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Jacek Bak

Jacek Bak became the most-capped player for Poland after the second EURO 2008 group match against Austria. The substitute captain for coach Leo Beenhakker’s team earned his 96th cap in that match. The Austria Vienna defender thus took over from Poland’s football idol, Grzegorz Lato, the goalkeeping king of the 1974 FIFA World Cup™. Bak earned his first cap for Poland on 1 February 1993 when he was still under contract with Lech Poznan. The 35-year-old, who participated in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups™, won the national league with Lech Poznan in 1992 and 1993. Only 95 of Lato’s 100 caps were recognised by FIFA, because the remainder were played with the Polish Olympic side.