Record-holder Zewlakow to bow out
Record-capped Pole Michal Zewlakow is to end his international career after this month's friendly against Greece, the Polish Football Association (PZPN) said today.
The PZPN said that Poland coach Franczisek Smuda had given the 34-year-old veteran defender - who in 101 appearances has regularly worn the captain's armband - the call for the 29 March meeting.
Zewlakow, who played in the Greek top flight for Olympiakos from 2006 to 2010, said he was thrilled to be signing off in a country he holds close to his heart.
"I'm really happy that I'm going to end my career in Athens at the stadium of Olympiakos, the club where I played for four seasons and where I notched up the greatest successes in my career," he was quoted as saying on the PZPN's website. "It's hugely important for me to be able to end my career in Greece."
In October, Zewlakow equalled the 100-cap record set two decades ago by Polish football great Grzegorz Lato. He then broke it just days later.
Zewlakow, who earned his first cap in 1999, signed for Turkish side Ankaragucu last year from Olympiakos. He has already announced that he plans to retire from club football at the end of the season.
Zewlakow also made Polish football history in 2000, when he and brother Marcin became the first twins to play for their country.
Goalkeepers: Przemyslaw Tyton (Roda Kerkade/NED), Grzegorz Sandomierski (Jagiellonia), Sebastian Malkowski (Lechia Gdansk)
Defenders: Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Kamil Glik (Bari/ITA), Dariusz Dudka (Auxerre/FRA), Arkadiusz Glowacki (Trabzonspor/TUR), Hubert Wolakiewicz (Lech Poznan), Tomasz Jodlowiec (Polonia Warsaw), Jakub Rzezniczak (Legia Warsaw), Michal Zewlakow (Ankaragucu/TUR)
Midfielders: Ludovic Obraniak (Lille/FRA), Roger Guerreiro (AEK Athens/GRE), Kuba Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Slawomir Peszko (Cologne/GER), Rafal Murawski (Lech Poznan), Cezary Wilk (Wisla Krakow), Adrian Mierzejewski (Polonia Warsaw), Szymon Pawlowski (Zaglebie Lubin)
Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Ireneusz Jelen (Auxerre/FRA), Kamil Grosicki (Sivaspor/TUR), Michal Kucharczyk (Legia Warsaw)