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01 June, 2006

ZEWLAKOW Michal from Poland.A solid left-sided defender, Michal Zewlakow is a constant danger when pushing forward and poses a threat with his powerful free-kicks.

Name: ZEWLAKOW Michal

Date of birth:  22 April 1976

Height:  183 cm

Weight:  78 kg

Position:  Defender

Current Club:  Anderlecht (BEL)

Int'l Goals:   1 (as of 31-May-2006)

Int'l Caps:  55 (as of 31-May-2006)

First Int'l Cap:  Poland v. New Zealand (19-Jun-1999)

Detail: A solid left-sided defender, Michal Zewlakow is a constant danger when pushing forward and poses a threat with his powerful free-kicks.

National team

Poland's first-choice left-back during qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Zewlakow was the only player to appear in all ten of his country's qualifying matches. He played in Poland's three group games at Korea/Japan and was a regular in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004™ and the 2006 World Cup.


Born in Warsaw in April 1976, Zewlakow spent eight years with KP Polonia Warszawa but only played for the club in two seasons, making a total of 62 appearances in 1996/97 and the following year.

1998: Zewlakow was loaned to KSK Beveren in October 1998, featuring 24 times for the Belgian First Division side before signing – together with his twin brother Marcin – for R. Excelsior Mouscron the following summer for a combined fee of €485,000. Zewlakow went on to become a key player, playing 93 times in three years and helping the club reach the 2002 Belgian Cup final.

2002: After following coach Hugo Broos to RSC Anderlecht, Zewlakow began the season as first-choice left-back, but found himself replaced by Olivier Deschacht midway through the campaign. Nevertheless, he made 25 appearances, including five in the UEFA Cup. Got a first taste of UEFA Champions League football the next season, appearing in all six group games, and chipped in with a couple of goals in 24 First Division games as Anderlecht wrested back the title from Club Brugge KV.

2004/05: Began the season in the team, but lost his place in February when Frank Vercauteren took over from Broos. Returned for the 2005/06 Champions League second qualifying round tie against PFC Neftchi and began the domestic season as a substitute.

Did you know?

Zewlakow and brother Marcin became the first twins ever to play together for Poland when they were picked in the starting eleven to face France in February 2000.

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