Lukas Podolski has one of the best left foots in football and is always looking to smash the ball into the back of the net and he will be hoping he can have a positive impact at the World Cup.
At the age of 29 he has played 113 times for Germany and scored 46 goals which makes him the fifth highest in German history and will be an important member of the squad and along with Miroslav Klose is the most likely to put away the chances the team create in Brazil.
He has always been a promising player and when he was just 18 he made his debut for first club FC Koln and despite scoring 10 goals in his first 19 appearances, they could not avoid relegation from the Bundesliga. Even though he was linked with moves away he stayed at the club and played a big part in getting them promoted by scoring 24 times and finished as the top scorer in the league. The pressure was on Podolski to keep them in the top division and he almost succeeded singlehandedly by scoring 12 goals but they did eventually get relegated and it was time to move on.
He signed for Bayern Munich in 2006 and made his debut against Borussia Dortmund but he did not start many games and had to deal with coming off the bench and found it tough to make an impact. The next season was even tougher as the club signed striker Luca Toni and first team opportunities were harder to come by, despite this he still managed to score double figures in all competitions.
When Jurgen Klinsmann took over at Bayern it seemed like he would get more chances and his goal record did improve as he got six in 24 games. But in July 2009 he returned to first club Koln with the club coming up with a unique way or raising the money for the transfer. They sold pixels of an image of the player in order to gather €1 million. Formula One racer Michael Schumacher bought several of these pixels for nearly €900. Podolski had a difficult return and only scored three times all season with one salvaging a point against Bayern Munich, but he returned to form in the next season, scoring his 50th goal in the Bundesliga and ending it with 13 in total and made seven assists. The 2011-12 season would be his last at Koln as they were once again relegated but Podolski scored 18 goals in 29 games.
In the summer of 2012 he joined Arsenal and started the season well by scoring in consecutive games against Liverpool and Southampton. In his first season at the club he impressed the fans not only with his goals but also his assists. He ended the season with 16 goals and 11 assists and when Arsenal were on form he was certainly a big part of it.
Last season he had a lot of ups and downs, he started off well scoring twice against Fulham but then he got injured in the next game and was ruled out for 10 weeks. On his return he scored against West Ham in a 3-1 win and then was an important part of Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph, ending the club’s nine year trophy drought as he scored twice against Coventry City and then an important goal against Liverpool. He ended the season with 12 goals in 27 games which was impressive as he rarely played 90 minutes.
The final word can go to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. “He is a top class player, a very good finisher and a proven performer at club and international level. A level where he has already made 95 caps at the age of 26. That is a phenomenal record.”