Adrian Mierzejewski

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Adrian
Adrian Mierzejewski 2011.jpg
Mierzejewski in 2011
Personal information
Full name Adrian Mierzejewski
Date of birth (1986-11-04) 4 November 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Olsztyn, Poland
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Changchun Yatai
Number 11
Youth career
Tempo 25 Olsztyn
Naki Olsztyn
Stomil Olsztyn
2003 Naki Olsztyn
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Stomil Olsztyn 3 (0)
2004–2009 Wisła Płock 72 (9)
2007Zagłębie Sosnowiec (loan) 14 (1)
2009–2011 Polonia Warsaw 69 (11)
2011–2014 Trabzonspor 84 (9)
2014–2016 Al Nassr 43 (18)
2016–2017 Al-Sharjah 19 (3)
2017–2018 Sydney FC 25 (13)
2018– Changchun Yatai 7 (1)
National team
Poland U23 3 (1)
2010– Poland 41 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2013

Adrian Mierzejewski (Polish pronunciation: [aˈdrijan mʲɛʐɛˈjɛfskʲi]; born 6 November 1986) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Chinese Super League team Changchun Yatai. He is also a full Poland international having represented his nation at senior level since 2010.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Olsztyn, Mierzejewski began his career at local side Tempo 25 Olsztyn, then he moved to Naki Olsztyn.[1]

On 31 May 2003, aged 16, he made his II liga debut for Stomil Olsztyn in a game against Świt Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, coming on as a substitute for Marcin Kubsik in 79th minute.[2][3] He ended the 2002–03 season having made three league appearances, all as a substitute.[4] After the season, he returned to Naki Olsztyn.

Wisła Płock[edit]

In 2004 Mierzejewski signed a five-year contract with Wisła Płock for a fee of 15 000 złotys.[5][6] He made his Ekstraklasa debut on 15 May 2004 in a match against Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski, when he came on as a subtition for Dariusz Romuzga 86th.[7] He made his first league on start on 8 June 2004 in a 1–1 draw with GKS Katowice. Mierzejewski played 45 minutes and was replaced by Klaudiusz Ząbecki.[8] He ended the 2003–04 season with three league appearances.[9]

On 10 November 2004 he scored his first goal for Wisła in a 5–1 win over Kujawiak Włocławek in the Polish Cup.[10] On 1 May 2005 Mierzejewski scored his first Ekstraklasa goal in a game against Górnik Łęczna which Wisła lost 2–3.[11] Mierzejewski ended the 2004–05 season with 18 appearances and four goals in all competitions.[12]

On 11 August 2005 he made his debut in European competition playing in a UEFA Cup second qualifying round match against Grasshopper.[13] Mierzejewski ended the 2005–06 season with 27 appearances and two goals in all competitions.[14] He also won the Polish Cup with Wisła. However, he didn't play in the final.[1]

After six appearances for Wisła in the 2006–07 season,[15] on 23 February 2007 he was loaned for six months to Zagłębie Sosnowiec.[16] He made his debut for Zagłębie on 10 March in a league game against Piast Gliwice and a month later in a 3–0 victory over Kmita Zabierzów he scored his first goal for a new club.[15] He ended the season with 20 appearances and one goal in all competitions.[15] Zagłębie was promoted to Ekstraklasa,[17] but Wisła was relegated.[18]

In the 2007–08 season Mierzejewski made 19 appearances and scored two goals in all competitions.[19] In the autumn round of the following season he scored eight goals in 20 matches including a hat-trick in an 8–0 victory over ŁKS Łomża in the Polish Cup.[20]

Polonia Warsaw[edit]

On 22 December 2008 Mierzejewski signed a three-year contract with Polonia Warsaw.[21] He made his debut for Polonia on 27 February 2009 in the derby match against Legia Warsaw (0–0).[20] In the following match, on 7 March, he scored his first goal, in an away game against Wisła Kraków which Polonia lost 1–2.[22] Mierzejewski ended the 2008–09 season with 18 appearances and one goal for Polonia in all competitions. Also, he made one appearance for the Młoda Ekstraklasa team.[20]

On 23 July 2009 he scored his first goal in a European competition in a 4–0 victory over Juveness/Dogana in the second qualifying round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.[23] In the 2009–10 season he was a first-team player. Overall, he made 36 appearances and scored three goals in this season.[24] On 18 August 2010 he extended his contract with Polonia to 2013.[25]

During his time at Polonia he emerged on the national stage winning the "Ekstraklasa player of the year award" in the 2010–11 season in which he also captained Polonia's team.[26]

Trabzonspor[edit]

Mierzejewski with Trabzonspor in 2011.

He signed a 5-year contract with Trabzonspor on 16 June 2011. Trabzonspor paid 5.25 million euros for him, an all-time record for an Ekstraklasa player.[27]

Al Nassr FC[edit]

On 11 June 2014, Al-Nassr announced on their Twitter account the signing of Adrian Mierzejewski.[28][29] However, the player didn't complete his transfer at that time as he was during the negotiations process with the Saudi Arabian team.[30] It become official on 20 June 2014, when Mierzejewski signed a three-year contract with Al-Nassr for a €3.2 million fee.[31]

Mierzejewski debuted in Saudi Super Cup match against Al Shabab, on 7 August 2014. He gave assist to Mohammad Al-Sahlawi who scored the first goal in Saudi Super Cup. He scored his first goal in league against Najran SC on 15 August 2014. Then he scored twice against Al Raed in 2nd week. On 13 September 2014, he scored a goal for Al-Nassr in MatchDay 4 against former champion Al Fateh.

In 2015 AFC Champions League, he scored his 1st goal against Iranian side Persepolis. With Al-Nassr, he played in all the six group stage matches, scoring just 2 goals and failed to qualify for the Round of 16.

On May 10, 2015, Adrian helped Al-Nassr win their 2nd consecutive league title. He played 25 games in 2014–15 Saudi Professional League, scoring 8 goals. He is the 2nd top scorer of Al-Nassr in league.[32]

Sydney FC[edit]

On 12 August 2017, Mierzejewski signed a three-year deal with A-League champions Sydney FC.[33]

Mierzejewski made his debut and scored his first goal for Sydney FC in the 3–0 2017 FFA Cup win over Bankstown Berries, dispatching a penalty in 90+1. The Pole scored his first league goal from the penalty spot as well, in a 2–0 win against Perth Glory at Allianz Stadium.

In the 2017 FFA Cup Final, Mierzejewski won the Mark Viduka Medal for Man of the Match, as the Sky Blues beat Adelaide United 2–1 AET. This good form continued, with Mierzejewski scoring 2 goals for Sydney in the Sydney Derby record 5–0 win. He was instrumental to the game, being named the Man of the Match.[34] On 29 April 2017, Mierzejewski has taken out the 2017/18 Johnny Warren medal for best player in the A-League finished 11 points clear of Dimitri Petratos and Leroy George.[35]

Changchun Yatai[edit]

On 8 July 2018, Mierzejewski transferred to Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai.[36]

International career[edit]

Mierzejewski with the Poland national team in 2010.

Mierzejewski played for U18, U19, U20 and U21 national teams.[37][38][39] He also earned three caps for U23 team.

On 29 May 2010 he debuted for the national team of Poland in a friendly match against Finland.[40]

On 5 June 2011 he scored his first goal for the national team, giving his team a 1–0 lead in a friendly match against Argentina. The match ended with a 2–1 victory for Poland.[41]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 29 December 2017.[42][43]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe
Asia
Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stomil Olsztyn 2002–03 I liga 3 0 0 0 3 0
Wisła Płock 2003–04 Ekstraklasa 3 0 0 0 3 0
2004–05 11 1 7 3 18 4
2005–06 20 1 5 1 2 0 27 2
2006–07 3 0 0 0 31 0 6 0
2007–08 I liga 17 2 2 0 19 2
2008–09 18 5 2 3 20 8
Total 72 9 16 7 2 0 3 0 93 16
Zagłębie Sosnowiec 2006–07 I liga 14 1 0 0 14 1
Polonia Warsaw 2008–09 Ekstraklasa 12 2 4 0 21 1 18 3
2009–10 30 2 0 0 6 1 36 3
2010–11 27 7 4 1 31 8
Total 69 11 8 1 6 1 2 1 85 14
Trabzonspor 2011–12 Süper Lig 33 0 2 0 8 0 43 0
2012–13 21 5 8 8 0 0 29 13
2013–14 27 4 1 0 12 3 40 7
Total 84 9 11 8 20 3 115 20
Al-Nassr 2014–15 Saudi Professional League 24 8 62 1 6 2 13 0 37 11
2015–16 19 10 54 1 6 1 13 0 31 12
Total 43 18 11 2 12 3 2 0 68 23
Al-Sharjah 2016–17 UAE Arabian Gulf League 19 3 6 5 25 8
Sydney FC 2017–18 A-League 12 8 3 1 15 9
Career total 316 59 55 24 40 7 7 1 418 91

1 All appearances in Ekstraklasa Cup.
2 Three appearances in Saudi Crown Prince Cup and three appearances and one goal in King Cup.
3 All appearances in Saudi Super Cup.
4 Two appearances and on goal in Saudi Crown Prince Cup and three appearances in King Cup.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Poland's goal tally first.[44]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 June 2011 Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw  Argentina 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 7 September 2012 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Montenegro 2–2 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 10 September 2013 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle  San Marino 5–1 5–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

On 11 June 2011 Mierzejewski married his girlfriend Małgorzata. The couple started dating when they were both attending V Liceum Ogólnokształcące in Olsztyn.[45]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Al-Nassr
Sydney FC

Individual[edit]

Best Player Of The Month in Saudi Professional League : August 2014
Mark Viduka Medal in Australian FFA Cup : 21 November 2017:[46]
Player Of The Month A-League : December 2017[47][48] : February 2018[49][50]
A-League’s Player of the Year and is voted for by Fox Sports : April 2018[51]
Johnny Warren Medal - for best player in the A-League : 2017–18[52]

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