Bartosz Białkowski

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Bartosz Białkowski
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Białkowski with Ipswich Town in 2017
Personal information
Full name Bartosz Marek Białkowski[1]
Date of birth (1987-07-06) 6 July 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Braniewo, Poland
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Millwall
(on loan from Ipswich Town)
Number 33
Youth career
2002–2004 Olimpia Elbląg
2004 Górnik Zabrze
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Górnik Zabrze 7 (0)
2006–2012 Southampton 22 (0)
2009Ipswich Town (loan) 0 (0)
2009Barnsley (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2014 Notts County 84 (0)
2014– Ipswich Town 168 (0)
2019–Millwall (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2007 Poland U20 4 (0)
2007–2008 Poland U21 5 (0)
2018– Poland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06:08, 24 March 2018 (UTC)

Bartosz Marek Białkowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈbartɔʐ bʲawˈkɔfski] (About this soundlisten);[A] born 6 July 1987) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Millwall, on loan from Ipswich Town, and the Poland national team.

Club career[edit]

Górnik Zabrze[edit]

Born in Braniewo, Poland, Białkowski made his Polish league debut on 30 October 2004 for Górnik Zabrze in a 3–1 away defeat to Dyskobolia Grodzisk. He came off the bench to replace first-choice keeper Piotr Lech who had been sent off for a second yellow card just two minutes prior to Białkowski entering the field in the 69th minute of the game.[3]

Southampton[edit]

On 9 January 2006, Białkowski signed for Southampton. His debut game was against Crystal Palace on 25 January 2006, which resulted in a 0–0 draw. He also appeared for the first time in the FA Cup, in the 1–0 win against Leicester City on 28 January 2006.

Białkowski was injured for the end of the 2005–06 season and for the early part of the 2006–07 season, having fallen awkwardly trying to collect the ball in a 5th round FA Cup tie against Newcastle on 18 February 2006. George Burley could not substitute him as the manager had used three substitutes already. Dexter Blackstock replaced Białkowski and prevented Albert Luque from scoring his first Newcastle goal.

After waiting for his chance after returning to fitness, Białkowski returned to Southampton's starting line-up against Colchester United on 16 March 2007 as a result of a three-match suspension for Kelvin Davis. He retained his place after Davis became available again by turning in some strong performances, including saving a Michael Kightly penalty in a 6–0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on 31 March 2007.[4]

Białkowski was replaced by Davis at the beginning of the 2007–08 season when Southampton lost 4–1 to Crystal Palace in the Championship and 2–1 to Peterborough United in the League Cup.

On 17 March 2009, Białkowski joined Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the season.[5][6][7] In his first appearance for Ipswich reserves, Białkowski was red-carded for handling the ball outside the area.[8] He did not make an appearance for the Tractor Boys and returned to Southampton at the end of the season.

On 28 September 2009, Białkowski joined Championship strugglers Barnsley on a week-long emergency loan.[9] He played in two Championship matches, then returned to Southampton in League One. On 24 November he made his first league appearance for Southampton in over two years, replacing the injured Kelvin Davis in the 61st minute of the match against Hartlepool. He started the following six matches until Davis recovered from his injury. With Białkowski's contract set to expire in June, Southampton offered him an extension in May 2010.[10]

In June 2010, Białkowski was reported to have signed for Portuguese side S.C. Braga[11] but on 25 June he denied this, saying "I will be back at Southampton for the start of the season and I am hoping to stay with them."[12] On 5 August, Białkowski signed a two-year contract extension with Southampton, with the option to extend it another two years.[13]

Białkowski made his only league appearance of the 2011–12 season in a 2–2 draw with Blackpool. He was released at the end of the season after the club decided to release eleven players. Before his release, Białkowski was Southampton's longest serving player in the current squad.[14][15]

Notts County[edit]

On 15 June 2012 Białkowski signed for Notts County on a three-year contract, where he was named as Notts County's first-choice keeper.[16][17] He made his Notts County debut on 11 August 2012 in a League Cup tie at home to Bradford City.[18] He kept his first clean sheet for the club in a 2–0 win over Hartlepool. Białkowski was praised by Notts County manager Keith Curle after he made an impressive start to the season, Curle described his performance against Sheffield United as "exceptional" and he believed Białkowski to be "one of the best goalkeepers in the division".[19]

Białkowski kept his fifth clean sheet of the season in a 4–0 victory over Carlisle.[20] His 10th clean sheet of the season came against Oldham, as Notts beat them 1–0. In his next game against Leyton Orient Białkowski was involved in a collision with Charlie MacDonald, he was carried off the field and taken to hospital where he was treated for concussion and a deep cut to the forehead.[21] Białkowski made his return to action in a 1–1 draw with Walsall. Białkowski was praised by the Notts County management team in their 0–0 draw with Swindon as he made a number of vital saves. “I spoke with Pilks after the game and he said that it was the best game I’ve had for Notts County so I’m really pleased. I felt unbeatable, especially in the second half where I made a few saves and I just kept saying 'try and beat me', because I was so confident.”[22] In his first season for the club Białkowski played 40 league games and kept 14 clean sheets.

Ipswich Town[edit]

On 15 July 2014, Białkowski signed a two-year deal with Ipswich Town.[23] He marked his Town league debut with a clean sheet in a 2–0 win at Blackpool on 1 November 2014. He kept his place for the majority of the season as Town reached the Championship play-offs, but was left out of the team for compassionate reasons following the death of his father in August 2015. He made 35 appearances during his first season at Portman Road, keeping 9 clean sheets.[24] Fellow goalkeeper Dean Gerken's form kept him out of the team until he was injured in early 2016 and Białkowski returned with a string of impressive performances which saw him win consecutive player of the month awards and then both the Supporters' Player of the Year award and the Players' Player of the Year award for the 2015–16 season.[25] He kept 8 clean sheets in 23 appearances over the course of the season.[26]

Białkowski kept his place in the team for the 2016–17 season and his impressive form continued throughout the season. He made 44 appearances during the 2016–17 season, keeping 11 clean sheets.[27] His performances over the course of the season earned him another Player of the Year award for the 2016–17 season.[28]

He once again kept his place in the team as the first choice goalkeeper for the 2017–18 season and continued to impress with his performance levels. He made 46 appearances in all competitions during the 2017–18 season, keeping 13 clean sheets.[29] He was again awarded the Player of the Year award for the third consecutive season, as well as the Players' Player of the Year award for a second time.[30]

On 16 July 2018, Białkowski signed a new three-year contract with Ipswich, with the option of a further 12 months.[31]

Millwall (loan)[edit]

On 30 July 2019, Bialkowski joined Championship side Millwall on loan for the 19/20 season.[32] He had previously been linked with a permanent move to the club back in June, but the deal ultimately fell through due to a complication with his medical.[33]

He made his Millwall debut on 3 August 2019, replacing the injured Frank Fielding in the 43rd minute of Millwall's 1–0 opening day victory against Preston North End.[34]

International career[edit]

Białkowski’s first experience of international football came in 2007, when he was called up to the Poland U20 squad to compete in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.[35]

Białkowski made his senior international debut for Poland on 23 March 2018 in a 1–0 friendly defeat by Nigeria, coming on as a half-time substitute for Łukasz Fabiański.[36]

In May 2018, he was named in Poland's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[37] He featured on the bench in each of Poland's three Group H matches, but did not make an appearance as Poland exited the World Cup at the group stage.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 17 August 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Górnik Zabrze 2004–2005 Ekstraklasa 7 0 0 0 7 0
2005–2006 Ekstraklasa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Southampton 2005–06[39] Championship 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
2006–07[40] Championship 8 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 9 0
2007–08[41] Championship 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
2008–09[42] Championship 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
2009–10[43] League One 7 0 1 0 0 0 2[b] 0 10 0
2010–11[44] League One 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12[45] Championship 1 0 3 0 4 0 8 0
Total 22 0 9 0 8 0 3 0 42 0
Ipswich Town (loan) 2009–10[43] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barnsley (loan) 2009–10[43] Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Notts County 2012–13[46] League One 40 0 2 0 1 0 2[b] 0 45 0
2013–14[47] League One 44 0 1 0 2 0 1[b] 0 48 0
Total 84 0 3 0 3 0 3 0 93 0
Ipswich Town 2014–15[24] Championship 31 0 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 35 0
2015–16[26] Championship 20 0 2 0 1 0 23 0
2016–17[27] Championship 44 0 0 0 0 0 44 0
2017–18[29] Championship 45 0 1 0 0 0 46 0
2018–19[48] Championship 28 0 1 0 1 0 30 0
Total 168 0 5 0 3 0 2 0 178 0
Millwall (loan) 2019–20[49] Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 285 0 17 0 14 0 8 0 325 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Championship play-offs
  2. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy

International[edit]

As of match played 28 June 2018[50]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Poland 2018 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Southampton

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In isolation, Bartosz is pronounced [ˈbartɔʂ].

References[edit]

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