Igor Sypniewski

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Igor Sypniewski
Personal information
Full name Igor Sypniewski
Date of birth (1974-10-11) 11 October 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Łódź, Poland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 ŁKS Łódź 2 (0)
1995–1998 Ceramika Opoczno
1998 Kavala 18 (7)
1998–2001 Panathinaikos 53 (8)
2001 OFI Crete 10 (1)
2001 RKS Radomsko 8 (3)
2002 Wisła Kraków 6 (1)
2002 Kallithea 2 (0)
2003 Halmstads BK 21 (10)
2004 Malmö FF 8 (2)
2004 Trelleborg 2 (0)
2005–2006 ŁKS Łódź 46 (16)
2006 Bunkeflo 7 (5)
National team
1999–2001 Poland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Igor Sypniewski (born 11 October 1974 in Łódź) is a former Polish footballer.[1]

Club career[edit]

Sypniewski began his career with ŁKS Łódź, a club for whom he would play several seasons in the Polish Ekstraklasa and Polish First League. He also spent several seasons playing in the Greek Super League with Kavala, Panathinaikos and OFI Crete.[2] He also appeared in the UEFA Champions League with Panathinaikos, and was reasonably successful with the club, even though he failed to win the Greek championship.

Following his Greek spell, Sypniewski signed for Swedish club Halmstad,[3] where he scored nine goals in 13 games during the spring in the 2003 Allsvenskan season, which rendered him a reputation as a fearsome striker in the series. He also snubbed international invitations from the Polish national team to focus on his club performances. During the autumn season Sypniewski suffered from mysterious illness, while Halmstad dropped from fourth to ninth in the series. He was suspended by the club from taking part in the final game of the season, since he had agreed to join Malmö FF on a free transfer for the 2004 season.

Along with Patrik Andersson and Afonso Alves, Sypniewski joined a Malmö team that had come close to winning the championship in successive years, and he was expected to play alongside Niklas Skoog, with Alves and central midfielder Tobias Grahn supplying the necessary passes. Following some unexpected problems in pre-season, while not wanting to practice properly on Malmö's camp in La Manga, Sypniewski hit back and scored twice in a 5–1 whitewash for Malmö at home against Örebro SK in front of a 20000 + crowd. Following that game, Sypniewski started struggling with form and temper, eventually going to such lengths that Malmö terminated his three-year contract after six months with the club.[4] When Sypniewski departed, Afonso Alves moved up to a striking position, where he fired Malmö to the championship, even though Sypniewski got no medal, due to not enough matches played. He turned up at bottom side Trelleborgs FF in a desperate attempt to save the strugglers from relegation, but Sypniewski was completely out of shape and was out following a couple of games.

Sypniewski returned to Poland and scored 22 goals in a season with Łódź. Sypniewski then made a shock return to the city of Malmö to play with Bunkeflo in the third-tier division.[5] Following a promising start with several goals and with rumours surfacing about interest from higher levels, Sypniewski managed to get into trouble once more, committing drunk driving in Malmö, which rendered him sacked from Bunkeflo, and forced to move back to Poland.

International career[edit]

Sypniewski made two appearances for the senior Poland national football team from 1999 to 2001.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Igor Sypniewski". 90 Minut. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Foreign Players in Greece since 1959/60". RSSSF. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Halmstads switch for Sypniewski". UEFA.com. 22 February 2003. 
  4. ^ "Sypniewski får sparken från Malmö FF" (in Swedish). Expressen. 17 June 2004. 
  5. ^ "Sypniewski spelklar för Bunkeflo" (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. 26 August 2006. 

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