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Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski 2013 in Wilhelmshaven.jpeg
Lewandowski playing for Borussia Dortmund in 2013
Personal information
Full nameRobert Lewandowski
Date of birth(1988-08-21) 21 August 1988 (age 25)
Place of birthWarsaw, Poland
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubBorussia Dortmund
Number9
Youth career
1997–2004Varsovia Warsaw
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2005Delta Warsaw(4)
2005–2006Legia Warsaw II(2)
2006–2008Znicz Pruszków32(21)
2008–2010Lech Poznań58(32)
2010–Borussia Dortmund118(67)
National team
2008Poland U213(0)
2008–Poland60(18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 February 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013
 
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Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski 2013 in Wilhelmshaven.jpeg
Lewandowski playing for Borussia Dortmund in 2013
Personal information
Full nameRobert Lewandowski
Date of birth(1988-08-21) 21 August 1988 (age 25)
Place of birthWarsaw, Poland
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubBorussia Dortmund
Number9
Youth career
1997–2004Varsovia Warsaw
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2005Delta Warsaw(4)
2005–2006Legia Warsaw II(2)
2006–2008Znicz Pruszków32(21)
2008–2010Lech Poznań58(32)
2010–Borussia Dortmund118(67)
National team
2008Poland U213(0)
2008–Poland60(18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 February 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Robert Lewandowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈrobert levanˈdofskʲi] ( ); born 21 August 1988) is a Polish footballer who plays as striker for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Polish national team.

Club career

Early career

Lewandowski started his career at Varsovia Warsaw, 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 zlotys.[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 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

2010–11

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

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 Nuremberg 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

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] with Lewandowski himself confirming his desire to leave amid strong interest from Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.[33]

On 24 April 2013, Lewandowski became the first player to score four goals in a Champions League semifinal as Borussia Dortmund defeated Spanish champions Real Madrid 4–1 in the first leg at BVB's Signal Iduna Park.[34][35]

2013–14

On 27 July 2013, Lewandowski won the 2013 DFL-Supercup with Dortmund 4–2 against rivals Bayern Munich.[36]

On 1 November 2013, Lewandowski scored a hat-trick for Dortmund in a 6–1 win against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.[37] On 30 November 2013, Lewandowski scored two decisive penalty kick goals in a 3–1 win for Dortmund against Mainz in the Bundesliga.[38]

Lewandowski was accused of assaulting a 17-year-old student on 24 January 2014. The student allegedly showed Lewandowski the middle finger. The student filed a complaint with the police. Lewandowski has denied the incident.[39] On 25 February 2014, Lewandowski scored twice in Champions League last 16 first-leg against Zenit St Petersburg, becoming BVB's overall top scorer in European competition, surpassing Stéphane Chapuisat's 16 goals record.[40]

Bayern Munich

In November 2013, Lewandowski confirmed he will sign a pre-contractual agreement for Borussia Dortmund's rivals Bayern Munich.[41] On 3 January 2014, he signed a five-year contract, joining the team at the start of the 2014–15 season.[42]

International career

Lewandowski (right) playing for Poland against Hungary

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.[43][44] 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 Jakub Błaszczykowski and was named Man of the Match.[45] 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.[46][47]

Since 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 during the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. However, he scored the equaliser against Montenegro on 6 September 2013.[48]

Career statistics

Club

As of 25 February 2014.[49]
ClubSeasonLeagueLeagueCupEuropeOther1Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Delta Warszawa2004–05III Liga?400?4
Legia II Warszawa2005–06II Liga?200?2
Znicz Pruszków2006–07?1521?16
2007–08I Liga3221203421
Total32+424134+43
Lech Poznań2008–09Ekstraklasa3014621244820
2009–1028181042113421
Total583272166118241
Borussia Dortmund2010–11Bundesliga3382081439
2011–1234226761104730
2012–133124411310114936
2013–1422142176103221
Total1196814933183116996
Career total2091332512492442287180

1 Including Polish SuperCup, DFL-Supercup.

National team

(correct as of 6 September 2013)
PolandYearFriendliesQualifiersCompetitionTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
20081131--42
20096061--121
2010136----136
2011114----114
2012413031102
20132043--63
Total3712154315618

International goals

Scores and results list Poland's goal tally first.
#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.10 September 2008Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle San Marino2–02–02010 World Cup qualifier
2.19 November 2008Croke Park, Dublin Republic of Ireland3–13–2Friendly
3.1 April 2009Arena Kielc, Kielce San Marino4–010–02010 World Cup qualifier
4.23 January 201080th Birthday Anniversary Stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima Singapore1–06–12010 King's Cup
5.2–0
6.3 March 2010Stadion Polonii Warszawa, Warsaw Bulgaria2–02–0Friendly
7.7 September 2010Stadion Miejski in Kraków, Kraków Australia1–11–2Friendly
8.17 November 2010Stadion Miejski, Poznań Ivory Coast1–03–1Friendly
9.3–1
10.9 February 2011Estádio Algarve, Faro Norway1–01–0Friendly
11.6 September 2011PGE Arena Gdańsk, Gdańsk Germany1–02–2Friendly
12.7 October 2011Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul South Korea1–02–2Friendly
13.11 October 2011BRITA-Arena, Wiesbaden Belarus2–02–0Friendly
14.2 June 2012Pepsi Arena Stadium, Warsaw Andorra2–04–0Friendly
15.8 June 2012National Stadium, Warsaw Greece1–01–1Euro 2012
16.26 March 2013National Stadium, Warsaw San Marino1–05–02014 World Cup qualifier
17.3–0
18.6 September 2013National Stadium, Warsaw Montenegro1–11–12014 World Cup qualifier

Honours

Club

Znicz Pruszków
Lech Poznań
Borussia Dortmund

Individual

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.[50] His mother, Iwona, is a former volleyball player for AZS Warszawa and later vice-president of Partyzant Leszno.[2][50] His sister, Milena, also plays volleyball and has represented the U21 national team.[50] His wife, Anna Stachurska, won the bronze medal at the 2009 Karate World Cup.[50] They married on 22 June 2013 in Warsaw.[51] Lewandowski is a devout Catholic Christian, and has said that he is proud of his faith.[52][53]

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