Lukas Podolski is a German footballer by profession who is popular for playing with his left leg. People love how he plays in a powerful manner, uses techniques, and attacks with his left leg. Additionally, Podolski plays as a forward for ‘Antalyaspor’ which is a Turkish team. Podolski was interested in football since his childhood days. During his childhood, he played for the youth team of FC 07 Bergheim. In 1995, he started gaining a lot of exposure to managers after he joined the FC Koln youth side. FC Koln’s then team’s manager ‘Marcel Koller’ also invited him to training sessions to train with senior players.
The footballer became very popular in the year 2013 when he scored the fastest goal in German national team history. In the match, Podolski’s team won against Ecuador after just nine seconds by 4–2. Similarly, it was also the second-fastest international goal in history. The first one is Sammarinese footballer Davide Gualtieri’s 8.3-second strike against England in 1993. However, the 35-year-old Podolski retired from international football three years back on 22 March 2017. His last international match was against England.
Caption: Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski: Early Life, Education, and Family
Podolski was born to his parents Waldemar Podolski and Krystyna Podolski on 4 June 1985 in Gliwice, Poland. During his childhood, he spent a lot of his time with his sibling sister Justyna Podolska in Bergheim and Pulheim. Talking about his parents, his father, ‘Waldemar Podolskion’ is a Polish retired footballer, and there is no information about his mother. Similarly, talking about his educational qualification, there are no details available. However, the footballer had a difficult childhood as he was a poor Polish immigrant. He moved to Germany from Poland with his family when he was just 2 years old.
Lukas Podolski: Career and Achievements
Podolski started his football career playing for a youth team. After some time he made his senior debut in 2003. The footballer kept playing for his childhood football club, ‘FC Koln’ despite receiving many offers from other clubs. Eventually, in the year 2012, London based football club Arsenal signed Podolski. The same year on 18 August, Podolski made his debut at Arsenal as a gunner against Sunderland. the footballer played several games for Arsenal however, he is popular for scoring a second goal against Montpellier. This helped Arsenal qualify in the top 16 of the Champions League.
Similarly, Podolski was named the World Cup’s Best Young Player in the 2006 World Cup. Likewise, he made his 100th appearance for Germany in UEFA Euro 2012. Podolski helped his country win the qualifiers with his insightful assists and three goals. However, his country lost the semifinals match. In the 2014 World Cup campaign, Podolski played for Germany. He participated in five qualification matches before the tournament. In the World Cup finals in Brazil, he appeared in the victories over the USA and Portugal however he did not play the full 90 minutes. Ultimately, Germany won the World Cup.
In the UEFA Euro 2016, Podolski made a substitute appearance against Slovakia. After the tournament, on 15 August 2016, the footballer announced his retirement from international football. He wanted to spend more time with his family. Additionally, his last international match for Germany was on 22 March 2017 against England.
Lukas Podolski: Personal life and wife
The footballer is currently in a marital relationship with Monika Puchalski. The couple dated each other for some time before they decided to marry each other in April 2011 in Cologne, Germany. They are parents to their two lovely children, a son and a daughter by the name Louis Gabriel Podolski and Maya Podolski respectively. Besides, there are no details about Podolski’s dating history.
Lukas Podolski: Net Worth and social media
The footballer has a total net worth of $49 million US dollars. His main source of income is his profession as a football player and endorsements. Similarly, talking about his social media availability, he is available on Instagram as poldi_official. Likewise, Podolski is also accessible on Twitter as Podolski10. Podolski has 4.4 million followers on Instagram and more than 3.4 million followers on Twitter.
Lukas Podolski: Body measurements
The 35-year-old footballer is very handsome to look at. He holds charming facial features, dazzling brown eyes, and has fair skin. Additionally, he stands 1.80 meters tall and weighs around 83 kgs. Besides, his other body measurements are not available currently.