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Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski

Despite an indifferent club career, Lukas Podolski has been a consistently prolific goalscorer for Germany since his introduction as a teenager in 2004. Voted Young Player of the Tournament at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the skilful left-footer agreed to join Arsenal FC from 1. FC Köln in April 2012.

• Like long-time Germany strike partner Miroslav Klose, he was born in Poland (as Łukasz Podolski), but moved to Germany at the age of two, growing up in Cologne.

• A teenage wonder at Köln, where he scored ten goals in his debut Bundesliga campaign, he was drafted into Germany's UEFA EURO 2004 squad, making his international debut two days after his 19th birthday and appearing once, as a substitute, in Portugal.

• Remained with Köln following their relegation from the Bundesliga, propelling the club straight back up with a league-best tally of 24 goals and then scoring a dozen in the top flight in 2005/06 only to suffer relegation for a second time.

• Championed by Germany coach Jürgen Klinsmann, he scored ten goals in a ten-game stretch incorporating the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup before starring at the 2006 World Cup, registering against Ecuador and two versus Sweden − the latter in the Fußball Arena München, which then became his new home after a lucrative transfer to FC Bayern München.

• Struggled to settle in Munich, however, and made only 33 Bundesliga starts in three seasons, as opposed to 38 appearances from the bench, scoring 15 goals, five of them in a 2007/08 title-winning campaign; this led to a 2009 return to Köln.

• While at Bayern he scored 18 goals for Germany, including three at UEFA EURO 2008, and he carried forward that momentum into the 2010 World Cup campaign, registering six times in qualification and twice at the finals; ended 2011 with 95 caps and 43 goals.

UEFA honours
UEFA European Championship: runner-up 2008
UEFA EURO 2008: Team of the Tournament

Last updated: 30/05/12 11.32CET

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Match log

DateCompetitionPhaseMinsGSA
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 23/12/2014 02:22 CET
07.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundGermanyGermany3-0Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands1500
11.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundAustriaAustria1-2GermanyGermany1500
12.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland1-6GermanyGermany2400
16.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundGermanyGermany4-4SwedenSweden200
22.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundKazakhstanKazakhstan0-3GermanyGermany7100
16.06.2014FIFA World CupFinal tournament - Group stageGermanyGermany4-0PortugalPortugal800
26.06.2014FIFA World CupFinal tournament - Group stageUSAUSA0-1GermanyGermany4500
31.08.2014English Premier LeagueLeicesterLeicester1-1ArsenalArsenal1300
07.09.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundGermanyGermany2-1ScotlandScotland600
16.09.2014UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageDortmundDortmund2-0ArsenalArsenal1300
20.09.2014English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa0-3ArsenalArsenal1200
23.09.2014English League CupThird roundArsenalArsenal1-2SouthamptonSouthampton9000
05.10.2014English Premier LeagueChelseaChelsea2-0ArsenalArsenal000
11.10.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundPolandPoland2-0GermanyGermany1300
14.10.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundGermanyGermany1-1Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland4500
22.10.2014UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageAnderlechtAnderlecht1-2ArsenalArsenal610
01.11.2014English Premier LeagueArsenalArsenal3-0BurnleyBurnley1000
04.11.2014UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageArsenalArsenal3-3AnderlechtAnderlecht700
14.11.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundGermanyGermany4-0GibraltarGibraltar9002
26.11.2014UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageArsenalArsenal2-0DortmundDortmund1100
03.12.2014English Premier LeagueArsenalArsenal1-0SouthamptonSouthampton900
06.12.2014English Premier LeagueStokeStoke3-2ArsenalArsenal2700
09.12.2014UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageGalatasarayGalatasaray1-4ArsenalArsenal9020
13.12.2014English Premier LeagueArsenalArsenal4-1NewcastleNewcastle1700

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Lukas Podolski
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 04/06/1985 (29)
  • Country: Germany
  • Squad number: 9
  • Club: Arsenal ( ENG)

  • Height: 182cm
  • Weight: 83kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2014/15
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
    12/09/06: Bayern 4-0 Spartak Moskva
  • National team: UEFA European Under-17 Championship (Qualifying round)
    10/10/01: Russia 1-5 Germany

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Germany3315
Germany U-2120
Germany U-1936
Germany U-1772
Total4523

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Bayern113
Arsenal148
Total2511
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Bayern125
Total125
Last updated: 10/12/2014 01:11 CET
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