Ireneusz Jeleń

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Ireneusz Jeleń
Ireneusz jelen.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-04-09) 9 April 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Cieszyn, Poland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Right winger / Striker
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Piast Cieszyn 16 (8)
2001–2002 Beskid Skoczów 40 (22)
2002–2006 Wisła Płock 100 (45)
2006–2011 Auxerre 140 (48)
2011–2012 Lille 13 (1)
2012 Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała 7 (0)
2013 Górnik Zabrze 12 (2)
2014 Piast Cieszyn 4 (6)
National team
2003– Poland 29 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 July 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2012

Ireneusz Jeleń (Polish pronunciation: [irɛˈnɛuʂ ˈjɛlɛɲ] ( ); born 9 April 1981 in Cieszyn) is a Polish footballer who plays as a right-winger or striker for the Polish national football team.

Club career[edit]

From 2002 to 2006 he played for Wisła Płock in the Ekstraklasa. In four seasons he scored 45 goals in 100 appearances in the Polish top league.

On 28 June 2006, Jeleń signed for Auxerre in Ligue 1. On 9 September 2006, Jeleń scored his first league goal for Auxerre against Monaco. On 20 October 2007, he grabbed his first hat-trick, after coming off the bench in the 71st minute against FC Lorient. In his first couple of seasons at Auxerre, Jeleń was plagued with recurring back problems. In October 2008 he suffered a broken collarbone. He returned to action in late January 2009.[1] Auxerre's manager Jean Fernandez has described Jeleń as the player in his squad having the most ability in front of goal.[2] Prior to his return, Auxerre was in 17th place, barely above the relegation zone.[3] Upon his return, Jeleń scored 11 goals in 16 league matches, with Auxerre advancing to 8th in the table. Despite missing part of the season, Jelen tied for 4th in the Ligue 1 goalscoring charts. In May 2009, he was voted Auxerre's Player of the Season, garnering 79% of the votes.[4] In July 2009, France Football ranked him 4th among strikers and 15th overall among footballers playing in Ligue 1.[5][6]

In December 2009 he was voted Polish Player of the Year.[7]

During the 2009–10 season, he helped Auxerre to finish third in the league and win a place in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Play-off round. He finished fifth in the Ligue 1 goalscoring charts with 14 goals, despite missing some matches due to injury. Auxerre lost only once (at Grenoble 0–5) with Jeleń in the line up on 6 February 2010.

Jeleń signed a contract as a free agent with Lille at the end of August, after his contract with Auxerre expired.[8]

International career[edit]

Ireneusz Jeleń during the 2006 FIFA World Cup game against Costa Rica

As of October 2011, Jeleń has 28 caps with the Polish national team. He was selected for the 23-man squad that took part in the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany and played in all three of the Group A games, almost scoring with an impressive left foot shot that hit the crossbar against Ecuador in their 2–0 defeat. His trademarks are speed and acceleration.[9] Jelen failed to make Poland's squad for their upcoming Euro 2012 campaign, however he was placed on standby.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 December 2003 Ta' Qali, Malta  Lithuania 3–1 Win Friendly
2. 30 May 2006 Chorzów, Poland  Colombia 1–2 Loss Friendly
3. 28 March 2009 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 3–2 Loss 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
4. 1 April 2009 Kielce, Poland  San Marino 10–0 Win 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
5. 4 September 2010 Łódź, Poland  Ukraine 1–1 Draw Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Jeleń was born the middle of three children, having an older sister and a younger brother. He and his wife, Anna, have a son, Jakub, born in 2003, and a daughter, Julia, born in January 2010.[10]

Statistics[edit]

(correct as of 2 June 2013)
Club Season League Domestic League Domestic Cups European Cups Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Piast Cieszyn 2000–01 III Liga 16 8 16 8
Beskid Skoczów 2000–01 11 6 11 6
2001–02 29 16 29 16
Wisła Płock 2002–03 Ekstraklasa 26 8 9 4 35 12
2003–04 26 18 1 0 2 2 29 20
2004–05 23 12 3 2 26 14
2005–06 25 7 9 5 2 0 36 12
AJ Auxerre 2006–07 Ligue 1 32 10 2 0 5 4 39 14
2007–08 32 5 4 1 36 6
2008–09 26 14 1 0 27 14
2009–10 29 14 3 4 32 18
2010–11 21 5 0 0 4 1 25 6
Lille OSC 2011–12 13 1 4 3 2 0 19 4
Podbeskidzie 2012–13 Ekstraklasa 7 0 0 0 7 0
Górnik Zabrze 12 2 0 0 12 2
Total Beskid Skoczów 40 22 40 22
Total Wisła Płock 100 45 22 11 4 2 126 58
Total AJ Auxerre 140 48 10 5 9 5 159 58

Honours[edit]

Club honours[edit]

Wisła Płock

References[edit]

  1. ^ Piotr Koźmiński (27 January 2009). "Jeleń out to stop the rot at Auxerre". UEFA.com. Retrieved 14 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Alexis Billebault (13 March 2009). "Jelen, le vrai plus de l'AJA". L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Alexis Toledano (23 May 2009). "Zoom sur Ireneusz Jelen, la bonne étoile de l’AJA". FootMercato (in French). Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ireneusz Jelen, élu joueur auxerrois de la saison". Official Website of AJA Auxerre (in French). 21 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Les 50 qui font la Ligue 1". France Football (in French). 28 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Ireneusz Jeleń wśród gwiazd Ligue 1". Przegląd Sportowy (in Polish). 30 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Piłkarskie Oscary rozdane, Ireneusz Jeleń piłkarzem roku". Wiadomosci24. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Ireneusz Jeleń podpisał kontrakt z OSC Lille". onet.pl. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "ESPNsoccernet – Ireneusz Jelen Profile". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 14 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Official website of Ireneusz Jeleń". [dead link]

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