PHOTO: Podolski as a child, with the 'same dream' as now

Lukas Podolski 3 Germany

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has posted a picture of himself as a child as he looks ahead to the World Cup final.

Arsenal player Lukas Podolski has gone rummaging through his embarrassing photos and pulled out a cracker.

The German international posted a picture of himself as a child wearing an Italia '90 t-shirt along with the message 'The same Poldi, the same dream'.

That 'dream' appears to be World Cup triumph, as Germany prepare to face Argentina in this Sunday's final.  

Joachim Loew's side will be favourites among many to win the tournament after their devastating semi-final performance against Brazil and the fact that Lionel Messi and co had to go the distance against the Netherlands.

Of course anything can happen in the final, and with Messi on the pitch a single moment of magic could change everything. But something suggests that this Germany side will not leave South America disappointed, such is the way they have set about their campaign.

As for Arsenal's Podolski, he has had to make do with a watching brief for much of the competition. But you never know, he could ultimately make the difference; something the boy in the picture could only have dreamed of.

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