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Football: Poland's Lewandowski to wear Ukraine-coloured armband at World Cup

21.09.2022 08:30
Ukraine’s footballing great Andriy Shevchenko has presented Poland star Robert Lewandowski with a Ukraine-coloured captain’s armband to wear at this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Robert Lewandowski.
Robert Lewandowski.PAP/Rafał Guz

Shevchenko handed the armband to Lewandowski at the National Stadium in the Polish capital Warsaw on Tuesday, state news agency PAP reported.

The Barcelona striker told the media: “It will be a great honour for me to wear this captain’s armband in Ukrainian colours at the World Cup.”

“I felt it would be a nice moment to show the world what has happened in Ukraine and highlight the fact that this is our reality,” he added.

Meanwhile, Shevchenko thanked Poland for supporting his country amid the Russian invasion.

"I thank you and the whole Polish nation for supporting my compatriots," he told Lewandowski.  

The Poland striker said of the armband: “I’m glad that I can support all of Ukraine in this way. They are our neighbours and just like them, we know what war means.”

Lewandowski sported a Ukraine-coloured armband on February 26 this year, just after the start of Russia’s invasion, in a Bundesliga game for his then club Bayern Munich, the PAP news agency reported.   

2022 World Cup

Ukraine won’t be playing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, having lost to Wales in the play-off final. 

Poland, meanwhile, qualified for the tournament thanks to a 2-0 win over Sweden in their play-off final, with goals from Lewandowski and Piotr Zieliński. 

Wednesday is day 210 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 


Source: PAP, sportowefakty.wp.pl, polskieradio24.pl