Grzegorz Krychowiak

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Grzegorz Krychowiak
Grzegorz Krychowiak 2013.jpg
Krychowiak with Poland in 2013
Personal information
Full name Grzegorz Krychowiak[1]
Date of birth (1990-01-29) 29 January 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Gryfice, Poland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Paris Saint-Germain
Number 4
Youth career
Orzeł Mrzeżyno
Żaki 94 Kołobrzeg
2004 Stal Szczecin
2005–2006 Arka Gdynia
2006–2008 Bordeaux
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Bordeaux 2 (0)
2009–2011 Reims (loan) 54 (4)
2011–2012 Nantes (loan) 21 (0)
2012–2014 Reims 70 (8)
2014–2016 Sevilla 58 (2)
2016– Paris Saint-Germain 11 (0)
2017–2018 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 27 (0)
National team
2010 Poland U20 2 (0)
2008–2012 Poland U21 9 (3)
2008– Poland 51 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2018

Grzegorz Krychowiak ([ˈɡʐɛɡɔʐ krɨˈxɔvjak] (About this sound listen); born 29 January 1990) is a Polish professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club, Paris Saint-Germain, as a defensive midfielder. Krychowiak can also be deployed as a centre-back.

Beginning his senior career in France with Bordeaux, he later played for Reims, before joining Sevilla for €3.5 million in 2014, winning the UEFA Europa League in both of his two seasons at the club.

Krychowiak has earned over 41 caps for the Poland national football team since his international debut in 2008, and represented the nation at UEFA Euro 2016.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Although initially not a big fan of football, Krychowiak became involved in the sport at his brother's insistence and left home at the age of 12 to join a sports academy.[2]

France[edit]

On 26 November 2009, Krychowiak joined Championnat National side Stade de Reims on loan until the end of the season.[3] He quickly became a regular in the starting eleven and scored two goals to help the club win promotion to Ligue 2. Reims and Bordeaux agreed to extend the loan for another season. Krychowiak was a regular starter as the club finished 10th in its return to Ligue 2 and was voted by fans as the team's player of the season.[4] Although Krychowiak usually plays as a defensive midfielder, on rare occasions he has also appeared in central defense. On 17 November 2011 he joined Nantes on loan until the end of the season.[5]

In June 2012, Krychowiak signed a three-year contract with Stade de Reims, which was newly promoted to Ligue 1.[6]

Sevilla[edit]

Krychowiak playing for Sevilla in 2015.

In July 2014, Krychowiak joined La Liga side Sevilla for €4.5 million to play as a defensive midfielder.[7] He made his competitive debut on 12 August in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup at the Cardiff City Stadium, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–0 defeat to Real Madrid.[8]

On 27 May 2015, Krychowiak started for Sevilla in the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final in Poland's National Stadium in Warsaw. He scored the team's equalising goal in the 28th minute of an eventual 3–2 win over Dnipro, becoming the fifth Polish player to win the competition.[9] He was the only Sevilla player named in the La Liga Team of the Season.[10]

On 11 August 2015, Krychowiak started the season for Sevilla in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup 5–4 loss against Barcelona, and suffered a broken rib but still played the full 120 minutes.[11]

Paris Saint–Germain[edit]

On 3 July 2016, Krychowiak returned to France, signing a five-year deal with champions Paris Saint-Germain for an undisclosed fee.[12]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

On 30 August 2017, it was announced that Krychowiak had joined Premier League club West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan.[13] On 14 October while on loan at West Bromwich Albion, Krychowiak said to the media that he felt deceived by Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery saying “I spoke with the coach but every time when I spoke with him I felt deception”. He went on to say “Yes, exactly. So for me I didn’t understand why. The coach knows me very well. We spent two years together and before I signed the contract he told me to come to PSG, and I didn’t play.” This was in response as to his frustration of being left out of the team and not getting game time.[14][15][16]

International career[edit]

Krychowiak represented Poland under-20s at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and scored a free kick against Brazil, the only goal of the match. He was the youngest outfield player named to the Polish U20 squad. He made his first appearance for the senior Polish national team in a friendly against Serbia on 14 December 2008. Since the game was not on an official FIFA date, the teams were mostly composed of players from the domestic leagues, as well as a few reserve players, however, it was counted as an official match.[17][18]

On 14 November 2014, Krychowiak scored his first international goal, Poland's second in a 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying win in Georgia.[19] His second goal came in Poland's final qualifying match against Ireland, where he opened the scoring in a 2–1 victory which made Poland qualify for Euro 2016. In Poland's opening game against Northern Ireland, he was voted man of the match. This was Poland's first ever win at a European Championship. He scored the final spot kick in a 5–4 penalty shootout win over Switzerland in the round of 16. He played every minute of Poland's historic Euro 2016 campaign, which ended in the quarter-finals losing to Portugal 3–5 in a penalty shootout.

International goals[edit]

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 November 2014 Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia
2–0
4–0
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
2. 11 October 2015 Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland  Republic of Ireland
1–0
2–1
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

Club statistics[edit]

As of the end of the 2017–18 season
Appearances by club, season and competition
Club Season League Domestic Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bordeaux 2011–12[20] Ligue 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Reims (loan) 2009–10[20] National 19 2 0 0 0 0 19 2
2010–11[20] Ligue 2 35 2 3 0 2 0 40 2
Nantes (loan) 2011–12[20] Ligue 2 21 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
Reims 2012–13[20] Ligue 1 35 4 0 0 1 0 36 4
2013–14[20] Ligue 1 35 4 0 0 1 0 36 4
Reims Total 124 12 4 0 4 0 132 12
Sevilla 2014–15[20] La Liga 32 2 2 0 14[a] 2 48 4
2015–16[20] La Liga 26 0 3 1 13[b] 0 42 1
Sevilla Total 58 2 5 1 27 2 90 5
Paris Saint-Germain 2016–17[20] Ligue 1 11 0 1 0 1 0 6[c] 0 19 0
PSG Total 11 0 1 0 1 0 6 0 19 0
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 2017–18[21] Premier League 27 0 3 0 1 0 31 0
Career Total 236 14 11 1 6 0 33 2 286 17
  1. ^ Thirteen appearances in the Europa League and one in the UEFA Super Cup
  2. ^ Six appearances in the Champions League, six in the Europa League and one in the UEFA Super Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in the Champions League

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sevilla

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  2. ^ Kancel, Gérard (23 January 2010). "Stade de Reims / Pacy pour confirmer". L'union. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Grzegorz Krychowiak qualifié !". stade-de-reims.com. 26 November 2009. Archived from the original on 29 November 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Kancel, Gérard (2 June 2011). "Stade de Reims / Grzegorz, un cœur en or". L'Union (in French). Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Krychowiak en défense" [Krychowiak in defense]. L'Union (in French). 27 May 2011. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Krychowiak à Reims" [Krychowiak to Reims]. L'Equipe (in French). 11 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sevilla sign krychowiak". 21 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Phillips, Rob (12 August 2014). "Super Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice in Real Madrid win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Press hail Sevilla, salute Dnipro". UEFA. 28 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Skinner, Adam (17 June 2015). "Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi lead La Liga team of the year... but there's no place for Gareth Bale after disappointing season". Daily Mail. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Barcelona 5–4 Sevilla". BBC Sport. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Paris St-Germain sign Grzegorz Krychowiak & Thomas Meunier". BBC Sport. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Baggies Complete Krychowiak Loan". West Bromwich Albion Official Site. 30 August 2017. 
  14. ^ James, Stuart (13 October 2017). "Grzegorz Krychowiak accuses PSG's Unai Emery of deceiving him". the Guardian. 
  15. ^ "Grzegorz Krychowiak says PSG boss Unai Emery deceived him". 
  16. ^ "West Brom's Grzegorz Krychowiak accuses PSG boss Unai Emery of deceiving him". 14 October 2017. 
  17. ^ Kusina, Maciej. "Polska 1–0 Serbia". www.90minut.pl. 
  18. ^ "PZPN – Grzegorz Krychowiak". [permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Poland maintain excellent run with win in Georgia". Eurosport. 14 November 2015. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Grzegorz Krychowiak". soccerbase. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Grzegorz Krychowiak in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 May 2018. 
  22. ^ "The 2014/15 Liga BBVA Ideal XI". LFP. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season". UEFA. 20 May 2016. 

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