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Lewandowski in 2010
|Full name||Robert Lewandowski|
|Date of birth||21 August 1988|
|Place of birth||Warsaw, Poland|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||Borussia Dortmund|
|2005–2006||Legia Warsaw II||?||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Robert Lewandowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈrɔbɛrt lɛvanˈdɔfskʲi]; (born 21 August 1988) is a Polish footballer who plays for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Poland national football team as a striker. Having previously played for Delta Warsaw, Legia Warsaw, Znicz Pruszków and Lech Poznań, he joined Dortmund in 2010.
Club career 
Early career 
Lewandowski started his career at Varsovia Warsaw, where as a teen he played for seven years. The following year he moved to Delta Warsaw where he finally managed to play in a first team scoring four goals.
In 2006–07, Lewandowski was the Polish third division's top goal scorer with 15 goals, helping Znicz Pruszków win promotion. The next season he was the top scorer in the Polish second division with 21 goals.
Lech Poznań 
He made his debut for Lech in July 2008 as a sub in a first round UEFA Cup qualifier versus Khazar Lenkoran from Azerbaijan. In that match, he scored the only goal of the match. During his Ekstraklasa debut in the first game of the season in a match against GKS Bełchatów, he scored a heel flick goal just four minutes after coming into the game late second half. In his first season in the Polish top division, he was second in the goal-scoring charts. The next season, he became the top scorer with 18 goals and helped his team win the 2009–10 championship.
Borussia Dortmund 
Following press speculation that Lewandowski might move to one of a number of clubs he joined Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in June 2010, signing a four-year contract with the German club for a fee reported to be worth around €4.5 million. On 19 September, he scored his first goal in the Bundesliga to make it 3–0 in the Revierderby against Schalke 04; the game ended 3–1.
In the 2011–12 Bundesliga campaign, Lewandowski profited from an injury of Lucas Barrios and he was elevated to an ever-present position in the starting XI until the winter break. The striker responded by finding the net two times in Dortmund's 3–0 DFB-Pokal first round victory over SV Sandhausen. Lewandowski opened his league account in a 2–0 win over 1. FC Nuremberg on 20 August 2011 by providing the finishing touch from a Mario Götze cross. On 1 October, Lewandowski provided an assist and netted a hat-trick in the club's 4–0 victory over FC Augsburg, following a disappointing 3–0 loss to Olympique de Marseille in the Champions League group stage. Dortmund climbed into second place in the Bundesliga with a comfortable 5–0 victory over 1. FC Köln on 22 October, with Lewandowski finding the net either side of half-time. Dortmund travelled to SC Freiburg on 17 December and Lewandowski struck twice and provided an assist for Kevin Großkreutz, as Dortmund eased to a 4–1 triumph. Due to his strong performance, he was named Best Player of the Year in Poland.
Following the winter break, on 22 January 2012, Dortmund thrashed Hamburger SV 5–1 to move level on points with leaders Bayern Munich; Lewandowski netted twice and added an assist for Jakub Błaszczykowski in the rout. He scored the only goal of the game in a 1–0 home win over Bayern Munich on 11 April. The result gave Dortmund a six point cushion over their title rivals with only four games left to play. On 21 April, Lewandowski provided the assist for Shinji Kagawa's 59th minute goal as Dortmund won 2–0 over Borussia Mönchengladbach to seal their second straight title. In the final Bundesliga game of the campaign, Lewandowski scored two first-half goals as Dortmund beat Freiburg 4–0 and celebrated lifting the title.
Lewandowski finished the year as the third top goal scorer with 22 goals, none from the penalty spot, and six assists.
In the final game of the season for Dortmund, he scored a hat-trick in the DFB-Pokal Final, a 5–2 win over Bayern Munich, to earn the club its first league and cup double. Lewandowski finished as the DFB-Pokal's top goalscorer, with seven goals from six games.
Lewandowski made his first appearance of the Bundesliga campaign in Dortmund's 2–1 victory over Werder Bremen on the opening day of the season. He netted his first goal in the 3–0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on 15 September 2012, extending Dortmund's run to 31 games unbeaten and moved the club into third in the Bundesliga. He set club's new record of the longest scoring streak, having scored in 12 consecutive league games, surpassing Friedhelm Konietzka record from 1964–65 season. He finished season with 24 league goals, one goal short to Bundesliga's topscorer Stefan Kießling, hovewer Lewandowski missed three games, including two due to red card suspension.
In the club's first Champions League game of the season, Lewandowski netted an emphatic 87th-minute winner to defeat Ajax by a score of 1–0. On 24 April 2013, Lewandowski became the first player to score four goals in a Champions League semifinal as Dortmund beat Spanish champions Real Madrid 4–1 in the first leg at the Signal Iduna Park.
According to Dortmund director Michael Zorc, speaking in February 2013, Lewandowski will not be renewing his contract with the club, and will leave either in the summer of 2013 or after the 2013–14 season.
International career 
Lewandowski made three appearances for Poland's U21 team, in friendly matches against England, Belarus and Finland.
His debut for the senior national team came on 10 September 2008, three weeks after his 20th birthday, against San Marino where he came on as a sub and scored one goal. Only Włodzimierz Lubański, who is widely considered a "legend", scored a goal on his debut for the national team at a younger age than Lewandowski, having been 16 at the time.
Playing in Warsaw in the opening match of the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament against Greece, Lewandowski scored the first goal of the competition and was named Man of the Match. He played in all three games for Poland in the tournament, as the co-hosts crashed out of the group stage with two points earned.
Career statistics 
- (correct as of 18 May 2013)
|Delta Warszawa||2004–05||III Liga||?||4||0||0||–||–||?||4|
|Legia II Warszawa||2005–06||II Liga||?||2||0||0||–||–||?||2|
|Znicz Pruszków||2006–07||II Liga||?||15||2||1||–||–||?||16|
- (correct as of 26 March 2013)
International goals 
- Scores and results list Poland's goal tally first.
|1.||10 September 2008||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle||San Marino||2–0||2–0||2010 World Cup qualifier|
|2.||19 November 2008||Croke Park, Dublin||Republic of Ireland||3–1||3–2||Friendly|
|3.||1 April 2009||Arena Kielc, Kielce||San Marino||4–0||10–0||2010 World Cup qualifier|
|4.||23 January 2010||80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima||Singapore||1–0||6–1||2010 King's Cup|
|6.||3 March 2010||Stadion Polonii Warszawa, Warsaw||Bulgaria||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|7.||7 September 2010||Stadion Miejski in Kraków, Kraków||Australia||1–1||1–2||Friendly|
|8.||17 November 2010||Stadion Miejski, Poznań||Ivory Coast||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|10.||9 February 2011||Estádio Algarve, Faro||Norway||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|11.||6 September 2011||PGE Arena Gdańsk, Gdańsk||Germany||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|12.||7 October 2011||Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul||South Korea||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|13.||11 October 2011||BRITA-Arena, Wiesbaden||Belarus||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|14.||2 June 2012||Pepsi Arena Stadium, Warsaw||Andorra||2–0||4–0||Friendly|
|15.||8 June 2012||National Stadium, Warsaw||Greece||1–0||1–1||Euro 2012|
|16.||26 March 2013||National Stadium, Warsaw||San Marino||1–0||5-0||2014 World Cup qualification|
- Znicz Pruszków
- II Liga: 2006–07
- Lech Poznań
- Borussia Dortmund
- II Liga top scorer: 2006–07 (15 goals)
- I Liga top scorer: 2007–08 (21 goals)
- Ekstraklasa top scorer: 2009–10 (18 goals)
- DFB-Pokal top scorer: 2011–12 (7 goals)
- Polish Revelation of the Year: 2008
- Ekstraklasa Player of the Year: 2009
- Polish Player of the Year: 2011, 2012
Personal life 
Lewandowski's father, Krzysztof (died in 1995), was a Polish judo champion, and also played football for Hutnik Warszawa in the second division. His mother, Iwona, is a former volleyball player for AZS Warszawa and later vice-president of Partyzant Leszno. His sister, Milena, also plays volleyball and has represented the U21 national team. His fiancee, Anna Stachurska, won the bronze medal at the 2009 Karate World Cup. They are engaged to marry in 2013 in Warsaw. Lewandowski is a devout Catholic Christian, and has said that he is proud of his faith.
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