Lukas Podolski Will Play in EURO 2016 for Germany
Germany is other country that will join EURO 2016 this year. This year EURO 2016 will be held in French and considered as one of the most awaited football events this year. As one of the major teams that join this year EURO, Germany has prepared their best and selected the best players for the team. One of the most notable players in Germany national football team for this year EURO is Lukas Podolski. Podolski is not a new name in Germany football team. He is considered as one of the best football players in Germany. Podolski also has long history in football and has joined various famous football clubs during his career. His talents and his journey are the main reason why Podolski is chosen as one of football players that will play for Germany national football team in this year EURO.
Lukas Josef Podolski was born in 4 June 1985. Before become professional football player, Podolski is a handball player for Poland national team in his hometown, Gliwice. When he was 2 years old, his family move from Poland to West Germany and get citizenship. Thus, Podolski has two citizenships, Poland and Germany. When he was 6 years old, Podolski played for FC Bergheim junior club until he joined 1 FC Koln in 1995. When joining 1 FC Koln, Podolski’s talents in football started to appear. In 2003, when his club is degraded in Bundesliga, the owner of the club, Marcel Koller, asked Podolski to trained and played in senior team. His debut in senior team is made in 22 November 2003. Podolski showed his talents by scoring 10 goals in 19 matches.
At the time, Podolski has received the offer to play with national senior team in 2004 Europe Cup. However, Podolski choose to stay with Koln and promote his team. Germany national team still considers Podolski as the part of the team even if he never plays for the team. In 2005 – 2006 seasons, Koln is degraded once again and Podolski decided to leave the team. In 1 June 2006, Podolski officially played for Bayern Munich after contested by many famous teams such as Hamburg, Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Werder Bremen. Podolski get his chance of debut for Bundesliga in 11 August 2006. In November 2006, Podolski is injured when joined regular training session for Munich. Podolski missed 5 matches. He decided to get back to Koln in 1 July 2009. Even though Koln’s performance not showed any improvement, Podolski can score 18 goals in 29 Bundesliga matches.
In 2012 – 2013 seasons, Podolski officially joined Arsenal in quite long contract. Podolski played in Premier League in 18 August 2012. His first goal for Arsenal is made in 2 September 2012 in a match against Liverpool in Anfield. In 2013 – 2014 seasons, Podolski scored his first goal for the season in a match against Fulham. His contribution in Germany national team started when he was 19 years old in a match between Germany and Hungary in 6 June 2004. In 2008 Europe Cup, Podolski gives great contribution for Germany team. In 2010 World Cup, Podolski scored 2 first goals for Germany. Podolski also joined Germany national team in 2012 Europe Cup as well.