Krzynówek with Poland in 2007
|Full name||Jacek Krzynówek|
|Date of birth||15 May 1976|
|Place of birth||Kamieńsk, Poland|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|1999–2004||1. FC Nürnberg||142||(28)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Jacek Krzynówek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjat͡sɛk kʂɨˈnuvɛk]), born 15 May 1976, is a former Polish footballer. One of the most glorious moments of his career was scoring a rocket shot against Real Madrid in the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League.
Jacek's football career started with LZS Chrzanowice. Then in 1994 he landed in RKS Radomsko. In Radomsko he played two seasons, and then moved to another Polish club, Raków Częstochowa in which he made his debut in the Polish Ekstraklasa (28 July 1996). After a season with Rakow, he moved to second league club, GKS Bełchatów. In the 1997–98 season, he with his team advanced to the Ekstraklasa. Unfortunately, his club was unable to keep itself in the Polish first league, and was demoted back to the second league. Despite this, his skills and play impressed scouts from other clubs, including 1. FC Nürnberg, as well as coach of the Polish National Team, Janusz Wojcik.
International career and Bundesliga
Still a player for GKS Bełchatów, he made his debut in the Polish national team on 10 November 1998 against Slovakia in a 3–1 Poland win. In 1999, he moved to 1. FC Nürnberg in the 2. Bundesliga. He made his return to the Polish National Team in the beginning of 2000, after Jerzy Engel became coach. Very shortly, he became one of the most important players in the team qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
In 2002, he contributed to the promotion of 1. FC Nürnberg to the Bundesliga, and was named the best left midfielder in the 2. Bundesliga. Also in 2002, he went to South Korea and Japan for the 2002 World Cup with Poland. Despite a poor performance by Poland, he was praised for his play, and appeared in all three matches.
As a result of an injury, he missed most of the 2002–03 season. In the fall of 2003, he played in crucial UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying matches for Poland. Unfortunately, Poland was unable to qualify and 1. FC Nürnberg was unable to stay in the Bundesliga. As a result of his excellent play, he was transferred to a top Bundesliga club, Bayer Leverkusen. In the 2004–05 season, he was one of the best players for the club, and the trio of Krzynowek, Andriy Voronin, and Dimitar Berbatov drew the attention of many top European clubs. Bayer Leverkusen also played very well in the Champions League, where it eliminated such clubs as Real Madrid and A.S. Roma. Krzynowek scored three goals, one of which was scored versus Real Madrid, which was named one of the most beautiful goals in that year's tournament.
During 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification, he played in the most important games for Poland and contributed to Poland's qualification to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. As a result of another injury during the spring of 2006, he was unable to play regularly at his club, Bayer Leverkusen. This was evident in his poor form during the 2006 FIFA World Cup and was one of the poorest performers in the Polish team as they lost 2–0 to the surprising Ecuador and 1–0 to hosts Germany. After a disappointing 2005–06 season, he moved to VfL Wolfsburg.
He is regarded as one of the best Polish footballers. He has earned many awards and trophies, not only in Poland, but also abroad. He has earned the honour of twice being named the Polish Footballer of the Year by magazine Pilka Nozna in 2003 and 2004. He has appeared in 96 international matches for Poland, scoring 15 goals. He is also a member of the Elite Polish National Team Footballers by the PZPN.
Krzynówek was a key player in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign for Poland where he scored four goals; three against Azerbaijan and an astonishing equalizer in the 87th minute against Portugal. His left-foot strike from 40 yards hit the post and the back of Portuguese keeper Ricardo before squeezing into the back of the net. Thanks to a very successful all around performance he was then picked into Eurosport's dream team as the left midfielder and Poland's squad for UEFA Euro 2008 where the Poles competed for the first time in their history.
On 17 November 2007, Wisła Kraków announced that they were interested in purchasing Krzynówek during the Ekstraklasa transfer window, but after negotiations the Polish club could not agree to terms with VfL Wolfsburg.
On 2 February 2009, Krzynówek moved to Hannover 96.
On 15 August 2011, Krzynówek officially announced his retirement.
|1.||28 February 2001||Larnaca, Cyprus||Switzerland||4–0||Win||Friendly|
|2.||30 April 2003||Brussels, Belgium||Belgium||1–3||Loss||Friendly|
|3.||6 June 2003||Poznań, Poland||Kazakhstan||3–0||Win||Friendly|
|4.||12 November 2003||Warsaw, Poland||Italy||3–1||Win||Friendly|
|5.||4 September 2004||Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||3–0||Win||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)|
|6.||9 October 2004||Vienna, Austria||Austria||3–1||Win||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)|
|7.||13 October 2004||Cardiff, Wales||Wales||3–2||Win||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)|
|8.||26 March 2005||Warsaw, Poland||Azerbaijan||8–0||Win||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)|
|9.||7 October 2005||Warsaw, Poland||Iceland||3–2||Win||Friendly|
|10.||24 March 2007||Warsaw, Poland||Azerbaijan||5–0||Win||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|11.||2 June 2007||Baku, Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan||3–1||Win||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|12.||2 June 2007||Baku, Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan||3–1||Win||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|13.||22 August 2007||Moscow, Russia||Russia||2–2||Draw||Friendly|
|14.||8 September 2007||Lisbon, Portugal||Portugal||2–2||Draw||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|15.||1 June 2008||Chorzów, Poland||Denmark||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
- Official site of Jacek Krzynówek (Polish)
- Jacek Krzynówek at 90minut.pl (Polish)
- National team stats on the website of the Polish Football Association (Polish)
- Leverkusen-who's who (German)