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Poland's biggest European success stories

With this season's UEFA Europa League concluding in Warsaw, UEFA.com celebrates the Polish players and clubs who have made the biggest waves in UEFA's club competitions.

With this season's UEFA Europa League final taking place in Warsaw, we meet the Polish players who have had the biggest impact in UEFA's club competitions.

Most appearances by a Polish player in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
53: Jerzy Dudek (Feyenoord, Liverpool FC, Real Madrid CF)
42: Józef Wandzik (Górnik Zabrze, Panathinaikos FC)
42: Krzysztof Warzycha (Ruch Chorzów, Panathinaikos FC)
41: Michał Żewlakow (RSC Anderlecht, Olympiacos FC)
36: Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund, FC Bayern München)
33: Mariusz Lewandowski (FC Shakhtar Donetsk)
31: Tomasz Rząsa (Grasshopper Club Zürich, Feyenoord, FK Partizan)
30: Stanisław Oślizło (Górnik Zabrze)
29: Radosław Michalski (Legia Warszawa, RTS Widzew Łódź, Apollon Limassol FC)
29: Łukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund)
29: Wojciech Szczęsny (Arsenal FC)

Top-scoring Polish players in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
20: Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund, FC Bayern München)
15: Włodzimierz Lubański (Górnik Zabrze)
13: Krysztof Warzycha (Ruch Chorzów, Panathinaikos FC)
11: Ernest Pohl (Legia Warszawa, Górnik Zabrze)
9: Maciej Żurawski (Wisła Kraków, Celtic FC)
8: Jacek Dembiński (KKS Lech Poznań, RTS Widzew Łódź)
8: Emmanuel Olisadebe (KSP Polonia Warszawa, Panathinaikos FC)
7: Tomasz Frankowski (Wisła Kraków)
7: Zygfryd Szołtysik (Górnik Zabrze)
7: Mirosław Trzeciak (KKS Lech Poznań, Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC, ŁKS Łódź)

Most appearances by Polish players in UEFA club competition*
73: Michał Żewlakow (KSP Polonia Warszawa, RSC Anderlecht, Olympiacos FC, Legia Warszawa)
71: Jacek Bąk (KKS Lech Poznań, Olympique Lyonnais, RC Lens, FK Austria Wien)
70: Jerzy Dudek (Feyenoord, Liverpool FC, Real Madrid CF)
65: Krysztof Warzycha (Ruch Chorzów, Panathinaikos FC)
64: Mariusz Lewandowski  (Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski, FC Shakhtar Donetsk)
61: Marcin Baszczyński (Ruch Chorzów, Wisła Kraków)
60: Robert Lewandowski (KKS Lech Poznań, Borussia Dortmund, FC Bayern München)
58: Józef Wandzik (Górnik Zabrze, Panathinaikos FC)
58: Maciej Żurawski (KKS Lech Poznań, Wisła Kraków, Celtic FC, AC Omonia)
55: Arkadiusz Głowacki (KKS Lech Poznań, Wisła Kraków, Trabzonspor AŞ)

Top-scoring Polish players in UEFA club competition*
30: Włodzimierz Lubański (Górnik Zabrze, KSC Lokeren OV)
27: Robert Lewandowski (KKS Lech Poznań, Borussia Dortmund, FC Bayern München)
27: Maciej Żurawski (KKS Lech Poznań, Wisła Kraków, Celtic FC, AC Omonia)
26: Krysztof Warzycha (Ruch Chorzów, Panathinaikos FC)
22: Tomasz Frankowski (RC Strasbourg, Wisła Kraków, Jagiellonia Białystok)
15: Marcin Kuźba (AJ Auxerre, FC Lausanne-Sport, Wisła Kraków)
14: Zbigniew Boniek (RTS Widzew Łódź, Juventus, AS Roma)
14: Jan Furtok (GKS Katowice, Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt)
14: Emmanuel Olisadebe (KSP Polonia Warszawa, Panathinaikos FC)
13: Tadeusz Pawłowski (Zagłębie Wałbrzych, WKS Śląsk Wrocław)
13: Marek Saganowski (ŁKS Łódź, Feyenoord, Legia Warszawa, Vitória SC, Aalborg BK)

Zbigniew Boniek in 1985
Zbigniew Boniek in 1985©Getty Images

Polish winners in European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League finals
Zbigniew Boniek (Juventus 1-0 Liverpool FC, 1985)
Józef Młynarczyk (FC Porto 2-1 Bayern München, 1987)
Jerzy Dudek (AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool FC, aet, Liverpool win 3-2 on pens, 2005)

Polish runners-up in European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League finals
Zbigniew Boniek (Hamburger SV 1-0 Juventus, 1983)
Łukas Piszczek, Jakub Błaszczykowski, Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund 1-2 FC Bayern München, 2013)

An honourable mention for goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, who appeared on the teamsheet for Manchester United FC in three UEFA Champions League finals (2008, 2009 and 2011) but never made it off the bench.

Only Polish team to appear in a European final
Manchester City FC 2-1 Górnik Zabrze (1970 European Cup Winners' Cup)

First Polish player to win the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
Andrzej Buncol (Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-3agg RCD Espanyol, aet: Leverkusen win 3-2 on penalties, 1988)

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup

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