‘I wish Lewandowski played for a Polish team,’ says leader of ruling party in Poland

Poland's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring the opening goal of his team during the World Cup 2022 playoff soccer match between Poland and Sweden at Silesian Stadium, in Chorzow, southern Poland, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Leader of Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) Jarosław Kaczyński said he wishes that Robert Lewandowski played for a Polish team, such as Legia Warszawa. He also wished the Polish football team more success than just getting through the group stage in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Kaczyński was asked during a public gathering in Ełk, northeastern Poland, if the Polish football team could qualify from the group stage in football’s flagship event in Qatar, which starts on Nov. 20. The Polish leader replied: “I will not risk answering because football is like politics, one individual, even a great one like Lewandowski is not enough. There needs to be a team.”

Kaczyński pointed out that Poland has some very good players, but Lewandowski is the only world-class Polish footballer. “I am very content that we have such a player; however, I would prefer a Poland, where Robert Lewandowski played for Legia Warszawa, for example,” Kaczyński said, adding that Poland must strive to make it possible and to further develop homegrown talent.

Robert Lewandowski, the captain of the Polish national football team, is considered to be one of the top football players in the world. He currently plays for FC Barcelona following a transfer from Bayern Munich.

“I really do wish, from the bottom of my heart, for them to leave the group and go even further than that,” said Kaczyński, recalling the 1974 and 1982 editions of the World Cup, in both of which Poland finished third.

The Polish football team will begin their games in the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 in Group C on Nov. 22, facing off against the national teams of Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Argentina.

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