Podolski is a German striker and winger of international repute. He began his career at 1. FC Köln, where he made his debut in the Bundesliga in 2003, aged 18. Podolski made a phenomenal start to his career, scoring 10 times in his first 19 appearances as Köln were relegated. This led to the youngster making his debut for the German national side in 2004, against Hungary. He also made one substitute appearance at Euro 2004 against the Czech Republic. Podoloski now turns out for English club Arsenal.
Podolski stayed at Koln the next season, where his 29 goals saw the team promoted; however Koln's stay in the top flight would not last. After being relegated again in 2005-2006, Podolski moved to Bayern Munich for €10 million, taking up the number 20. He played that summer in the FIFA World Cup, scoring three goals as Germany came third. The tournament saw Lukas play in a wider position on the left, the position he has now adopted for the national team permanently. Podolski signed for English club Arsenal in April 2012.
Podolski did not have much personal success at Bayern, despite winning the Bundesliga in 2008. He wasn’t able to pin down a starting job, and only scored 26 goals in three seasons in Bavaria. In 2009 he moved back to Köln, taking the number 10 shirt.
Despite his domestic fortunes, Podolski remained an important member of the national side. He scored three times at Euro 2008 and another two at the 2010 World Cup. Podolski is still young and in his prime, and if he continues to play for Germany he will break more records – including potentially Gerd Muller’s 66 international goals.