Robert Lewandowski will lead Poland in Euro 2020 which is all set to begin on 11th June in Rome. Poland manager Paul Sousa has picked his 26-man squad for the mega event and has handed the armband to their record scorer Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker has been in exceptional form recently and Poland would be highly dependent on him for glory.
In 2020/21, Lewandowski outperformed every player in Europe’s top five leagues, scoring 48 goals in 41 competitive appearances, including a Bundesliga-record 41 goals in 29 games. He currently has 294 goals for Bayern Munich, who have won the Bundesliga title in each of his seven years with the club after signing on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund. His performances also saw him becoming the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year in 2020.
It’s not as if Lewandowski saves his greatest performances for Bayern Munich. The Poland captain also became the first player ever to record 16 goals in a single FIFA World Cup European qualification campaign en route to Russia 2018, and he also scored six goals in ten Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Lewandowski made his debut for Poland against San Marino in a World Cup qualifiers in September 2008 and now the prodigious forward has 66 goals in 118 matches for his country. Since then, Lewandowski has been a prominent player of the squad, having been selected captain by Waldemar Fornalik in 2013.
A year later, he was named permanent leader of Poland, and he was in fine form as the team qualified for Euro 2016, reaching the quarter-finals in France. Poland was eliminated in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, and they will be eager to make amends this summer. Lewandowski will be hoping to replicate his club performances for Poland and eventually showcase his best form in the major event.
Poland’s campaign in Euro 2020
Poland qualified for Euro 2020 after finishing at the top of the qualifiers table with eight wins from ten matches ahead of Austria, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Israel, and Latvia.
They are drawn in Group E and will kick off their campaign with a clash against Slovakia on 14th June in St. Petersburg followed by a contest against Spain on 19th June in Seville and will be back in St.Petersburg for their final group stage match against Sweden on 23rd June.