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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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Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 2 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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#57 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #430 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Kazimierz Deyna is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Jakub Błaszczykowski is listed (or ranked) 4 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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#757 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #376 of 541 The Best Current Soccer Players

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Grzegorz Lato is listed (or ranked) 5 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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#218 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,246 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Łukasz Piszczek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Łukasz Piszczek Defender and Forward from Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Łukasz Piotr Piszczek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈwukaʂ ˈpʲiʂt͡ʂɛk] (listen); born 3 June 1985) is a Polish professional footballer who plays for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund primarily as a ...more
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Włodzimierz Lubański is listed (or ranked) 7 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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#574 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,409 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Jerzy Dudek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Goalkeeper from Rybnik, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Jerzy Henryk Dudek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjɛʐɨ ˈdudɛk]; born 23 March 1973) is a Polish former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. After beginning his career in his home country, he went on ...more

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Włodzimierz Smolarek is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Grzegorz Krychowiak is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Midfielder from Gryfice, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Grzegorz Krychowiak ([ˈɡʐɛɡɔʐ krɨˈxɔvjak] (listen); born 29 January 1990) is a Polish professional footballer who plays for Lokomotiv Moscow and the Poland national team as a defensive ...more

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#927 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #308 of 541 The Best Current Soccer Players

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Wojciech Szczęsny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
JacanoPalin added Goalkeeper from Warsaw, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Wojciech Tomasz Szczęsny (pronounced [ˈvɔjtɕɛx ˈʂtʂɛ̃snɨ] (listen); born 18 April 1990) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A club Juventus and the Poland ...more
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Andrzej Szarmach is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Kamil Glik is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Defender from Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland

Nationality: Germany, Poland

Kamil Jacek Glik ([ˈkamil ˈɡlik] (listen); born 3 February 1988) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a centre back for AS Monaco and the Poland national team. The previous clubs he ...more
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Arkadiusz Milik is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
mikejjakubowski added Forward from Tychy, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Arkadiusz "Arek" Milik is a Polish footballer who plays as a striker for Ajax.
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Łukasz Fabiański is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Goalkeeper from Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Łukasz Fabiański (Polish pronunciation: [ˈwukaʂ faˈbʲaɲskʲi] (listen); born 18 April 1985) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English Premier League club West Ham ...more

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Ernst Wilimowski is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 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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#519 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #73 of 228 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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Jan Tomaszewski is listed (or ranked) 18 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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#275 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #79 of 228 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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Gerard Cieślik is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Ernest Pohl is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Jerzy Gorgoń is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
Krzysztof Warzycha is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Lukas Podolski is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 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
25
Kamil Grosicki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Kamil Grosicki Forward and Midfielder from Szczecin, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Kamil Paweł Grosicki (Polish pronunciation: [ˈkamil ɡrɔˈɕit͡skʲi] (listen); born 8 June 1988) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Hull City in the Championship. A full ...more