Jerzy Engel

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Jerzy Engel
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Jerzy Engel
Personal information
Full name Władysław Jerzy Engel
Date of birth (1952-10-06) 6 October 1952 (age 64)
Place of birth Włocławek, Poland
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Junak Wloclawek
Polonia Warsaw
Hutnik Warszawa
Teams managed
1976–1977 Hutnik Warszawa
1977–1978 RKS Błonie
1978 Polonia Warsaw
1979–1981 Polonia Bydgoszcz
1982–1984 Hutnik Warszawa
1985–1987 Legia Warsaw
1988–1990 Apollon Limassol
1990–1991 APOP Paphos
1991–1995 Nea Salamis
1996 Nea Salamis
1997 Aris Limassol
1997–1999 Polonia Warsaw
2000–2002 Poland
2005 Wisła Kraków
2005–2006 APOEL
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Władysław Jerzy Engel (Polish pronunciation: [vwaˈdɨswav ˈjɛʐɨ ˈɛŋɡɛl]; born 6 October 1952 in Włocławek, Poland) is a Polish former footballer and coach. Engel began his career in football at an early age playing at local club Junak Wloclawek, before moving to Polonia Warsaw (1975–76), Hutnik Warszawa (1976–77) and several other clubs.

Engel, nicknamed "Jurek", began playing in midfield or attack before, at the age of 22, being cruelly forced to cut his career short because of injury. With spirits dampened only slightly, he immediately turned to coaching and took over at Polonia Warsaw in the 1976/1977 season.

After a spell with third division teams, he came to the fore once more with his involvement in Poland's third-place finish in the 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain, helping then national coach, Antoni Piechniczek, choose the ideal squad.

In 1985 Jurek took over at Legia Warsaw, leading them to two second-place finishes in the Polish Championship in three seasons. Just as he was becoming well known he made the strange decision to move to Apollon Limassol, in Cyprus, an island he stayed on for seven years.

He later returned to Legia before taking Polonia Warsaw to runners-up spot in 1998–99.

He became manager of the Polish national team in 1999 and after failing to achieve qualification for the UEFA Euro 2000, was instrumental in securing Emmanuel Olisadebe's naturalisation as a Polish national.

With the side lacking firepower when he took charge, Engel saw the qualities in Nigerian-born Olisadebe who was already playing his league football in Poland. He asked the president to speed Olisadebe's papers through and as a result, had a talented forward available for World Cup qualifying. Olisadebe rewarded his coach with eight goals in ten qualifying matches.

Engel steered Poland to their first World Cup finals tournament since 1986, when he oversaw their participation at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.[1]

The World Cup did not go well and Poland were eliminated in the first round. The opening two games provided two resounding defeats losing to South Korea and Portugal. After being knocked out of the tournament and now without any pressure to perform, Poland beat the United States in their final group game for a famous victory.

His most recent vocation was at Wisła Kraków where he was trainer until late-October 2005 and he has also been sports director of Legia Warsaw. In December 2005, he moved back in Cyprus and headed the coaching team of APOEL. He led the team into the third place of the Cypriot Championship, just two points from the top, and won the Cypriot Cup as well.

Engel's management career:

  • Legia Warsaw, Poland, July 1985 – June 1988
  • Apollon Limassol, Cyprus, July 1988 – June 1990
  • APOP Paphos, Cyprus, July 1990 – June 1991
  • Nea Salamis Famagusta FC, Cyprus, July 1991 – June 1995
  • Legia Warsaw, Poland, July 1995 – June 1996
  • Nea Salamis, Cyprus, July 1996 – December 1996
  • Aris Limassol, Cyprus, January 1997 – June 1997
  • Polonia Warsaw, Poland, July 1997 – June 1999
  • Poland National Team, January 2000 – June 2002
  • Wisla Kraków, Poland, June 2004 – October 2005
  • APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus, December 2005 – May 2006[2]