Grzegorz Lato, Poland
Grzegorz Lato was born on April 8, 1950 in Malbork, Poland, and has the distinction for achieving more caps for Poland than any other Pole.
Lato, one of Poland’s all-time striker greats, moved about quite a bit during his footballing career, but spent most of his playing days at Stal Mielec, before moving onto Lokeren in Belgium. Grzegorz also played in the Mexican team Atlante in the ’82-’83 season, as well as spending time in Canada with Polonia Hamilton. Lato was also instrumental in helping Poland win the gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics and the silver medal in 1976.
World Cup history
Grzegorz Lato appeared in a commendable 95 international games for Poland between 1971 and 1984, scoring 42 goals; second only to Wlodzimierz Lubanski. His greatest achievement came in the 1974 World Cup, where he was top goal scorer with seven fantastic goals. Grzegorz also played in the 1978 and 1982 World Cups.
Post playing career
After his dazzling football career, Grzegorz Lato eventually moved into politics where he was senator in his native Poland at the time of writing.