark where you know that no matter what the team will give absolutely everything.Because sadly I do not feel that spark anymore. I still love you but more like I love my parents, or like I loved my ex girlfriend the last couple of years when we still lived together but tried our best not to touch each other to much.Tonight we play Bayern Munich in the Champions League. I should be looking forward to tonight, counting the minutes until they play that music and I go into a nervous trance. But I am sad to say I do not feel it. I would be willing to give this relationship aethonr chance. But then a lot of things would have to change. Are you willing to make the changes required to make this work? I will always love you and no matter what some people say about you I know that we will always have our love for THE Arsenal in common. But I am not so sure anymore that we should be together. Not unless you are willing to make some changes.Yours,Tony Adams morning breath 3 4

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