Lucas Podolski, born Lucas Josef Podolski, is a German footballer who plays as an attacker for Premier League side Arsenal, whilst also playing for the national German side. Podolski is known for his attacking talents and powerful shooting accuracy. He is currently the sixth highest goal-scorer in German history, scoring 46 times for his country.
The German joined Arsenal from FC Koln in 2012 in a long term deal, which was for an undisclosed fee, although it is rumoured the deal was close to eleven million pounds. Since then, Podolski has gone on to score 23 goals for Arsenal in 57 games. Throughout his career, the forward has a total of 135 competitive goals in 348 appearances.
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Podolski is six feet tall and is primarily left footed, often being used on the left wing of an attacking trio for both club and country. He made his professional debut for FC Koln at just eighteen and went on to make Bundelsiga history, scoring ten goals in his nineteen appearances during Koln’s season, in which they were relegated. The record still stands as the best tally recorded by an eighteen year old for a Bundesliga season.
The performances earned Podolski a call-up to the national side, which he has featured a total of 112 times for. At the age of just 28, Podolski is currently the third highest capped German international in the nation’s history. He is nineteen caps away from Miroslav Klose, in second, and 38 away from Lothar Matthaus, in first place, with 150 appearances.
Podolski has also spent time with Bayern Munich, whom he was situated with for three years in 2006 to 2009. He amassed 70 appearances for the high flying Bundesliga outfit, but only managed fifteen goals during his time at the Allianz Arena. The dip in form led Podolski to return to FC Koln, where he revived his impressive performances and continued to be call to the German national side. Podolski scored eighteen times from 29 appearances in Koln’s relegation season to the German second division in the 2011/12 season.
Internationally, Podolski has featured at every major competition Germany have been entered in since competing at Euro 2004, at the age of 18. At the 2006 World Cup, held in Germany, Podolski was named as the Best Young Player of the tournament. He also scored three goals during the campaign, which resulted in Podolski earning a tied-second position for the Golden Boot award. Podolski has also earned the silver boot award on a separate occasion, in Euro 2008, where he was also awarded a place in the UEFA Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament.