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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jun 12, 2008

Podolski laughs at Poland passport threat

Germany striker Lukas Podolski has ridiculed a threat by a Polish politician to withdraw his Polish passport by revealing he does not even have one.

The Bayern Munich forward was born in Poland, but moved to Germany as a two-year old and grew up near Cologne.

He scored twice as Germany beat Poland 2-0 on Sunday, prompting Polish politician Miroslav Orzechowski to threaten to take away his passport.

'The funny thing is, I don't even have a Polish passport,' said Podolski in the Kolner Express newspaper.

'The Polish Football Association never showed an interest in me.

'Only when I played for the Under-21s and was in the public eye did they start to make moves.'

Podolski refused to celebrate his two goals against the country of his birth and was seen consoling Polish family members in the stands after Sunday's game.

Despite Orzechowski's comments, Podolski maintains he has and always will have a strong relationship with Poland, although he is fully committed to winning Euro 2008 with Germany, as he showed at the weekend.

'I made a decision for Germany and it was the right one,' he added. 'Still, I have two hearts beating inside me.'

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