Dan Twardzik

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Dan Twardzik
Personal information
Full name Daniel Twardzik
Date of birth (1991-04-13) 13 April 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Trinec, Czech Republic
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Motherwell
Number 12
Youth career
Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–201? Karlsruher SC 0 (0)
201?–2013 Calcio Como ? (?)
2013 Aberdeen 0 (0)
2013- Dundee 2 (0)
2013-2014 Motherwell (loan) 5 (0)
2014- Motherwell 6 (0)
National team
Germany Under 18 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:54, 15 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Daniel "Dan" Twardzik (born 13 April 1991) is a Czech footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Scottish Premiership club Motherwell.

Career[edit]

Early Career[edit]

Twardzik trained with Bayern Munich as a youngster, and after leaving the German giants in 2009, trained with Scottish club Motherwell.[1] Compensation issues were to kill off any possibility of a move to Fir Park, so he signed on at Karlsruher SC.[2] He then moved to Italian football with Calcio Como. Having struggled to make an impact there, Twardzik was recruited by Scottish club Aberdeen.[3]

Twardzik did not make a single appearance for the Pittodrie club, as he was used mostly as a back-up to Jamie Langfield. He was released at the end of the 2012-13 season.[4] The following season, Twardzik moved down a division and signed for relegated SPL club Dundee. Again, Twardzik found his first-team opportunities very hard to come by.[5]

After making his return, Twardzik made his debut for Dundee on 25 January 2014, coming on as a substitute against Falkirk, after first choice goalkeeper Kyle Letheren had been sent off. He immediately saved a penalty but couldn't stop Dundee losing 2–0.[6] After spending the reminder of the season being a back-up for Letheren, Twardzik futures appears to be uncertain following the club's promotion to the Scottish Premiership.[7] The fear was later confirmed of Twardzik leaving the club.[8]

Motherwell[edit]

With both Lee Hollis and Gunnar Nielsen out injured, Twardzik went on an emergency one-month loan to Motherwell.[2] He made his debut, and indeed his first ever appearance in Scottish football, in a 2-1 win away to Ross County.[9] He made five appearance for the club, Twardzik returned to Dundee when his loan spell with Motherwell had expired.[10] After his loan spell with Motherwell ended, the club attempt to extend his loan for the second time.[11] That didn't happen.

On 23 May 2014, Twardzik returned to Motherwell, signing a two year contract.[12] Following the move, Twardzik says he aiming to become the first goalkeeper for the second time running.[13] Twardzik re-debut for Motherwell, in the second round of Europa League; first leg, in a 2-2 draw against Icelandic side Stjarnan.[14] However in the return leg, Twardzik came under criticism when he allowed the opposition team take a lead in extra time, which the match finished 3-2 for Stjaran, eliminating Motherwell in the Europa League.[15] Twardzik started in goal, in the opening game of the season, in a 1-0 win over St. Mirren.[16] Since his debut, Twardzik become the first choice goalkeeper, having put in faith by Manager Stuart McCall.[1]

International career[edit]

Despite being of Czech origin, Twardzik also claims German nationality.[2] Indeed, he were to make two appearances for the Germany Under 18 team.

Personal life[edit]

Twardzik is the eldest brother of Celtic twins Filip and Patrik. His father René also played as a goalkeeper. Twardzik speaks five languages and is a fan of travelling.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Motherwell keeper Dan Twardzik vows to hit the heights at Fir Park and prove he's not too small to be No.1". Daily Record. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Twardzik joins on emergency loan". Motherwell F.C. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Aberdeen agree terms for goalkeeper Dan Twardzik". British Broadcasting Corporation. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Aberdeen to release 11 players at end of season". British Broadcasting Corporation. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Our mid-term report looks at Dundee’s nine new signings". The Evening Telegraph. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dark Blues well beaten by Bairns". dundeefc.co.uk. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dundee gaffer Hartley set to wield axe at Dens Park". Evening Telegraph. 10 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dundee trio set to be on their way out of Dens". Evening Telegraph. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ross County 1-2 Motherwell". British Broadcasting Corporation. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dundee boss weighs up his options". Evening Telegraph. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Transfer news: Motherwell could make another move for Dan Twardzik". Sky Sports. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Motherwell sign goalkeeper Dan Twardzik after Dundee exit". British Broadcasting Corporation. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Motherwell goalkeeper Dan Twardzik sets his sights on claiming the number one jersey at Fir Park". Daily Record. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Europa League qualifier: Motherwell 2-2 UMF Stjarnan". BBC Sport. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Motherwell keeper Dan Twardzik: I just hope I don't catch it from the boss for my extra time Euro howler". Daily Record. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Motherwell 1-0 St Mirren". BBC Sport. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "I trained with Bayern Munich now I want to be No 1 at Dundee". Evening Telegraph. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 

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