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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

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/11/2015 17:36 CET
03.09.2014Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageGermanyGermany3-3ArgentinaArgentina5700
07.09.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundGermanyGermany2-1ScotlandScotland600
11.10.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundPolandPoland2-0GermanyGermany1300
14.10.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundGermanyGermany1-1Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland4500
14.11.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundGermanyGermany4-0GibraltarGibraltar9002
25.03.2015Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageGermanyGermany2-2AustraliaAustralia1710
29.03.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundGeorgiaGeorgia0-2GermanyGermany300
10.06.2015Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stageGermanyGermany1-2USAUSA4400
13.06.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundGibraltarGibraltar0-7GermanyGermany3400
15.08.2015Turkish Super LeagueSivassporSivasspor2-2GalatasarayGalatasaray9010
29.08.2015Turkish Super LeagueKonyasporKonyaspor1-4GalatasarayGalatasaray8000
04.09.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundGermanyGermany3-1PolandPoland100
12.09.2015Turkish Super LeagueGalatasarayGalatasaray1-1MersinMersin8410
15.09.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageGalatasarayGalatasaray0-2AtléticoAtlético7100
19.09.2015Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor0-1GalatasarayGalatasaray6200
26.09.2015Turkish Super LeagueGalatasarayGalatasaray2-1GaziantepsporGaziantepspor7810
30.09.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageAstanaAstana2-2GalatasarayGalatasaray6800
03.10.2015Turkish Super Leagueİstanbul Başakşehirİstanbul Başakşehir0-2GalatasarayGalatasaray9010
17.10.2015Turkish Super LeagueGalatasarayGalatasaray4-1GençlerbirliğiGençlerbirliği9000
21.10.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageGalatasarayGalatasaray2-1BenficaBenfica9010
25.10.2015Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe1-1GalatasarayGalatasaray7900
29.10.2015Turkish Super LeagueGalatasarayGalatasaray4-0EskişehirsporEskişehirspor9000
03.11.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageBenficaBenfica2-1GalatasarayGalatasaray9010
07.11.2015Turkish Super LeagueRizesporRizespor4-3GalatasarayGalatasaray9011
21.11.2015Turkish Super LeagueGalatasarayGalatasaray3-3AntalyasporAntalyaspor9010
25.11.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageAtléticoAtlético2-0GalatasarayGalatasaray9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Lukas Podolski
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 04/06/1985 (30)
  • Country: Germany
  • Squad number: 11
  • Club: Galatasaray ( TUR)

  • Height: 182cm
  • Weight: 83kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2015/16
    • 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

Germany U-2120
Germany U-1936
Germany U-1772

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 27/11/2015 17:36 CET