eTwinzine issue 1 - Page 11

SPORTSPEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRIES

Lukas Josef Podolski was born in 1985 in Gliwice in Poland. In 1987 his parents moved with him and his five-year older sister to West Germany and settled in Bergheim, not far from Cologne. He is married to a Polish woman and they have a son and a daughter.

He is a German professional football player who started his career with the 1. FC Köln in 2003. After three years he switched to the FC Bayern München and stayed there for another three years. Afterwards, Podolski switched back to the 1. FC Köln, where he stayed for another three years, before switching to FC Arsenal. In 2012, he was one of the 10 most popular football players in England according to the high number of jerseys sold (with his name and number 9 on the back). In 2015, Arsenal lent Podolski to Inter Mailand for the rest of the season. In 2015, he switched to the Turkish club Galatasaray Istanbul. He played there till 2016 before switching to Vissel Kobe in Japan where he still plays today.

As a player for the German National Team he scored a total of 49 goals in 130 matches and was World Champion in 2014.

Today he is the co-owner of an ice cream parlour and of a kebab shop.

Miguel F, Lucas G, Juan A, Jules L, Anas Y, Nils R, Mike K, Oskar P, Corentin, Semih B

Tony Parker, his full name William Anthony Parker II, born May 17, 1982 in Bruges (Belgium), often called TP is a French international player of basketball .

Formed at the Federal Center, Tony Parker began his career at Paris Basket Racing in 1999. He was drafted in 28th position in 2001 by the team of Spurs San Antonio with whom he has been evolving since his arrival in the NBA. He has won four NBA champion titles with the Spurs and has been selected six times for the NBA All-Star Game, which rewards the league's top players. He was elected MVP of the NBA finals in 2007. He is the first French player to have been crowned NBA champion and also the first European player awarded with MVP finals. It's French international since 2000 and leads France to the European title in 2013 European Championship, he also ends the "best player" (MVP) and leading scorer with 19 points average (same in 2011 with more than 22 points average). During the EuroBasket 2015, Tony Parker becomes the top scorer (title he loses two years later) and the best passer in the history of continental competition.

He is, by his statistics and his record, considered as the best French basketball player of all time.

Tony Parker is also president and majority shareholder of the French club ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne since 2014 and the women's club Lyon Basket (renamed Lyon ASVEL Féminin) since 2017

The Female Spanish team lifted the Football World Cup last 2nd of December. They defeated Mexico 2-1. The first women's football/ soccer match was in Boetticher field in 1970.

In 1983 the Spanish women's football team was oficialized, and its first match was Spain vs Portugal, this match was the 5th of February 1983. In the European Cup of 1997 "La Roja", the red one, achieved the semifinals but they were eliminated by Italy.

The 9th of June 2015, in the Olympic Stadium of Monreal, "La Roja" debuted vs Costa Rica and they draw 1-1.

After many years and a lot of effort and hard work, the became champions of the world!

Versatile Turkish forward who began his professional career with Anadolu Efes in 2012. He was selected 31st overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

His junior career began with KK Bosna in 2001. He joined the Anadolu Efes junior team in 2007.

He won gold medals with the Turkish team at the FIBA Europe U-18 Championship in 2013 and at the FIBA Europe U-20 Championship in 2014. He was also named FIBA Europe U20 Championship MVP in 2014.

His older brother Dzaner is also a basketball player.

he and fellow forward Jordan Mickey were both early second round selections in 2015. Mickey was taken by the Boston Celtics two picks later.