Eugen Polanski

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Eugen Polanski
Eugen Polanski.jpg
Polański in 2007
Personal information
Full name Eugen Polanski[1]
Date of birth (1986-03-17) 17 March 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Sosnowiec, Poland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Concordia Viersen
1994–2004 Borussia M'gladbach
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Borussia M'gladbach 53 (1)
2008–2010 Getafe 26 (0)
2009–2010Mainz 05 (loan) 21 (1)
2010–2013 Mainz 05 66 (3)
2013–2018 1899 Hoffenheim 123 (9)
National team
2005–2008 Germany U21 19 (1)
2011–2014 Poland 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018

Eugen Polanski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈɔjɡɛn pɔˈlanskʲi];[2][a] born Bogusław Eugeniusz Polański[1][b] on 17 March 1986) is a Polish former professional footballer who played mainly as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Sosnowiec, Poland, Polanski moved to Germany as an infant, joining Borussia Mönchengladbach's youth ranks at the age of eight. In 2004–05, on 12 February 2005, he made his debut both in the first team and the Bundesliga, in a 0–2 away loss against SV Werder Bremen that was his sole appearance of the season.

Polanski scored his first goal as a professional in a 1–1 home draw against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 19 November 2005, and went on to be relatively played in the following years. In 2007–08, however, as the campaign ended in promotion, he only featured in nine second division matches.

After his contract at Borussia expired in June 2008, Polanski agreed a move to La Liga with Getafe CF.[3] During his first and only season, as the Madrid side finished just one place above the relegation zone, he was first-choice, often partnering Javier Casquero in central midfield.[4]

On 12 June 2009, Polanski was loaned out to 1. FSV Mainz 05 on a season-long spell.[5] However, the following month, the deal was extended for another year,[6] with the clubs reaching an agreement for a permanent switch in early November 2010.[7]

On 25 January 2013, Polanski joined fellow top division team TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, penning a deal until June 2015.[8]

Retirement[edit]

On July 1st Polanski retired from professional football at the age of 32.

International career[edit]

Polanski appeared for Germany in various youth levels, often as captain. He was a key member of under-21s at the 2006 UEFA European Championship, scoring a magnificent long-range goal in the fixture against Serbia and Montenegro;[9] his form during the tournament made AS Monaco FC enquire about his services, but Mönchengladbach promptly rejected the offer.

In May 2011, Polanski confirmed his intent to play for Poland. On 26 July, he was called up by manager Franciszek Smuda for a friendly with Georgia, making his debut in the game which took place on 10 August.[10]

Polanski was selected as part of the 23-man squad that competed in the Euro 2012 finals played on home soil and Ukraine. He played in three games during the tournament, in an eventual group stage exit.[11][12][13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of matches played on 6 January 2019.[14][15]
Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Other3 Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2004–05 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 1 0
2005–06 21 1 1 0 22 1
2006–07 22 0 0 0 22 0
2007–08 2. Bundesliga 9 0 0 0 9 0
Totals 53 1 1 0 54 1
Getafe 2008–09 La Liga 26 0 2 0 28 0
Mainz 05 2009–10 Bundesliga 21 1 0 0 21 1
2010–11 28 0 1 0 29 0
2011–12 26 3 0 0 2 0 28 3
2012–13 12 0 1 0 13 0
Totals 87 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 91 4
Mainz II 2011–12 Regionalliga West 1 0 1 0
1899 Hoffenheim 2012–13 Bundesliga 11 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
2013–14 32 3 4 0 36 3
2014–15 30 5 3 1 33 6
2015–16 27 1 1 0 28 1
2016–17 14 0 0 0 14 0
2017–18 9 0 1 0 4 0 14 0
Totals 123 9 9 1 4 0 2 0 138 10
Career totals 290 14 14 1 6 0 2 0 312 15

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bogusław Eugeniusz Polański przez Sosnowiec do kadry Smudy" [Bogusław Eugeniusz Polański to Smudy's squad from Sosnowiec]. Katowice Gazeta (in Polish). 21 July 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  2. ^ Eugen Polanski: jestem Polanski bez 'ń' ale możecie mówić Polański (in Polish). YouTube. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  3. ^ "El Getafe ficha a una promesa alemana" [Getafe sign German prospect] (in Spanish). Merca Fútbol. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Polanski: "Casquero es la pareja perfecta en el centro del campo"" [Polanski: "Casquero is the perfect midfield partner"]. Marca (in Spanish). 4 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Polanski: Einigung mit Getafe erzielt" [Polanski: Agreement with Getafe reached] (in German). kicker. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
  6. ^ "Polanski bleibt bis 2011" [Polanski stays until 2011] (in German). kicker. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Polanski to stay with Mainz". ESPN Soccernet. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Polanski makes Hoffenheim move". Bundesliga. 25 February 2013. Archived from the original on 7 March 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  9. ^ Ashby, Kevin (23 May 2006). "Polanski gets Germany going". UEFA. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Polska pokonała Gruzję, debiut Polańskiego" [Poland defeat Georgia, Polanski makes debut] (in Polish). Wirtualna Polska. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Poland and Greece both had a man sent off as an eventful opening match of Euro 2012 ended in a draw". BBC Sport. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Poland produced a stirring performance in Warsaw to hold Russia to a draw and strengthen their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages". BBC Sport. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Petr Jiracek scored the only goal of a scrappy game in Wroclaw to break Polish hearts and send Czech Republic into the quarter-finals as winners of Group A." BBC Sport. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  14. ^ "E. Polanski". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Eugen Polanski » Club matches". Worldfootball. Retrieved 21 April 2016.

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