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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Lewandoski

Polish skipper, Robert Lewandoski, one of the best strikers in the world will lead his team when they take on the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a scheduled international friendly in Warsaw on Friday.

The 29 year old is a very potent striker who will pose a serious threat for the Eagles defence in Warsaw.

Those who follow the Bayern Munich ace might feel close to Robert. But do they really know everything about him?

Here is a chance to test your knowledge of Robert Lewandoski

Christening

Born in Warsaw on 21 August 1988, Lewandowski was given the first name Robert by his parents, so that it would be easy for foreigners to pronounce when he became an international star.

Patriotic Compatriot

The last time Poland reached the FIFA World Cup, in 2006, Lewandowski was coping with the disappointment of being released by hometown club Legia Warsaw but now the Bayern frontman was on scorching form in qualifying for Russia 2018, helping his country claim top spot in Group E and finishing the campaign with a new European record of 16 goals.

Ever since he was given the captain’s armband by Coach Adam Nawalka in late 2014, he has become his nation’s talisman. He equalled David Healy’s record of 13 goals in qualifying for UEFA Euro 2016, where he scored two minutes into the quarter-final as Poland were beaten by eventual champions Portugal on penalties.

Last October, he became the country’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals in 91 appearances

Against Africans

Lewandoski has not played any competitive match against any African side, but he has featured in International friendly matches against South Africa twice, first on the 6th of June 2009, then on the 10th of December 2012, both games ended in a one nil victory for Poland.

The marksman however opened his goal scoring account against an African country, Ivory Coast on November 17, 2010 in an international friendly that ended 3-1 in favour of the Polish side.

Lethal Striker

Lewandowski was determined to stamp his own identity on the European game after making the switch to the Bundesliga, especially after firing Lech to their first Ekstraklasa title in 17 years with a league-leading 18 goals.

A little patience was required – he played second fiddle to Lucas Barrios in 2010/11. But once the Polish marksman began slipping through the gears there was no stopping him. He netted at least 20 goals in his remaining three seasons with BVB, before becoming the first player since Gerd Müller to reach the 30-goal mark in back-to-back campaigns with Bayern. In March 2018 he scored his 100th Bundesliga goal for the Bavarians in a 6-0 thrashing of Hamburg, becoming the club’s leading non-German scorer in all competitions. That performance also put him within 18 strikes of Claudio Pizarro’s record of 192 Bundesliga goals for a foreign player, which will surely be one of the next to tumble.

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