Artur Wichniarek

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Artur Wichniarek
Artur Wichniarek - Hertha BSC Berlin (2).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-02-28) 28 February 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Poznań, Poland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1988–1992 SKS 13 Poznań
Lech Poznań
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Lech Poznań 65 (4)
1996 Górnik Konin (loan)
1997–1999 Widzew Łódź 57 (28)
1999–2003 Arminia Bielefeld 101 (50)
2003–2006 Hertha BSC 44 (4)
2006–2009 Arminia Bielefeld 111 (33)
2009–2010 Hertha BSC 19 (0)
2010 Lech Poznań 7 (0)
National team
1999–2008 Poland 18 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 July 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2009

Artur Wichniarek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈartur vixˈɲarɛk], born 28 February 1977) is a Polish footballer.

Career[edit]

Early career in Poland[edit]

Wichniarek started his professional career at Lech Poznań in 1992–93 season. The following season he made his Ekstraklasa debut, however, he was not able to secure a place in the starting eleven. In the spring of 1996 was loaned to Polish Second League club Aluminium Konin. Upon his return to his home club he managed to win the manager's confidence and in the following 1996–97 season he played 30 times, albeit scoring only four goals. In 1998, Wichniarek joined Widzew Łódź, where he played until 1999, appearing 57 times and scoring 28 goals altogether, most of them in the 1998–99 season.

Arminia Bielefeld[edit]

His talent drew the attention of Arminia Bielefeld directors, who brought him to Bielefeld, where he impressed the fans, becoming the club's leading player and best striker. In 2001–02 season he won the title of 2. Bundesliga top scorer, which earned him the nickname King Arthur.[2]

Hertha BSC[edit]

Hertha BSC took notice and in 2003 he moved to Olympiastadion, however, he usually appeared only as a sub. After two seasons in Berlin, in the beginning of 2006, with 44 appearances and four goals on his sheet, he moved back to Arminia Bielefeld.[3]

Return to Bielefeld[edit]

He became one of Arminia's dominant players, scoring 33 goals in three seasons. Wichniarek was named the Bundesliga's Footballer of the Month in August 2008.[4]

Second stint at Hertha[edit]

On 3 July 2009, Wichniarek left the newly relegated Arminia Bielefeld and turned back to sign a two year contract with his former club Hertha BSC. After the relegation of Hertha BSC, Wichniarek was released from his contract on 15 June 2010.

Return to Lech Poznań[edit]

He signed a one-year contract with first club Lech Poznań on 30 June 2010.[5] His contract was terminated by Lech Poznań on 3 November 2010.

International career[edit]

Wichniarek made his first appearance for the Polish national team on 3 March 1999. The fixture was against Armenia where the Poles won 1–0. Wichniarek was not among the manager's favorites and his occasional appearances were usually limited to friendlies. His first international goal was at the expense of the Czech Republic national team on 28 April 1999. Altogether, he appeared in 16 international matches and four of his shots found their way into the opponents' net. His last significant cap was against Estonia in Tallinn, where he scored one of the two goals for the winners.[6]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 April 1999 Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, Poland  Czech Republic
2–0
2–1
International Friendly
2. 9 June 1999 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg  Luxembourg
0–2
2–3
UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
3. 6 June 2003 Municipal Stadium, Poznań, Poland  Kazakhstan
1–0
3–0
International Friendly
4. 20 August 2003 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia
0–2
1–2
International Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artur Wichniarek (18)". Hertha BSC. Retrieved 15 December 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "König Artur köpft Herthas Traum kaputt". Bild (in German). 6 February 2009. Archived from the original on 8 February 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Artur Wichniarek" (in Polish). 90minut.pl. Archived from the original on 12 December 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Artur auf dem Thron!" (in German). arminia-bielefeld.de. 4 September 2008. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Transferowy hit Lecha" (in Polish). onet.pl. 30 June 2010. Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "National team profile" (in Polish). PZPN.pl.