Błaszczykowski with Poland in 2011
|Date of birth||14 December 1985|
|Place of birth||Truskolasy, Poland|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Current club||Borussia Dortmund|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Jakub "Kuba" Błaszczykowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjakub bwaʂt͡ʂɨˈkɔfskʲi] ( ); born 14 December 1985) is a Polish footballer who plays as a winger for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. He is the captain of the Poland national football team.
Błaszczykowski was raised in Truskolasy near Częstochowa. When he was eight years old, he and his older brother Dawid began training at Raków Częstochowa. In September 1996, at the age of 10, he lost his mother in a family tragedy and was then raised by his grandmother. He subsequently gave up football, but with the encouragement of his uncle, Jerzy Brzęczek, a former captain of the Polish national football team, he decided to resume training at Raków Częstochowa two months later. In 2002, he joined Górnik Zabrze youth side. In early 2003 he joined KS Częstochowa and played in the Polish fourth league until the end of 2004. His uncle then helped him get a trial at Wisła Kraków where he impressed then-manager Werner Lička.
Błaszczykowski quickly broke into Wisła's first team, with his first league appearance coming on 20 March 2005 against Polonia Warsaw. By the end of the season, he was an established part of Wisła's starting eleven. With Wisła he won the Polish Ekstraklasa title in his debut season, and they were runners-up the following season. Additionally he won Canal+'s "Football Oscar" for the best midfielder in the Polish top division. He was also named to the Ekstraklasa Best XI in 2006–07 in Polish Footballers' Association voting.
In February 2007, Błaszczykowski signed a four-year contract with Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee and joined the Bundesliga side in July of that year. He usually plays on the wing, where he shows his dribbling and pace.
He scored his first league goal for Borussia on 25 April 2008 in a 1–1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt.
In December 2008, he was voted Polish Footballer of the Year. and a month later, in January 2009 he was voted the best Borussia Dortmund Player of the Year by fans, outrunning Neven Subotić and Alexander Frei. The Polish midfielder garnered more than 35% of the votes cast.
During the 2008–09 season, he was plagued by a torn leg muscle.
Błaszczykowski with Borussia Dortmund won the Bundesliga title for two seasons in a row in 2010–11 and 2011–12. He also won 2011–12 DFB-Pokal, providing two assists in the final 5–2 victory over Bayern Munich. Until 2012 he played with a diminutive form of his name, 'Kuba', on his shirt.
In July 2012, Błaszczykowski was named on UEFA's 32-man shortlist for the Best Player in Europe award. On 24 July 2012, he signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund, keeping him with the German club until 2016.
Błaszczykowski bagged his first goal of the season in the opening round of the DFB-Pokal on 18 August 2012, setting up Marco Reus for Dortmund's opening goal before netting their second, as the Yellow-Blacks cruised to a 3–0 victory at FC Oberneuland.
On 25 January 2013, Błaszczykowski scored two goals within the first 21 minutes against 1. FC Nürnberg, sending Dortmund on their way to a 3–0 victory and putting the defending champions within just nine points of league leaders Bayern. In Dortmund's clash with Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 3 February, he converted a penalty in the ninth minute to put his side up 2–0; despite an epic fightback from Leverkusen, which included a brace by Stefan Reinartz, Dortmund came out on top 3–2 and moved above Leverkusen into second place.
He scored Dortmund's third goal in a 3–0 rout of Shakhtar Donetsk on 5 March, completing a 5–2 aggregate victory over the Ukrainian champions as Dortmund progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The result meant that the Yellow-Blacks had advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time in 15 years.
On 3 June 2013, Błaszczykowski signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund, keeping him at the club until 2018.
On 27 July 2013, Błaszczykowski won the 2013 DFL-Supercup with Dortmund 4–2 against rivals Bayern Munich. On 26 October 2013, Błaszczykowski scored a goal for Dortmund in the Revierderby against rivals Schalke in a 3–1 win for Dortmund.
Błaszczykowski debuted for the Poland national football team on 28 March 2006 in a friendly against Saudi Arabia. Błaszczykowski, however, did not receive a call up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup due to injury.
Błaszczykowski scored his first goal for Poland on 22 August 2007 in a friendly against Russia. He was an important part of Poland's successful UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. He was named in Poland's squad for UEFA Euro 2008 but withdrew due to injury.
On 17 November 2010, in a friendly match against Côte d'Ivoire, Błaszczykowski made his debut as captain of the Polish national team.
On 8 June 2012, in the opening game of UEFA Euro 2012 against Greece, he assisted Robert Lewandowski's goal in a 1–1 draw. In the second group stage match against Russia, he scored a long range equalising goal in a 1–1 draw and was named Man of the Match.
World Cup 2014 qualifying
Błaszczykowski is Poland's current top scorer in their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with two goals. Both have come from the penalty spot, his first gave Poland an early lead in their opening group game with Montenegro, a match which finished 2–2. His second goal came four days later, again giving Poland the lead in their 2–0 win over Moldova. He did not feature in the 1–1 draw with England due to injury. Błaszczykowski got the assist for Piszczek's goal in the 3–1 defeat to Ukraine. He did not feature against San Marino four days later due to an injury sustained in the pre-match warm up. On 7 June 2013, he continued his good scoring form by grabbing the opener against Moldova – a game which ended 1–1. After San Marino scored an equaliser in a qualifying match on 10 September 2013, Błaszczykowski restored the lead just a minute later and Poland went on to win the match comfortably 5–1. He ended the qualifying campaign as Poland's top scorer with four goals.
- Score and Result lists Poland's goals first
- (correct as of 3 October 2013)
|Club||Season||League||Domestic League||Domestic Cups[nb 1]||Continental[nb 2]||Total|
|KS Częstochowa||2002–03||III Liga||2||0||–||–||2||0|
- Wisła Kraków
- Borussia Dortmund
- Ekstraklasa Midfielder of the Year: 2006
- Ekstraklasa Best XI: 2006–07
- Polish Footballer of the Year: 2008, 2010
- Polish Footballer of the Year by Polish Footballers' Association: 2010
- Poland national football team's Best Player: 2010
- Footballer of the Year by the readers of "Sport": 2008, 2010
- Borussia Dortmund Player of the Year: 2008
As a child, Błaszczykowski witnessed a tragedy, which had a major influence on his life. When he was ten years old, his father stabbed his mother to death. After his father went to prison, Błaszczykowski and his brother were raised by their grandmother. Błaszczykowski said that he owes his successes to his grandmother. Błaszczykowski is a devout Roman Catholic, who reads the Bible on a daily basis, prays often, and participates in the "I am not ashamed of Jesus" project. Every goal he scores, he dedicates to his mother and can be seen looking up in the sky during goal celebrations.
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- National team stats on the website of the Polish Football Association (Polish)
- Jakub Błaszczykowski – FIFA competition record
- Polish league stats on 90minut.pl (Polish)
- Jakub Błaszczykowski at transfermarkt.de (German)
- Jakub Błaszczykowski at fussballdaten.de (German)