Łukasz Piszczek

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Łukasz Piszczek
Łukasz Piszczek 2014.jpg
Piszczek with Borussia Dortmund in 2014
Personal information
Full name Łukasz Piszczek
Date of birth (1985-06-03) 3 June 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund
Number 26
Youth career
1992–2001 LKS Goczałkowice-Zdrój
2001–2004 Gwarek Zabrze
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Hertha BSC 68 (3)
2004–2007 Zagłębie Lubin (loan) 69 (14)
2010– Borussia Dortmund 187 (14)
National team
2003–2005 Poland U19 8 (8)
2005 Poland U21 2 (0)
2007– Poland 59 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:11, 15 November 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:00, 8 October 2017 (UTC)

Łukasz Piszczek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈwukaʂ ˈpʲiʂt͡ʂɛk]; born 3 June 1985) is a Polish footballer who plays for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Poland national team as a right-back, having previously played for Hertha BSC and Zagłębie Lubin.

He has been capped over 50 times by Poland at international level from his debut in 2007, and was included in the nation's squads for three UEFA European Championships.

Club career[edit]

Gwarek Zabrze[edit]

Piszczek began his career as a striker. In 2001, he joined Gwarek Zabrze, coached by Vincent Soshinski, where he broke many goalscoring records at junior level and in 2003 won the Polish youth championship.[1] In 2004, he became the top scorer at the 2004 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, along with the Turk Ali Öztürk.

Hertha BSC[edit]

Hertha BSC was attracted by this performance and promptly signed him, then immediately loaned him out to Zagłębie Lubin. With Zagłębie, he won the league championship during the 2006–07 season. At Zagłębie, he played mainly as a left winger in 4–3–3 formation (with Wojciech Łobodziński on the right wing and Michał Chałbiński in the centre), although he was often utilized as a centre forward. He scored 11 goals in 2006–07 season, becoming the club's second best scorer after Chałbiński, who scored 13.

In the fall of 2007, Hertha recalled the player. Piszczek scored his first goal in the Bundesliga on 26 April 2008 to earn one point against Hannover 96.

Piszczek missed most of the first half of the 2008–09 season as the result of a hip problem that eventually required surgery.[2] He began training again in February 2009 but in March suffered a setback due to a minor knee injury.[3] He returned to Bundesliga action in April. At Hertha, Piszczek initially played as an offensive midfielder or on left wing, but in his second season, he started to appear at right-back after an injury to Arne Friedrich. After Friedrich recovered, Piszczek lost his place in the starting line-up, but reclaimed it in 2009–10, when Friedrich moved to centre-back.

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Łukasz Piszczek playing for Borussia Dortmund

On 19 May 2010, Piszczek moved to Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer, signing a contract until June 2013.[4] On 26 July 2011, he signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until June 2016.[5] On 24 September 2011, he scored his first goal for his new German club, a last-minute volley to win the match away to Mainz 05 2–1.[6] In the 2012–13 season for Dortmund, Piszczek appeared in 11 out of 12 matches of Dortmund's road to the UEFA Champions League Final in 2013. He also started the final at right-back against Bayern Munich, but Dortmund lost by one goal after Arjen Robben scored a 89th-minute winner for Bayern.[7] On 27 January 2016, Piszczek signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until 2018.[8] On 6 April 2017, he extended his contract with Dortmund until 30 June 2019.[9]

International career[edit]

Piszczek playing for Poland at the UEFA Euro 2016

Piszczek made his first appearance for the Poland national team in a friendly match against Estonia on 3 February 2007. On 6 June 2008, he was added to the Polish squad for UEFA Euro 2008 to replace the injured Jakub Błaszczykowski. He made one appearance, coming on a substitute against Germany, but was injured in the training session for the next match and took no further part in the tournament.[10]

On 29 July 2011, the Polish Football Association imposed a six-month suspension on Piszczek for participation in the fixing of a 2006 match against KS Cracovia match in which he did not play.[11] In September 2011, the suspension was cancelled.

Piszczek played in all three matches of Poland's Euro 2012 campaign and had a solid performance in Poland's opener against Greece.

Piszczek scored his first international goal against Ukraine on 22 March, which was quickly followed by his second four days later against San Marino.

Piszczek appeared in four out five matches of Poland's Euro 2016 campaign. He earned his 50th cap for Poland against Portugal in Poland's quarter-final defeat.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 March 2013 Warsaw, Poland  Ukraine 1–2 1–3 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 26 March 2013 Warsaw, Poland  San Marino 2–0 5–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 26 March 2017 Podgorica, Montenegro  Montenegro 2–1 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Career statistics[edit]

Club career[edit]

As of 15 November 2017.[12]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Other[nb 2] Continental[nb 3] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Zagłębie Lubin 2004–05 11 2 12 4 - - - - 23 6
2005–06 28 1 8 1 - - - - 36 2
2006–07 30 11 2 1 5 1 2 0 39 13
Total 69 14 22 6 5 1 2 0 98 21
Hertha BSC 2007–08 24 1 2 0 - - - - 26 1
2008–09 13 0 2 0 - - 4 3 19 3
2009–10 31 2 2 0 - - 9 1 42 3
Total 68 3 6 0 0 0 13 4 87 7
Borussia Dortmund 2010–11 33 0 1 0 - - 7 0 41 0
2011–12 32 4 6 0 1 0 6 0 45 4
2012–13 29 2 4 0 1 0 12 0 46 2
2013–14 19 3 4 0 0 0 6 0 29 3
2014–15 22 0 2 0 1 0 5 0 30 0
2015–16 20 0 6 1 0 0 12 1 38 2
2016–17 25 5 5 0 0 0 9 0 39 5
2017–18 7 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 11 0
Total 187 14 29 1 4 0 58 1 278 16
Career Totals 324 31 57 7 9 1 73 5 463 44

Honours[edit]

Łukasz Piszczek and Jakub Błaszczykowski celebrate winning the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double with Borussia Dortmund in 2012

Club[edit]

Zagłebie Lubin
Borussia Dortmund

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Piszczek was born in Czechowice-Dziedzice, Bielsko, and raised in Goczałkowice-Zdrój. His father, the coach of the local football club, decided to bring him to one of the training sessions at the age of about 7–8. His brothers, Marek and Adam were also involved in football.[1]

Piszczek married his fiancée Ewa Piszczek in June 2009.[15] The couple's daughters, Sara and Nel, were born on 3 March 2011 and 15 February 2016 respectively.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Czado, Paweł (6 June 2008). "Łukasz Piszczek: szczęście w roli głębokiego zmiennika". Gazeta Wyborcza Katowice (in Polish). Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Poważne kłopoty kadrowicza Beenhakkera" [Serious problems of member of Beenhakker's national team]. Fakt (in Polish). 20 January 2009. Archived from the original on 13 January 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Heise, H. (7 March 2009). "Piszczek: "Ich hatte Angst um meine Karriere!"" [Piszczek: I feared for my career]. Berliner Kurier (in German). Archived from the original on 13 March 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2009. 
  4. ^ Fligge, Sascha (19 May 2010). "BVB: holt Lukasz Piszczek" [Borussia acquires Lukasz Piszczek]. Ruch Nachrichten (in German). Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Piszczek agrees extension". SkySports. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mainz 1–2 Borussia Dortmund". ESPN FC. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  7. ^ uefa.com. "Łukasz Piszczek – UEFA.com". Uefa.com. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  8. ^ "Dortmund's Piszczek pens contract extension - bundesliga.com". bundesliga.com – the official Bundesliga website. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  9. ^ KGaA, Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. "Borussia Dortmund extend contract with Lukasz Piszczek". www.bvb.de. Retrieved 2017-10-28. 
  10. ^ Milosavljevic, Zoran (12 June 2008). "Piszczek out of Poland's game v Austria". Reuters. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  11. ^ "Piszczek zawieszony na pół roku" [Half-year suspension for Piszczek]. Rzeczpospolita (in Polish). 29 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Łukasz Piszczek at Soccerway
  13. ^ "Team of the Season 1516 Results". Bundesliga. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Team of the Season 1617 Results". Bundesliga. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "Morgen Hochzeit mit seiner Ewa". Bild (in German). 4 June 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  16. ^ "Bundesliga: Peszko opuści mecz z liderem, Błaszczykowski gotowy, szczęśliwy Piszczek" (in Polish). Sportowe Fakty. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 

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