Munich - One third of Borussia Dortmund's triumvirate of Polish superstars, has established himself as one of the most gifted and reliable right-backs in European football.

Like teammates Jakub Blaszczkowski and Robert Lewandowski, he is a staple of the Polish national team and one of the heroes of Dortmund's run to the final of this season's UEFA Champions League. bundesliga.com presents you with a few lesser-known facts about the versatile wing-back...

Piszczek was born in the village of Czechowice-Dziedzice in southern Poland on 3 June 1985, and it was on the cards from an early age that he would play football. His father coached local club LKS Goczalkowice Zdrój and began bringing Lukasz to training from the age of seven.

Playing for the youth team of nearby Gwarek Zabrze, he first came to prominence on the international stage when he featured for Poland at the UEFA U-19 Championships in the summer of 2004. Poland lost all three group games, but Piszczek netted from midfield in each of them and ended up as the tournament's joint-top scorer with four goals. He later played for Zagłębie Lubin, whom he was loaned to after joining Hertha BSC Berlin in 2004.

He is now known as a specialist right-back, but Piszczek played in a variety of positions at youth level. As well as impressing in attack for the Poland U-19 side, he also played up front, in defensive midfield and on the left of midfield for Hertha, before being converted to a right-sided defender in the 2008/09 season.

Piszczek will be sidelined for up to five months after undergoing an operation on his troublesome hip, but he has had the problem before. He missed a large chunk of the 2008/09 Bundesliga season with Hertha with a previous hip complaint which also required surgery.

After such a successful U-19 career, Piszczek had to wait another three years to make his senior international debut, appearing in a friendly against Estonia in February 2007. He has since established himself as the first-choice right-back, playing all three group games at Euro 2012 and making 34 appearances, scoring twice.

Along with winger and striker Piszczek (l.) is part of a formidable Polish attacking trio at Dortmund. He provided seven assists in his first season at BVB, eight in his second and another eight in 2012/13, four of which were converted by Lewandowski. In total he has made 94 Bundesliga appearances for the Yellow Blacks, as well as 68 for Hertha.

Piszczek (l.) has won four major honours in his professional career. He lifted the Bundesliga title with Dortmund in 2011 and then the league and cup double in 2012. This season was his first at the club that didn't yield a trophy, but he did receive a runners-up medal in the UEFA Champions League final. He also won the Polish league title with Lubin in 2005/06.

Another attacking full-back, Dani Alves of FC Barcelona, remains the player to whom Piszczek most aspires. He said of the Brazilian international in 2012, "There are lots of good right backs but Dani Alves is a role model for me. He plays for the best team in the world, who've won everything there is to win in the last few years."

The 28-year-old married his fiancee of six years Ewa on 2 June 2007, four days before his 25th birthday. The couple have a daughter, Sara, born in March 2011.

He still has plenty more football in him, but Piszczek feels so at home in Dortmund that he hopes to end his career at the club. "I really feel at home here and have no desire to move clubs every two years. I hope BVB is the last stop on my career path."





Compiled by Bernie Reeves