Football: Łukasz Piszczek to bid farewell to Polish national football team

Łukasz Piszczek, a right defender of BVB Borussia Dortmund and the Polish national football team will play in national colours for the last time in the match of Poland against Slovenia.

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Piszczek played 65 times for the national team and scored three goals. He debuted in the national team in February 2007 in a game against Estonia. Poland won the game 4:0. He took part in UEFA Euro 2008, UEFA Euro 2012 and UEFA Euro 2016 and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

For the last time he played in the in a match against Colombia during the tournament in Russia. After the tournament, he announced that he resigned from participation in the national team.

Zbigniew Boniek, the head of the Polish Football Association (PZPN) convinced Piszczek to play in one more game. The match against Slovenia is the last game of the UEFA Euro 2020 preliminaries. Poland has already secured the promotion to the tournament.

The club career of Piszczek begun in youth teams of LKS Goczałkowice-Zdrój and Gwarek Zabrze. At that time, he was playing as a striker. He was noticed by scouts of German Hertha BSC club and he joined the team from Berlin in 2004. Soon after signing a contract with Hertha he was loaned to Zagłębie Lubin.

In season 2006/2007 the club from Lubin, south-west Poland won the championship of Poland. Piszczek played 69 games in Polish league and scored 14 goals.

In 2007 he returned to Hertha and changed position for the right defender. Three years later he joined Borussia Dortmund. He won two German championships with this team, two German Cups and two German Supercups. Moreover, in season 2012/2013 he, along with two other Poles – Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Błaszczykowski – who also played in Borussia at that time, made it to the final of UEFA Champions League. The team was defeated by FC Bayern Munich. In 2018 Piszczek was officially elected the deputy captain of Borussia Dortmund.

The player had also a darker chapter in his career. In 2011, the Polish court sentenced him for taking part in the corruption scandal in Polish football. He turned in himself, plead guilty and voluntarily accepted the penalty. Piszczek was involved in fixing the result of a match against MKS Cracovia in season 2005/2006. Players from the club from Kraków, southern Poland, received PLN 100,000 (EUR 23,308) for fixing the result of the game as a tie. Piszczek was sentenced for a year in prison suspended for three years.

Łukasz Piszczek’s contract with Borussia Dortmund expires in June 2020. He says that he does not intend to end his career yet.