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Robert Lewandowski – A Class Act

Roy Race refers to him as the quintessential goal-getter.

And he should know.

While pundits continuously joust over tactical protocol; the ability to convert opportunity into goals (with regularity), remains paramount to success within the beautiful game.

Arguably no-one in world football operates on the same level as Polish international Robert Lewandowski.

Born in Warsaw in August 1988; Lewandowski rose to prominence within the lower-leagues, earning a move to top-flight Lech Poznan as a promising 19-year-old. His goal-scoring prowess, helped them secure the League Title in 2009/10 (the first time in 16 years), and courted attention from talent scouts Europe-wide.

Serie A outfit Genoa; and Blackburn Rovers from the English Premiership, were among those reportedly interested in luring the youngster from his homeland. However in June 2010, Lewandowski opted to join Bundesliga contenders Borussia Dortmund.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, he took time to adapt to his new environment, albeit his first season represented a 25% goals-to games strike-rate.

During the 2011/12 campaign however; his progress gathered momentum, due in-part to a flourishing partnership with German International Mario Gotze. Dortmund would complete a domestic league and cup double with Lewandowski contributing 22 goals from 34 league appearances, and a further 7, within the cup run.

Now firmly established; during the 2012/13 season, he broke a long-standing club record (netting in twelve consecutive league matches), and notched 10 Goals in Dortmund’s run to the Champions League Final.

Their conquerors – Bayern Munich; secured his services the following Summer, with Lewandowski making his bow in August 2014.

In each of the corresponding seasons, Munich have secured the Bundesliga title (with Lewandowski their top scorer). And the current World Club Champions, remain firmly on-track to complete a seven-timer in the weeks ahead.

On a personal level Robert Lewandowski looks set to become the second-highest goal-scorer in Bundesliga history (overtaking Klaus Fischer), although Gerd Muller’s all-time record, appears out-with his incredible reach.

History will show, his achievements for both club and country stand alongside those of the aforementioned Melchester Rovers Legend. A strikers striker indeed.

 

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Born in 1963, Peter attended St Mary's Leith High School. Peter worked within the plumbing industry before studying a degree in journalism within the University of Stirling. Peter has been a lifelong sports fan and has volunteered within the Edinburgh Soccer School's programme on numerous occasions.

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