Kazimierz Górski

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Kazimierz Górski
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Personal information
Full name Kazimierz Klaudiusz Górski
Date of birth (1921-03-02)2 March 1921
Place of birth Lwów, Poland
Date of death 23 May 2006(2006-05-23) (aged 85)
Place of death Warsaw, Poland
Playing position Striker, Manager
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1936–1939 RKS Lwów
1940–1941 Spartak Lwów
1944 Dynamo Lwów
1945–1953 Legia Warsaw
National team
1948 Poland 1 (0)
Teams managed
1959 Legia Warsaw
1960–1962 Legia Warsaw
1963–1964 KS Lublinianka
1964–1966 Gwardia Warszawa
1971–1976 Poland
1973 ŁKS Łódź
1976–1977 Panathinaikos
1980–1981 Olympiacos
1981–1982 Legia Warsaw
1983 Olympiacos
1985 Panathinaikos

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

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.

Playing career[edit]

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).[1]

Team coach in Poland[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

After resigning his position with the Polish national team, he went to Greece and was a successful coach with Panathinaikos Athens, Kastoria FC, Olympiakos Piraeus and Ethnikos Piraeus.

PZPN activist[edit]

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.

He died from cancer following a long illness on May 23, 2006, aged 85, in Warsaw.

Awards and recognition[edit]

The bronze statue of Kazimierz Górski outside the National Stadium in Warsaw, unveiled in 2015

Awards[edit]

  • 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)

Other recognition[edit]

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