Record-capped Pole Zewlakow to bow out

Updated: 11 March 2011 21:59 IST

Record-capped Pole Michal Zewlakow is to end his international career after this month's friendly against Greece, the Polish Football Association (PZPN) said on Friday.

Record-capped Pole Zewlakow to bow out
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Warsaw:

Record-capped Pole Michal Zewlakow is to end his international career after this month's friendly against Greece, the Polish Football Association (PZPN) said on Friday.

The PZPN said that Poland manager 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 March 29 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 and current PZPN boss 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.

Topics : Football
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