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Lewandowski, Neuer & De Bruyne nominated for UEFA award.

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Bayern Munich duo Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer have been nominated alongside Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year prize for last season, European football’s governing body announced on Wednesday.

The winner will be announced –- along with the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year — on October 1, when UEFA hold the draw for this season’s Champions League group stage at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Lewandowski and Neuer starred as Bayern won the Champions League, beating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the final in Lisbon in August.

Polish striker Lewandowski scored an astonishing 55 goals in 47 games as Bayern won the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup. He top-scored in the Champions League with 15 goals.

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Goalkeeper Neuer also played a key role in Bayern’s triumphant campaign, while Belgian playmaker De Bruyne scored or set up 33 goals in the English Premier League and was nominated despite City finishing second to Liverpool domestically and going out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals to Lyon.

Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski celebrates after winning at the end of the UEFA Champions League final football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on August 23, 2020.<br />MATTHEW CHILDS / POOL / AFP

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi just missed out on being shortlisted, coming fourth in the vote by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of last season’s Champions League and Europa League, along with 55 selected journalists, one from each of UEFA’s member associations.

England star Lucy Bronze is a contender to win the women’s prize for the second year running after helping Lyon win the Champions League for the fifth season in a row before recently signing for Manchester City.

Her Lyon colleague, the France defender Wendie Renard, is also shortlisted alongside the Danish striker Pernille Harder, who recently joined Chelsea after helping Wolfsburg get to the Champions League final.


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No decision yet on who the best is by performance? ‘Messi or Lewandowski’

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No formal comparison yet between Messi and Lewandoski.

On Thursday night, the two hitmen played perfectly just team differencies and seniority shown.

More to follow…

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‘Lewandowski is more better than Messi this time’ – Müller

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Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller believes Robert Lewandowski can prove he is better than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in next week’s Champions League last-eight tie.

Lewandowski has been in the form of his career this season, netting 53 goals in just 44 games in all competitions for the German champions – and scored twice Bayern’s 4-1 Champions League win over Chelsea on Saturday.

Barcelona captain Messi also scored in the Champions League on Saturday night with a sensational solo goal, as the Catalans beat Napoli 4-1 on aggregate to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final contest against the Bundesliga giants.

When Mueller was asked whether Lewandowski is the best all-round attacker in the world right now, he said: ‘We’ll see that on Friday. Lewy will have to answer this question.

‘Messi also played very well today. But it’s up to Lewy and us to answer this question in Lewy’s favour on Friday.’

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Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick was also delighted with Lewandowski’s contributions in the win over Chelsea, describing the Polish forward as a vital component of his side.

The head coach said: ‘We would not mind if he continued like this. He showed again today how important he is for us.

‘He not only scored two goals, but also assisted two goals. We are very happy that we have him in our team.’

Winning the Champions League would cap off a brilliant season for Bayern Munich, who have already lifted the Bundesliga and German Cup trophies this term.

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It is a different story for Messi’s Barcelona, who failed to win a domestic trophy during the 2019-20 after conceding the league title to rivals Real Madrid and being knocked out of the Copa Del Rey by Athletic Bilbao in February.

Despite this disappointment, Mueller says the La Liga side should not be underestimated by Bayern ahead of the last-eight contest on Friday.

Mueller added: ‘Barca may not have won the Spanish championship and they have certainly revealed some problems.

But anything can happen in these knockout games. Any run can end there if you have a bad day.’

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Injuries, Heartbreak and Weakness despite Juventus winning the league

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Juventus lost two players to injury in the first half as defender Danilo had to go of after colliding with Gaston Ramriez and Paulo Dybala suffered a muscular injury to his left leg.

Juve doubled their lead in 67th minute. Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero could not hold Ronaldo’s shot and Bernardeschi, who had replaced Danilo, snapped up the rebound.

Ronaldo’s evening ended on a sour note when he smashed a penalty against the crossbar after Alex Sandro was fouled.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hope of winning the Golden boot on probability even after winning the Serie A.

Ciro Immobile nets an hat-trick to secure his 34th goal levelling with Robert Lewandoski and leading Ronaldo by 3 goals in the race.

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Immobile levels with lewandowski in Golden Boot race

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Ciro Immobile has drawn level with Robert Lewandowski at the top of the European Golden Boot standings.

The Italian striker netted his 32nd, 33rd and 34th league goals of the season in Lazio’s 5-1 win over Hellas Verona on Sunday.

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Lewandowski had led the race of the award, given out to the highest scorer in Europe’s major leagues, with 34 goals in the Bundesliga this campaign.

Immobile’s first goal against Hellas came from the penalty spot, giving him a total of 14 from 12 yards this season – a Serie A record.

Cristiano Ronaldo is behind him in the Serie A scoring charts on 30, including 12 penalties of his own.

Immobile now has two games to surpass Lewandowski to win the European Golden Boot and close in on the Serie A record haul in a season of 36 goals, achieved by Gonzalo Higuain for Napoli in the 2015/16 campaign.

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Officially: Lewandowski named Bundesliga best player of 2019/20

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Robert Lewandowski has been officially named Bundesliga Player of the Season for 2019-20 season.

In 2019/20, Lewandowski set the record for most goals scored in a single Bundesliga season by a non-German player, who has scored 33 goals and made 4 assists in 30 games

Lewandowski has reached the 40-goal mark in five successive seasons.

He is once again up to 30 in the Bundesliga this term, which represents the third time he has hit that tally – and the first since 2016-17.

Only the legendary Gerd Muller can claim to be able to better that return from Lewandowski, having breached the 30-goal mark on five occasions.

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Haaland And Lewandowski? ‘Incomparable’


Comparing Erling Haaland to Robert Lewandowski is premature, Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick has said ahead of the Bundesliga top-of-the-table clash.

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Erling Haaland cannot yet be compared to Robert Lewandowski, according to Hansi Flick, though Bayern Munich’s coach firmly believes Borussia Dortmund have a star in their ranks ahead of Der Klassiker, which will be played behind closed doors due to coronavirus protocols. Haaland has hit the ground running since his move to Dortmund in January, continuing the stellar form he showed in the first half of the season for Salzburg.

The 19-year-old has scored 10 goals in 10 Bundesliga appearances, propelling Dortmund on in the title race.

Lucien Favre’s side sit four points behind leaders Bayern heading into Tuesday’s behind-closed-doors Klassiker at Signal Iduna Park.

Haaland’s form has been touted as a potential match for former Dortmund striker Lewandowski, who netted his 41st goal of the season in all competitions in Bayern’s 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, yet Flick believes it is too early for such comparisons to be made.

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Flick: Haaland is “greedy, enormous but still agile”
“It is [Haaland’s] first season, so comparing him now is too early,” Flick told reporters. “Robert has always been at a world-class level in recent years. But Haaland is a huge talent. He is a young player, but he has a huge pull towards the goal. He just wants to finish.

“He has a brilliant dynamic. He is greedy, is an enormous size but is still agile. But we don’t just have to watch out for him [on Tuesday].”

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Flick, who is anticipating a resilient Dortmund performance, also acknowledged the peculiarity of playing such a pivotal match in front of no supporters, due to the coronavirus crisis.

“It is a very special game,” Flick said as he was asked if playing behind closed doors could present an advantage to Bayern.

“The atmosphere can inspire any team. It is about how you can cope with it. You have to accept the current situation. You can’t look for an excuse. We have to implement the match plan.”

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Thomas Müller has been in scintillating form since Flick took charge of Bayern, and was at his best once more against Frankfurt, providing his 17th league assist of the season before helping himself to a seventh goal of the campaign.

“Thomas is a player who can lead a team very well and gives commands over and over again,” Flick added.

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“He played very well against Frankfurt and was always available – he brought dynamism into play. Thomas has enormous experience but wants to win every game.

“He embodies ‘Mia san Mia’ perfectly and knows that he has to go to the limit again and again to win games.”


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Late Robert Lewandowski Strike Earns Bayern Munich 3-2 Win Over Paderborn


Bayern Munich had striker Robert Lewandowski to thank (again) as the Poland international netted an 88th-minute winner to see his side pick up a 3-2 win over Paderborn on Friday night.

With both Jérôme Boateng and Benjamin Pavard both suspended, Bayern chief Hansi Flick opted for a three-man defence. Joshua Kimmich dropped back to join both David Alaba and Lucas Hernández, and the system certainly had mixed results.

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Bayern’s Lewandowski Reveals Why He Wanted To Join Man. United In 2011/12


Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has revealed that he gave serious thought to joining Manchester United in 2012 after he was contacted by Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 2011/12 campaign was Lewandowski’s second with Borussia Dortmund, and it was during that season that he blossomed into one of Europe’s elite strikers. He managed 30 goals and 12 assists in 47 games for Jürgen Klopp’s side, making him one of the most in-demand forwards around.

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Dortmund’s Polish striker Robert Lewando
For many years after that, Lewandowski was linked with a switch to United, and the Poland international confessed (via The Guardian) that there was a time that he gave serious consideration to making the move.

“Sir Alex Ferguson, I was speaking with him after two years at Dortmund and at that time I was really thinking about a move to Manchester United,” he revealed. “Because of Ferguson and because of Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson

“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.”


Lewandowski ended up remaining with Dortmund until 2014, when he completed a controversial free transfer to rivals Bayern, where he has netted 227 goals in just 273 appearances so far.

It wasn’t all bad for United. They might have missed out on Lewandowski, but they did manage to lure Robin van Persie away from Arsenal in the summer of 2012, and he was pretty alright.

Robin van Persie

The Dutchman fired home 30 goals of his own in his debut season to steer Ferguson to yet another Premier League title, and that proved to be the Scot’s final trophy as he retired at the end of the season.

However, United will certainly wish they still had a player of that calibre. They have since gone through the likes of Radamel Falcao, Memphis Depay and Romelu Lukaku, but there is hope that Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will be able to lead United to glory in the near future.


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I must admit, I love scoring goals – Lewandowski says..

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Robert Lewandowski underlined his status as a world-class striker with a Champions League record four goals in 15 minutes, leaving even his rivals comparing him to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The Bayern Munich star needed 14 minutes, 31 seconds to score his quartet in Tuesday’s 6-0 rout of Red Star Belgrade, making him the Champions League’s top-scorer with 10 goals in five games.

“I must admit, I’m addicted to goals,” Lewandowski, 31, wrote on Twitter, has now netted 27 goals in 20 games for Bayern this season.

Bayern has won all four games under interim coach Hansi Flick, conceding zero goals in the process and scoring 16 — seven of which were by Lewandowski.

“Robert is currently in top form,” said Flick. “He works incredibly professionally, always puts in extra work and has been rewarded for it again.”

His wife Anna, a former karate champion and fitness blogger, describes Lewandowski as a “machine” who puts in the hours at the gym to stay in top shape.

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“He really is a machine. His body is impressive. He is an absolute professional and sticks strictly to his diet plan,” she said.

His goal-scoring exploits are all the more remarkable given that Lewandowski needs a minor groin operation, most likely during January’s winter break.

Lewandowski, who was applauded off even by some Red Star fans, could have finished with five goals in Belgrade after a first-half effort was ruled out because of offside from team-mate Tolisso Corentin in the build-up.

However, the Frenchman made up for it by creating two of the four goals.

“He (Lewandowski) gets a lot of chances if we play like this,” said Thomas Mueller as Bayern enjoyed 71 per cent possession and peppered the Belgrade goal with 29 shots.

Lewandowski has 63 goals in 85 Champions League games, making him fifth in the list of all-time scorers behind Ronaldo (127), Messi (113), Spain’s Raul Gonzalez (71) and France’s Karim Benzema (64).

The Poland striker is the top-scoring foreigner in Bundesliga history with 281 goals in 302 games for Bayern and former club Dortmund.

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His Belgrade haul was reminiscent of the five he scored in nine minutes in a 5-1 rout of Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena in September 2015.

He is no stranger to scoring four goals in the Champions League, having achieved the same stunning feat in Dortmund’s 4-1 hammering of Real Madrid in the 2013 semi-finals.

Lewandowski is deadly in the area for club and country.

The Poland captain has 61 goals in 108 internationals, sailing past the all-time record of 48 scored by Wlodzimierz Lubanski in the 1960s and 70s.

Adam Nawalka, Poland coach from 2013 until 2018, said he would not swap Lewandowski for either Ronaldo or Messi.

Bayern’s 4-0 trashing of Fortuna Duesseldorf away last Saturday was remarkable only because it was Munich’s first league game this season in which Lewandowski failed to score.

By netting in the first 11 league games, he smashed the record of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored for Dortmund in the first eight games of 2015/16.

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“You can’t score every game unless your name is Robert Lewandowski,” joked RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner in early November.

“He’s currently in the same category as Ronaldo and Messi.”

The former Lech Poznan striker has not stopped scoring since breaking into the Dortmund team with eight goals in the 2010/11 season to help win the first of back-to-back league titles.

He forged an international reputation in four seasons at Dortmund, netting a hat-trick against future employers Bayern in the 2012 German Cup final before his four against Real in 2013.

Despite Dortmund’s best efforts to keep him, he walked away to join rivals Bayern on a free transfer in 2014, helping them win the Bundesliga five times and the German Cup twice.

However, he is running out of time to win the only title yet to elude him — the Champions League.

Bayern Munich is doing everything possible to keep their star happy.

After he demanded new big-name players were recruited last summer, Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic arrived on loan.

In August, Lewandowski signed a new contract — reportedly worth 15 million euros ($16.5m) — until June 2023, just shy of his 35th birthday.

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