Wojciech Kowalczyk

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Wojciech Kowalczyk
Personal information
Full name Wojciech Kowalczyk
Date of birth (1972-04-14) 14 April 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Warsaw, Poland
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Olimpia Warszawa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990 Polonez Warszawa
1990–1994 Legia Warsaw 109 (39)
1994–1997 Betis 62 (14)
1997–1999 Las Palmas 28 (6)
2000–2001 Legia Warsaw 15 (3)
2001–2003 Anorthosis 27 (24)
2003–2004 APOEL 16 (3)
2005–2006 Absolwent Warszawa
National team
1991–1999 Poland 39 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Wojciech Kowalczyk (born 14 April 1972) is a Polish retired footballer who played as a striker.

The bulk of his professional career was spent with hometown's Legia Warsaw and in Spain. Early into his international career, he helped the Polish national team win the silver medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Born in Warsaw, Kowalczyk played his youth football with local Olimpia and Polonez, joining city giants Legia Warsaw in 1990, aged 18. Almost from the very beginning, he was an automatic first-choice; in his weakest season, his first, he only appeared in 11 Ekstraklasa games, but was crucial in helping oust U.C. Sampdoria in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, netting twice in Genoa for the 2–2 draw (3–2 win on aggregate) and qualification for the semifinals.

After having started the 1994–95 campaign with Legia (five matches, three goals, another league title), Kowalczyk moved abroad and signed with La Liga side Real Betis, but was never able to reproduce his previous form. He finished his five-year spell in the country with UD Las Palmas in the second division, where he also appeared sparingly.

After almost one year out of football, Kowalczyk returned to his country and his main club, Legia. In late 2001 he changed countries again, joining Cyprus' Anorthosis Famagusta FC and netting a career-best 24 goals; after a nearly non-existent second season he finished his professional career in the same country, with APOEL FC, retiring at 32 – afterwards, he would play in amateur football until 2006, with AZS Absolwent UW Warszawa.

International career[edit]

Kowalczyk gained 39 caps for Poland, scoring 11 goals. His debut came at the age of 19 in August 1991, against Sweden.

His biggest international highlight was helping the Olympic squad win silver at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona: he did not score at all in the group stage, but eventually ranked third in the charts at four, three behind compatriot Andrzej Juskowiak.[1]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Poland's goal tally first:
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 21 August 1991 Gdynia, Poland  Sweden 2–0 Friendly
2 19 May 1992 Salzburg, Austria  Austria 4–2 Friendly
3 14 October 1992 Rotterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands 2–2 1994 World Cup qualification
4 27 October 1993 Istanbul, Turkey  Turkey 1–2 1994 World Cup qualification
5 25 April 1995 Zabrze, Poland  Israel 4–3 Euro 1996 qualifying
6 1 May 1996 Mielec, Poland  Belarus 1–1 Friendly
7 24 September 1997 Olsztyn, Poland  Lithuania 2–0 Friendly
8 25 March 1998 Warsaw, Poland  Slovenia 2–0 Friendly
9 10 November 1998 Bratislava, Slovakia  Slovakia 3–1 Friendly
10 10 November 1998 Bratislava, Slovakia  Slovakia 3–1 Friendly
11 10 February 1999 Ta' Qali, Malta  Finland 1–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Legia
Anorthosis
APOEL

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wojciech KowalczykFIFA competition record

External links[edit]