Arkadiusz Milik

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Arkadiusz Milik
Milik vs Ireland 2013.jpg
Personal information
Full name Arkadiusz Milik
Date of birth (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 21)
Place of birth Tychy, Poland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Ajax
Number 19
Youth career
Rozwój Katowice
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Rozwój Katowice 10 (4)
2011–2012 Górnik Zabrze 38 (11)
2012–2015 Bayer Leverkusen 6 (0)
2013–2014 FC Augsburg (loan) 18 (2)
2014–2015 Ajax (loan) 21 (11)
2014 Jong Ajax 1 (0)
2015– Ajax 0 (0)
National team
2011 Poland U17 1 (1)
2011–2012 Poland U19 7 (5)
2012–2014 Poland U21 8 (9)
2012– Poland 15 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

Arkadiusz "Arek" Milik (Polish pronunciation: [arˈkadjuʂ ˈmilik]; born 28 February 1994 in Tychy) is a Polish footballer who plays as a striker for Ajax.

Club career[edit]

Rozwój Katowice[edit]

Milik began his career as a youth player for Rozwój Katowice and played in the reserve team in the 2009–10 season.[1] On 23 October 2010, the 16-year-old made his III liga debut when he scored two goals in a 4–0 victory over KS Krasiejów.[2] In November, he went on trial at Górnik Zabrze, where he scored one goal in two appearances for the club's Młoda Ekstraklasa team.[3] In winter, he and his teammate Wojciech Król were on trial with Reading, Tottenham Hotspur, and Legia Warszawa.[4][5] Milik ended the season with ten appearances and four goals for Rozwój Katowice.[3]

Górnik Zabrze[edit]

Despite offers from other clubs, on 1 July 2011 Milik and Król signed one-year contracts with Górnik Zabrze for a fee of 500,000 złotys.[6][7] Milik made his Ekstraklasa debut on 31 July in a 1–1 draw with Śląsk Wrocław.[8] In the 53rd minute he was substituted by Daniel Gołębiewski.[9]

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

On 17 December 2012, Bayer Leverkusen confirmed that they had signed Milik on a contract until summer 2018.[10] The transfer fee amounts allegedly €2.6 million.[11]

FC Augsburg (loan)[edit]

On 30 August 2013, FC Augsburg signed him on a one-year loan deal.[12] The lending fee was reported as €150,000, this fee was composed of a base amount that decreased the more games Milik played for FC Augsberg and increased when Augsburg maintained their Bundesliga status.[13] His spell in Augsburg can at best be described as moderately successful. He was capped in 18 matches, but started just five. However, he scored an equalizer in the 88th minute in a 2-2 home draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach, helping Augsburg achieve a vital point.[14]

Ajax (loan)[edit]

On 15 May 2014, it was announced that he would spend the 2014/2015 season on loan at Dutch champion Ajax Amsterdam. Leverkusen also granted Ajax a one-sided purchase option for summer 2015.[15] On 24 September 2014, Milik played in the first official Amsterdam derby to be contested since 1983 when Ajax took on JOS Watergraafsmeer in the KNVB Cup. Milik earned the "Man of the Match" award after scoring 6 out of the 9 goals and assisting a further 2 in the Olympic Stadium.[16]

On 1 April 2015, it was announced that Ajax reached agreement with Bayer Leverkusen and Milik will join the Dutch club in the summer on four-year deal.[17]

International career[edit]

On 13 April 2011, Milik scored a goal for Poland U17 in a 4–1 victory over England Schools U18. On 15 July 2011 he was called up to the U19 team.[18]

On 12 October 2012, Milik made his debut for the Poland national football team against South Africa.

He scored his first goal for the national side in the 4–1 friendly victory over Macedonia.

He scored back to back hat-tricks for the U21 team in qualifiers against Malta and Greece.

On 11 October 2014, Milik scored the opening goal in a 2–0 win over world champions Germany in a 2016 UEFA Euro qualifying match. This was Poland's first win over Germany, who had not lost in 19 competitive games and 33 previous qualifiers.[19]

On 14 November 2014, Milik scored a goal in a 2016 UEFA Euro qualifying match against Georgia to make the score-line 4-0.

Statistics[edit]

Club performance[edit]

As of 27 March 2015[1]
Club League Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rozwój Katowice III liga 2010–11[3] 10 4 0 0 10 4
Total 10 4 0 0 10 4
Górnik Zabrze Ekstraklasa 2011–12[8] 24 4 1 0 25 4
Ekstraklasa 2012–13[20] 14 7 1 1 15 8
Total 38 11 2 1 40 12
Bayer 04 Leverkusen Bundesliga 2012–13[21] 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
FC Augsburg (loan) Bundesliga 2013–14[22] 18 2 2 0 20 2
Ajax (loan) Eredivisie 2014–15 21 11 3 8 9 4 32 23
Total 93 28 7 9 11 4 110 41

International performance[edit]

As of 18 November 2014
Poland national football team
Year Apps Goals
2012 4 1
2013 2 0
2014 8 5
Total 14 6

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 December 2012 Mardan Sports Complex, Aksu  Macedonia 1–0 4–1 Friendly
2. 6 June 2014 PGE Arena, Gdańsk  Lithuania 1–1 2–1 Friendly
3. 11 October 2014 Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw  Germany 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
4. 14 October 2014 Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw  Scotland 2–2 2–2 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
5. 14 November 2014 Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi  Georgia 4–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
6. 18 November 2014 Stadion Miejski, Wrocław   Switzerland 2–1 2–2 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Arkadiusz Milik" (in Polish). 90minut. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Rozwój Katowice 4 - 0 KS Krasiejów" (in Polish). 90minut. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Arkadiusz Milik: Sezon 2010/11" (in Polish). 90minut. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dwaj piłkarze Rozwoju na testach w Reading" (in Polish). 90minut. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Młoda Legia testuje Króla i Milika" (in Polish). Legionisci.com. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Wojciech Król i Arkadiusz Milik w Górniku" (in Polish). 90minut. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Skarb Kibica Ekstraklasa 2011/2012 Jesień". Przegląd Sportowy (in Polish): 48. 29 July 2011. ISSN 0137-933X. 
  8. ^ a b "Arkadiusz Milik: Sezon 2011/12" (in Polish). 90minut. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Śląsk Wrocław 1 - 1 Górnik Zabrze" (in Polish). 90minut. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Poland forward Milik makes Leverkusen move". UEFA.com. 17 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Milik geht zu Ajax Amsterdam" (in German). RevierSport. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "FCA leiht Arkadiusz Milik aus" (in German). FC Augsburg. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Milik: Erst wird er billiger - dann teurer?" (in German). kicker. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Was Kruse kann, kann Hahn auch" (in German). kicker. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Milik on loan at Ajax Amsterdam". Bayer Leverkusen. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Ajax door 6 treffers Milik fluitend langs JOS" (in Dutch). De Gelderlander. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ajax contracteert Arek Milik". AFC Ajax. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "U-19: Powołania na konsultację szkoleniową i dwumecz z Norwegią" (in Polish). 90minut. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  19. ^ Lamont, Alasdair (11 October 2014). "Poland 2–0 Germany". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Arkadiusz Milik: Sezon 2012/13" (in Polish). 90minut. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Milik, Arkadiusz" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Milik, Arkadiusz" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 

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