Robert Lewandowski

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Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski FCB.jpg
Lewandowski with Bayern Munich in 2014
Personal information
Full name Robert Lewandowski
Date of birth (1988-08-21) 21 August 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Warsaw, Poland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 9
Youth career
1997–2005 Delta Warsaw
2005–2006 Legia Warsaw II
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Znicz Pruszków 32 (21)
2008–2010 Lech Poznań 58 (32)
2010–2014 Borussia Dortmund 131 (74)
2014– Bayern Munich 15 (7)
National team
2008 Poland U21 3 (0)
2008– Poland 66 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:23, 16 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

Robert Lewandowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈrɔbɛrt lɛvanˈdɔfskʲi] ( ); born 21 August 1988) is a Polish footballer who plays as striker for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and captains the Polish national team.

After being the top scorer in the third and second tiers of Polish football with Znicz Pruszków, he moved to top-flight Lech Poznań, and was the top scorer in the league as they won the 2009–10 Ekstraklasa. In 2010, he transferred to Borussia Dortmund for a reported €4.5 million, where he won honours including two consecutive Bundesliga titles. Before the start of the 2014 season, he moved to their rivals Bayern Munich.

A full international for Poland since 2008, Lewandowski has earned over 65 caps and was a member of their team at Euro 2012. With 23 goals, he ranks eighth among their top scorers of all time.

Club career

Early career

Lewandowski started his career at Varsovia, where as a teen he played for seven years.[2] The following year he moved to Delta Warsaw where he finally managed to play in the first team, scoring four goals.[3]

In 2006–07, Lewandowski was the Polish third division's top goal scorer with 15 goals, helping Znicz Pruszków win promotion.[4] The next season he was the top scorer in the Polish second division with 21 goals.[4]

Lech Poznań

Lewandowski, playing for Lech Poznań, was the top scorer of the 2009–10 Ekstraklasa with 18 goals.

In June 2008, Lech Poznań signed Lewandowski from Znicz for 1.5 million złotys.[2][5] Earlier that month, Lewandowski's agent Cezary Kucharski offered him to his former team Sporting Gijón, which had been promoted to the Spanish top league after ten years in the second tier. However, Sporting rejected him.[6]

He made his debut for Lech in July 2008 as a substitute 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

2010–11 season

Following press speculation that Lewandowski might move to one of a number of clubs[7][8] he joined Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in June 2010, signing a four-year contract with the German club[9] for a fee reported to be worth around 4.5 million.[10] 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.[11]

2011–12 season

Lewandowski celebrates winning the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double with Borussia Dortmund in 2012

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.[12] Lewandowski opened his league account in a 2–0 win over 1. FC Nürnberg on 20 August 2011 by providing the finishing touch from a Mario Götze cross.[13] On 1 October, Lewandowski provided an assist and netted a hat-trick in the club's 4–0 victory over FC Augsburg,[14] following a disappointing 3–0 loss to Olympique de Marseille in the Champions League group stage.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] Due to his strong performance, he was named Best Player of the Year in Poland.[18]

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.[19] He scored the only goal of the game in a 1–0 home win over Bayern Munich on 11 April.[20] The result gave Dortmund a six point cushion over their title rivals with only four games left to play.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23]

Lewandowski finished the year as the third top goal scorer with 22 goals, none from the penalty spot, and six assists.[24]

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.[25][26] Lewandowski finished as the DFB-Pokal's top goalscorer, with seven goals from six games.[27]

2012–13 season

Lewandowski with Dortmund signing autographs in the 2012–2013 season

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.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30] He finished season with 24 league goals, one goal short to Bundesliga's topscorer Stefan Kießling; however, 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.[31] According to Borussia 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.[32]

On 24 April 2013, Lewandowski became the first player to score four goals in a Champions League semi-final as Borussia Dortmund defeated Spanish champions Real Madrid 4–1 in the first leg at BVB's Westfalenstadion.[33][34] On 25 May, he played in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final as Borussia were defeated 2–1 by Bayern Munich.[35]

2013–14 season

On 27 July 2013, Lewandowski won the 2013 DFL-Supercup with Dortmund 4–2 against Bayern Munich.[36] He scored his first goal of the season in Dortmund's 4–0 defeat of Augsburg in the club's opening Bundesliga match on 10 August.[37] On 1 November, he scored his only hat-trick of the season in a 6–1 Bundesliga win against VfB Stuttgart.[38]

On 25 February 2014, Lewandowski scored twice in Champions League round-of-16 first-leg against Zenit Saint Petersburg, becoming BVB's overall top scorer in European competition, surpassing Stéphane Chapuisat's 16 goals record.[39] He scored his 100th goal for the club on his 182nd appearance, as Dortmund defeated VfL Wolfsburg in the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal on 16 April 2014, and revealed a shirt with the number 100 in celebration.[40]

Lewandowski ended the 2013–14 season as the top goalscorer in the Bundesliga with 20 goals.[41] He also scored six goals in the Champions League, as Borussia reached the quarter-finals.[42] During the second leg of the Round-of-16 match between Borussia Dortmund and Zenit St. Petersburg, Lewandowski received a second yellow card which resulted in him being suspended for the first leg of the quarter-final against Real Madrid.

Lewandowski played his final match for Dortmund in the 2014 DFB-Pokal Final against Bayern Munich on 17 May. Manager Jürgen Klopp had excused him from some training ahead of the final due to injury concerns; although Lewandowski played all 120 minutes of the final, Dortmund lost 2–0.[43]

Bayern Munich

In November 2013, Lewandowski confirmed he would sign a pre-contractual agreement for Borussia Dortmund's rivals Bayern Munich[44] which officially happened on 3 January 2014; signing a five-year contract, joining the team at the start of the 2014–15 season.[45] Lewandowski was officially presented as a Bayern Munich player on 9 July 2014.[46]

2014–15 season

Pre–season started on 9 July 2014[47] at which time he was presented.[46] He made his pre–season debut on 21 July 2014, scoring a goal in the process.[48] He made his first team debut for his new club in a 2–0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup on 13 August 2014.[49] He scored his first goal in a 1–1 draw against Schalke 04 in his second league match on 30 August.[50] On 1 November, in his first league match against Dortmund, Lewandowski scored in a 2–1 win which put Bayern four points clear at the top of the table while leaving his former club in a relegation play-off place.[51]

International career

Lewandowski (right) playing for Poland against Hungary in 2011

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.[52][53] Only Włodzimierz Lubański 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 after an assist from then Dortmund teammate Jakub Błaszczykowski and was named Man of the Match.[54] 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.[55][56]

After his goal at Euro 2012, Lewandowski struggled for goals with the national side scoring just twice – both were penalties in the 5–0 win against San Marino on 26 March 2013 during the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. Later on in the campaign, on 6 September, he scored the equaliser against Montenegro in a 1–1 home draw.[57]

On 7 September 2014, in Poland's first Euro 2016 qualifier, away against Gibraltar, Lewandowski scored his first international hat-trick, netting four goals in a 7–0 win.[58]

Career statistics

Club

As of 16 December 2014.[59]
Club Season League League Cup Europe Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Znicz Pruszków 2007–08 I Liga 32 21 2 0 34 21
Lech Poznań 2008–09 Ekstraklasa 30 14 6 2 12 4 48 20
2009–10 28 18 1 0 4 2 1 1 34 21
Total 58 32 7 2 16 6 1 1 82 41
Borussia Dortmund 2010–11 Bundesliga 33 8 2 0 8 1 43 9
2011–12 34 22 6 7 6 1 1 0 47 30
2012–13 31 24 4 1 13 10 1 1 49 36
2013–14 33 20 4 2 8 6 1 0 46 28
Total 131 74 16 10 35 18 3 1 185 103
Bayern Munich 2014–15 Bundesliga 15 7 2 1 6 2 1 0 24 10
Career total 236 134 27 13 57 26 5 2 325 175

1 Including Polish SuperCup, DFL-Supercup.

National team

(correct as of 18 November 2014)
Poland Year Friendlies Qualifiers Competition Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2008 1 1 3 1 - - 4 2
2009 6 0 6 1 - - 12 1
2010 13 6 - - - - 13 6
2011 11 4 - - - - 11 4
2012 4 1 3 0 3 1 10 2
2013 4 0 6 3 - - 10 3
2014 2 1 4 4 - - 6 5
Total 41 13 22 9 3 1 66 23

International goals

Scores and results list Poland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 2008 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 2–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
2. 19 November 2008 Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland  Republic of Ireland 3–1 3–2 Friendly
3. 1 April 2009 Arena Kielc, Kielce, Poland  San Marino 4–0 10–0 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
4. 23 January 2010 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand  Singapore 1–0 6–1 2010 King's Cup
5. 2–0
6. 3 March 2010 Stadion Polonii Warszawa, Warsaw, Poland  Bulgaria 2–0 2–0 Friendly
7. 7 September 2010 Stadion Miejski, Kraków, Poland  Australia 1–1 1–2 Friendly
8. 17 November 2010 Stadion Miejski, Poznań, Poland  Ivory Coast 1–0 3–1 Friendly
9. 3–1
10. 9 February 2011 Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal  Norway 1–0 1–0 Friendly
11. 6 September 2011 PGE Arena Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland  Germany 1–0 2–2 Friendly
12. 7 October 2011 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  South Korea 1–0 2–2 Friendly
13. 11 October 2011 BRITA-Arena, Wiesbaden, Germany  Belarus 2–0 2–0 Friendly
14. 2 June 2012 Pepsi Arena, Warsaw, Poland  Andorra 2–0 4–0 Friendly
15. 8 June 2012 Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland  Greece 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 2012
16. 26 March 2013 Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland  San Marino 1–0 5–0 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
17. 3–0
18. 6 September 2013 Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland  Montenegro 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
19. 6 June 2014 PGE Arena, Gdańsk, Poland  Lithuania 2–1 2–1 Friendly
20. 7 September 2014 Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal  Gibraltar 3–0 7–0 UEFA Euro 2016 Qualification
21. 4–0
22. 6–0
23. 7–0

Honours

Club

Znicz Pruszków
Lech Poznań[60]
Borussia Dortmund[60]

Individual

Outside football

Lewandowski was chosen to be on the cover of FIFA 15 Polish version next to Lionel Messi.[62]

Personal life

Lewandowski's father, Krzysztof (died in 1995),[2] was a Polish judo champion, and also played football for Hutnik Warszawa in the second division.[63] His mother, Iwona, is a former volleyball player for AZS Warszawa and later vice-president of Partyzant Leszno.[2][63] His sister, Milena, also plays volleyball and has represented the U21 national team.[63] His wife, Anna Stachurska, won the bronze medal at the 2009 Karate World Cup.[63] They married on 22 June 2013 in Warsaw.[64]

Lewandowski is a practising Catholic.[65][66] He met Pope Francis in October 2014 when Bayern Munich visited Vatican City following a 7–1 win over AS Roma.[67]

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