Michał Ryszard Żewłakow (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmixaw ʐɛvˈwakɔf], born 22 April 1976) is a Polish former footballer defender who used to captain the Polish national football team and is its third most capped player ever.
With Legia Warsaw in 2011
|Full name||Michał Ryszard Żewłakow|
|Date of birth||22 April 1976|
|Place of birth||Warsaw, Poland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre-back, Full-back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Early career in PolandEdit
He was loaned to Belgium's KSK Beveren in October 1998 before signing – together with his twin brother Marcin – for R. Excelsior Mouscron for a combined fee of €485,000. Żewłakow went on to become a key player, helping the club reach the 2002 Belgian Cup final.
After following coach Hugo Broos to RSC Anderlecht, in his second season he made his UEFA Champions League debut as Anderlecht wrested back the Belgian title from Club Brugge KV. The next season, he lost his place but regained it in 2005–06 as Anderlecht won the league again.
At the end of the 2009–10 season, Olympiacos gave him a low offer, so he preferred not to renew his contract. On 16 June 2010 Ankaragücü signed the Polish international left-back on a free transfer from Olympiakos Piraeus.
Poland's first-choice left-back during qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Żewłakow was the only player to appear in all ten of his country's qualifying matches. He played in two games at the 2002 World Cup and was a regular in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004 and the 2006 World Cup, where he again appeared three times in the finals in Germany.
|1.||28 March 2001||Warsaw, Poland||Armenia||4–0||Win||2002 WCQ|
|2.||7 February 2007||Jerez de la Frontera, Spain||Slovakia||1–2||Draw||Friendly|
|3.||6 September 2008||Wrocław, Poland||Slovenia||1–1||Draw||2010 WCQ|
Michał Żewłakow has a twin brother, Marcin, who plays for GKS Bełchatów as a striker. They became the first twins ever to play together for Poland when they were picked in the starting lineup to face France in February 2000 and were teammates at the 2002 World Cup.
- Belgian League: 2003–04, 2005–06
- "Michal Ryczard Zewlakow" (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
- Michał Żewłakow w Olympiakosie 1.02.2006, interia.pl
- Doppio colpo per l’Ankaragücü
- Michał Żewłakow podpisał kontrakt z Legią Warszawa 13 June 2011, onet.pl