|Capital:||€ 28 million|
|Country of origin:||Poland|
|Source of wealth:||Soccer player|
Lukas Podolski is a professional footballer who, in addition to his ongoing club career, was extremely successful, especially in the German national team. The Polish striker’s greatest success was winning the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to his parent club 1. FC Köln, he has already worked for FC Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Inter Milan, Galatasaray Istanbul and currently Vissel Kobe in Japan. With 49 goals in 130 international matches, he is the third most successful scorer in German international history and has the third highest number of appearances.
Lukas Jozef Podolski, born in Gliwice in Poland in the summer of 1985, was born with sporting talent. He was born to soccer professional Waldemar Podolski and international handball players Krystyna Podolska. His family moved to Germany in 1987, where they found their new home in Bergheim near Cologne. There Podolski attended the secondary school, but later graduated from high school. This was followed by the civilian service for Podolski, which he performed at the Olympic training center in Rhineland. He had started playing football in early childhood, at the age of just 6 at the local club Jugend 07 Bergheim.
Four years later, the obviously highly talented Podolski switched to the youth teams of 1. FC Köln. At that time Lukas Podolski was still a D youth player. A few years later, he was already in the A-Youth Bundesliga for 1. FC Cologne and was quickly appointed to the professional team of the Rhenish club. His discoverer is the then coach of the first team, the Swiss Marcel Koller.
Lukas Podolski was able to sign his first professional contract at the end of 2003 and made his debut in the Bundesliga eleven days after the contract was signed. Just a short time later, Lukas Podolski’s first goal in the Bundesliga followed.
This is where Lukas Podolski’s fabulous athletic career began, which is still ongoing. In addition to his home club 1. FC Köln and his current position at Vissel Kobe in Japan, the list of his clubs includes top European clubs. Even if he couldn’t prevail everywhere, he scored his goals for each of these clubs. He is one of the very few players in the world who have scored at least one goal in both the Bundesliga, the Premier League and Serie A.
Specifically, after a second relegation of his 1st FC Cologne after the successful World Cup 2006 in his own country, he switched to the German record champions. In his three years at FC Bayern Munich, he never really developed into a regular. He made 71 league appearances in three seasons, many of them not from the start. After only 15 goals in these 71 appearances, he switches back to his 1. FC Köln. Lukas Podolski stayed here again exactly three years before it drove to England again – again for three years – to a new sporting challenge.
As already mentioned at the beginning, the 2014 World Cup title in Rio de Janeiro was the absolute culmination of Lukas Podolski’s career. This is despite the fact that he only made two short bets throughout the tournament. He also finished third in 2006 and 2010 in the World Cup and Vice European Champion in 2008.
In club football he won exactly one championship title, in 2008 with Bayern Munich. In the same year Lukas Podolski also won the DFB Cup with this club. He also won the cup in England in 2014 and Turkey in 2016.
In terms of personal success, it should be mentioned that he became top scorer in the 2nd Bundesliga in 2005 and scored the goal of the year in Germany in 2017.
Since Lukas Podolski babbled into the microphones completely carefree, especially at the beginning of his career, there are also a number of remarkable quotes from him. Here is a selection of the best:
“Now we have to roll our heads up – and our sleeves too, of course.”
“It actually outweighs both” – When asked whether he was disappointed with a 1-1 draw or happy.
“That’s football. Sometimes the better one wins. ”
“I don’t care if the bad losers are. They’re going home now. ” After a wrangling after winning the 2006 World Cup quarter-finals over Argentina.
The Cologne player is the player with the most “goals of the month” in German football, he won this award 12 times. He also runs a kebab snack bar and an ice cream parlor in Cologne. He is also involved in the Cologne brewery “Alter Markt”.
Already in 2010 he founded his own Lukas Podolski Foundation, which implements projects for disadvantaged young people. He has already appeared on the cover of the EA sports game series “FIFA” three times. In 2016 he released the song “Liebe liebe Stadt” with Cat Ballou and Mo-Toreres, with which he reached number 26 on the single charts in Germany.