Łukasz Piszczek

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Łukasz Piszczek
Łukasz Piszczek.JPG
Łukasz Piszczek in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-06-03) 3 June 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Borussia Dortmund
Number 26
Youth career
LKS Goczałkowice-Zdrój
2001–2004 Gwarek Zabrze
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Hertha BSC 68 (3)
2004–2007 Zagłębie Lubin (loan) 69 (14)
2010– Borussia Dortmund 106 (7)
National team
2007– Poland 35 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2013

Łukasz Piszczek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈwukaʂ ˈpʲiʂt͡ʂɛk]; born 3 June 1985) is a Polish footballer who plays for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund as a right defender, having previously played for Hertha BSC and Zagłębie Lubin. He has been capped by Poland at international level.

Club career[edit]

Gwarek Zabrze[edit]

In 2001, Piszczek joined Gwarek Zabrze, with which he won the 2003 Polish youth championship.[1] In 2004, he became the top scorer at the U-19 European Championships (along with Turk Ali Öztürk).

Hertha BSC[edit]

Łukasz Piszczek at Hertha BSC in 2009

Hertha BSC was attracted by this performance and promptly signed him, then immediately loaned him out to Zagłębie Lubin. With Zagłębie, he won the league championship during the 2006–07 season. At Zagłębie, he played mainly as a left back in 4–3–3 formation (with Wojciech Łobodziński on the right wing and Michał Chałbiński in the center), although he was often utilized as a centre forward. He scored 11 goals in 2006–07 season, becoming the club's second best scorer after Chałbiński (13 goals).

In the fall of 2007, Hertha recalled the player. Piszczek scored his first goal in the Bundesliga on 26 April 2008 to earn a point against Hannover 96.

Piszczek missed most of the first half of the 2008–09 season as the result of a hip problem that eventually required surgery.[2] He began training again in February 2009 but in March suffered a setback due to a minor knee injury.[3] He returned to Bundesliga action in April. At Hertha, Piszczek initially played as a defensive midfielder or on left wing, but in his second season he started to appear as a right back, after injury to Arne Friedrich. After Friedrich recovered, Piszczek lost his place in the starting line-up, but reclaimed it in 2009–10, when Friedrich moved to centre back position.

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

On 19 May 2010, Piszczek moved to Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer, signing a contract until June 2013.[4] On 26 July 2011, he signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until June 2016.[5] On 24 September 2011, he scored his first goal for his new German club, a last-minute volley to win the game away to Mainz 2–1.[6]

International career[edit]

Łukasz Piszczek playing for Poland

Piszczek made his first appearance for the Poland national football team in a friendly versus Estonia on 3 February 2007. On 6 June 2008, he was added to the Polish squad for Euro 2008, to replace the injured Jakub Błaszczykowski. He made one appearance, coming on a sub against Germany, but was injured in the training session for the next game and took no further part in the tournament.[7]

On 29 July 2011, the PZPN imposed a six-month suspension on Piszczek for participation in the fixing of a 2006 Cracovia match in which he did not play.[8] In September 2011, the suspension was cancelled.

Piszczek played in all three games of Poland's Euro 2012 campaign and had a good performance in Poland's opening game against Greece.

Piszczek scored his first International goal against Ukraine on 22 March, which was quickly followed by his second four days later against San Marino.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 March 2013 Warsaw, Poland  Ukraine 1–2 1–3 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 26 March 2013 Warsaw, Poland  San Marino 2–0 5–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Career statistics[edit]

Club career[edit]

As of 22 February 2014
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Other[nb 2] Continental[nb 3] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Zagłębie Lubin 2004–05 11 2 12 4 - - - - 23 6
2005–06 28 1 8 1 - - - - 36 2
2006–07 30 11 2 1 - - 2 0 35 12
Total 69 14 22 6 0 0 2 0 93 20
Hertha BSC 2007–08 24 1 2 0 - - - - 26 1
2008–09 13 0 2 0 - - 4 3 19 3
2009–10 31 2 2 0 - - 9 1 42 3
Total 68 3 6 0 0 0 13 4 87 7
Borussia Dortmund 2010–11 33 0 1 0 - - 7 0 41 0
2011–12 32 4 6 0 1 0 6 0 45 4
2012–13 29 2 4 0 1 0 12 0 45 2
2013–14 15 1 2 0 0 0 6 0 23 1
Total 109 7 13 0 2 0 31 0 155 7
Career Totals 240 23 39 6 2 0 42 4 322 34
  1. ^ Includes DFB-Pokal
  2. ^ Includes DFL-Supercup
  3. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Łukasz Piszczek and Jakub Błaszczykowski celebrate winning the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double with Borussia Dortmund in 2012

Club[edit]

Zagłebie Lubin
Borussia Dortmund

Personal life[edit]

Piszczek was born in Czechowice-Dziedzice, Bielsko and raised in Goczałkowice-Zdrój. His father, the coach of the local football club, decided to bring him to one of the training sessions at the age of about 7–8. His brother, Tomasz, was also involved in football.[1]

Piszczek married his fiancee Ewa Piszczek in June 2009.[9] The couple's daughter, Sara Piszczek, was born 3 March 2011.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Czado, Paweł (6 June 2008). "Łukasz Piszczek: szczęście w roli głębokiego zmiennika". Gazeta Wyborcza Katowice (in Polish). Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Poważne kłopoty kadrowicza Beenhakkera" [Serious problems of member of Beenhakker's national team]. Fakt (in Polish). 20 January 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ Heise, H. (7 March 2009). "Piszczek: "Ich hatte Angst um meine Karriere!"" [Piszczek: I feared for my career]. Berliner Kurier (in German). Retrieved 7 March 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ Fligge, Sascha (19 May 2010). "BVB: holt Lukasz Piszczek" [Borussia acquires Lukasz Piszczek]. Ruch Nachrichten (in German). Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Piszczek agrees extension". SkySports. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mainz 1-2 Borussia Dortmund". ESPN FC. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Milosavljevic, Zoran (12 June 2008). "Piszczek out of Poland's game v Austria". Reuters. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  8. ^ "Piszczek zawieszony na pół roku" [Half-year suspension for Piszczek]. Rzeczpospolita (in Polish). 29 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Morgen Hochzeit mit seiner Ewa". Bild (in German). 4 June 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  10. ^ "Bundesliga: Peszko opuści mecz z liderem, Błaszczykowski gotowy, szczęśliwy Piszczek" (in Polish). Sportowe Fakty. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 

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