Łukasz Fabiański

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Łukasz Fabiański
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Fabiański playing for Poland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Łukasz Fabiański[1]
Date of birth (1985-04-18) 18 April 1985 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 1
Youth career
1999–2000 Polonia Słubice
2000–2001 MSP Szamotuły
2001–2002 Lubuszanin Drezdenko
2002–2003 Sparta Brodnica
2003–2004 Mieszko Gniezno
2004–2005 Lech Poznań
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Lech Poznań 0 (0)
2005–2007 Legia Warsaw 53 (0)
2007–2014 Arsenal 32 (0)
2014–2018 Swansea City 149 (0)
2018– West Ham United 17 (0)
National team
Poland U15
Poland U17
Poland U21
2006– Poland 47 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:54, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:37, 7 September 2018 (UTC)

Łukasz Fabiański (Polish pronunciation: [ˈwukaʂ faˈbʲaɲskʲi] (About this soundlisten); born 18 April 1985) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English Premier League club West Ham United and the Poland national team.

Having begun his career at Legia Warsaw, Fabiański joined Arsenal for £2.1 million in 2007, and was mainly used as back-up, but played as the club won the 2014 FA Cup Final. On the expiration of his contract in 2014, he joined Swansea.

A full international for Poland since 2006, Fabiański has represented his country on over 40 occasions and was included in the squads for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008. He played every match for Poland at Euro 2016 after the first group match with Northern Ireland due to first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny's injury.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Fabiański was born in Kostrzyn nad Odrą.[1] After starting his career with Polonia Słubice, Fabiański joined the noted independent football academy MSP Szamotuły at age 14, where he honed his footballing skills.[3] Fabiański then was signed in the 2004–05 season by Lech Poznań.[citation needed]

Legia Warsaw[edit]

In the winter of 2005, Fabiański was signed by Legia Warsaw, where he competed with Artur Boruc for a place in the team. After Boruc was sold to Celtic, Fabiański took over as starting goalkeeper on 24 July 2005 in a match against Arka Gdynia, which ended 0–0.[citation needed] The following season, he helped Legia win the 2005–06 Ekstraklasa.[4] He started all 30 matches of the campaign, in which he conceded 17 goals.[5]

In the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, his performances led to him being awarded the "Football Oscar" for the best goalkeeper in the Ekstraklasa.[3]

Arsenal[edit]

On 8 May 2007, Fabiański underwent medical tests in London after Arsenal agreed a transfer fee with Legia Warsaw worth approximately £2.1 million.[6] The move was confirmed on 11 May 2007 by Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger.[7] Fabiański formally signed for Arsenal on 26 May with a long-term contract.[8] He made his debut for the club in a 2–0 League Cup win over Newcastle United on 25 September 2007.[9][10]

In Fabiański's early Arsenal career, two of his most notable appearances came in the 5–1 defeat to rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the 2007–08 League Cup semi-final and the first leg of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League second round match with Porto. Fabiański received criticism for conceding soft goals in the Porto match as he scored an own goal and was blamed for the second goal after picking up a backpass from Sol Campbell, with Porto scoring from the resulting free-kick.[citation needed] In January 2010, Arsène Wenger stated that Łukasz Fabiański could become one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.[11]

Fabiański played the last four matches for Arsenal in the 2009–10 season after top-choice goalkeeper Manuel Almunia suffered a wrist injury. He was criticised for conceding soft goals in the defeats to Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers, but kept clean sheets in the matches at home to Manchester City and Fulham.[12]

2010–11 season[edit]

Fabiański playing for Arsenal in 2010

Fabiański started the 2010–11 season as Arsenal's second-choice goalkeeper. On 21 September 2010, he made his first start of the season in a League Cup match against neighbours Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, which Arsenal won 4–1 after extra time. Fabiański almost cost the match for Arsenal as he failed to stop Robbie Keane's long-range effort, despite getting a hand to the shot. After the match, he revealed he was disappointed. He had a solid match in his second match of the season replacing the injured Manuel Almunia one week later in a UEFA Champions League 3–1 away win against Partizan. He saved Cléo's second penalty of the match in the second half to deny Partizan a lifeline. He later turned Ivica Iliev's effort around the post from point-blank range just before the final whistle. Arsène Wenger later commented that Fabiański had a "faultless" match and they finally saw the player who they usually see in training. He kept his first clean sheet in a win over Manchester City, where he made many saves in a match that ended 3–0. He was later named man of the match on an Arsenal.com poll after a brilliant display to keep Arsenal in the match.[13] After the City match, Wenger admitted he could well become the club's number one goalkeeper after impressive displays in the matches since the Partizan match.[14]

On 7 November 2010, Fabiański was widely criticised for an error that lead to the only goal as Arsenal lost at home to Newcastle United.[15][16] However, he produced a strong display to keep a clean sheet in the next Premier League match, against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in which he managed to prevent a draw with a last-minute save, and then initiating a counter-attack with a long throw of the ball that led to another Arsenal goal.[17] After the Wolves match, Arsenal played Everton, where Fabiański received the man of the match award from Sky Sports.[18]

Fabiański was injured for Arsenal's crucial match with Manchester United but returned for the equally important match with London rivals Chelsea, making many crucial saves in helping Arsenal to win 3–1.[19] On 5 January 2011, he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury as he was warming up with the help of Wojciech Szczęsny, which ruled him out for the remainder of the 2010–11 season.[20] During this period, Szczęsny established himself as Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper ahead of his Polish compatriot.[citation needed]

2011–12 season[edit]

Fabiański warming up before a match against Chelsea on 21 April 2012

Fabiański spent the 2011–12 season as backup to Wojciech Szczęsny, making his first appearance against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup.[citation needed]

On 6 December 2011, Fabiański was selected to start in Arsenal's UEFA Champions League group stage match against Olympiacos, but was substituted out after 25 minutes following a knee injury.[21]

2012–13 season[edit]

Injuries limited Fabiański's appearances during the 2012–13 season, where he made only five Premier League appearances as back-up to Wojciech Szczęsny. In March 2013, after Szczęsny was dropped, Fabiański started in goal in the second-leg of Arsenal's UEFA Champions League tie against Bayern Munich. He kept a clean sheet as Arsenal won 2–0 and retained his place in the team to make his first Premier League start of the season away against Swansea City on 16 March 2013, again keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 win. Fabiański started in Arsenal's next three league matches against Reading, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City. However, an injury sustained in the match against Norwich by Fabiański allowed Szczęsny to return to the starting line-up and reclaim his position as first-choice goalkeeper.[citation needed]

2013–14 season[edit]

During the 2013–14 season, Fabiański was used as Arsenal's starting goalkeeper in FA Cup and League Cup matches, with Szczęsny remaining first-choice in Premier League and UEFA Champions League matches.[citation needed]

On 19 February 2014, Fabiański came on as a substitute in the 37th minute of a 2–0 Champions League home defeat against Bayern Munich, after Szczęsny was sent off for a foul on Arjen Robben. With Szczęsny suspended, Fabiański was in the starting line-up for the second leg and saved a late penalty from Bayern's Thomas Müller.[citation needed]

On 12 April, Fabiański saved penalties from Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison in an FA Cup semi-final shootout victory over Wigan Athletic.[22] He made his only Premier League appearance of the season in the last match on 11 May, keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 away win that caused his opponents Norwich City to be relegated.[23] Six days later, Fabiański started for Arsenal in the 2014 FA Cup Final as they defeated Hull City 3–2 after extra time at Wembley Stadium.[24]

Swansea City[edit]

On 29 May 2014, it was announced that Fabiański would join fellow Premier League side Swansea City on a free transfer when his Arsenal contract expired on 1 July. He said of the transfer, "The main reason I came to Swansea was because I want to be the number one goalkeeper."[25] He made his competitive debut for the club on 16 August, a 2–1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the first match of the Premier League season.[26] On 7 December 2014, Fabiański was sent off in Swansea's 1–3 loss at West Ham United for a foul on Diafra Sakho.[27]

On 11 May 2015, Fabiański kept a clean sheet and was named man of the match in a 1–0 win against Arsenal on his return to the Emirates Stadium.[28] On 6 July, Fabiański signed a new four-year contract with Swansea, which would keep him at the club until June 2019.[29]

Fabiański played all 38 of Swansea's Premier League games of 2017–18 and was voted Player of the Season by the club's supporters. His performances did not prevent the club from ending the season 18th and they were relegated to the Championship.[30][31][32]

West Ham United[edit]

On 20 June 2018, Premier League club West Ham United announced the transfer of Fabiański for £7 million. He signed a three-year contract with the club.[33] Fabiański, the first Pole to play first-team football for West Ham, was installed as first-choice 'keeper at the start of the 2018–19 season.[5][34]

International career[edit]

Fabiański playing for Poland against Portugal at Euro 2016

Having represented Poland regularly at under-21 level, Fabiański's performances for Legia Warsaw saw him soon making his debut for the senior international team in a friendly against Saudi Arabia on 29 March 2006.[8]

Fabiański was included in Poland's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, serving as back-up to Artur Boruc and Tomasz Kuszczak. During the qualifying campaign for the UEFA Euro 2008, he made one appearance, playing all 90 minutes in Poland's 2–2 away draw against Serbia on 21 November 2007.[35] In September 2008, Fabiański replaced the suspended Boruc for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Slovenia. He also played in another qualifying match against San Marino in April 2009.

Despite going into UEFA Euro 2016 as an understudy to Wojciech Szczesny, an injury in the first game of the tournament led to Fabiański becoming first choice for the rest of the tournament. He went on to keep clean sheets in both of the remaining group games against World champions Germany and Ukraine. He then kept his place as Poland defeated Switzerland in the Round of 16 before losing to eventual winners Portugal on penalties.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 15 December 2018
Club Season League Domestic Cup League Cup Europe Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lech Poznań 2004–05[36] Ekstraklasa 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Legia Warsaw 2005–06[37] Ekstraklasa 30 0 0 0 2[a] 0 32 0
2006–07[38] Ekstraklasa 23 0 1 0 6[b] 0 30 0
Legia Warsaw total 53 0 1 0 8 0 62 0
Arsenal 2007–08[39] Premier League 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 8 0
2008–09[40] Premier League 6 0 6 0 3 0 3[c] 0 18 0
2009–10[41] Premier League 4 0 2 0 2 0 2[d] 0 10 0
2010–11[42] Premier League 14 0 0 0 1 0 5[e] 0 20 0
2011–12[43] Premier League 0 0 2 0 3 0 1[f] 0 6 0
2012–13[44] Premier League 4 0 0 0 0 0 1[f] 0 5 0
2013–14[45] Premier League 1 0 6 0 2 0 2[d] 0 11 0
Arsenal total 32 0 16 0 16 0 14 0 78 0
Swansea City 2014–15[46] Premier League 37 0 1 0 0 0 38 0
2015–16[47] Premier League 37 0 0 0 0 0 37 0
2016–17[48] Premier League 37 0 0 0 0 0 37 0
2017–18[30] Premier League 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
Swansea total 149 0 1 0 0 0 150 0
West Ham United 2018–19[49] Premier League 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
Career total 251 0 19 0 16 0 22 0 308 0
  1. ^ 2 appearances in UEFA Cup (Europa League)
  2. ^ 4 appearances in UEFA Champions League, & 2 appearances in UEFA Cup (Europa League)
  3. ^ 3 appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ a b 2 appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ 5 appearances in UEFA Champions League
  6. ^ a b 1 appearance in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

As of 7 September 2018[50][51]
Poland
Year Apps Goals
2006 3 0
2007 3 0
2008 6 0
2009 2 0
2010 3 0
2011 3 0
2012 1 0
2013 0 0
2014 1 0
2015 6 0
2016 10 0
2017 4 0
2018 5 0
Total 47 0

Honours[edit]

Legia Warsaw

Arsenal

Individual

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