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Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski
Date of birth:

4 June 1985

Nationality:

Flag of Germany German

Position:

Forward

Team:

Vissel Kobe

Lukas Josef Podolski (German pronunciation: [ˈluːkas poˈdɔlski]; born Łukasz Józef Podolski (IPA: [ˈwukaʂ pɔˈdɔlskʲi]) on 4 June 1985) is a German professional footballer who plays as a forward for Japanese side Vissel Kobe. He is regarded as one of the best German players of his generation, and among the best finishers in world football. Famed for his extremely powerful and accurate left foot, he is known for his explosive shot, technique and probing attacks from the left side.

He joined 1. FC Köln in 1995 where he made it into the first team in 2003 resulting in 81 appearances for the club before moving to Bayern Munich. With Bayern, Podolski won the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double in 2008. Podolski returned to 1. FC Köln in 2009. He later signed for Premier League club Arsenal in 2012, with whom he won the FA Cup in 2014. He then moved on loan to Serie A club Inter Milan in January 2015, before signing six months later for Galatasaray where he also won the Türkiye Kupası of 2016.