- Bayern Munich face Tigres in Thursday’s FIFA Membership World Cup ultimate
- Robert Lewandowski and Andre-Pierre Gignac had been semi-final heroes
- Stats, quotes and golazos characteristic as we profile the 2 strikers
Can FC Bayern München emulate the 2009/10 Barcelona and full one of many best achievement’s in soccer historical past? Can Tigres UANL trigger the largest shock in FIFA Membership World Cup™ ultimate historical past?
We’ll discover out on Thursday, however one factor we all know for sure is that each groups are indebted to 30-something, international objective machines. On the eve of the showdown, we highlight Robert Lewandowski and Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Lewandowski has netted 1.07 objectives per sport on common this season (29 in 27). Extremely, it’s nonetheless wanting his return for final time period: 1.17.
Gignac has hit ten objectives in his final 9 appearances in all competitions and has scored in six successive outings.
“I feel if we win this Membership World Cup it will full one of many greatest historic achievements in all of soccer. Not only for Bayern or for Germany, however it will be one of many greatest historic achievements from everywhere in the world.”
“Andre-Pierre Gignac is prime for Tigres. He dictates the tempo of the sport. Technically he dazzles me. He leads the staff. [He knows] when to hurry up and decelerate play. He’s decisive. It’s not simple to cease him scoring penalties.”
They nearly didn’t make it
“His legs had been so skinny. I stored telling him that except he ate extra bacon sandwiches and put some weight on he might by no means make it, however the years handed and his legs remained like sticks.”
These had been the phrases of Krzysztof Sikorski, the coach of the youth staff Lewandowski performed for from the ages of eight to 16. It was maybe the rationale the ahead began out in solely the Polish fifth flight and, though he was subsequently added to Legia Warsaw’s youth ranks, he was launched with out ever making the first-team squad for being too skinny (he’s definitely ripped up that notion).
Lewandowski was instructed to surrender soccer however he “simply cherished watching Thierry Henry and was decided to be like him”. So, he labored his approach up from the Polish third tier to the second to the primary, the place he established himself as its standout performer and impressed Lech Poznan to their first Ekstraklasa crown in 17 years.
Oh, and he is not skinny!
“I used to be instructed that if I couldn’t make it at a membership that was heading for the [fourth division] and whose monetary issues meant they couldn’t purchase any gamers, then I had no future in soccer.”
Gignac was launched from small-time, hometown membership Martigues as a 16-year-old and urged to spend money on his tutorial schooling. However he desperately clinged to his footballing one and, two years later, made a dream skilled debut for Lorient in Ligue 2, rising from the bench and rapidly scoring the winner.
It didn’t assist set up him on the membership and he duly discovered himself on mortgage at Pau within the French third tier. After a forgettable first season at Toulouse, nevertheless, his second time period noticed him end as Ligue 1’s 24-goal main marksman, comfortably away from closest challengers Karim Benzema and Guillaume Hoarau.
Tigres’ all-time high scorers
Bayern’s all-time high scorers
Gignac has now scored 13 consecutive penalties for Tigres. Curiously, the final three penalties he missed got here within the Augusts of 2017, ’18 and ’19.
Robert Lewandowski had efficiently transformed 17 successive spot-kicks till his final try was saved by Hertha Berlin’s Rune Jarstein. The Norwegian turned solely the second goalkeeper to save lots of a penalty from the Pole within the Bundesliga after Manuel Neuer, who denied the then-Borussia Dortmund participant in 2013.
We meet once more
Gignac was a part of the Marseille squad – one coached by France 1998 and Russia 2018 winner Didier Deschamps and that includes the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Mathieu Valbuena and the Ayew brothers – that confronted Bayern Munich within the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. He got here off the bench within the first leg, whereas Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba and Thomas Muller helped the Bavarians to a 4-0 mixture victory.
Gignac did rating a bullet header previous Neuer as France beat Germany 2-0 in a 2015 pleasant.
Lewandowski’s father performed within the Polish second flight however had larger success as a judoka, turning into a nationwide champion. The Bayern No9’s mom was a volleyball participant, whereas his sister performs the identical sport. Lewandowski’s spouse Anna is a karateka who gained a number of medals on the Karate World Championship.
Gignac Is cousins with Panathinaikos winger Yohan Mollo and former Marseille defender Jacques Abardonado.
Do you know?
Lewandowski is one in every of solely two footballers to win the 86-times-awarded Polish Sports activities Persona of the Yr. 1982 recipient Zbigniew Boniek had been the one one, however the Bayern Munich striker triumphed in 2015 and 2020.
Gignac turned, when being summoned for UEFA EURO 2016, the primary participant based mostly exterior of Europe to be known as up by France. He made six appearances within the match, hitting the publish within the final minute of regular time within the ultimate.