Edmund Zientara

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Edmund Zientara
Edmund Zientara 1970.jpg
Edmund Zientara in 1970
Personal information
Full name Edmund Jan Zientara
Date of birth (1929-01-25)25 January 1929
Place of birth Warsaw, Poland
Date of death 3 August 2010(2010-08-03) (aged 81)
Place of death Warsaw, Poland
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1950 Polonia Warsaw 30 (0)
1950–1952 Legia Warsaw 22 (0)
1952 Lublinianka 0 (0)
1952–1955 Gwardia Warszawa 23 (3)
1955–1962 Legia Warsaw 135 (3)
1962–1964 Polonia SC Melbourne ? (?)
Total 210 (6)
National team
1951–1960 Poland 40 (1)
Teams managed
1969–1971 Legia Warsaw
1972–1975 Pogoń Szczecin
1975–1977 Stal Mielec
1983–1984 Wisła Kraków
1984–1987 Poland U-21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Edmund Jan Zientara (25 January 1929 – 3 August 2010) was a Polish football player and manager. As a player, Zientara played as a midfielder at both professional and international levels, and participated at the 1960 Summer Olympics, before becoming a football manager.

Early life[edit]

Zientara was born on 25 January 1929 in Warsaw. His father was Aleksander Zientara, a Polish military hero during World War II.


Playing career[edit]

Zientara made his professional debut in 1947 for Polonia Warsaw, and he also played for Legia Warsaw, Lublinianka, Gwardia Warszawa and Polonia SC Melbourne before retiring in 1964.

Between 1950 and 1961, Zientara earned forty caps for the Polish national team, including nineteen as captain. He represented Poland at the 1960 Summer Olympics, making three appearances in the tournament.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Zientara managed a number of Polish club sides, including Legia Warsaw, Pogoń Szczecin, Stal Mielec and Wisła Kraków.

In 1999, he was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. He died on 3 August 2010 and was buried at the Bródno Cemetery in Warsaw.


  1. ^ "Edmund ZIENTARA". FIFA. Retrieved 8 August 2009. 

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