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Lukas Podolski
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Personal information
Full name Lukas Podolski
Date of birth 4 June 1985 (1985-06-04) (age 24)
Place of birth Gliwice, Poland[1]
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)[2]
Playing position Forward/Winger[3]
Club information
Current club Köln
Number 10
Youth career
1991–1995 FC Jugend 07 Bergheim
1995–2003 Köln
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Köln 81 (46)
2006–2009 Bayern Munich 72 (15)
2009– Köln 20 (2)
National team
2004 Germany U21 5 (0)
2004– Germany 70 (37)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:23, 6 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:26, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

Lukas Podolski (German pronunciation: [ˈluːkas poˈdɔlski]; born as Łukasz Podolski on 4 June 1985) is a German footballer who plays as a striker for Köln and is a member of the German national team.

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Early life

Podolski was born to Krystyna Podolska, a former member of the Polish national handball team and Waldemar Podolski, former Polish football professional and the 1980 champion of Poland with Szombierki Bytom, in the Silesian industrial town of Gliwice (near Katowice), Poland. His paternal family belongs to the German minority in Upper Silesia. In 1987, when Łukasz Podolski was two years old, his family emigrated from Poland to West Germany and got the status as Aussiedler[4], but Podolski said in 2008 that he „also” has a portion of Polish blood in him.[5] Podolski grew up in Bergheim, North Rhine-Westphalia, and later in Pulheim, both near Cologne.[6] He still has Polish citizenship, but he travels with a German passport.[7][8][9][10]

Club career

Köln

Podolski began playing football at the age of six in the youth team of FC Bergheim, where he played until he joined Köln in 1995. It was there where Podolski's talents were first noticed. In 2003, at the age of 18, Podolski was still part of the club's youth side. At this time the club found itself in dire straits battling to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga. First team boss Marcel Koller, working on a shoestring budget, invited Podolski to train with the senior players and he made his top flight debut shortly afterwards on 22 November 2003. Even though Köln failed to avoid a drop to the 2nd division, Podolski had shown what he could do, scoring 10 goals in his first 19 senior appearances. This was the best tally by an 18-year-old in the history of the Bundesliga[citation needed].

Though his call up to the German Euro 2004 squad brought along interest from several top clubs, Podolski stayed at Köln to help the club gain promotion in the 2004–05 season. With 24 goals, Podolski advanced to become the league's best scorer. Somewhat unusually, Podolski remained part of the Germany squad, even though he did not play in the national top-tier league.

After Köln were promoted, the pressure was on Podolski to keep the club in the Bundesliga practically singlehandedly. Podolski managed to score 12 goals in the 2005–06 season, but eventually, Köln were relegated again. It became clear that Podolski would not stay again to push them through the 2006–07 season—even more so, as Podolski was becoming an integral part of the national team.

Bayern Munich

In 2006, clubs such as Bayern Munich, HSV Hamburg, Werder Bremen and even Real Madrid manifested their interest in Podolski, even though he had a contract with FC Köln through 2007. On 1 June 2006, Podolski announced that a transfer agreement had been reached with Bayern Munich, allowing him to join the Bavarian side for the 2006–07 season. Financial details of the deal were not immediately available, but the transfer fee was speculated to be around €10 million. He made his Bundesliga debut for Bayern on 11 August 2006 with a 2–0 victory against Borussia Dortmund, coming on as a substitute in the 88th minute. On 9 September 2006, he came on as a second half substitute in a DFB cup game versus FC St Pauli. Only 26 seconds after the second half started, he scored the equaliser, evening the match 1–1. On 14 October 2006, with his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern, Podolski helped to secure the club's 4–2 win over Hertha Berlin. On 26 October 2006, Podolski suffered a serious injury to his right ankle joint caused by teammate, Mark van Bommel, during a training session. Consequently, Podolski missed more than five match weeks. He returned from this injury and scored against Alemannia Aachen. He sometimes communicates with fellow Bayern and national team striker Miroslav Klose, who is also Polish-born, in Polish to hinder their opposition's understanding of their conversation.[11]

When Bayern brought in Italian striker Luca Toni, "Poldi" was moved down the pecking order and received less playing time due to the coach's preference to partner Klose and Toni together instead. After a rather unhappy season at Bayern, he returned to former club Köln on 1 July 2009[12].

Return to Köln

After Podolski was assured by national team coach Joachim Löw that a return to Köln would not harm his chances of international football, an agreement to sign him was agreed between Bayern Munich and Köln on 20 January 2009, although he would not return to Köln until the start of the summer transfer window, on July 1. Podolski returned to Köln on a four-year contract, and the transfer is speculated to be around €10 million, equivalent to the fee Bayern paid to sign him in 2006.[13][14] Köln created a website where people were able to buy pixels of an image of Lukas Podolski for €25 per 8x8 pixel square, in order to gather €1 million to reduce the cost of the transfer.[15][16]

International career

Lukas Podolski during a friendly game against South Africa

International debut and breakthrough

In late 2003, after several impressive performances in his first few Bundesliga games, Polish media suggested then-Polish national team coach Paweł Janas to check Podolski out, as he was still eligible to play for Poland. Janas ignored the request stating in one of the press interviews that "as for today we have much better strikers in Poland and I don't see a reason to call up a player just because he played one or two good matches in the Bundesliga. He's not even a regular starter at his club." By that time Podolski was still interested in representing Poland, but as the season progressed more and more German media started to suggest to call up the striker to their national team. When his full potential was finally unveiled, he had already been persuaded to represent Germany. At the end of the season Köln were relegated, but Podolski impressed so much, that he celebrated his debut for Rudi Völler's Germany on 6 June 2004 in Kaiserslautern against Hungary with a late substitute appearance. He had become the first second-division player since 1975 to break into the national team.

Euro 2004

Podolski played for Germany at Euro 2004, where he was the squad's youngest player. He made one substitute appearance in the game against the Czech Republic, when he came on for Torsten Frings at half-time.

World Cup 2006

Podolski was selected in the Germany squad for the 2006 World Cup, where he partnered Miroslav Klose in attack. He scored his first ever World Cup goal in Germany's third group match against Ecuador, and both goals in the 2–0 win over Sweden in the round of 16. By this, he became the first player since 1962 to score two goals in the first 12 minutes of a World Cup match and only the third man ever to accomplish the feat. Germany went to the semi-finals and lost to Italy 2–0 in extra time. They eventually won the third place match against Portugal. His three goals in the tournament tied him for second in the Golden Boot competition, which was won by his teammate Miroslav Klose with five goals. Podolski was tied with Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Fernando Torres, David Villa, Maxi Rodriguez, Hernán Crespo, and FIFA World Cup Player Of The Tournament (winner of the Golden Ball) Zinedine Zidane. Podolski was named the World Cup's Best Young Player before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Euro 2008

In Euro 2008 qualifying game against San Marino in Serravalle Podolski netted four goals in Germany's record 13–0 thrashing. He is one of only four German players to score four goals in an international match. He was the third after Gerd Müller and Michael Ballack, and since this, Mario Gómez has accomplished this feat. In Germany's 4–1 win against Slovakia in Bratislava on 11 October 2006, he scored the first and the last German goal, both on assists by Miroslav Klose. He has continued to score goals at an astonishing rate. On 17 November 2007, in a Euro qualifier match against Cyprus, Podolski was involved in every goal in Germany's 4–0 victory. This was one of Podolski's best performances for the national team. Even though he played out of his natural position, playing at left midfield, he netted one goal himself and was voted Man of the Match.

On 8 June 2008, Podolski made his Euro 2008 entrance against debutants Poland in a Group B match in Klagenfurt, Austria. He scored both goals in a 2–0 victory. He avoided celebrating his goals, however, to show respect for his country of birth. After the game he gave an emotional interview on Polish television. The goals put him in the lead in the Euro 2008 goal-scoring list for two days until David Villa scored a hat-trick for Spain against Russia.[17]

On 12 June, Germany played Croatia in their second Group B match, again in Klagenfurt. Podolski scored the German team's only goal of the game in the 79th minute, by which time the Croatians were already leading 2–0. He did not celebrate this goal either despite it putting him joint first on the Euro 2008 goal-scoring list with David Villa. Podolski's goal was not enough to snatch a draw, with Croatia holding out for a 2–1 victory over Germany.[18] On 19 June, Germany played Portugal in the quarterfinal in Basel, Podolski was instrumental in the first goal, whipping a cross into the penalty box that slotted home by Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 22nd minute to give Germany a 1–0 lead.

On the international scene, Podolski seems to be gravitating towards an attacking left midfield role from his traditional place as a striker. Initially, Löw had moved him to the wing in order to accommodate the partnership of Klose and Mario Gómez up front. When this backfired, he resumed his forward position in the UEFA Euro 2008 Final, but was unable to prevent Germany losing 1–0 to Spain. In a controversial incident, Podolski was headbutted by Spanish midfielder David Silva, although this went unnoticed by the referee and his assistants, and went unpenalised. Lukas Podolski was named in the 23 man squad as one of the players of the tournament along with countrymen Michael Ballack and Philipp Lahm.

World Cup 2010

On 6 September 2008, Podolski scored the opening two goals in Germany's first World Cup 2010 qualifying game against Liechtenstein in Vaduz; a match that ended in a 6-0 victory for the Germans. He scored the opener in the 2-1 home win over Russia on 11 October, when he turned Vasily Berezutsky on the edge of the penalty area, before unleashing a powerful shot past Russia's goalkeeper Akinfeev. As of 10 June 2009, he is currently the joint-top scorer in Group 4 with 4 goals. During one of the qualifying matches, he was involved in a bust-up with team captain Michael Ballack.

Despite enduring an unhappy domestic 2008-09 season, Podolski still maintained his scoring streak at international level, many times partnering Miroslav Klose to great effect.

Personal life

Podolski's longtime girlfriend Monika Puchalski gave birth to their first child, Louis, on 14 April 2008.[19][20]

Career statistics

Club performance

As of 10 May 2009 (2009 -05-10)

All-Time Club Performance
Club Season Bundesliga DFB-Pokal European Competition Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Köln 2003–04 19 10 1 0 - - 20 10
2004–05* 30 24 2 5 - - 32 29
2005–06 32 12 1 0 - - 33 12
Total 81 46 4 5 - - 85 51
Bayern Munich 2006–07 22 4 3 2 7 1 32 7
2007–08 25 5 4 0 12 5 41 10
2008–09 24 6 3 1 4 2 31 9
Total 71 15 10 3 23 8 104 26
Career Totals 152 61 14 8 23 8 189 82

*Played in Second Bundesliga.

International goals

Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first:

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 December 2004 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 3-1 5-1 Friendly
2. 21 December 2004 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 5-1 5-1 Friendly
3. 26 March 2005 Bežigrad Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia  Slovenia 1-0 1-0 Friendly
4. 4 June 2005 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 4-1 4-1 Friendly
5. 15 June 2005 Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany  Australia 4-2 4-3 FIFA Confederations Cup 2005
6. 25 June 2005 Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany  Brazil 1-1 2-3 FIFA Confederations Cup 2005
7. 29 June 2005 Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany  Mexico 1-0 4-3 FIFA Confederations Cup 2005
8. 7 September 2005 Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin, Germany  South Africa 1-0 4-2 Friendly
9. 7 September 2005 Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin, Germany  South Africa 3-1 4-2 Friendly
10. 7 September 2005 Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin, Germany  South Africa 4-2 4-2 Friendly
11. 27 May 2006 Badenova Stadion, Freiburg, Germany  Luxembourg 3-0 7-0 Friendly
12. 27 May 2006 Badenova Stadion, Freiburg, Germany  Luxembourg 5-0 7-0 Friendly
13. 20 June 2006 Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin, Germany  Ecuador 3-0 3-0 FIFA World Cup 2006
14. 24 June 2006 Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany  Sweden 1-0 2-0 FIFA World Cup 2006
15. 24 June 2006 Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany  Sweden 2-0 2-0 FIFA World Cup 2006
16. 2 September 2006 Gottlieb Daimler Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany  Republic of Ireland 1-0 1-0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
17. 6 September 2006 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 1-0 13-0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
18. 6 September 2006 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 5-0 13-0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
19. 6 September 2006 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 8-0 13-0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
20. 6 September 2006 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 10-0 13-0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
21. 11 October 2006 Tehelné Pole Stadion, Bratislava, Slovakia  Slovakia 1-0 4-1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
22. 11 October 2006 Tehelné Pole Stadion, Bratislava, Slovakia  Slovakia 4-1 4-1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
23. 12 September 2007 Rhein-Energie Stadion, Cologne, Germany  Romania 3-1 3-1 Friendly
24. 17 November 2007 AWD Arena, Hannover, Germany  Cyprus 3-0 4-0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
25. 26 March 2008 St. Jakob Park, Basel, Switzerland  Switzerland 4-0 4-0 Friendly
26. 8 June 2008 Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt, Austria  Poland 1-0 2-0 UEFA Euro 2008
27. 8 June 2008 Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt, Austria  Poland 2-0 2-0 UEFA Euro 2008
28. 12 June 2008 Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt, Austria  Croatia 1-2 1-2 UEFA Euro 2008
29. 6 September 2008 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 1-0 6-0 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying
30. 6 September 2008 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 2-0 6-0 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying
31. 11 October 2008 Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany  Russia 1-0 2-1 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying
32. 28 March 2009 Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany  Liechtenstein 4-0 4-0 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying
33. 29 May 2009 Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China  China PR 1-1 1-1 Friendly
34. 9 September 2009 AWD-Arena, Hanover, Germany  Azerbaijan 4-0 4-0 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying
35. 14 October 2009 HSH Nordbank Arena, Hamburg, Germany  Finland 1-1 1-1 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying
36. 18 November 2009 Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Côte d'Ivoire 1-0 2-2 Friendly
37. 18 November 2009 Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Côte d'Ivoire 2-2 2-2 Friendly

Awards and honors

FC Köln

Bayern Munich

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Germany 2 Poland 0: Polish-born Podolski strikes twice to double German delight". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/internationals/germany-2-poland-0-polishborn-podolski-strikes-twice-to-double-german-delight-842873.html. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "Bayern Munich FC profile". Bayern Munich. 2008-07-16. http://www.fcbayern.t-home.de/en/teams/profis/00382.php. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Germany: 20 Lukas Podolski". www.uefa.com. http://www.euro2008.uefa.com/tournament/players/player=62594/index.html. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Podolski und Klose - Zwei Polen im Einsatz für Deutschland" (in German). Kleine Zeitung. http://www.kleinezeitung.at/sport/fussball/euro2008/gruppeb/1318624/index.do. Retrieved 6 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Lukas Podolski" (in German). em-08.info. http://www.em-08.info/news/9_6_2008___15_6_2008/a-lukas_podolski___es_macht_mir_hier_unheimlich_viel_spass-925.html. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "M 02.11 Lukas Podolski" (in German). www.bpb.de. http://www.bpb.de/methodik/3ILKPA,0,0,M_02_11_Lukas_Podolski.html. Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  7. ^ "Nie mam polskiego paszportu" (in Polish). Interia.pl. http://sport.interia.pl/pilka-nozna/news/nie-mam-polskiego-paszportu,1126543?source=rss. Retrieved 10 June 2008. 
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  9. ^ "10 Things you need to know about Manchester City target Lukas Podolski". Mirror.co.uk. http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/top-10s/2008/09/09/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-manchester-city-target-lukas-podolski-115875-20730217/. Retrieved 9 August 2008. 
  10. ^ "Die polnische Staatsangehörigkeit soll Podolski und Klose entzogen werden" (in German). Polen-digital.de. http://www.polen-digital.de/news/die-polnische-staatsangehorigkeit-soll-podolski-und-klose-entzogen-werden/. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  11. ^ "20 - Lukas Podolski". euro2008.uefa.com. http://euro2008.uefa.com/tournament/players/player=62594/index.html. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  12. ^ "GERMANY/ OFFICIAL, Podolski at Koeln next summer". 19 January 2009. http://www.transfermarketweb.com/?action=read&idsel=30333. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  13. ^ "Low assurance for Podolski". football.co.uk. 14 January 2009. http://www.football.co.uk/koln/low_assurance_for_podolski_276634.shtml. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  14. ^ "Podolski secures Köln return". insideworldsoccer.com. 20 January 2009. http://www.insideworldsoccer.com/2009/01/podolski-secures-koln-return.html. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  15. ^ "FC Köln find unique way of funding Podolski transfer". thespoiler.co.uk. 4 February 2009. http://www.thespoiler.co.uk/index.php/2009/02/04/fc-koln-find-unique-way-of-funding-podolski-transfer. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  16. ^ "1. FC Köln - Poldi-Pixel". pixel.fc-koeln.de. http://pixel.fc-koeln.de/. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  17. ^ "Podolski double gets Germany going". euro2008.uefa.com. http://en.euro2008.uefa.com/tournament/matches/match=300685/report=rp.html. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  18. ^ "Olić kick-starts Croatian celebrations". euro2008.uefa.com. http://www.euro2008.uefa.com/tournament/matches/match=300693/report=rp.html. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  19. ^ "Poldi im Glück - "Mein kleiner Louis soll noch Geschwister bekommen"" (in German). tz-online.de. 22 June 2008. http://www.tz-online.de/sport/fussball/fc-bayern/poldi-im-glueck---mein-kleiner-louis-soll-noch-geschwister-bekommen-96190.html. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
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  21. ^ "Spain dominate Team of the Tournament". euro2008.uefa.com. 30 June 2008. http://www.euro2008.uefa.com/news/kind=1/newsid=729372.html. Retrieved 30 June 2008. 

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Simple English

Lukas Podolski
Personal information
Full name Lukas Podolski
Date of birth 4 June 1985 (1985-06-04) (age 25)
Place of birth    Gliwice, Poland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Köln
Number 10
Senior clubs
Years Club
2003-2006
2006-2009
2009-
Köln
Bayern Munich
Köln
National team
2004- Germany

Lukas Podolski (born 4 June 1985 in Gliwice, Poland) is a Polish born German football player. He plays for Köln. From 2004 until 2006, he played for Köln. He has plays Germany national team.

He is known for his fashion during press conferences. He often wears button down shirts and polished shoes. He has a girlfriend called Monika and they have a son. Their son's name is Louis, he was born in April 2008.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal EuropeTotal
2003/04KölnBundesliga191010-2010
2004/052. Bundesliga302425-3229
2005/06Bundesliga321210-3312
2006/07Bayern MunichBundesliga2243271327
2007/08255401254110
2008/092463142319
2009/10KölnBundesliga
CountryGermany 1526114823818977
Total 1526114823818977

International career statistics

[1] [2]

Germany national team
YearAppsGoals
200482
2005128
20061712
200772
2008167
200996
2010
Total6937

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