Hands down one of the greatest strikers in the world at the moment, Robert Lewandowski is one of the star attractions of the upcoming European Championships in France and it would not be an exaggeration to state that Poland’s hopes of doing well in the competition solely rests on his shoulders.
Born in Varsovia, Warsaw in 1988, Lewandowski started off playing football for his home city as a teenager before making his first foray into professional football by joining Delta Warsaw and then Znicz Pruszków in 2006.
The striker enjoyed two very successful seasons with Znicz, helping the club to promotion into the Polish I Liga (second division) and his exploits earned him a move to one of Poland’s biggest clubs, Lech Poznan, back in 2008 for a meagre £260,000.
Teams he will face in the Euros
Northern Ireland, Germany, Ukraine
75 caps, 34 goals (As of May 14, 2016)
2015/16 club record
50 matches, 42 goals
Premier League experience
Lewandowski continued his scoring spree at Poznan as well, managing 41 goals in just 82 appearances and many in his homeland felt that the recently capped Polish international would be earning a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Surely enough, German giants Borussia Dortmund came calling for Lewandowski’s signature and it was at the Signal Iduna Park where the prolific hitman managed to grab the attention of the world.
In a wonderfully exuberant team led by the charismatic Jurgen Klopp, Lewandowski played as the focal point and led the club to two consecutive Bundesliga titles (2011, 2012) as well as the Champions League final in 2013, scoring 103 goals in 187 appearances.
Following four extremely successful seasons at Dortmund, Lewandowski decided to make a controversial switch to Bayern Munich in 2014 on a free transfer and he has continued his stunning form in front of goal in Bavaria as well, managing 67 goals in 99 appearances so far.
Style of Play
Just like how a shark can smell blood from half a mile away, Robert Lewandowski is a player who naturally possesses a nose for goals. Lewandowski can be devastating around the 18 yard box and opposition defenders should allow him space at their own peril.
At 185 cm, the 27-year-old is unsurprisingly good with his head but also is tremendously nimble on the ball and can create shooting space for himself even in the most congested of situations.
Tall, strong and possessing an innate ability to find the back of the net, Lewandowski is a dream of a striker and as evidenced by his 13 goals during the European Championship qualifiers, he will be crucial for Poland in France.
Which Premier League club would he suit? Arsenal
Arsenal fans have been crying out for a prolific striker for many years now and it would not be a crazy assumption to think that the Gunners could have won the Premier League title this season, if they had Lewandowski leading the line.
With Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez pulling the strings, Lewandowski would certainly have thrived at Arsenal and his goalscoring prowess would have made the North London side which has been starved of success in recent years, almost unstoppable.
Did you know?
- Lewandowski’s father was a Polish judo champion who also played professionally for Hutnik Warszawa, his mother is a former volleyball player while his wife is a Karate bronze medalist.
- Having scored a stunning 5 goals in just 9 minutes during Bayern’s victory over Wolfsburg back in September 2015, Lewandowski holds four Guinness World Records for the feat.
- English side Blackburn Rovers nearly signed Lewandowski back in the summer of 2010 but the transfer did not come into fruition as the volcanic ash from Iceland forced the cancellation of his flight.
Lech Poznań - Ekstraklasa: 2009–10, Polish Cup: 2008–09, Polish Super Cup: 2009
Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga: 2010–11, 2011–12, DFB-Pokal: 2011–12, DFL-Supercup: 2013
Bayern Munich - Bundesliga: 2014–15, 2015–16