Bartosz Kurek

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Bartosz Kurek
Bartosz Kurek 2012.jpg
Personal information
Full name Bartosz Kamil Kurek
Nickname Kuraś
Nationality Polish
Born (1988-08-29) August 29, 1988 (age 28)
Wałbrzych, Poland
Hometown Nysa, Poland
Height 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight 104 kg (229 lb)
Spike 375 cm (148 in)
Block 340 cm (130 in)
Volleyball information
Position Outside hitter/Opposite
Current club Ziraat Bankası Ankara
Number 5 (club), 6 (national team)
Career
Years Teams
2004–2005
2005–2008
2008–2012
2012–2013
2013–2015
2015–2016
2016
2016–2017
2017–
AZS PWSZ Nysa
ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
PGE Skra Bełchatów
Dinamo Moscow
Lube Banca Macerata
Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
JT Thunders Hiroshima
PGE Skra Bełchatów
Ziraat Bankası Ankara
National team
2007–  Poland
Last updated: 28 May 2017

Bartosz Kamil Kurek (born 29 August 1988) is a Polish volleyball player, a member of Poland men's national volleyball team and Turkish club Ziraat Bankası Ankara. He was a participant of the Olympic Games (London 2012, Rio 2016), 2009 European Champion, a gold medalist of the 2012 World League, silver medalist of the 2011 World Cup, bronze medalist of the 2011 World League, 2011 European Championship and 2015 World Cup, three-time Polish Champion (2009, 2010, 2011) and Italian Champion (2014).

Bartosz Kurek in 2009.
On September 30, 2011 during the PGE Skra Bełchatów 3:1 Lotos Trefl Gdańsk match at Ergo Arena, Gdańsk in season 2011/2012.
After the winning match at Spodek in Katowice. In the foreground from left: Zbigniew Bartman, Bartosz Kurek, Michał Winiarski and Krzysztof Ignaczak.

Career[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Kurek began his career in a team from Nysa (2004–2005), where he played alongside his father. He then spent 3 years playing for a PlusLiga club, ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle (2005–2008).

In 2008, he moved to PGE Skra Bełchatów, one of the most successful teams in Polish PlusLiga, where he quickly became a key player. With PGE Skra he won the Polish Championship three times in 2008/2009, 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 and claimed a silver medal in 2011/2012. He won Polish Cup three times - in 2009, 2011 and 2012. He also has two silver medals of Club World Championships from 2009 and 2010. In 2010 PGE Skra Belchatów, with Bartosz Kurek, won the bronze medal of CEV Champions League. On March 18, 2012 PGE Skra won the silver medal of CEV Champions League after losing to Zenit Kazan in the final in Łódź, Poland. Kurek received the award for Best Spiker of CEV Champions League 2011/2012.

After the season 2011/2012 he left PGE Skra Bełchatów and signed a contract with Russian club VC Dynamo Moscow;[1] however, due to injury was unable to play for his new club for large part of the season.

After one season in Russia, Kurek moved to Italian club Lube Banca Macerata. In 2013/2014, the team won Scudetto (Italian Champion) in the final against Sir Safety Perugia.[2][3][4] On October 15, 2014 Lube Banca Macerata, including Kurek, won Italian Super Cup, beating Copra Elior Piacenza (3-2).[5] On May 4, 2015 Kurek signed 1+1 contract with Asseco Resovia Rzeszów.[6] After achieving silver medal in Polish Championship he left Resovia and signed a contract with Japanese club JT Thunders Hiroshima.

On October 2, 2016 he announced interrupting of his sporting career because of physical and mental fatigue. At the same time he terminated the contract with the Japanese club JT Thunders Hiroshima.[7] Later Kurek moved back to his former club PGE Skra Bełchatów, starting from September 2016.[8]

National team[edit]

Kurek was in the Polish squad when the Polish national team won the gold medal of European Championship 2009.[9] On September 14, 2009 he was awarded Knight's Cross of Polonia Restituta.[10] The Order was conferred on the following day by the Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk. On July 10, 2011 Kurek with his national team won the first medal of the World League for Poland in history. They won bronze medal after defeating Argentina. Kurek received the award for Best Scorer of the final tournament.[11] Next for Poland was European Championship 2011, where they were the defending champion of the title. Kurek was his team's key player throughout the tournament and Polish national team won a second medal in 2011 - a bronze after winning match against Russia. At this tournament Kurek won his second individual award this year, for Best Server.[12] In November 2011, despite a back injury Kurek went to Japan to participate in the World Cup and helped his team win silver medal and therefore qualify for the Olympic Games.[13] On July 8, 2012 the Polish team won gold medal of the World League 2012. Kurek received the award for Most Valuable Player.[14][15] Kurek was one of the key players of the Polish team at the Olympic Games London 2012, but Poland lost in the quarterfinal against Russia and was eliminated from the tournament.

In 2014 he was a member of the Polish national team during the 2015 Men's European Volleyball Championship qualification, but then did not get a chance to play in the World League. He was not included in the Polish national team's 14-player roster for the World Championship, held in Poland.[16]

After year of break, he came back to national team on May 28, 2015 during first match of intercontinental round of World League against Russia (3–0).[17] He was top scorer of match (15 points). Kurek in 2016 played in Olympic Games Rio.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Bartosz Kurek was born in Wałbrzych, but raised in Nysa, Poland. His father, Adam Kurek, was also a volleyball player, capping several times for Poland. Kurek played basketball in his early youth, but later moved to the class with volleyball. He has a younger brother - Jakub. Kurek and his brother appeared together in a Polish TV advertisement for Zott yogurt Monte. Kurek is dating volleyball player Anna Grejman.[19]

Sporting achievements[edit]

Clubs[edit]

CEV Champions League[edit]

FIVB Club World Championship[edit]

National championships[edit]

National team[edit]

Individually[edit]

State awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Awards
Preceded by
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Best Scorer of
FIVB Club World Championship

2009
Succeeded by
Argentina Federico Pereyra
Preceded by
Russia Maxim Mikhaylov
Best Scorer of
FIVB World League

2011
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Todor Aleksiev
Preceded by
Russia Yury Berezhko
Best Server of
CEV European Championship

2011
Succeeded by
Italy Ivan Zaytsev
Preceded by
Bulgaria Matey Kaziyski
Best Spiker of
CEV Champions League

2011/2012
Succeeded by
France Antonin Rouzier
Preceded by
Russia Maxim Mikhaylov
Most Valuable Player of
FIVB World League

2012
Succeeded by
Russia Nikolay Pavlov