Lukas Podolski was born in Gliwice, but at the age of two, he moved with his parents to Germany. It was there that he learned to play football and became a global star. The pinnacle of his career is winning the 2014 World Cup. “Poldi” never forgot about his roots, and even at the height of his career, he remembered Poland.
He always promised that at the end of his career, he would join Górnik Zabrze, and he kept his word. In 2021, he signed a contract with his beloved team, where he immediately became a true leader. After the fall round, the team is in 7th place in the Ekstraklasa table and is set to compete for European cups in the spring. Górnik’s fans have high hopes for Podolski, who had a lot on his plate in Germany before the resumption of the season.
The 38-year-old and Mats Hummels founded their own league, which has garnered significant interest. The matches take place in a hangar near Cologne, and the captains of the 12 teams are well-known figures from the sports and entertainment industries. The project has attracted attention from “Kicker,” who took the opportunity to ask Podolski about the situation of his second beloved team – FC Koeln. “I think the only advantage they have is the fans.
I like to recall the days when we were fighting to stay in the league. Ultimately, it’s the points that matter, and they need to be collected,” he added. The club where he was raised currently occupies 16th place in the Bundesliga and has to fight hard to avoid relegation.