Andrzej Iwan

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Andrzej Iwan
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Personal information
Full name Andrzej Iwan
Date of birth (1959-11-10) 10 November 1959 (age 54)
Place of birth Kraków, Poland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1968–1975 Wanda Kraków
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1985 Wisła Kraków 198 (69)
1985–1987 Górnik Zabrze 68 (21)
1988–1989 VfL Bochum 30 (2)
1989 Górnik Zabrze 3 (0)
1990–1991 Aris Thessaloniki
1992 Górnik Zabrze 1 (0)
National team
1978–1987 Poland 29 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andrzej Iwan (born 10 November 1959 in Kraków) is a retired Polish footballer who played as a striker. He is the father of Bartosz Iwan.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

He made first steps on a long football career in Wanda Kraków, but in 1976 he moved to Wisła Kraków where he entered professional football, contributing a great deal to the title in 1978. He played 198 games and scored 69 goals for Wisła Kraków, before he was transferred to Górnik Zabrze. In next two years he proved to be a key player for a new team, a dominant force in the middle of 80s in Polish football. As he started career as a striker, he experienced transformation in Górnik Zabrze into a playmaker. He spent the last years of his professional career abroad (VFL Bochum, Aris Saloniki) punctuated by short returns to Górnik Zabrze. He won four Polish Championships (Wisła and Górnik) and ended up with 226 games and 90 goals in the Polish League. Additionally, he participated in 17 games in European club competitions and scored four goals.

International[edit]

He made his debut in the Polish national team in the second game of the 1978 FIFA World Cup, against Tunisia, at the age of 18.[1] Four years later he became a first team player in the 1982 FIFA World Cup until injury in the second game ruled him out from the next games. He gave up the international career in 1987 with 11 goals in 29 matches.[2]

Coaching and television[edit]

On his retirement as a player, Iwan embarked on a coaching profession, for the first few years with a junior team in Wisła Kraków, leading him to the assistant position of the first team between 1999 and 2001 (Adam Nawałka followed by duet Orest Lenczyk and Waldemar Fornalik). In Zagłębie Lubin he was again as assistant to Adam Nawałka, however, they were released only after five months of working. In 2003, Iwan leaped at the opportunity to lead a team, fourth league club Okocimski KS Brzesko. He worked there for two years until his dismissal in 2005, after a series of defeats. Prior to that, Okocimski Brzesko had been close to promotion in 2004, but lost in the final matches of playoff to Kmita Zabierzów. Iwan managed two more teams, Płomien Jerzmanowice (fifth league, 2005–06) and Wiatra Ludźmierz (junior team, 2006) until his coaching career was finally brought to a close.

In the last years, Iwan has made regular appearance as football expert to commentate on the Polish Ekstraklasa. Iwan's biography under the title "Spalony" has been released in 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrzej IwanFIFA competition record
  2. ^ Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel; Arnhold, Matthias (29 February 2012). "Poland - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 

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