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Lukas Podolski Biography

Lukas Josef Podolski is a German footballer who plays as a forward for Arsenal and for the Germany national team. He is a left-footed attacker known for his strong shot, technique and probing attacks from the left side. Podolski began playing football at the age of six in the youth team of FC Bergheim, where he played until he joined 1. FC Köln in 1995. In 2003, at the age of 18, Podolski was still part of the club's youth side. Podolski impressed, 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. Podolski managed to score 12 goals in the 2005–06 season, but eventually, Köln were relegated again. 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. 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 14 October 2006, with his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern, Podolski helped to secure the club's 4–2 win over Hertha Berlin. On 1 July, Podolski returned to Köln on a four-year contract, and the transfer is speculated to be around €10 million. In the 2010–11 season, Podolski scored his 50th Bundesliga goal in the match against Hannover 96 in March 2011. During the entire season, Podolski scored 13 goals and 7 assists. The 2011–12 season was the final season in his second spell for Köln. Despite the team's relegation to the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga, Podolski impressively scored 18 goals in 29 league Fußball-Bundesliga appearances. On 30 April 2012, it was officially announced that Podolski had signed for Arsenal on a long-term deal. Podolski then started in his first official match for Arsenal against Sunderland on the opening day of the Premier League on 18 August 2012. On 18 September 2012, he scored his first UEFA Champions League goal for the Gunners in a 2–1 away win against Montpellier. Podolski played for Germany at Euro 2004, where he was the squad's youngest player.  

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5 of the longest Premier League matches
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6 players who have fallen victim to Arsenal's number 9 curse
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5 Players with the highest shot power on FIFA 17
5 Players with the highest shot power on FIFA 17
Even if not placed in the bottom or top corner of the net, shots by these players on FIFA 17 will most likely result in a goal.
FIFA 17: Lukas Podolski's upgraded card has a thunderous 99 shot power
FIFA 17: Lukas Podolski's upgraded card has a thunderous 99 shot power
A shot power of 99 is equal to that of Team of the Year version of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lukas Podolski: Polish horsepower under a German hood
Lukas Podolski: Polish horsepower under a German hood
Podolski has achieved almost everything at international level, most importantly winning a World Cup in 2014.
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Top 10 Germans to have played in the English Premier League
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Twitter Mourns as plane carrying Brazilian football team Chapecoense crashes in Colombia
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FIFA 17: Top 10 players with the best Shooting Ability revealed
There are changes in the top 10 from FIFA 16 but there's no change at the top of the list
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10 players who were bigger than the clubs they played for
Players whose popularity and status were greater than the club they played for
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Playmaker Ozil wants No.10 Arsenal shirt
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Lukas Podolski announces retirement from International Football
Lukas Podolski announces retirement from International Football
The former Arsenal man, who scored 48 goals for Germany is the third most capped German international.
Germany forward Podolski quits international football
Germany forward Podolski quits international football
EPL worst transfer window ever: Arsenal
EPL worst transfer window ever: Arsenal
Looking back at the 2012/13 season for Arsenal and why it was one of the worst in their history.
Euro 2016: 5 players who were lucky to make their national squads
Euro 2016: 5 players who were lucky to make their national squads
A look at five players who have been fortunate to be called up for their national teams.
Euro 2016: Germany 2-0 Ukraine - Player ratings
Euro 2016: Germany 2-0 Ukraine - Player ratings
Germany started their Euro 2016 campaign with a hard-fought win over Ukraine.
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