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Lukasz Piszczek


ABOUT
ABOUT

Łukasz Piszczek is a Polish professional footballer who was born June 3, 1985 in Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland. He currently plays at the position of right Back for the Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and Poland national football team.


Background


In 2001, Piszczek began his career as a striker for Gwarek Zabrze under the coaching of Vincent Sosiński. He broke many goalscoring records for them at a junior level. In 2004, he was the top scorer at the 2004 UEFA European Under-19 Championship alongside Ali Ozturk.


Debut

On February 3, 2007 he made his debut for the Polish national team in a friendly match against Estonia. It took him five long years to score his first international goal which came in a match against Ukraine on March 22, 2012.


Rise to glory


During the 2006-07 Ekstraklasa season, Piszczek played with Hertha BSC and was mostly utilized as a Centre forward. He ended the season with 11 goals and ended as the club's second highest goal scorer after Chalubinski(13).


Low points


On July 2011, the Polish Football Association imposed a six month suspension on him as fee allegations were made against him for indulging in fixing in a match against KC Cracovia, even after he didn't play the match. Though, the suspension was cancelled in September 2011.


Club career


Piszczek began his club career with Gwarek Zabrze as a striker in 2001. He played well for them and broke many records at the junior level. He also won the Polish Youth Championship in 2003 for them and also became the top scorer at the 2004 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.


After seeing his performances, Hertha BSC Immediately signed him in place of their striker Zaglebie Lubin. So, as they left a striker from their team, Piszczek was given the opportunity to play as a center forward. He made full utilization of it as he became their second highest goal scorer after Chalbinski. He .oissed most of the matches during 2009-10 due to a hip injury.


In 2010, he moved to Borussia Dortmund on a contract till June 2013. His first goal for them came during the last minute in a match against Mainz 05 to provide hai team a 2-1 away win. He played an important role in the Dortmund's road to the UEFA Champions League final as he played 11 out of their 12 games. In 2017, his contract was extended to June 30, 2019 which was further extended by an year.


Records


He was part of the Zaglebie Lubin squad when they won the Ekstraklasa 2006-07. He was also with the Borussia Dortmund when they won the Bundesliga in 2010-11 and 2011-12; DFB Pokal in 2011-12 and 2016-17; DFL Supercup in 2013 and 2014. He was also named in the Bundesliga Team of the Season for 2015-16 and 2016-17.

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