Ludovic Obraniak

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Ludovic Obraniak
Ludovic Obraniak
Obraniak playing for Poland in 2010
Personal information
Full name Ludovic Joseph Obraniak
Date of birth (1984-11-10) 10 November 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Longeville-lès-Metz, France
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen
Number 7
Youth career
2000–2002 Metz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Metz 99 (5)
2007–2012 Lille 152 (19)
2012–2014 Bordeaux 68 (14)
2014– Werder Bremen 10 (1)
National team
2004 France U-21 1 (0)
2009– Poland 32 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2013

Ludovic Joseph Obraniak (Polish pronunciation: [luˈdɔvʲik ɔˈbraɲak]; born 10 November 1984) is a French-born Polish footballer who plays for Bundesliga club SV Werder Bremen and the Poland national team. He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder.

Football career[edit]

FC Metz[edit]

Obraniak began his football career with his local club FC Metz. Due to his consistent play in the reserves, he was quickly promoted to the senior side by then-manager Jean Fernandez making his debut during the 2003–04 season in a 0–2 loss to Bordeaux coming on as a late-match substitute wearing the number 13 shirt.[1] Over the next two years, Metz showed their inconsistent play finishing 16th in 2004–05 and finishing dead bottom of the table in 2005–06, thus being relegated. Obraniak was the primary bright spot in the squad appearing in 61 matches and scoring 3 goals over those years.

With Metz in Ligue 2, several Ligue 1 clubs drew their interest over to Obraniak. Despite this, he still played half the season in Ligue 2 with Metz appearing in 20 matches and scoring 2 goals. The following winter would see his departure. After weeks of silent negotiating, Metz finally came to an agreement on 23 January 2007 with the Nord-Pas de Calais-based side Lille OSC. Metz received €1.2m, as well as the Swiss striker Daniel Gygax.[2]

Lille OSC[edit]

Obraniak agreed to a 4-year contract keeping him with the club until 2010. He made his debut with Lille four days later coming on substitute in a match against Bordeaux. He played in every remaining match that season, making on and off starts and substitute appearances. With Lille playing in the UEFA Champions League that season, he appeared in both legs of their knockout stage match against Manchester United. The following season, Obraniak had a solid season appearing in 35 matches and scoring 2 goals, though Lille finished out of Europe in the league standings. For the 2008–09 season, he got off to a fast start scoring 7 goals in only 16 appearances contributing to Lille's 5th place position heading into the winter break. In later seasons, he was not a regular starter and decided to leave the club.

Bordeaux[edit]

On 12 January 2012, Obraniak signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux.[3] In February, he scored two goals in a 5–4 away win against his former club Lille, including the winning goal in injury time.[4]

International career[edit]

Obraniak made an appearance for the France under-21 squad; however, since it was not a match for points FIFA did not consider him permanently capped. This was later confirmed by FIFA's decision to remove the age limit on nationality switches of players who had only been capped at youth level.[5]

Due to having Polish roots through his grandfather, Zygmunt Obraniak who was from Pobiedziska in Poznań County,[6] the player became the subject of interest from the Poland national football team and applied for citizenship of the country.[7] Since his grandfather had never renounced Polish citizenship, according to Polish laws Obraniak's citizenship did not need to be granted by the Polish government but simply verified by the Masovian voivode. Obraniak was confirmed as a Polish citizen on 5 June 2009.[8]

On 23 July 2009, he was officially called up to the Poland team by coach Leo Beenhakker for the squad's friendly against Greece,[9] where Obraniak scored the only two goals in the match making the final score a 2–0 victory for Poland.

He played in all 3 games for Poland at Euro 2012. He assisted Jakub Błaszczykowski's superb equalizing goal against Russia which finished a 1–1 draw.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 January 2014

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2002–03 FC Metz Ligue 2 9 0 9 0
2003–04 Ligue 1 9 0 9 0
2004–05 30 2 30 2
2005–06 31 1 31 1
2006–07 Ligue 2 20 2 20 2
Total FC Metz 99 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 99 5
2006–07 Lille OSC Ligue 1 17 0 2 0 19 0
2007–08 35 2 35 2
2008–09 33 9 3 0 1 0 37 9
2009–10 29 4 1 0 2 0 11 2 43 6
2010–11 26 2 6 1 2 0 9 1 43 4
2011–12 12 2 1 0 5 0 18 2
Total Lille OSC 152 19 10 1 6 0 27 3 195 23
2011–12 Bordeaux Ligue 1 17 4 2 0 19 4
2012–13 30 6 4 0 8 1 42 7
2013–14 21 4 1 0 4 0 2 0 28 4
Total Bordeaux 68 14 7 0 4 0 10 1 89 15
Career total 319 38 17 1 10 0 37 4 383 43

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 August 2009 Bydgoszcz, Poland  Greece
1–0
2–0
Friendly match
2. 12 August 2009 Bydgoszcz, Poland  Greece
2–0
2–0
Friendly match
3. 12 October 2010 Montreal, Canada  Ecuador
2–1
2–2
Friendly match
4. 17 November 2010 Poznań, Poland  Ivory Coast
2–1
3–1
Friendly match
5. 2 June 2012 Warsaw, Poland  Andorra
1–0
4–0
Friendly match
6. 14 November 2012 Gdańsk, Poland  Uruguay
1–2
1–3
Friendly match

Honours[edit]

Lille
Bordeaux

Personal life[edit]

Obraniak's daughter was born on 1 June 2011.[10]

Obraniak is fluent in French and English. Despite representing Poland on an international level he doesn't speak Polish fluently, what is not highly acclaimed in Poland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bordeaux v. Metz Match Report". Lfp.fr. Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Laurent Picard. "Lille land Metz man". Sky Sports. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ludovic Obraniak joins Bordeaux from Lille". Yahoo!. Associated Press. 12 January 2012. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Obraniak breaks old hearts in nine-goal epic". PA (FIFA.com). 12 February 2012. Archived from the original on 28 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "FIFA nie przeszkodzi już Obraniakowi w grze dla Polski". Eurosport (in Polish). 4 June 2009. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  6. ^ Nawrot, Radosław (10 August 2009). "Tu mieszkał dziadek Ludovica Obraniaka" [Ludovic Obraniak's grandfather lived here]. sport.pl (in Polish). Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ludovic Obraniak wystąpił o nadanie polskiego obywatelstwa" [Ludovic Obraniak obtained Polish citizenship]. Sport.pl. 24 February 2009. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 9 February2013. 
  8. ^ "Ludovic Obraniak obywatelem Polski" [Ludovic Obraniak is a Polish citizen]. TVS (in Polish). 5 June 2009. Archived from the original on 11 July 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Beenhakker announces squad for Greece friendly". Polskie Radio. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "New father Obraniak will make France game". Agence France-Presse. FIFA. 3 June 2011. Archived from the original on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 

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