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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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Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward
Robert Lewandowski is a Polish footballer who plays as striker for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and captains the Polish national team. After being the top scorer in the third and second tiers ...more
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Zbigniew Boniek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder
Zbigniew "Zibì" Kazimierz Boniek is a former Polish footballer and manager and the current head of the Polish FA. He is considered one of the greatest Polish players of all ...more
3
Kazimierz Deyna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder
Kazimierz Deyna was a Polish footballer, who played as an offensive midfielder in the playmaker role and was one of the most highly regarded players of his generation. Deyna was born in ...more
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Grzegorz Lato is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward
Grzegorz Bolesław Lato is a former Polish football winger, and coach. He was the leading scorer at the 1974 World Cup. Lato's playing career coincided with the golden era of Polish football, ...more
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Ernst Wilimowski is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward
Ernst Willimowski was a football player who played for both the Polish and German national teams. Born in Kattowitz, Prussian Silesia, German Empire, he was raised in a Silesian family, typical ...more
6
Jakub Błaszczykowski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Midfielder
Jakub "Kuba" Błaszczykowski is a Polish footballer who plays as a winger for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. He was the captain of the Poland national football team when ...more
7
Włodzimierz Lubański is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward
Włodzimierz 'Włodek' Leonard Lubański is a former Polish football striker, the all-time highest goal scorer for the Polish national team. For his national team, Lubański amassed 75 caps between ...more
8
Włodzimierz Smolarek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward
Włodzimierz Smolarek was a Polish footballer who played as a striker. He played most of his 20-year professional career with Widzew Łódź and Utrecht, appearing in more than 200 official ...more
9
Łukasz Piszczek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Defender, Forward, Midfielder
Łukasz Piszczek is a Polish footballer who plays for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund as a right back, having previously played for Hertha BSC and Zagłębie Lubin. He has been capped ...more
10
Jan Tomaszewski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Goalkeeper
Jan Tomaszewski is a Polish politician, football commentator, and former international footballer that played as a goalkeeper. As a footballer, he was nicknamed "Tomek" and "The ...more
11
Jerzy Dudek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Goalkeeper
Jerzy Dudek is a Polish former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. After beginning his career in his home country, he went on to have successful spells in the Netherlands and England, winning ...more
12
Andrzej Szarmach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
JacanoPalin added Forward
Andrzej Szarmach is a former Polish football player. He played in the Polish national team during its "golden age" in the 1970s. With Grzegorz Lato at his right, Robert Gadocha at his ...more
13
Gerard Cieślik is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Gerard Cieślik, also known as Gienek, was a football player of Ruch Wielkie Hajduki. Playing for the Polish national football team, he is most noted for having scored two goals against the ...more
14
Krzysztof Warzycha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward
Krzysztof "Kristof" Warzycha is a former Polish professional footballer. For the majority of his career he played for Greek club Panathinaikos FC.
15
Ernest Pohl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Ernest Pohl, aka Ernst Pol, was a Polish football player. He was born in Ruda, Poland and died in Hausach, Germany. Pohl scored 39 goals in 46 international matches for Poland national football ...more
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Arkadiusz Milik is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
mikejjakubowski added Forward
Arkadiusz "Arek" Milik is a Polish footballer who plays as a striker for Ajax.
17
Łukasz Fabiański is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Goalkeeper
Łukasz Fabiański is a Polish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League side Swansea City. Having begun his career at Legia Warsaw, Fabiański joined Arsenal for £2.1 million ...more
18
Kamil Glik is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Defender
Kamil Jacek Glik is a Polish professional footballer who plays for and serves as the captain of Italian club Torino. Internationally, he represents the Polish national team. A physically strong ...more
19
Artur Boruc is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Goalkeeper
Artur Boruc is a Polish footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Championship side Bournemouth on loan from Premier League club Southampton. He has previously played in Poland for ...more
20
Wojciech Szczęsny is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
JacanoPalin added Goalkeeper
Wojciech Tomasz Szczęsny is a Polish footballer who plays for Arsenal and the Poland national team as a goalkeeper. His composure, agility and command of his area led to his establishment as ...more
21
Lukas Podolski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder
Lukas Josef Podolski is a German footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Inter Milan, on loan from English club Arsenal, and for the Germany national team. He is a left-footed ...more
22
Euzebiusz Smolarek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder
Euzebiusz "Ebi" Smolarek is a former Polish footballer who is currently a Feyenoord Youth manager. He has played 47 times for the Polish national football team. Smolarek plays ...more
23
Grzegorz Krychowiak is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Midfielder
Grzegorz Krychowiak is a Polish footballer who plays for Spanish club Sevilla FC as a defensive midfielder. He has earned over 20 caps for the Poland national football team since his ...more
24
Tomasz Frankowski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
Tomasz Frankowski Forward
Tomasz Frankowski is a retired Polish footballer. He scored 168 goals in 302 matches in Polish Ekstraklasa and has been the top league goalscorer four times. Frankowski achieved his greatest ...more
25
Władysław Żmuda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Polish Soccer Players & Footballers Ever, Ranked
pg2008 added Defender
Władysław Antoni Żmuda is a former Polish footballer, who played as a defender for Śląsk Wrocław, Widzew Łódź, Hellas Verona, New York Cosmos and US Cremonese. He earned 91 caps for the ...more