World Cup

Lukas Podolski’s Son Takes Penalty at Maracana After Germany Win

Germany's Lukas Podolski plays with his his son Louis Gabriel Podolski after the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, July 13, 2014. MICHAEL DALDER / Reuters

He may not have played in the final — in fact, he was only on the field for a total of 54 minutes in the tournament — but Germany's Lukas Podolski celebrated his team's World Cup victory like a true champion Sunday night.

The Arsenal forward got things started by posing for a selfie with teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger, and before the night was out the prolific tweeter was sharing photos of himself with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany's new biggest fan Rihanna.

But perhaps the cutest image of the night came after most of the crowd had drifted away, when Podolski's six-year-old son Louis stepped up to take penalties against his dad on the hallowed turf of the Maracana.


— David Arnott