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Michał Żewłakow

Published: Wednesday 31 August 2011, 11.16CET

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Published: Wednesday 31 August 2011, 11.16CET

Michał Żewłakow


Clubs: KSP Polonia Warszawa, Hutnik Warszawa (loan), KSK Beveren (loan), R. Excelsior Mouscron, RSC Anderlecht, Olympiacos FC, MKE Ankaragücü, Legia Warszawa

• Born in Warsaw, the versatile left-back finished a Polish league runner-up with Polonia Warszawa before moving, along with twin brother Marcin, to Belgium in 1998, joining Beveren on loan.

• One season at Beveren was followed by three at Mouscron, for whom he signed a permanent deal – again with his twin in tow; ended his stay there by reaching the Belgian Cup final, which Mouscron lost 3-1 to Club Brugge KV.

• The Żewłakows became the first twins to play together for Poland when both lined up in a friendly against France in February 2000, Michał having made his debut the previous year.

• Left brother to join Anderlecht after both featured at the 2002 FIFA World Cup; won two Belgian titles (2003/04 and 2005/06) and played in three successive UEFA Champions League campaigns for the Brussels side.

• Contested all three games for Poland at both the 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2008 UEFA European Championship under coach Leo Beenhakker, who appointed him as team captain; bypassed the 90-cap mark during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

• Left Anderlecht for Olympiacos in 2006; a title winner in each of his first three seasons, he reached the UEFA Champions League knockout phase for the first time in 2007/08 and repeated the feat in 2009/10.

• Moved to Turkish side Ankaragücü in 2010 before returning to Poland the following summer when he signed a one-year deal with Legia.

• Announced that he would retire from international football after making a record 102nd Poland appearance in a friendly against Greece in March 2011.

• Żewłakow received a commemorative cap and medal from UEFA to mark his century of international appearances on Tuesday 6 September, before Poland's 2-2 draw with Germany in a Gdansk friendly.

• "A big thank you to UEFA for honouring me this way," he said. "I felt again, if only for a few seconds, what it means to be part of the national team. I played 102 games, which means I did not waste my career − I achieved something."

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