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|Full name||Kazimierz Klaudiusz Górski|
|Date of birth||2 March 1921|
|Place of birth||Lwów, Poland|
|Date of death||23 May 2006(aged 85)|
|Place of death||Warsaw, Poland|
|Playing position||Striker, Manager|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Kazimierz Klaudiusz Górski (March 2, 1921 – May 23, 2006) was a coach of Poland national football team and honorary president of Polish Football Union (Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej, PZPN). He was also a football player, capped once for Poland.
He was born in Lwów, now Lviv, Ukraine. He played as a forward in several Polish football teams: RKS Lwów, Spartak Lwów, Dynamo Lwów, Legia Warsaw and his football nickname was "Sarenka" ("Roe-deer"). His successful career was interrupted by World War II and it took until 1948 before he participated in his only international match, a game between Poland and Denmark (0-8).
Team coach in Poland
He graduated in football training from the Higher School of Physical Education in Kraków (Wyższa Szkoła Wychowania Fizycznego, today the Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego w Krakowie) and the Physical Education Academy in Wrocław (Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego we Wrocławiu) in 1980. He was the coach of Legia Warsaw (3 times), Marymont Warszawa (his first independent training job started there in 1954), Gwardia Warszawa, Lublinianka Lublin, and ŁKS Łódź.
Polish national team coach 1970-1976
He started as the coach of the Polish national junior team from 1956 to 1966, then the Polish U-23 national team from 1966 to 1970, and finally the first Poland national football team from 1970 to 1976. His first international match with the team was held on 5 May 1971 in Lausanne against Switzerland. His major successes were winning the gold medal in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich; the bronze medal for 3rd place in the 1974 World Cup held in Germany; and another silver medal for 2nd place in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal (the second of Poland's three Olympic medals in football). Kazimierz Górski was the coach of the Polish national team for 73 matches (with 45 wins).
Team coach in Greece
From 1976 Kazimierz Górski was an honorary member of the Polish Football Union (Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej, PZPN).
When he retired from coaching, he became an activist for PZPN in 1986. From 1987 he was a vice-president and from 1991 to 1995 was the president of PZPN. From July 3, 1995 he was the honorary president of PZPN.
Awards and recognition
- Order of Merit in Ruby - UEFA award (2006, posthumously)
- Gold Medal of Merit - FIFA award (2001)
- Commander's Cross of Polonia Restituta (1996)
- Commander's with Star of Polonia Restituta (2006)
- Grand Cross of Polonia Restituta (2006, posthumous)
- Honorary citizen of Lviv (2003), Plock (2004) and Lubaczów
- Doctor Honoris Causa of the Gdańsk Academy of Physical Education and Sport (Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego i Sportu im. Jędrzeja Śniadeckiego) (24 November 2003)
- Super Victor (24 April 2006)
- A School Sports Championships in Łódź was named after him.
- The National Stadium, Warsaw has a statue honouring him outside it.
- Media related to Kazimierz Górski at Wikimedia Commons