A youthful Podolski carried the hopes of a nation on his young shoulders when Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup finals and after his three-goal haul put him on the map as an international striker, he was expected to become one of Europe’s biggest striking stars.
However, a move to Bayern Munich after the tournament failed to reap the rewards he would have hoped for and it was only after he returned to his first club FC Cologne in 2009 that he started to look the part once more for club and country.
He will move to English Premier League side Arsenal after Euro 2012 and he will look to head there with another successful major tournament on his C.V. and after playing in nine of his nation’s qualifying matches for this tournament, he can expect to see plenty of action this summer.
With a fine scoring record at international level and an equally impressive assists total in recent years, his form could be vital to Germany’s hopes this summer. The only question may be whether he plays as an out and out striker in a 4-3-3 formation or in the left winger role he has warmed to with the national team in recent years .