Peszko won cup and championships in his native Poland with Wisła Płock and Lech Poznań before moving to German football with 1. FC Köln in 2011. After an eighteen-month stay ended in relegation to the second level he departed for England in a loan deal with Wolves in August 2012.
Peszko in 2009
|Full name||Sławomir Konrad Peszko|
|Date of birth||19 February 1985|
|Place of birth||Jasło, Poland|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|1. FC Köln|
|2011–2013||1. FC Köln||43||(2)|
|2012–2013||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||11||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ 1. FC Köln (loan)||24||(3)|
|2014–||1. FC Köln||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
||This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. (November 2012)|
Peszko began his career in the youth ranks of Nafta Jedlicze before moving to Orlen Płock. Here, he made his professional debut on 28 August 2002 as a substitute in a Polish Cup tie against Jagiellonka Nieszawa. He made his league debut later on during the 2002–03 season and during the following campaign became a regular starter.
With Wisła Płock, he won both the Polish Cup and Supercup in 2006 and also featured for them in the qualifying rounds of that season's UEFA Cup competition. However, Płock were relegated in 2007 and Peszko remained with them for their I Liga campaign, during which he scored 16 goals in 26 appearances.
In June 2008 he returned to the top flight when he signed for Lech Poznań after his contract with Płock expired. His first season ended with him winning the Polish Cup for a second time, after he netted the only goal of the final against Ruch Chorzów. In his second season Peszko finished as the leading assist-maker in the league (with 14 assists), alongside his eight goals which helped the club win the league title.
Peszko moved to the German Bundesliga in January 2011, initially signing for 1. FC Köln until the end of the season. His contract was extended during the season, but his first full campaign with the club proved a troubled one as the club were relegated. Shortly before the end of the season, Peszko was arrested for drunken behaviour in a taxi, which earned him a 25,000 Euro fine and saw him expelled from the Köln squad for their next fixture.
On 9 August 2012, Peszko joined English side Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season long loan deal. Here, he reunited with his former Köln manager Ståle Solbakken. In October 2012, he suffered a torn medial ligament that kept him out of action for three months. His first game back after the injury was a 1–0 loss against Luton Town in the FA Cup as a substitute in the 66th minute. Two hours after the defeat, Ståle Solbakken was sacked and then deemed surplus to requirements by Dean Saunders. The season ended with Wolves getting relegated to League One and Peszko returning to Cologne.
Return to Cologne
On 31 July 2013, it was announced that 1. FC Köln had sold Peszko to the Italian club Parma, and loaned him back until the end of the 2013–14 season. After the season they got him back permanently.
Peszko made his international debut for the Polish national team on 19 November 2008 in a 3–2 friendly win against the Republic of Ireland. He scored his first, and to date only, goal for Poland on 17 January 2010 in a 1–3 loss to Denmark. Despite playing in numerous preparation games during 2011, he was not selected for the Polish squad when they hosted Euro 2012 due to an alleged infringement of coach Smuda's tough stance on alcohol consumption and fracas with a German taxi driver.
- As of 13 October 2013
|Club||Season||League||Domestic League||Domestic Cups||Europe||Total|
|1. FC Köln||2010–11||Bundesliga||11||0||0||0||0||0||11||0|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||2012–13||The Championship||11||0||0||0|
|1. FC Köln||2013–14||2. Bundesliga||24||3||1||0||0||0||25||3|
|Club career total||248||38||43||9||24||7||315||53|
- Wisła Płock
- Lech Poznań
- "Professional retain lists & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. May 2013. p. 4. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "Wolves sign Cologne's Poland winger Slawomir Peszko on loan". BBC Sport. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
- "Wolves' Slawomir Peszko adds to injury list". BBC Sport. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
- "Peszko wechselt auf Leihbasis nach Köln" [Peszko transfers on loan to Cologne] (in German). DFL. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "Peszko bleibt beim 1. FC Köln" [Peszko stays at 1. FC Köln] (in German). DFL. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "Peszko, Slawomir" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
- Official club profile
- Sławomir Peszko career stats at Soccerbase
- Sławomir Peszko at 90minut.pl (Polish)