Krzysztof Warzycha

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Krzysztof Warzycha
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Personal information
Full name Krzysztof Warzycha
Date of birth (1964-11-17) November 17, 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Katowice, Poland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Fostiras (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1989 Ruch Chorzów 167 (66)
1989–2004 Panathinaikos 390 (273)
1983–2004 Total 557 (339)
National team
1988–1997 Poland 50 (9)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Panathinaikos (assistant)
2012 Egaleo
2012 Fokikos
2013–2014 Kallithea
2014– Fostiras
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 2004.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of end of 1997

Krzysztof "Kristof" Warzycha (Polish pronunciation: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf vaˈʐɨxa]; Greek: Κριστόφ Βαζέχα) (born November 17, 1964 in Katowice) is a former Polish professional footballer. For the majority of his career he played for Greek club Panathinaikos FC.

Club career[edit]

KS Ruch Chorzów[edit]

Krzysztof Warzycha played for the Polish team KS Ruch Chorzów and won the Polish Championship in 1989 and being top scorer in the Polish premier league the same year.

Panathinaikos[edit]

Krzysztof Warzycha joined Panathinaikos in December 1989, and won 5 Greek championships (1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2004), 5 Greek cups (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2004), 2 Greek super cups 1993, 1994, while he was the highest scorer of the Greek championship 3 times (1994, 1995, 1998).

He is Panathinaikos' all-time leading goalscorer and an idol for the club. Warzycha is considered by many to be one of the best foreign players who have played in Greece. He was one of two Poles in the title-winning side of 1995, with fellow countryman Józef Wandzik keeping over a dozen clean sheets (shutouts) during the season.

The Most Important Goal[edit]

On April 3, 1996, Warzycha scored probably the most important goal of his career (according to a late interview), against Ajax Amsterdam in Amsterdam Olympic Stadium [1] and gave Ajax their first home defeat in four years, in their last home match before the demolition of the stadium.

First goal scorer[edit]

At the end of the 2000/01 season, Warzycha had scored an incredible 235 goals in 352 matches and had been the Greek Alpha Ethniki premier league's top scorer in three different years in the 90s (1994, 1995 and 1998 seasons). His appearances in the UEFA Champions League have been no less impressive – he scored six goals in Panathinaikos' nine games on the way to the semi-finals of the 1995/96 competition. With eight goals scored in all UEFA Champions League games, Warzycha remains the best scorer of Polish nationality in this competition.

On the 29th of April, 2001 during the match with Ionikos FC, Krzysztof Warzycha scored the 233rd goal of his career in Greece, climbing to second place on the list of all-time goal scorers, tied with Mimis Papaioannou. Warzycha later scored his 234th goal and become sole occupant of this spot.

He was granted Greek citizenship in 1998. He retired in 2004.

Managing career[edit]

After Panathinaikos head coach Henk Ten Cate was let go on December 8, 2009, Warzycha was appointed as assistant coach alongside with Nikos Nioplias.[1]

On 1 March 2012, Krzysztof was appointed as the head coach of Delta Ethniki side Egaleo, with this being his first venture into management.[2]

In 2012, Krzysztof Warzycha was the head coach of Fokikos F.C. [3]

International career[edit]

He played 50 times for Poland, scoring 9 goals. He played the last game for the Polish national team in April 1997 against Italy in Napoli (3–0 loss).

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 October 1988 Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, Poland  Albania
1–0
1–0
1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 7 February 1989 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica  Costa Rica
0–1
2–4
International Friendly
3. 7 February 1989 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica  Costa Rica
0–3
2–4
International Friendly
4. 12 February 1989 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala  Guatemala
0–1
0–1
International Friendly
5. 19 May 1992 Stadion Lehen, Salzburg, Austria  Austria
1–3
2–4
International Friendly
6. 27 May 1992 City Stadium, Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland  Czechoslovakia
1–0
1–0
International Friendly
7. 19 May 1993 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino
0–3
0–3
1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 27 August 1996 Stadion GKS, Bełchatów, Poland  Cyprus
1–0
2–2
International Friendly
9. 10 November 1996 Stadion GKS Katowice, Katowice, Poland  Moldova
2–0
2–1
1998 FIFA World Cup qualification

Later life[edit]

He ran in the Greek local elections, 2014 with a Nea Demokratia backed combination for the municipality of Athens.[4]

Awards[edit]

Warzycha's goalscoring ability made him famous throughout Europe during his career. In 2001 the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) awarded him the Third Prize for the most active goalscorer.

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