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Robert Lewandowski
Gender Male
Ethnic Polish
Job Polish Footballer
Desc The Pole scored a crazy 48 goals in 47 matches for Bayern in 2019. This season alone, he’s bagged 30 in 25 games. The best No.9 in world football


Org Poland National Team
Club as Player Bayern Munich


Wife Anna Lewandowski
2014 03 22
Robert Lewandowski of Dortmund celebrates scoring his goal during the Bundesliga match between Hannover 96 and Borussia Dortmund at HDI-Arena in Hanover, Germany

2016 04 30 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski revealed that he eats desserts first and starters last during meals and that the new habit has confused his team-mates] They still don’t understand. They shake their heads when they see me finishing with some soup

2016 06 04 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski on how a four legged friend helped him to success] I dribbled and played against him as a child. My dog was a boxer and was always trying to get the ball off me. It was fun. Even when he nicked it from me, he would give it back and keep playing. When I had to do training runs, I would do it with my dog. After an injury early in my career, I noticed that I got tired quickly doing these runs, but I managed to get back in shape after a while. Once the dog struggled to keep up with me, I knew I was back in form.

2017 01 28 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowsk i​reiterates his desire to stay with the Bavarians] Bayern is one of the best teams in the world – on a par with Real Madrid and Barcelona. A move for me would not mean a step up. We can win every trophy. Furthermore, I’m very happy in Munich

2018 02 24 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski speaks about his World Cup memories] The first World Cup I remember was France 1998, the France-Brazil final. Zinedine Zidane scored two goals. When Poland played at the World Cup in 2002, I remember listening to the games at school before going home. We didn’t play well, but now we have very good players and a very good team. Expectations in Poland are very high, but for us, the most important thing is the first game

2019 04 06 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski reveals the most difficult defenders he’s faced in] In the Champions League, Sergio Ramos. He’s a great centre-back, not just defensive, even with the ball. In the Bundesliga, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels, that was always a challenge and not easy to play [against]

2019 05 23 Retrieve

[Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski encouraged the club to go after Leroy Sane] I’ve already seen many times how good he is. That’s a player who can immediately take us higher, who improves the team

2019 06 19 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski says Bayern Munich’s German players are very much looking forward to Leroy Sane linking up with the Bavarian outfit] Bayern’s German players are now very much looking forward to Sane’s signing, but we have to wait and see what is going on. They are legends, of course their departure is sad. But Bayern will also sign more and better replacements. I believe that the winger Bayern will sign in the future will be as good as Robben and Ribery.

[Lewandowski insists they need to recruit to hold off Borussia Dortmund, who finished two points back in second place last term] In order to have a good performance next season and to overcome Dortmund, I hope that Bayern can do something in the transfer market this summer

[Lewandowski is unconcerned by their failures though] The Bundesliga clubs’ bad performances in the Champions League this season is just an accidental phenomenon. Premier League teams also did not perform well before. I think Bundesliga clubs will be doing much better next season

[He insists he is eyeing a Bayern legend’s record] Gerd Muller won Bundesliga top scorer seven times, I want to do better. But it is not a fair competition, I did not start my career in the Bundesliga like Gerd

2019 07 17 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski has urged Bayern Munich to make more signings if the Bundesliga giants want to remain competitive and win the Champions League] We have to wait for more transfers to come in. t is difficult to win the Champions League without new signings. To play at that top level, you need certain qualities and a strong team to be competitive. We haven’t really done a big transfer in the past two years. We need new signings. Everyone knows it’s not optimal that we have so few players in the first team right now. We need more players for the competition in training. I hope something will happen in the next few days

[On recruits Lucas Hernandez and Pavard] Players like Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard can only help us. They are versatile, both world champions and ready to play at the top level at Bayern and we can be successful with them

[Lewandowski replied when asked about negotiations] We are in talks. I don’t know how long it will take but we are on the right track. I feel really well, not only with the team but I also love the city. It doesn’t only depend on me, there’s other factors. We still have to finish our negotiations. It’s a little too early to say I want to end my career in 2023. If I get this extension, I would like to play longer of course. I still feel young. How long I want to play, I have to figure it out still. I’m not thinking about it now

2019 07 20 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski is planning ‘at least another four years’ in his remarkable career, with the Bayern Munich striker having no retirement thoughts just yet] I want to play for at least another four years. I don’t feel like I’m about to turn 31. I’ll try to make the most of my time, and that means keeping myself in the best shape possible

[He is fully committed to being at the top of his game for as long as possible] A football career doesn’t last that long. Everything I do should help me to keep playing

2019 07 30 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski commented on a potential transfer, saying that Leroy Sane’s international team-mates are excited by the prospect of also linking up at club level] Bayern’s German players are now very much looking forward to Sane’s signing, but we have to wait and see what is going on

2019 08 07 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski has urged Bayern Munich to make three new signings as he vented his frustrations at a lack of arrivals at the Bundesliga champions] I think we need three new players. We lost three players in attack with Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez, and so far we have not had a [proven] new signing in that area

We need another attacking winger - even if Leroy Sane comes. Perhaps a No.6 or a central attacker.

[With another Champions League campaign to contend with as they target European glory and domestic dominance, Lewandowski believes the team is short on numbers] If you want to play a whole season with 13 or 14 experienced pros, it’s going to be hard. We have 50, 60 games over one full season, not three, four, five or six months. We have too few players for that, and [president Uli] Hoeness and [CEO Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge know my opinion

2019 08 18 Retrieve

[Philippe Coutinho could be an option on the left wing, in midfield, or even in the No.10 role where James Rodriguez often impressed during his loan spell in Bavaria. Wherever he plays, Coutinho will make a difference and his new team-mates are expecting him to make an instant impact due to his outstanding ability] I don’t think he’ll need that much time to adapt to our system and ideas. I think he’s the sort of player that can settle in without many problems. He is a top player. Such a player could be the difference in whether you win something or not.

2019 08 25 Retrieve

[When it was put to him the deal was 99 per cent concluded] Not yet, maybe 95 per cent

I can always play better, and I have the potential improve each season. I can do something special on my own every season, but I try to help the team. No matter who I play against, I always try to score goals

2019 08 28 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski believes Bayern Munich have the advantage over Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga title race as he claims they boast more quality than their rivals after landing Philippe Coutinho] Dortmund did a lot [in the summer window], they have a big squad. But in the end it’s not about quantity, but about quality. And from that point of view it’s clear to me that we have the players of higher quality

Philippe Coutinho’s final ball is insane, he can be the key in important games, especially in the Champions League. He can give us that something special. It makes us more unpredictable [with Coutinho in the team], which makes us more dangerous

From my point of view there are only details left to clarify [regarding a contract extension]. Maybe I can even reach the 300-goal mark in the Bundesliga. I would like to play another five, six years at the top level

2019 08 29 Retrieve

[With athletes like Ronaldo and NFL superstar Tom Brady still putting in peak performances late in their careers, Lewandowski has followed a similar path thanks to a personalised nutrition plan designed by his wife, karate champion and fitness expert Anna Lewandowska] I write his nutrition plans. I have deleted dairy products from the diet, as well as gluten. Depending on the training phase, there is porridge made from millet or protein in the form of tartare for breakfast. Otherwise a lot of seafood and fish. We love pumpkin noodles

2019 08 29b Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski has extended his contract at Bayern Munich by two years, taking his time at the Bundesliga champions through to 2023] Bayern has become my home town. We also feel very comfortable as a family in Munich. I am convinced that we will achieve a lot in the next few years. Bayern is one of the three biggest clubs in the world and we have an outstanding team. I’m proud to be part of this club

2019 09 02 Retrieve

[Hasan Salihamidzic has criticised Robert Lewandowski after the Poland striker questioned the club’s transfer policy] He does not have to worry about my job or the job of (CEO) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge or (president) Uli Hoeness - and certainly not in public. He does not have to - I think he understood that. If we do not do that (invest in young players), it will be difficult for Bayern, we can not spend hundreds of millions every summer. That’s what we talk about again and again with coach Niko Kovac, and although we aim to win the championship and once again the Champions League, we need to invest in these young players on a regular basis

[Former Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn will succeed Rummenigge as chief executive next summer amid speculation that could spark structural changes among the Bayern hierarchy] This is immovable. As sports director, I am already filling the responsibilities of a sports director. Of course I want to keep going. I have a great responsibility, I can shape things, and of course I have to endure a lot, but I can handle that, as I have shown. A lot has been achieved, I have seen a lot, learned a lot, particularly in the not so easy transfer period of 2019. In short, I have developed myself

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Bundesliga fans have grown accustomed to seeing Robert Lewandowski’s signature goal celebration over the last decade - but the Bayern Munich hitman is remaining tight-lipped as to its full meaning] The celebration has something to do with my daughter. I don’t want to go into details, it’s a little secret! I want to show that my family are always behind me, as that has helped me a lot in my career as a footballer.

[Lewandowski’s daughter, Klara, was born to wife and fellow professional athlete Anna in May 2017] There’s so much euphoria [when you score] that you just don’t think. It just happens. Sometimes I think afterwards, ‘what did I do?’ You just do whatever your heart or head tells you to do, which is what happens to me on the pitch. That moment when you score a goal and 80,000 fans cheer your name is a really special feeling. You get goosebumps and just want to fly. But I also know that you need to come back to reality after just a few seconds - you can’t let the euphoria show. It’s hard to explain what you experience in that moment. I wish everyone could enjoy that feeling at least once in their life

[He admits that he initially found the move, his first outside of his native Poland, to be a real challenge, though he did still notch his first eight Bundesliga goals] The first six months, I have to be honest, were really difficult for me. I couldn’t speak a word of German. I could only say ‘thank you’ and ‘s**t’! It wasn’t easy to learn a new culture and language. I knew that I needed to power through and then I could focus on football. It was a special feeling when I first put the [Bayern] shirt on. It was the first time I could really feel the weight of a huge club on the shirt I was wearing. I was really proud. I knew that I could develop here and that I wanted to come here and stay

2019 09 08 Retrieve

[Star striker Robert Lewandowski has tipped Philippe Coutinho to become one of their most important players this term] He can be the key in important games, especially in the Champions League. He can give us that something special. [Coutinho’s presence] makes us more unpredictable, which makes us more dangerous

2019 09 11 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski hopes to have won the same level of respect as Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery when his time comes to leave Bayern Munich] To have that goodbye is definitely a dream of mine. I’m not yet thinking of leaving, but to be honest I almost had tears in my eyes when saying goodbye to them. The experience was not only a nice moment for Ribery and Robben, but also for us as team-mates. To have such a nice farewell is something special

[However, Ivan Perisic, Philippe Coutinho and Mickael Cuisance all arrived late in the window, placating the Poland international] Those responsible have done a good job in the transfer market. We can be glad that we now have such strong new additions to our team.

We prepared really well in pre-season. The results can already be seen in how we play football. How we build our game and the movements we have in attack already look very good. I benefit from that as well

2019 10 27 Retrieve

[Lewandowski happy with new Bundesliga record but Kovac wants more from Bayern] I always try to do my best, to perform to the best of my ability. I’m glad we won. I want to help the team with my goals, with my play, with my movements. I’m glad about the record of course, but I focus on football and training. Maybe I’ll think about it more at the end of the season

2019 11 09 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski believes Bayern Munich are suffering from a lack of on-field leadership] There should be a leader in each area of the team, on each line: goalkeeper, defender, one in the midfield, one in attack. That would be perfect. It can’t be on one player to lead, that’s too much, that’s impossible. What we’re sometimes missing are commands. The young players are of course a little reserved, or they have a problem with the language. But I know that two or three months in a country are enough to be able to give orders. You have to expect that

[Lewandowski, 31, suspects the reserved nature of the younger players in the squad is the result of a changing society] Players today are a bit afraid to talk, or maybe don’t have that desire. This is a generation that writes a lot of text messages, communicates a lot on the internet, makes fewer phone calls. It’s just another culture. Previously you had 20 players in the dressing room, everyone said something, often loud, and the next day it was okay again to talk

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski has revealed who he believes to be his toughest ever opponent] The toughest opponent? There are plenty of good defenders, but it has always been great to have duels against Sergio Ramos. I was always happy to be able to compete with him

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski says that Bayern Munich interim boss Hansi Flick is the right man to shepherd the side through until next summer] I believe that Hansi Flick is the right man. He should have a chance to be our coach, at least until the end of the season. We have a good relationship with him, his tactical and footballing knowledge is at a high level and in a short time, he has shown us what we can do to improve our playing and winning

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski is enjoying an outstanding start to the season with Bayern Munich but insists there is room for him to improve further] I worked very hard for this form. Currently it is going perfectly, my body feels good. It’s good to have that in mind, but it does not mean that I’m resting. I want to get even better. I know when I can do more and when I need to slow down. My passport says: ‘Robert Lewandowski, 31 years old’. But that’s not how I feel. My best spell is just starting now and hopefully will continue for some more years. The best is yet to come

2019 11 23 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski makes a vow that will send chills down defenders’ spines] My passport says: ‘Robert Lewandowski, 31 years old’. But that’s not how I feel. My best spell is just starting now and hopefully will continue for some more years. The best is yet to come

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Lewandowski shatters Champions League goalscoring record in Bayern Munich rout] The most important thing is that we played well, defensively and offensively, we have fun, no matter who plays, we follow our plan. I’m also happy if I do not score and we win nevertheless

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Having now netted 27 goals in 20 games for Bayern this season] I must admit, I’m addicted to goals.

2019 12 14 Retrieve

[Lewandowski’s link-up with Coutinho put Bremen to the sword and threatened an even greater margin of victory] That was his game today, with the ball, with the movement. How he did it was outstanding. We need such a player. I am very pleased that he showed how good he is and what great potential he has

2019 12 14b Retrieve

[Philippe Coutinho bagged a hat-trick in Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga meeting with Werder Bremen today] It was outstanding how he did that today. We need this kind of player. I’m really happy that he showed what he is able to do

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Magician Coutinho passing Bayern Munich audition to show Barcelona what they’re missing] That was his game today, with the ball, with the movement. How he did it was outstanding. We need such a player. I am very pleased that he showed how good he is and what great potential he has

2020 01 21 Retrieve

[Flick has made it work by playing a 4-1-4-1 formation with Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho supporting Robert Lewandowski, and the German veteran sometimes playing on the right rather than through the middle] It’s easier with Thomas next to me. He helps me out a lot; we complement each other very well. Thomas is always heading towards the opposition goal, with a lot of movement. We always have one player more in the penalty area when he plays, I have more space and not always two or three opponents against me. Maybe we’ll play together more often.

2020 02 21 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski says he considered joining Manchester United when he received a call from Sir Alex Ferguson] I was speaking with Ferguson after two years at Dortmund and at that time I was really thinking about a move to Manchester United. Because of Ferguson and because of Manchester United. Borussia Dortmund said: ‘No, that’s that.’ That was the first time I was thinking about the move because if you get a phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson, for a young player it was something amazing. That was a special day for me

I want to play for a long time. I don’t feel 31 years old and everything I am doing now is working to keep me in top for the next five, six years. I don’t want to be a striker who spends 90 minutes in the box waiting for the ball. I don’t like just getting the ball 10 times during a game. It’s not enough for me; I find those games difficult

Sometimes you have to be there waiting for the ball and if you get it once in the 90 minutes you have to be ready. But I say: ‘I want to be part of the team, of the game, I want to move and pass and not just wait for the ball’. That’s why I am always looking for space to get the ball and find my teammates. I can work on everything still. But one thing? Maybe to shoot from distance

2020 02 21b Retrieve

[Lewandowksi hails former coaches’ motivational techniques] At Dortmund we bet that if I score 10 goals [in training] then Jurgen Klopp gives me €50. The first training sessions, I score three or four. Then after five, six, seven sessions I score seven, eight. Then after three months I score every training more like 10.

After a few weeks Jurgen said: ‘No more, it’s too much for me. I don’t want to pay you any more.’ That was part of my mentality. That was very helpful for me. And good in another way. Before I had a lot of problems with my body language - being more a part of the game and training. My body language was the same. Sometimes you have to be more angry. For me that was never going to happen.

I had to change. That was under Klopp. He told me sometimes he didn’t know if I was angry or happy. Nobody likes changing something in yourself. That was not easy. But I knew if I wanted to be a better player and move to the next step in my career I had to start. He is an amazing guy. It doesn’t matter what he says: you believe him. Everything is from the heart

I learned a lot from Pep Guardiola. We spoke a lot about tactics and for me that was something new. I knew that if I could play for Guardiola with his mind and his ideas - about tactics, about strikers - that it would be good for me. In modern football it’s very difficult to play without a striker. I’ve not seen that for a few years.

They [Guardiola and Klopp] are different trainers but if you make a mix from both it would be perfection

2020 03 21 Retrieve

[Lewandowski joins Bayern Munich team-mates in donating to coronavirus charity] We are all aware of the difficult situation around us. Today we all play as a team. Let us be strong in this fight. If we can help someone, do it. This situation affects all of us, so we ask that you follow the instructions and listen to those who are most aware. Show responsibility! We believe that we will soon return to our normal life. We are in this situation together and we are through it together

2020 05 13 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski weighed in on the reports linking Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich] There is a lot of speculation. I can only say that he is a great player with great skills who can harmonise very well with his team-mates. Not just in the Premier League or the Champions League, we’ve already seen what he could do at Schalke. He could certainly help us find new solutions in our game.

[Flick has since earned the job on a permanent basis] It is great news for us. In the past few months we have all seen how well it fits with him. With him, everyone is going in the same direction, cooperation and communication. We have a lot of trust in him. It is very important and I am happy about it. Hopefully we will win many titles together.

[As a fellow striker, Lewandowski is excited to get back to work with Klose involved] I know Miro. He was a great player and I know that he can help us with his experience and skills. You can learn something new from every coach to be a better player. I want that from him too

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[Asked to pick out his favourite No.9s] A difficult question. If we talk about nine, I would say: Karim Benzema, Timo Werner, Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Kylian Mbappe

2020 05 15 Retrieve

[Lewandowski said, when quizzed on Haaland who has netted 12 times in 11 appearances for Dortmund] He has huge potential, but still has time. I don’t want to put any pressure on him with my statements. If he works hard, he can become a better player and eventually reach the top level. Therefore it might be good for him if he would stay in the Bundesliga longer before taking the next step

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Bayern’s Lewandowski targets playing career well beyond 35 years old] I was at the award ceremony last December. We’ll see. What I try to do is to always show the best of myself, win trophies and score more goals. But that’s something that comes with collective trophies. That’s the most important thing. I don’t even think about the Ballon d’Or, even if, in my life, I believe that anything is possible. I am not yet in the best period of my career. Soon (I’ll be). But all of these are just numbers. I am confident that the best moment of my career will come quickly. I know this is not my last contract. I want to play longer and stay in shape. I have all the time in front of me to think about the future, but I feel really good. I’m going to celebrate my 32th birthday next August, but that doesn’t mean that I feel this age. For me, it doesn’t matter in terms of everything I do, my involvement in and outside of football. What I want is not just staying on top for the next two or three years, I’m looking at the longer term

[Lewandowski puts his spectacular form down to a careful regimen of diet and training to keep mentally and physically sharp] I don’t eat meat on the day of a match. It’s too heavy for my body. I eat light - that’s what I need. The meal depends on several things: when is the game, what time is it […] If you eat rice or pasta, it will bring you big benefits in terms of energy in the very short term. But, over time, you gain nothing. It’s not easy [to score] especially when you are tired. With 90 per cent of goals, it’s the head that does the work and it’s influenced by your level of concentration. If you’re tired, your thinking will automatically be slower. In the penalty area, we have only 0.1 seconds, maybe 0.2, to think, make our decision and interact with the ball. That’s why we come to training, because there is no other place to build automatic movements and shots. Whether it’s left foot, right foot, whatever, you have to be ready. You don’t even have to think about it - you have to do it

2020 06 17 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski wants to see even more from Bayern Munich in the Champions League after sealing another Bundesliga title] We are German champions. Of course it is a bit complicated without celebrating fans. That certain extra, this passion is missing. We are still very satisfied. It was not an easy season, we fought for the title for a long time. I hope that we can celebrate with the fans in the stadium soon. Werder played a little more defensively but well in the first half. In the second half we should have scored a goal, then it would have been a little easier. We showed that we are the best team in Germany and we want to play even better in the Champions League

We had to fight hard, but that describes a bit the situation of the last few weeks. We stayed with it. The fighting spirit, regardless of the quality, is enormous. With this comeback that we started and the way we played in the second half of the season, I have rarely had so many emotional moments in Bundesliga matches, whether at Borussia Dortmund [a 1-0 win last month] or today. When I look at the boys, we achieved this common goal and it is one that we achieved with pride. s

We will devote ourselves to the evening in compliance with the rules and let the emotions run wild for the time being. During the coronavirus period, everyone has to have a single table, but we will not necessarily give up. You can still lift a glass two metres away with a little distance

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Lewandowski dominates voting to win Bundesliga’s Player of the Season award] I am not yet in the best period of my career. Soon (I’ll be). But all of these are just numbers. I am confident that the best moment of my career will come quickly. I know this is not my last contract. I want to play longer and stay in shape. I have all the time in front of me to think about the future, but I feel really good. I’m going to celebrate my 32th birthday next August, but that doesn’t mean that I feel this age. For me, it doesn’t matter in terms of everything I do, my involvement in and outside of football. What I want is not just staying on top for the next two or three years, I’m looking at the longer term. I don’t even think about the Ballon d’Or, even if, in my life, I believe that anything is possible

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Lewandowski’s haul came across 31 games and he suggested a full 34-game campaign meant have resulted in an ever better return] Unfortunately I missed three matches this campaign. I am very pleased with the 34 goals, but of course thanks must go to the team