Bartosz Kapustka

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Bartosz Kapustka
Personal information
Full name Bartosz Kapustka[1]
Date of birth (1996-12-23) 23 December 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Tarnów, Poland
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 33
Youth career
0000–2010 Tarnovia Tarnów
2010–2011 Hutnik Kraków
2011–2012 Tarnovia Tarnów
2012–2014 Cracovia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Cracovia 60 (6)
2016– Leicester City 0 (0)
2017–2018SC Freiburg II (loan) 2 (0)
2017–2018SC Freiburg (loan) 7 (1)
2018–2019OH Leuven (loan) 20 (3)
National team
2012 Poland U17 1 (0)
2013–2014 Poland U18 5 (0)
2014–2015 Poland U19 7 (1)
2015 Poland U20 1 (0)
2017– Poland U21 3 (0)
2015– Poland 14 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:57, 25 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2017

Bartosz Kapustka (born 23 December 1996) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Leicester City.

Club career[edit]

Leicester City[edit]

Kapustka was signed by Premier League club Leicester City for a reported £7.5m in August 2016, signing a five-year contract.[2] He cited manager Claudio Ranieri as his motivation for joining the club.[3] However, Kapustka did not receive any first team football for the first half of the 2016-17 season and was only named in two match day squads.[4] Ranieri admitted he was unsure when Kapustka "will be ready to play in the Premier League".[5] Having already played for the Leicester Under-23s, a loan move was not possible due to FIFA rules prohibiting a player from appearing for three clubs in one season.[6][7]

Kapustka finally made his senior debut for Leicester in a 1–2 FA Cup third-round win at Everton on 7 January 2017, coming on as an 84th-minute substitute for Marc Albrighton.[8] He made his full debut in a 3–1 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Derby County on 8 February 2017,[9] playing in a central attacking role behind striker Ahmed Musa.[10] Kapustka made 47 touches and two interceptions before he was replaced by Riyad Mahrez in the 81st minute.[9]

SC Freiburg (loan)[edit]

On 14 July 2017, Kapustka joined Bundesliga club SC Freiburg on loan for 2017–18 season. The Breisgau-based side secured an option to sign him permanently at the end of the season for a transfer fee of €5 million.[11]

OH Leuven (loan)[edit]

On 31 August 2018, Kapustka joined Belgian First Division B club Oud-Heverlee Leuven on loan for 2018–19 season.[12]

International career[edit]

On 7 September 2015, Kapustka made his debut appearance for the Poland national team in a match against Gibraltar, substituting Jakub Błaszczykowski. He scored his first goal for the national team on his debut.[13] In the buildup to the Euro 2016, Kapustka was involved in a brawl outside a night club, in which he sustained an injury. Following the incident, he made a phone call personally to Polish national team manager Adam Nawałka, to ask for his forgiveness and ask that he not be excluded from the squad for the upcoming tournament.[14] Kapustka was eventually selected for Poland's Euro 2016 campaign, and produced a standout performance in the team's opening match victory over Northern Ireland.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 May 2018 [15][16]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cracovia 2013–14 Ekstraklasa 2 0 0 0 2 0
2014–15 23 2 3 1 26 3
2015–16 33 4 2 1 35 5
2016–17 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 60 6 5 2 0 0 65 8
Leicester City 2016–17 Premier League 0 0 3 0 0 0 1[a] 0 4 0
Freiburg (loan) 2017–18 Bundesliga 7 1 2 0 9 1
Freiburg II (loan) 2017–18 Regionalliga Südwest 2 0 2 0
Career totals 69 7 10 2 0 0 1 0 80 9
  1. ^ Appearance in the International Champions Cup

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Poland's goal tally first.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2015 Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland  Gibraltar 8–0 8–1 Euro 2016 qualifying
2. 13 November 2015 Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland  Iceland 2–1 4–2 Friendly
3. 4 September 2016 Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 1–0 2–2 2018 World Cup qualifying

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ Bartosz Kapustka: Leicester City sign Poland winger, BBC Sport, 3 August 2016, retrieved 8 January 2017
  3. ^ Bartosz Kapustka explains why he wants move to Leicester, Sky Sports, 31 July 2016, retrieved 8 January 2017
  4. ^ Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri unsure when £7.5m signing Bartosz Kapustka will be ready for Premier League, Daily Mail Online, 29 November 2016, retrieved 8 January 2017
  5. ^ Leicester City recruitment under fire as Claudio Ranieri admits £7.5m signing is not ready for Premier League, The Telegraph, 28 November 2016, retrieved 8 January 2017
  6. ^ Leicester misfit Bartosz Kapustka travels with squad for FA Cup game against Everton as club consider loan, Daily Mail Online, 7 January 2017, retrieved 8 January 2017
  7. ^ "Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs". https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/31104494
  8. ^ Everton 1-2 Leicester City, BBC Sport, 7 January 2017, retrieved 8 January 2017
  9. ^ a b "Leicester City 3-1 Derby County". BBC Sport. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  10. ^ Dan Coombs. "Leicester City fans react on Twitter to Bartosz Kapustka's performance". HITC Sport. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Kapustka kommt: Freiburg findet Grifo-Ersatz". kicker Online (in German). 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  12. ^ "OHL leent Kapustka van Leicester City" [OHL loans Kapustka from Leicester City]. ohl.be (in Dutch). 31 August 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  13. ^ Koźmiński, Piotr (8 September 2015). "Lewandowski's Poland in for 'fierce fight'". UEFA. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  14. ^ a b Wheatley, Chris (12 June 2016). "A new star is born: Poland teenager Kapustka lights up Northern Ireland win". Goal. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Bartosz Kapustka". 90minut.pl. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  16. ^ Bartosz Kapustka at Soccerway. Retrieved 7 October 2017.

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