I'm an Arsenal legend and World Cup winner… now I'm planning a record-breaking music festival at F1 track | The Sun

HE'S a former World Cup winner that has played for Arsenal and Bayern Munich.

And since leaving the Premier League in 2015 he's had a jet-setting career that has seen him play in Turkey, Japan and now in Poland at the age of 38.

But the former Arsenal forward, who scored 31 goals in 82 games for the Gunners, has made an unusual job choice as he enters the twilight of his footballing career.

The former German international is organising a four-day music festival called Glucksgefuhle which translates to Happy Feelings.

The festival will take place on the legendary F1 track Hockenheim.

Over 100,000 fans are expected to attend between September 14 and 17.


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Acts will include top DJs Steve Aoki and Paul van Dyk, as well as ATB – who had a UK No.1 with "9 PM (Till I Come)."

If the German, Polish and Arsenal links didn't give it away yet, the answer to the mystery player turned festival organiser is of course… Lukas Podolski.

The Polish-born German forward helped Arsenal end their nine year trophy drought as part of the squad that won the 2014 FA Cup.

That summer, he was also part of the Germany squad that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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He made 130 appearances for the German national team before retiring in 2017.

Now 38, he plays in his native Poland for Gornik Zabrze.

Despite his advancing age he returned six goals and ten assists in 29 appearances this season.

On organising the massive festival alongside his playing career, Podolski told German outlet Bild: "The last few years have taken a great toll on everyone, and times are still tough.

"It's for this reason we want to offer people a bit of time out with this festival.

"We want to look at lots of happy faces at the Hockenheim circuit.  People should have the chance to switch off for a couple of days."

Not only will Podolski be appearing at the festival, he says he will be taking up a job as a grill master at the event alongside organising it.

The festival has drawn comparisons with California's annual Coachella mega-event.

A host of German music stars are due to perform, and funfairs, football tournaments and yoga classes are also planned to take place.

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