Lewandowski can put his country in Pole position



    May 19, 2016

    Lewandowski can put his country in Pole position


    POLAND coach Adam Nawalka last Thursday unveiled his provisional 28-man squad for Euro 2016 led by Robert Lewandowski, the top scorer with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

    The 27-year-old helped secure Poland's Euro berth with 13 goals in the qualifying campaign to equal David Healy's record, set in the qualifiers for Euro 2008 while playing for Northern Ireland.

    With 34 goals in 75 games for Poland, it seems only a matter of time before Lewandow-ski breaks his country's all-time record of 48 scored by Wlodzimierz Lubanski in the 1960s and 1970s.

    Nawalka said he would swop Lewandowski for neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi, such is the worth he puts on his goal-scoring skipper above the world's best players.

    Lewandowski made history at the start of the season by coming off the bench to send Bundesliga records tumbling with five goals in nine minutes in a 5-1 rout of Wolfsburg.

    He has not stopped scoring since.

    He first forged his reputation in four seasons at Borussia Dortmund.

    He netted a hat-trick against future employers Bayern in the 2012 German Cup final, then bagged four in the 2013 Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

    Despite Dortmund's best efforts to keep him, he walked away to join rivals Bayern on a free transfer in 2014.

    His goal-scoring form in Bayern's run to the Champions League semi-finals means that most of Europe's top clubs with deep pockets and a thirst for titles have been linked to him.

    The European Championship will be another chance for the striker to showcase his phenomenal talent.

    With Carlo Ancelotti to replace Pep Guardiola as Bayern's head coach next season, Lewandowski is keeping his cards close to his chest about his future plans as Munich's bosses try and tie down his future past 2019.

    He scored the opening goal of Euro 2012 and looks set to add to his tally at European finals in France.






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