fact was perfectly realized by Joachim Löw and he gave him an
opportunity to tell the last word and to say goodbye to fans for whom
he had been playing for 13 years. Podolski did it very eloquently and
according to a really beautiful scenario. Lukas’s goal became the
only one in the match with England, it was victorious and in his
typical style. It was impossible to do anything else that evening.
When he left the field, last time wearing a national team shirt, the
whole “Westfalen” heard the music from the movie “Gladiator”,
and fans were crying. The legend had gone. The last player who was
the face of the national team of Germany in the mid 2000s had left.
was a boy when he was invited in the national team in 2004 to play in
the European championship which became the absolute failure for the
national team of Germany and Podolski had played only one half there.
But that was an important event for the German football because Lukas
became one of those representatives of a new generation of the German
football that will bring the country to success later. Since then he
became an integral part of the national team on any large tournament
and in any friendly match. He always was the person on whom you could
rely at any time. Lukas didn’t demonstrate good physical fit in
club, didn’t score in tens of matches, but he was regularly invited
to the national team because you couldn’t imagine the national team
national team is not only 90 minutes in the field but the proper
inner atmosphere and team spirit without which it is not possible to
achieve big victories. Poldi, as nobody else, was the brightest
figure of the team, its soul and heart. He was loved and appreciated
by all, and he returned the love. And he always did well at the field
to football is like love to the woman and a family, it is always
– Lukas says. In his eyes it is easy to read that football for him is
something bigger, than just a profession. And, despite the fact that
Podolski was born in Poland about which he never forgets, he grew up
and matured in Germany and he is grateful to this country for this
and does everything he can in order to wear the football shirt of
the past 13 years in the national team Podolski has participated in 8
large tournaments: 2005 Confederations Cup, 3 World Cups and 4
European championships. Each history was in its own way very good,
but special emotions are caused by 2006 World Cup, the first for
Lukas, the home one: ”
have never experienced such atmosphere and euphoria since that time
in Germany. All was faultless – full stadiums of our fans, the
fantastic atmosphere all over the country
But undoubtedly, the main achievement was the victorious 2014 WC. And
despite the fact that Podolski wasn’t first-team regular player and
had played only the little part of all matches on that tournament,
his merits can’t be underestimated; we remember how important he is
for his team. Not by accident, Podolski was invited to the national
team 97 times when the head coach of the team was Joachim Löw –
may be the most successful modern coach.
had finally finished his career in the national team being 31 years
old with exactly 130 matches behind him and 49 scored goals. It is a
pity that he wasn’t able to round off the column “goals”.
But till yesterday evening there were 48 goals, but Podolski couldn’t
leave the field without scoring a goal for which the whole stadium
was waited. Having scored improbable kick, Lukas as if couldn’t
believe in what he did, had clutched himself at the head. Such scored
ball had caused admiration even of the opponents who had realized
that this evening can’t be spoiled as it was written especially for
Lukas Podolski. Even Joe Hart, right after the goal, greeted Lukas,
understanding how delightful and significant it was.
confirm our words about Podolski’s greatness, it is enough to
demonstrate the figures which are speaking for themselves:
Only two football players had played more matches for the national
team of Germany than Lukas (130) who overtook on Bastian
Schweinsteiger (121) and Philipp Lahm (113): Lothar Matthäus (150)
and Miroslav Klose (137).
Only 3 football players had scored for the national team more than
Lukas: Miroslv Klose (71 goals), Gerd Müller (68) and Joachim
130 different players replaced each other in the national team during
Podolski’s performances for Germany.
4672 days had passed between the first and last match of Lukas for
the national team.
this history didn’t leave anybody indifferent. Many fell in love
with the national team of Germany of the mid 2000s which last
embodiment was Podolski. All its other representatives have already
finished their performances in the national team and not everyone had
such a warm goodbye match. After the final whistle of the match with
England, the stands were full of fans for more than 30 minutes,
people were singing songs, and Lukas said goodbye to all of them as
if he shared this special day with everyone on the stands. He was
trying to fight back his tears, and many fans even didn’t try to do
this as it was useless. The great football player and personality, a
role model was leaving the national team of Germany. Lukas Podolski
was going away.