Polański in 2007
|Full name||Eugen Polanski|
|Date of birth||17 March 1986|
|Place of birth||Sosnowiec, Poland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2009–2010||→ Mainz 05 (loan)||21||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Eugen Polanski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈɔi̯ɡɛn pɔˈlanskʲi], German: [ˈɔʏ̯ɡən pʰoˈlanskɪ]; born Bogusław Eugeniusz Polański [bɔˈɡuswaf ɛu̯ˈɡɛɲuʂ pɔˈlaɲskʲi] on 17 March 1986) is a Polish professional footballer who plays for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Germany, mainly as a defensive midfielder.
Born in Sosnowiec, Poland, Polanski moved to Germany as an infant, joining Borussia Mönchengladbach's youth ranks at the age of eight. In the 2004–05 season, on 12 February 2005, he made his debut both in the first team and the Bundesliga, in a 0–2 away loss against SV Werder Bremen that was his sole appearance of the campaign.
Polanski scored his first goal as a professional in a 1–1 home draw against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 19 November 2005, and went on to be relatively played in the following years. In 2007–08, however, as the season ended in promotion, he only featured in nine second division games.
After his contract at Borussia expired in June 2008, Polanski agreed a move to La Liga with Getafe CF. During his first season, as the Madrid side finished just one place above the relegation zone, he was first-choice, often partnering Javier Casquero in central midfield.
On 12 June 2009, Polanski was loaned out to 1. FSV Mainz 05 on a season-long spell. However, the following month, the deal was extended for another year, with the clubs reaching an agreement for a permanent switch in early November 2010.
Polanski appeared for Germany in various youth levels, often as captain. He was a key member of under-21s at the 2006 UEFA European Football Championship, scoring a magnificent long-range goal in the fixture against Serbia and Montenegro; his form during the tournament made AS Monaco FC enquire about his services, but Mönchengladbach promptly rejected the offer.
In May 2011, Polanski confirmed his intent to play for Poland. On 26 July, he was called up by manager Franciszek Smuda for a friendly with Georgia, making his debut in the game which took place on 10 August.
Polanski was selected as part of the 23-man squad that competed in the finals played on home soil and Ukraine. He played in three games in an eventual group stage exit.
- "Bogusław Eugeniusz Polański przez Sosnowiec do kadry Smudy" (in Polish). Katowice Gazeta. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- Eugen Polanski: jestem Polanski bez 'ń' ale możecie mówić Polański (in Polish). YouTube. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- "El Getafe ficha a una promesa alemana" [Getafe signs German prospect] (in Spanish). Merca Fútbol. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "Polanski: "Casquero es la pareja perfecta en el centro del campo"" [Polanski: "Casquero is the perfect midfield partner"] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "Polanski: Einigung mit Getafe erzielt" [Polanski: Agreement with Getafe reached] (in German). kicker. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
- "Polanski bleibt bis 2011" [Polanski stays until 2011] (in German). kicker. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
- "Polanski to stay with Mainz". ESPN Soccernet. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "Polanski makes Hoffenheim move". Bundesliga. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- Ashby, Kevin (23 May 2006). "Polanski gets Germany going". UEFA.com. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- "Polska pokonała Gruzję, debiut Polańskiego" [Poland defeats Georgia, Polanski makes debut] (in Polish). Wirtualna Polska. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- Eugen Polanski at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Eugen Polanski at National-Football-Teams.com
- Kicker profile (German)