Michał Żewłakow

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Michał Żewłakow
Michał Żewłakow 2011.jpg
With Legia Warsaw in 2011
Personal information
Full name Michał Żewłakow
Date of birth (1976-04-22) 22 April 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Warsaw, Poland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Center back, Full back
Youth career
1987–1988 Drukarz Warsaw
1988–1990 Marymont Warsaw
1990–1995 Polonia Warsaw
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Polonia Warsaw 11 (0)
1995–1996 Hutnik Warszawa
1996–1998 Polonia Warsaw 89 (6)
1998–1999 Beveren 24 (1)
1999–2002 Mouscron 91 (4)
2002–2006 Anderlecht 94 (3)
2006–2010 Olympiakos 124 (4)
2010–2011 Ankaragücü 19 (1)
2011–2013 Legia Warsaw 44 (0)
National team
1999–2011 Poland 102 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 June 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2010

Michał Żewłakow (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmixaw ʐɛvˈwakɔf], born 22 April 1976) is a former Polish footballer defender who used to captain the Polish national football team and is its most capped player ever.

Career[edit]

Early career in Poland[edit]

Born in Warsaw in April 1976, Żewłakow spent eight years with Polonia Warsaw and broke into the first team in 1996–97.

Belgium[edit]

He was loaned to Belgium's KSK Beveren in October 1998 before signing – together with his twin brother Marcin – for R. Excelsior Mouscron for a combined fee of €485,000. Żewłakow went on to become a key player, helping the club reach the 2002 Belgian Cup final.

RSC Anderlecht[edit]

After following coach Hugo Broos to RSC Anderlecht, in his second season he made his UEFA Champions League debut as Anderlecht wrested back the Belgian title from Club Brugge KV. The next season he lost his place but regained it in 2005–06 as Anderlecht won the league again.

Olympiacos F.C.[edit]

In the summer 2006, he moved to Olympiacos on a free transfer.[1]

Ankaragücü[edit]

At the end of the 2009–10 season, Olympiacos gave him a low offer, so he preferred not to renew his contract. On 16 June 2010 Ankaragücü signed the Polish international left-back on a free transfer from Olympiakos Piraeus.[2]

Legia Warsaw[edit]

In June 2011, he joined Polish club Legia Warsaw on one-year contract.[3]

International[edit]

Poland's first-choice left-back during qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Żewłakow was the only player to appear in all ten of his country's qualifying matches. He played in two games at the 2002 World Cup and was a regular in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004 and the 2006 World Cup, where he again appeared three times in the finals in Germany.

Poland goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 March 2001 Warsaw, Poland  Armenia 4–0 Win 2002 WCQ
2. 7 February 2007 Jerez de la Frontera, Spain  Slovakia 1–2 Draw Friendly
3. 6 September 2008 Wrocław, Poland  Slovenia 1–1 Draw 2010 WCQ

Family[edit]

Michał Żewłakow has a twin brother, Marcin, who plays for GKS Bełchatów as a striker. They became the first twins ever to play together for Poland when they were picked in the starting lineup to face France in February 2000 and were teammates at the 2002 World Cup.

Honours[edit]

RSC Anderlecht

Olympiacos FC

Legia Warsaw

References[edit]

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