Robert Lewandowski: The Borussia Dortmund years
Robert Lewandowski is enjoying a record-breaking fate in front of goal for Bayern Munich, but it was at Borussia Dortmund that the newly appointed forward of the year took giant strides to become the best No.9 of his generation. bundesliga.com tells about the BVB years of LewanGOALski …
Lewandowski, now 33, arrived in Dortmund under a cloud of volcanic ash in the summer of 2010.
An eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland has blocked most flights from Northern Europe, one of which was to take the Lech Poznan striker to England’s Blackburn Rovers team.
Unable to reach Ewood Park, the Lewandowski instead took up residence at BVB’s Signal Iduna Park. Expenses? A windfall of € 4.5 million.
To concern: Lewandowski’s long path to the top
Despite winning the Polish League 2009/10 and leading scorer with 18 goals with Poznan, Lewandowski played a bigger role in Dortmund’s triumphant 2010/11 Bundesliga campaign under Jürgen Klopp.
Between his debut in a DFB Cup first round victory over Wacker Burghausen and the lifting of the Meisterschale on May 14, 2011, the Polish international played 43 times in all competitions, making 17 starts. He scored his first goal for his new employers in a 3-1 victory over local rivals Schalke on Bundesliga Matchday 4, and marked his debut against Nuremberg on Matchday 15, ending the campaign with nine goals and four assists.
He more than doubled that total in each of his subsequent three seasons in a Schwarzgelben shirt.
Lewandowski has won his first two of nine Bundesliga titles so far with Jürgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund. – imago sportfotodienst
Lewandowski has featured in every game in 2011/12 as Dortmund successfully defended their league crown. Only Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (29) and Mario Gomez have scored more than 22 goals, including a first Bundesliga treble and six bricks. He also propelled BVB to DFB Cup glory with seven tournament-leading goals, including a hat-trick against Bayern in the final.
Twenty-four goals in 31 appearances the following season were not enough to prevent a resurgent Bayern from reclaiming the Bundesliga title, but 10 in 13 UEFA Champions League appearances prompted the rest of Europe to stand up and to pay attention.
Lewandowski’s six goals propelled Dortmund to the semi-finals against Real Madrid. Four goals in a single first leg in the semi-finals almost sealed their place in the final.
Lewandowski is the only player in Champions League history to have scored at least three goals in a game ahead of Real Madrid. – 2013 AFP
Dortmund lost the final 2-1 to Bayern and would soon lose their star striker to the freshly struck triple winners.
In January 2014 Lewandowski signed a pre-contract deal to join the Bavarians on a free transfer, with his BVB deal in late 2014/15.
He ended his Dortmund chapter with a flurry of 20 Bundesliga goals – enough for his first of six Torjägerkanonen to date – and other finalists to future employers in the league and cup.
In 349 appearances with Bayern since leaving, Lewandowski has scored some 319 goals, adding to his 103 goals in 187 competitive appearances for BVB, while also breaking all kinds of records.
“He came like [a] class attacker and leaves as [a] world-class striker, ”commented Klopp, the Bundesliga’s all-time non-German top scorer, whose top predatory qualities have been honed over four goal-filled years at Dortmund.