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The Best Polish Soccer Players Of All Time

Updated July 13, 2021 19.3k votes 3.7k voters 131.8k views160 items

List RulesVote up the best Polish footballers of all time.

Who are the best football players from Poland? This list includes the greatest soccer players born in Poland or who played on the Poland national football team. While the Polish men's national team has a long and storied history of producing top international talent, fans of the Biało-czerwoni have been waiting for the Orły to recapture international glory since the 1972 Olympics. So, who are the best footballers from Poland? Who is the best Polish soccer player of all time?

Some of the best Polish soccer players include national legends like Kazimierz Deyna, Grzegorz Lato, Jakub Błaszczykowski, and Robert Lewandowski. There are also current Polish football stars such as Wojciech Szczęsny, Piotr Zieliński, and Karol Linetty, who are making an impact across the globe. 

Vote up the best soccer players from Poland, and help decide who is the greatest Polish footballer of all time!

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    Forward, Midfielder
    795
    268

    BirthplaceStarogard Gdański, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Kazimierz Deyna (Polish pronunciation: [kaˈʑimjɛʐ ˈdɛjna] (listen); 23 October 1947 – 1 September 1989) was a Polish footballer, who played as an offensive midfielder in the playmaker role and was  ...more
  • 2

    BirthplaceGliwice, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Włodzimierz 'Włodek' Leonard Lubański (born 28 February 1947 in Gliwice-Sośnica) is a former Polish football striker, the second all-time highest goal scorer for the Polish national team. For his  ...more
  • 3
    677
    224

    BirthplaceMalbork, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Grzegorz Bolesław Lato (born 8 April 1950 in Malbork) is a retired Polish footballer and manager who played as a winger. He was a member of Poland's golden generation of football players who rose to  ...more
  • 4
    Forward, Midfielder
    1,014
    380

    BirthplaceBydgoszcz, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Zbigniew "Zibì" Kazimierz Boniek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈzbiɡɲɛv ˈbɔɲɛk]; born 3 March 1956 in Bydgoszcz) is a Polish former footballer and manager and the current head of the Polish Football  ...more
  • 5
    1,882
    441

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Robert Lewandowski (born 21 August 1988) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bayern Munich and is the captain of the Poland national team. After being the top scorer in the  ...more

    #22 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#284 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#1974 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • 6
    256
    84

    BirthplaceKatowice, Poland

    NationalityGermany,Poland

    Ernest Willimowski (born Ernest Otto Prandella, nicknamed "Ezi") (23 June 1916 – 30 August 1997) was a German–Polish football player, who played as a forward. He ranks among the best goalscorers in  ...more
  • 7
    JacanoPalin addedForward
    275
    84

    BirthplaceGdańsk, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Andrzej Szarmach (Polish pronunciation: [ˈandʐɛj ˈʂarmax]; born 3 October 1950) is a former Polish football player. He played in the Polish national team during its "golden age" in the 1970s. With  ...more
  • 8
    580
    230

    BirthplaceTruskolasy, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Jakub "Kuba" Błaszczykowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjakup ˈkuba ˌbwaʂtʂɨˈkɔfskʲi] (listen); born 14 December 1985) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Wisła Kraków and the  ...more
  • 9

    BirthplaceAleksandrów Łódzki, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Włodzimierz Wojciech Smolarek (16 July 1957 – 7 March 2012) was a Polish footballer who played as a striker. He played most of his 20-year professional career with Widzew Łódź and Utrecht, appearing  ...more
  • 10
    134
    53

    BirthplaceRuda Śląska, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Ernest Pohl (3 November 1932 – 12 September 1995), a.k.a. Ernst Pol, was a Polish football player. He was born in Ruda (now Ruda Śląska), Poland and died in Hausach, Germany. Pohl scored 39 goals in  ...more
  • 11
    Goalkeeper
    232
    84

    BirthplaceWrocław, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Jan Tomaszewski (born 9 January 1948) is a former Polish international football goalkeeper of the 1970s. He kept goal for the national teams that came third at the 1974 World Cup, where he was named  ...more
  • 12
    138
    41

    BirthplaceZabrze, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Jerzy Paweł Gorgoń (born 18 July 1949 in Zabrze) was a Polish football player who is remembered for his participation in the 1972 Summer Olympics. He was a 6'4" tall defender who became well known in  ...more
  • 13
    Forward, Midfielder
    92
    12

    BirthplaceKraków, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Robert Gadocha (born 10 January 1946 in Kraków) is a retired Polish soccer player, most notable for playing for Legia Warsaw. Gadocha, who started his career in Garbarnia Krakow. later also played  ...more
  • 14
    Midfielder
    124
    50

    BirthplaceChorzów, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Gerard Cieślik (27 April 1927 – 3 November 2013), also known as Gienek, was a football player of Ruch Chorzów (1949-1955 Unia Chorzów, 1956 Unia-Ruch Chorzów). Playing for the Polish national  ...more
  • 15
    pg2008 addedDefender
    105
    19

    BirthplaceLublin, Second Polish Republic

    NationalityPoland

    Władysław Antoni Żmuda (Polish pronunciation: [vwaˈdɨswav ˈʐmuda]; born 6 June 1954 in Lublin) is a former Polish footballer, who played as a defender for Śląsk Wrocław, Widzew Łódź, Hellas Verona,  ...more
  • 16
    Goalkeeper
    210
    110

    BirthplaceSiedlce, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Artur Boruc (Polish pronunciation: [ˈartur ˈbɔrut͡s]; born 20 February 1980) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth. He began his career  ...more
  • 17
    119
    67

    BirthplaceKatowice, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Krzysztof "Kristof" Ireneusz Warzycha (Polish pronunciation: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf vaˈʐɨxa]; Greek: Κριστόφ Βαζέχα; born November 17, 1964) is a former Polish-Greek professional footballer. For the majority of  ...more
  • 18
    88
    46

    BirthplaceKamieńsk, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Jacek Krzynówek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjatsɛk kʂɨˈnuvɛk]; born 15 May 1976) is a former Polish footballer. One of the most glorious moments of his career was scoring a rocket shot against Real  ...more
  • 19
    Forward, Midfielder
    107
    60

    BirthplaceŁódź, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Euzebiusz "Ebi" Smolarek (Polish pronunciation: [ɛu̯ˈzɛbjuʂ smɔˈlarɛk]; born 9 January 1981) is a former Polish footballer who is currently youth manager at Dutch club Feyenoord. He played primarily  ...more
  • 20
    65
    34

    BirthplacePiaseczno, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Roman Jacek Kosecki (born 15 February 1966) is a Polish former professional footballer who played as a striker.  ...more
  • 21
    Defender
    58
    35

    BirthplaceLublin, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Jacek Waldemar Bąk (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjatsɛɡ ˈbɔŋk]; born 24 March 1973) is a retired Polish footballer who played as a central defender. Other than his country, he competed professionally in  ...more
  • 22
    pg2008 addedGoalkeeper
    74
    27

    BirthplaceNowa Sól, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Józef Młynarczyk (born 20 September 1953) is a Polish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. After representing three clubs in his homeland he played out the remainder of his career in France  ...more
  • 23
    pg2008 addedForward
    47
    22

    BirthplaceRuda Śląska, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Lucjan Antoni Brychczy (otherwise known as Kici; born 13 June 1934) is a former Polish football player who is most notable for winning four top-tier titles with Legia Warsaw, but was also a keen  ...more
  • 24
    109
    75

    BirthplaceWarri, Nigeria

    NationalityPoland

    Emmanuel Olisadebe (Polish pronunciation: [ɛmaˈnuɛl olisaˈdɛbɛ]; born 22 December 1978) is a retired Polish footballer who played as a striker. He began his career with Jasper United, going on to  ...more
  • 25
    78
    53

    BirthplacePoznań, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    Maciej Stanisław Żurawski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmatɕɛj ʐuˈrafski]; born 12 September 1976) is a retired Polish footballer who played as a striker. Żurawski appeared 72 times and scored 17 goals  ...more