Bąk playing for Poland in 2008
|Full name||Jacek Waldemar Bąk|
|Date of birth||24 March 1973|
|Place of birth||Lublin, Poland|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Lublin, Bąk made his senior debuts with local Motor Lublin aged just 16, moving to Lech Poznań two years later. In the 1992–93 season, he contributed with 28 games to help the latter club win its third national championship in four years.
Bąk signed for Olympique Lyonnais in the 1995 summer, going on to spend one full decade in the French Ligue 1 with that team and RC Lens, joining the latter in January 2002. The sides he played for during that campaign finished in first and second position.
Bąk gained his first cap for Poland on 1 February 1993, in a 0–0 away friendly draw with Cyprus. He was picked for the squads that competed in the 2002 (one appearance, a 0–2 group stage loss to co-hosts South Korea) and the 2006 FIFA World Cups, with both tournaments ending in elimination after three matches.
In November 2006, Bąk claimed he was offered €10,000 to concede a penalty in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier between Belgium and Poland in the former's favour, and UEFA opened an investigation. Selected for the finals by manager Leo Beenhakker, he was left out of the final group phase clash against Croatia, and retired with 96 appearances, fourth-most at the time.
|1.||17 August 1994||Radomiaka Radom, Radom, Poland||Belarus||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|2.||12 November 2003||Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, Poland||Italy||3–1||Win||Friendly|
|3.||24 March 2007||Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, Poland||Azerbaijan||5–0||Win||Euro 2008 qualifying|
- Jacek in isolation: [ˈjatsɛk].
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- "Poland 0–2 Ecuador". BBC Sport. 9 June 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
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- "Costa Rica 1–2 Poland". BBC Sport. 20 June 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- "Poland's Bak says he was offered bribe for Belgium game". ESPN. 16 November 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
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- "Jacek Bąk". European Football. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jacek Bąk.|
- Jacek Bąk at 90minut.pl (in Polish)
- Jacek Bąk at L'Équipe Football (in French) Archived 7 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- Jacek Bąk – French league stats at LFP (also available in French)
- National team data (in Polish)
- Jacek Bąk at National-Football-Teams.com
- Jacek Bąk – FIFA competition record
- Jacek Bąk at Soccerway