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 21)
Place of birth Tarnów, Poland
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
OH Leuven
(on loan from Leicester City)
Number 30
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–OH Leuven (loan) 4 (0)
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 9 October 2018
‡ 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 OH Leuven, on loan from 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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