Waldemar Fornalik

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Waldemar Fornalik
Fornalik Waldemar.jpg
Personal information
Full name Waldemar Fornalik
Date of birth (1963-04-11) 11 April 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Myślenice, Poland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1994 Ruch Chorzów 233 (4)
Teams managed
1996 Polonia Bytom
2001 Górnik Zabrze
2002–2004 Górnik Zabrze
2004–2005 Amica Wronki (Assistant)
2005–2006 Odra Wodzisław
2006–2007 Polonia Warsaw
2008 GKS Bełchatów II
2008–2009 Widzew Łódź
2009–2012 Ruch Chorzów
2012–2013 Poland
2013– Widzew Łódź
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Waldemar Fornalik (born 11 April 1963 in Myślenice) is a Polish former footballer who played his entire career for Ruch Chorzów.[1] From July 2012 to October 2013, he was the coach of the Poland national football team.

Playing career[edit]

Fornalik won the 1988–89 Ekstraklasa with Ruch Chorzów.

Manager career[edit]

Following the end of his playing career, Fornalik began a managing career.[2] He was manager in Górnik Zabrze and Odra Wodzisław. He won the bronze medal (3rd place) with Ruch Chorzów in the 2009–10 Ekstraklasa season. In the 2011–12 season he led Ruch Chorzow to second place, the highest placement since winning the title in 1989.

In July 2012, Fornalik became the coach of the Poland national football team after the dismissal of Franciszek Smuda.[3][4][5] On 16 October 2013, after a 0:1 loss to Ukraine in Kharkiv, which confirmed that Poland would not be going to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, and a 0:2 loss to England at Wembley Stadium the previous night, PZPN sacked Fornalik due to not fulfilling his contract objectives.[6]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 17 October 2013.
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Górnik Zabrze 2001 2004 84 29 29 26 34.52
Odra Wodzisław 2005 2006 41 14 13 14 34.15
Polonia Warszawa 2006 2007 39 24 7 8 61.54
Widzew Łódź 2008 2009 20 11 5 4 55.00
Ruch Chorzów 2009 2012 118 55 27 36 46.61
Poland 2012 2013 18 8 4 6 44.44
Career totals 320 141 85 94 44.06

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Waldemar Fornalik". 90 Minut. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.worldfootball.net/spieler_profil/waldemar-fornalik/
  3. ^ Kozminski, Piotr (10 July 2012). "Fornalik succeeds Smuda at Poland helm". UEFA.com. 
  4. ^ "Fornalik Appointed new Poland coach". Goal.com. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Fornalik succeeds Smuda at Poland helm". FIFA.com. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24552706