​The European Championships have never been kind to Poland. They did not qualify for the first tournament back in 1960 and needed a huge 48 years to actually reach their first in 2008.


To make matters worse, it took them until 2016 to win a game at the European Championships. For a country who had already finished third in the World Cup on two separate occasions, that was obviously not good enough.


They fell to Portugal in the quarter-finals last time, so they will be looking to improve on that showing this year. To do so, plenty of faith will be put in striker Robert Lewandowski.

Robert Lewandowski

At 31 years old, you'd be forgiven for simply assuming that Lewandowski is on the decline, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The Bayern Munich man has struck 35 goals in just 30 games this season and is in the form of his life.


That goalscoring is yet to carry over into the Euros, where Lewandowski has just two in eight outings, but the entire nation of Poland will have faith in his ability to steer them to glory. There is arguably nobody in world football who is capable of making the most of a chance quite like him.


Let's take a look at what you can expect from Lewandowski this summer.


Clubs He's Represented

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Znicz Pruszków2006-2008
Lech Poznań2008-2010
Borussia Dortmund2010-2014
Bayern Munich2014-present


After cutting his teeth in the lower leagues of Polish football with Znicz Pruszków, his first taste of top-flight action came with Lech Poznań in 2008. The goals flowed in over the next two years, and there were plenty of sides keen to take him on.


A move to Blackburn Rovers collapsed after a volcanic eruption prevented Lewandowski from boarding a flight, and it was Borussia Dortmund who won the race for his signature for just €4.5m - the definition of a bargain.


After a solid debut season in Dortmund, Lewandowski exploded. He scored goals upon goals upon goals as Dortmund, manager Jürgen Klopp and Lewandowski himself all established themselves as greats.

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He managed 103 goals in 187 appearances, before controversially walking away for free to join rivals ​Bayern Munich in 2014. In terms of the greatest free transfers of all time, this one is certainly up there.


His time with Bayern has been legendary. The rate at which he has scored goals has been utterly bonkers, and that's exactly why Poland will look to him this summer.

Achievements

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Polish Cup2008/09
Polish SuperCup2009
Ekstraklasa2009/10
Bundesliga2010/11, 2011/12, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19
DFB-Pokal2011/12, 2015/16, 2018/19
DFL-Supercup2013, 2016, 2017, 2018
Wherever Lewandowski has gone, goals and trophies have never been far behind. I mean, with a striker who scores well over 20 goals every year, how is a team not going to win silverware?

With Lech, he needed just one season to lift the Polish Cup, before going even further and lifting both the SuperCup and the league title in the 2009/10 campaign. At that point, it looked like he was capable of big things.

After making the switch to Dortmund, Lewandowski lifted the Bundesliga title in his first campaign, despite managing just eight goals. He knew that trophy was not really his, and that's when the switch flicked on.

Robert Lewandowski

He exploded into life and led Dortmund to another Bundesliga title, the DFB-Pokal and the DFL-Supercup, but his trophy haul in Germany was just getting started.

A further five Bundesliga titles have followed with Bayern, and there may even be six by the time Euro 2020 is upon us. Basically, Lewandowski scores goals and wins trophies. Simple.

Performance During Euro 2020 Qualification

Rajko Rep,Robert Lewandowski

By Lewandowski's standards, his build-up to Euro 2020 was actually quite disappointing. During qualification for Euro 2016, he fired a ludicrous 13 goals during the ten games, but that wasn't the story this time.


He ended the latest qualification campaign with six goals, three of which came in one game, and he failed to find the back of the net in six separate matches.

However, his impact was still felt as Poland managed eight wins from their ten games, and they finished top of Group G by a comfortable margin of six points.


Their good form didn't do them much good for the draw for the group stage this summer, with Poland drawn in Group E alongside Spain and Sweden. If Poland are to get through that, then Lewandowski will need to be on top form.


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