German Soccer Legend – Lukas Podolski

By Owen Lin
On March 22, 2017, in Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, a friendly match was held between Die Mannschaft and The Three Lions. This friendly match also served a special purpose: it was the farewell match for German striker Lukas Podolski, who is retiring from international soccer. Lukas Podolski has made 130 appearances for the German national team, which includes being in the World Cup winning squad of 2014, scoring a total of 48 goals prior to the friendly. Lukas Podolski started his career in FC Koln, after moving from the second team to the first team, he began his path to becoming an iconic German soccer player. After three seasons in FC Koln, where Podolski had 81 appearances and scored 46 goals, he was bought by FC Bayern Munchen, the record champion of the Bundesliga. Under the Bavarian giants, Podolski failed to perform in top flight due to injuries and new transferred members. After three seasons, he got 15 goals out of his 71 appearances. Podolski later returned to FC Koln in 2009 and stayed for three seasons, becoming one of the greats in FC Koln history. Podolski continued his career by transferring to Arsenal in the premier league, and playing in the Turkish league’s Galatasaray.
     His international career began in 2004, in a friendly against Hungary, where he was later named to be in the squad of Euro 2004, playing one match in the tournament. Podolski’s international career shone during the 2006 World Cup, where he scored 3 goals and was named the best young player. On the road to Euro 2008, Podolski scored 4 goals in one game and become the starting striker. Partnered with Miroslav Klose, his influence in the tournament lead the team to the finals, but lost to Spain 0-1. Podolski’s biggest achievement was being a part of the World Cup winning squad in 2014, making him part of German soccer history.
     On March 22, 2017, the game started between Germany and England with Lukas Podolski as captain and an attacking midfielder. In the first half, Germany dominated in possession, while England successfully defended against the German attacks. By the end of the 45 minutes, Germany couldn’t make a shot on target. As the second half kicked off, Germany continued to take hold of its possession of the ball, until the 68th minute, when Toni Kroos sent a through ball down the middle of the field to the feet of Andre Schurrle, who tapped it to the feet of Lukas Podolski, who took a touch eight feet outside the box, steadied himself and took a left footed shot on goal, curving it into the top right corner, leaving goalkeeper Joe Hart no chance to defend. This goal marked his 49th goal for the German national team, and he became the third top scorer in German history. Podolski was later subbed off at the 83rd minute with the stadium giving him a standing ovation for his last game for the team.
     This game marked his 130th appearance for Germany, making him the third most capped Germany player. It also marked an end of an era of German soccer. With Bastian Schwinstiger, Miroslav Klose, Philip Lahm, and now Lukas Podolski retiring after the World Cup, the German players of the 2000s have all hung up their uniforms for the national team. Podolski will be heading up the J league to play for Vissel Kobe during the summer on his road to end his soccer career.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s