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The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked 

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Which of the best Polish soccer players of all time would you pick for your fantasy Poland national team draft? You would have to include legends such as Robert Lewandowski and Zbigniew Boniek, right? They played in different eras but remain highly regarded as being among the best footballers from Poland of all time. And while the Polish national team has yet to win a UEFA European Championship, they did get the gold in the 1972 Olympic Games. So who is the best Polish Soccer player? See what fans think in this ranking of the top footballers from Poland.

To qualify for this list, the player must be born in Poland or have played on the Poland national team. To help you put faces to the names, photos have been included when available. You can also click on players’ names to get additional details such as positions played and a short biography. If you’re looking for your favorite Polish soccer player to see where they rank according to fans, use the search function at the top of the list.

Some of these players aren’t just the best from Poland, but also rank among the best soccer players ever, so you’ll see both retired players and new players on this list. One new player to watch out for in the coming years is Kacper Łazaj, who made his debut at the age of 17. So while he isn’t a veteran like Sebastian Małkowski, he has tons of potential.

So if you’ve ever wondered who are the best Polish footballers currently playing or who is the greatest Polish soccer player of all time, this list has you covered. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Polish soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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Zbigniew Boniek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward and Midfielder from Bydgoszcz, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more

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Kazimierz Deyna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward and Midfielder from Starogard Gdański, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more

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Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward from Warsaw, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Robert Lewandowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈrɔbɛrt lɛvanˈdɔfskʲi] (listen); born 21 August 1988) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bayern Munich and is the captain ...more

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Grzegorz Lato is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward from Malbork, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more

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Jakub Błaszczykowski is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Midfielder from Truskolasy, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more

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Włodzimierz Lubański is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward from Gliwice, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more

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Włodzimierz Smolarek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward from Aleksandrów Łódzki, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more
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Andrzej Szarmach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
JacanoPalin added Forward from Gdańsk, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more

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Ernst Wilimowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward from Katowice, Poland

Nationality: Poland, Germany

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 ...more

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Artur Boruc is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Goalkeeper from Siedlce, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more

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Ernest Pohl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more
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Gerard Cieślik is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more
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Jerzy Gorgoń is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Defender from Zabrze, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more
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Krzysztof Warzycha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward from Katowice, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Krzysztof "Kristof" Ireneusz Warzycha (Polish pronunciation: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf vaˈʐɨxa]; Greek: Κριστόφ Βαζέχα; born November 17, 1964) is a former Polish-Greek professional footballer. For ...more
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Jan Tomaszewski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Goalkeeper from Wrocław, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more

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Lukas Podolski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward and Midfielder from Gliwice, Poland

Nationality: Germany, Poland

Lukas Josef Podolski (German pronunciation: [ˈluːkas poˈdɔlski]; born Łukasz Józef Podolski (IPA: [ˈwukaʂ pɔˈdɔlskʲi]) on 4 June 1985) is a German professional footballer who plays as a ...more

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Henryk Kasperczak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Midfielder from Zabrze, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Henryk Wojciech Kasperczak (born 10 July 1946) is a Polish football manager and a former player who most recently managed the Tunisia national football team. As a player, Kasperczak took part in ...more
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Euzebiusz Smolarek is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward and Midfielder from Łódź, Poland

Nationality: Netherlands, Poland

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 ...more
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Jacek Krzynówek ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Jacek Krzynówek Midfielder from Kamieńsk, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more
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Tomasz Frankowski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Tomasz Frankowski Forward from Białystok, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Tomasz Frankowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈtɔmaʂ fraŋˈkɔfskʲi]; born 16 August 1974) is a retired Polish footballer. He scored 168 goals in 302 matches in Polish Ekstraklasa (3rd all-time ...more
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Władysław Żmuda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
pg2008 added Defender from Lublin, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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, ...more
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Maciej Żurawski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Maciej Żurawski Forward from Poznań, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more
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Robert Gadocha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward and Midfielder from Kraków, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more
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Emmanuel Olisadebe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward from Warri, Nigeria

Nationality: Poland, Nigeria

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 ...more
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Jacek Bąk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Jacek Bąk Defender from Lublin, Poland

Nationality: Poland

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 ...more