Piotr Nowak

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Piotr Nowak
2011-06-18 Piotr-Nowak.jpg
Nowak speaking to the press.
Personal information
Full name Piotr Nowak
Date of birth (1964-07-05) 5 July 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Pabianice, Poland
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1983 Włókniarz Pabianice
1983–1984 GKS Bełchatów
1984–1985 Zawisza Bydgoszcz 39 (8)
1985–1986 Widzew Łódź 10 (2)
1987–1990 Zawisza Bydgoszcz 83 (18)
1990–1992 Bakırköyspor 54 (16)
1992–1993 BSC Young Boys 42 (4)
1993–1994 Dynamo Dresden 23 (2)
1994–1998 TSV 1860 München 93 (15)
1998–2002 Chicago Fire 114 (26)
National team
1990–1998 Poland 24 (3)
Teams managed
2004–2006 D.C. United
2007–2009 United States U-23
2007–2009 United States (assistant)
2010–2012 Philadelphia Union
2014- Caribbean Football Union
2014- Antigua and Barbuda Football Association
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Piotr Nowak (/ˈptər ˈnvæk/; Polish pronunciation: [pʲɔtr ˈnɔvak]; born 5 July 1964 in Pabianice) is a Polish former professional football player. Nowak Currently is serving as Technical and Personal advisor to the President of Caribbean Football Union and Technical Director and Head Coach to the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association.

Nowak enjoyed a successful playing career in Europe, playing for Polish clubs such as Zawisza Bydgoszcz and Widzew Łódź, before going on to play in Turkey, Switzerland and Germany. He was voted one of the best players in the Bundesliga for the 1995–96 season while playing with 1860 Munich. He moved to the United States in 1998 and played four years with Chicago Fire.

Nowak was also an important member of the Poland national football team throughout the 1990s, earning 24 caps, serving as national captain for several years, and being voted Polish Player of the Year in 1996.

As a coach, he is a former assistant coach of the United States men's national soccer team under Bob Bradley, former head coach of United States U-23 men's national soccer team, and former head coach of D.C. United and Philadelphia Union of MLS.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Piotr Nowak ’s storied soccer journey began in Pabianice, a small town in Poland. He signed his first professional contract at the age of 15 to pursue his soccer dreams. He played in Polish First Division for Zawisza Bydgoszcz and Widzew Lodz.

After working to refine his playing skills at Bakirkoyspor (Turkey) and Young Boys Bern (Switzerland), Nowak moved to Germany to become a member of Bundesliga team Dynamo Dresden. It was his next stop, however, where Nowak really hit his stride. In 1994, he signed with Bundesliga teams, first with FC Kaiserslautern and later TSV 1860 Munich, where he played until 1998. During the 1995-96 season, Nowak was voted the Bundesliga ’s Best Playmaker, as well as the Polish Player of the Year and advance with TSV 1860 Munich to UEFA Cup.

In 1998, Nowak moved to the United States and joined the Chicago Fire for the team ’s inaugural MLS season. He promptly established himself as one of the best players in the League, leading the Fire to a MLS Cup (1998) and two US Open Cups (1998, 2000). He was elected 3 times to MLS All Star Team, 3 times as Chicago Fire MVP and 3 times as MLS Best XI including 1998 MLS Cup MVP. Nowak patrolled the Fire midfield for 114 league games, registering 26 goals and 48 assists. He played with Chicago for five seasons and retired in 2003. He was inducted as a first member of “Ring of Fire” Chicago Fire’s Hall of Fame in 2004.

Coaching career[edit]

Nowak worked in the Fire front office for one season as a Director of International Relations and Ambassador, before moving to coaching in 2004 when he was hired as Head Coach of D.C. United. In his first season in D.C., he guided DC. United to a MLS Cup Championship, with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City. With the victory, Nowak became the first man in Major League Soccer history to win a MLS Cup as both a player and a head coach. Additionally, he became the first Head Coach in all major American sports in the last half-century to win a championship within two years of retiring as a player.

In 2005, as part of its 10 th anniversary celebration, Major League Soccer named Nowak to its All-Time Best XI, a selection of the best 11 players in the history of MLS. In three years with United, Nowak led the club to win the Supporters ’ Shield and was elected twice as a Head Coach of MLS All Star team (2004, 2006)

That international experience helped as he moved on to become an Assistant to United States Men’s National Team Head Coach Bob Bradley. Nowak also served as Head Coach of the U-23 National Team, advancing to 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Together with Bradley, they coached over 70 players and orchestrated the USA ’s championship run to a title in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and Mandela Cup. During his time with US Soccer, US Men’s National Team advance from position 31 to 12 in FIFA World Ranking.

On 28 May 2009, Nowak resigned from his position with the United States Men's National Team.[2] Subsequently, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Nowak would be the first head coach of the MLS' Philadelphia Union when it begins play in 2010.[3] On Friday, 29 May 2009, Nowak was introduced to the Philadelphia media.

In December 2011 Nowak was named Executive Vice President / Team Manager for the Philadelphia Union. In his only 2nd season as head Coach, the Union made the playoffs for the first and last time in the team’s existence. As a result, Nowak was elected to be the MLS All Star Head Coach for 2012.

Despite all player moves being initiated and approved by Philadelphia Union Board of Directors and CEO/ Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, Piotr Nowak was fired by the Union on 13 June 2012 with the Union citing bad trades and a lackluster season. Cost-cutting and financial concerns were at the root of these controversial moves made by the organization including the trade of the Union's leading goal scorer, Sebastian Le Toux, captain Danny Califf, and number one draft pick Danny Mwanga.

In February 2014, he was hired as a Technical and Personal Advisor to the President of the Caribbean Football Union, which contains 31 countries as a part of CONCACAF. In September of 2014, his duties were further grown to include positions as Technical Director and Head Coach of Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, overseeing all National Team Programs including FIFA Grass Roots and Female Programs. Under his direction, Antigua and Barbuda have jumped to 70th place in FIFA World Ranking for the first time in history and is smallest country per capita to be under 100 in FIFA World Ranking.

Honors[edit]

In 2003, Nowak was named the first member of the Ring of Fire, the highest honor the Chicago Fire bestows, and his name and number 10 are displayed high at midfield at their stadium, Toyota Park. In 2005, Nowak was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI. In 2012, Nowak was honored at a halftime celebration of the Fire's 15th season with other Fire greats.

For his contribution to promotion of Poland abroad and achievements as a coach, he received the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in 2005.[1]

Statistics[edit]

Manager[edit]

Team From To Record
G W L D Win %
D.C. United 2004 2006 94 42 27 25 44.68%
United States U-23 2007 2009
Philadelphia Union 2010 2012 75 21 30 24 28
Total 169 63 57 49 37.28

Updated on 27 May 2012.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 May 1990 Soldier Field, Chicago, USA  Costa Rica 2–0 Win Friendly
2. 25 April 1995 Górnik Zabrze Stadium, Zabrze, Poland  Israel 4–3 Win UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
3. 7 June 1995 Górnik Zabrze Stadium, Zabrze, Poland  Slovakia 5–0 Win UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
Correct as of 11 October 2010

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United Coach Honored On Peter Nowak Day". washingtonpost.com. 10 February 2005. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 

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