Robert Lewandowski after scoring the opening goal of Euro 2012 for Poland (Getty)
Nearly three weeks after the last football match of last season, the most awaited, Euro 2012 tournament started today. The opening match would pit Poland against Greece, the eventual winners back in 2004. Before kick-off, the Poland coach, Franciszek Smuda, had stated that Robert Lewandowski was likely to transfer to Manchester United this summer. The Polish striker who was voted the Bundesliga Player of the Season, was one of the most prolific scorers for Borussia Dortmund, in their Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double winning campaign.
The Poland international transferred from Lech Poznań in the summer of 2010 for around €4.5m. In total he has made a total of 89 appearances for the Bundesliga champions, scoring 39 goals. Lewandowski has turned himself into the best player for his country, and possible one of the best player for Borussia Dortmund. Lewandowski has always been a player to watch especially when playing for Lech Poznan. In two season with the Polish club, where Manchester City fans got their infamous celebration ‘the Poznań’ from, the Poland striker made a total of 82 appearances, scoring 41 goals which equates to a goal every two games. Lewandowski transferred his skills from the Ekstraklasa to the Bundesliga.
Lewandowski has made a total of 40 appearances for his country since he made his debut in September 2008. He has scored a total of 15 goals. His debut goal came in his national debut against San Marino, in a World Cup qualifier. The Polish target-man came on as a substitute and scored his goal. The only other player to score on his debut in Polish history was Włodzimierz Lubański, who is considered a legend in Poland. Amongst the goals Lewandowski scored for Borussia Dortmund last season, has a hat-trick in the DFB-Pokal final against Bayern Munich, in which the Bundesliga champions won 5-2 to secure a domestic cup double for his club. The Borussia Dortmund striker started for his home nation, Poland in their opening Euro 2012 match with Greece today. In the first half Poland seemed to have the Greek team in their grasps but constantly attacking, but not being able to score. In the 17th minute, Lewandowski scored a close range header from a Jakub Błaszczykowski cross. The game saw two red cards, one for Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Greece, and the other for Wojciech Szczęsny, who was deemed to have brought down Dimitris Salpigidis for a penalty. Poland then brought on replacement keeper, Przemysław Tytoń, who saved the penalty from the Greek captain Giorgos Karagounis. The end result was 1-1 which now sees both Poland and Greece needing a win in their next game, to try to make it out of group A, into the knockout stages.
Robert Lewandowski scoring for Borussia Dortmund last season (Getty)
Lewandowski can also play attacking midfield, which would make him a possible target for Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to make his team more attacking at a quicker pace. The Poland striker would be a good addition to the squad as Dimitar Berbatov seems to be leaving this summer. The Polish striker has been a pleasure to watch the last few months, being on of the in-form striker in the world right now.
“Lewy is going to Manchester United, Jakub also somewhere in England” – Franciszek Smuda
The Poland coach, Franciszek Smuda, has said that Lewandowski will be a Manchester United player next season. It also seems that Borussia Dortmund may also lose Jakub Błaszczykowski, who is a likely target for Real Madrid and Łukasz Piszczek who is likely to go to another Barclays Premier League team. Lewandowski, who is in this last two years at Borussia Dortmund, has also had contract negotiations with the Bundesliga club and according to his agent, Maik Barthel ‘The offer from Dortmund is not enough and I can confirm there is interest from Manchester United.”
The news of Manchester United‘s interest in Lewandowski broke in England today in major newspapers, the Daily Mail, the Express and the Mirror to name a few. The deal is reported to be around £15-£18m and could include Dimitar Berbatov as a makeweight in the deal. I am sure the deal will wait until after the Euro’s but with the Poland coach quoting these details, it could be that it has already been dealt with by the Old Trafford club. Here is a video of Lewandowski’s goal for Poland v Greece in the opening game of Euro 2012, taken from YouTube account ‘oTTi769′;
In his career, Robert Lewandowski has won the following;
Znicz Pruszków – II Liga: 2006–07
Lech Poznań – Polish Cup: 2008–09, Polish SuperCup: 2009 and Ekstraklasa: 2009–10
Borussia Dortmund – Bundesliga: 2010–11 & 2011–12 and DFB-Pokal 2011–12
II Liga top scorer: 2006–07 (15 goals)
I Liga top scorer: 2007–08 (21 goals)
Ekstraklasa top scorer: 2009–10 (18 goals)
DFB-Pokal top scorer: 2011–12 (7 goals)
Polish Revelation of the Year: 2008
Ekstraklasa Player of the Year: 2009
Polish Player of the Year: 2011Bundesliga Player of the Season: 2011–12
At 23 years of age, Lewandowski certainly looks to be a quality signing for any team, time will tell if he will be a Manchester United player next season.
By Paul Bienkowski