Who are Robert Lewandowski's favourite opponents?

Liverpool are next up for Poland's goalscorer-in-chief; will he enjoy meeting his old boss Jürgen Klopp?

Robert Lewandowski has enjoyed European competition in recent years
Robert Lewandowski has enjoyed European competition in recent years ©Getty Images

Robert Lewandowski has sparkled for Lech Poznań, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern München in Europe, and will look to forge on as he meets Liverpool for the first time in the round of 16. UEFA.com dissects Lewangoalski's stats.

• Lewandowski (53 goals) is seventh in the all-time UEFA Champions League scoring charts; only Ruud van Nistelrooy (56 goals) has scored more without lifting the trophy.

• The Pole has scored all nine of his UEFA Champions League penalties.

Five great Lewandowski strikes
Five great Lewandowski strikes

• Lewandowski's overall European average of one goal per 133m52s is impressive, but he has a way to go to match the strike rates of Lionel Messi (a goal every 100m16s) or Cristiano Ronaldo (one every 114m8s).

• Sevilla have been obdurate adversaries: in four attempts – two with Dortmund and two with Bayern – Lewandowski is yet to score against the Andalusian outfit. CSKA Moskva have gone the longest without conceding to Lewandowski: 224 minutes and counting.

• Other clubs to have kept the Pole at arm's length – at least so far – include Celtic and current employers Bayern, who edged past Lewandowski's Dortmund 2-1 in the 2013 UEFA Champions League final.

• His strike rate in the UEFA Champions League (53 goals in 78 games) is better than his tally in the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League (seven goals in 24 games, including qualifying).

• Lewandowski has reached his goalscoring peak with Bayern; he scored six in 16 UEFA games for Lech (0.375 goals per game), 18 in 36 for Dortmund (0.5 per game) and has so far hit 36 in 50 for Bayern (0.72 per game).

Recall Lewandowski's four goals for Dortmund against Real Madrid
Recall Lewandowski's four goals for Dortmund against Real Madrid

• His first UEFA Champions League hat-trick was one of the greats, Lewandowski becoming the first player to score four in a semi-final as Dortmund beat Madrid 4-1 in April 2013. He has scored six against the Merengues all in – more than he has managed against any other continental opponent.

• Dinamo Zagreb have more reason to fear Lewandowski than any other side; he scored five goals in two games against them in 2015 (a hat-trick in Munich and then two more in Croatia). On average, that is a goal every 36 minutes.

Who has Lewandowski scored against in UEFA competition?

Opponents
by club
Games Minutes Goals Minutes
per goal
AEK Athens 2 174 3 58m
Ajax 4 360 5 72m
Anderlecht 2 180 2 90m

Arsenal

8 697 4 174m15s

Atlético

4 350 2 175m

Austria Wien

2 210 2 210m

Barcelona

2 180 1 180m
Bayern 1 90 - -

Benfica

4 276 3 92m

Beşiktaş

2 158 2 79m
Celtic 1 90 - -
CSKA Moskva 3 224 - -
Deportivo 1 10 - -

Dinamo Zagreb

2 180 5 36m
Feyenoord 1 90 - -
Fredrikstad 2 161 2 80m30s
Grasshopper Club
2 112 2 56m
Juventus 2 210 1 210m
Karpaty Lviv 2 116 1 116m
Málaga 2 180 1 180m
Manchester City 4 277 1 277m
Marseille 4 342 3 114m
Nancy 1 12 - -
Napoli 2 179 - -
Olympiacos 4 295 2 147m30s
Paris 4 227 1 227m
Porto 2 180 2 90m
PSV 2 180 3 60m
Qarabağ 2 49 - -
Real Madrid 8 805 6 134m
Rostov    2 180 1 180m
Roma 2 158 1 158m
Sevilla 4 204 - -
Shakhtar Donetsk 4 285 2 90m
Udinese 2 180 - -
Xäzär Länkäran 2 66 1 66m
Zenit 2 180 2 90m
TOTAL 102 8032 60 133m52s

Enjoy Lewandowski's September 2015 treble against Dinamo Zagreb
Enjoy Lewandowski's September 2015 treble against Dinamo Zagreb

• Lewandowski has terrorised German defences on a regular basis at club level, but failed to score in his only European encounter with Bundesliga opponents: the 2013 UEFA Champions League final, in which Bayern beat his Dortmund side 2-1.

• Of the representatives of the other 'big five' leagues, Serie A sides have proved best equipped to thwart Lewandowski; he has managed a goal every 363 minutes against Italian opponents, Napoli and Udinese both managing to keep him off the scoresheet.

Which nations' clubs has Lewandowski scored against?

Opponents
by nationality
Games Minutes Goals Minutes
per goal
Austria 2 210 1 210m
Azerbaijan 4 115 1 115m
Belgium 4 385 2 192m30s
Croatia 2 180 5 36m
England 12 974 5 194m48s
France 9 581 4 145m15s
Germany 1 90 - -
Greece 6 469 5 93m48s
Italy 8 727 2 363m30s
Netherlands 7 630 8 78m45s
Norway 2 161 2 80m30s
Portugal 6 456 5 91m12s
Russia 7 584 3 194m40s
Scotland 1 90 - -
Spain 21 1729 10 172m54s
Switzerland 2 112 2 56m
Turkey 2 158 2 79m
Ukraine 6 401 3 133m40s
TOTAL 102 8032 60 133m52s

When Lewandowski has scored his UEFA Champions League goals

• Opposition defences should most beware Lewandowski between the restart and the 75th minute, when he has scored 25 European goals, more than any other time period that period was also when he scored his famous nine-minute Bundesliga quintet against Wolfsburg.

• Curiously, Lewandowski is not particularly prolific early or late in a game in continental fixtures at least, he appears to come to life from the 20-minute mark to around 80 minutes.

Time Goals (penalties)
0-10 5
11-20 5 (1)
21-30 7 (1)
31-40 6 (2)
41-half-time 3
FIRST HALF 26
46-55 9 (2)
56-65 8
66-75 8 (1)
76-85 4 (1)
85-full-time 4 (1)
SECOND HALF 33
EXTRA TIME 1
TOTAL 60

Last updated: 08/01/19

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