Marcin Wasilewski

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Marcin Wasilewski
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Wasilewski with Anderlecht in 2011
Personal information
Full name Marcin Ryszard Wasilewski[1]
Date of birth (1980-06-09) 9 June 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Kraków, Poland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Wisła Kraków
Number 27
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Hutnik Kraków 54 (0)
2000–2002 Śląsk Wrocław 51 (5)
2002–2005 Wisła Płock 60 (3)
2005–2006 Amica Wronki 24 (4)
2006–2007 Lech Poznań 14 (5)
2007–2013 Anderlecht 143 (20)
2013–2017 Leicester City 61 (1)
2017– Wisła Kraków 36 (1)
National team
2002– Poland 60 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:24, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 May 2013

Marcin Ryszard Wasilewski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmart͡ɕin vaɕiˈlɛfskʲi]; born 9 June 1980) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Ekstraklasa side Wisła Kraków.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Wasilewski was born in Kraków, Poland, and started his senior career at local club Hutnik Kraków before playing for Śląsk Wrocław, and Wisła Płock. In 2005, he moved to Amica Wronki which merged with Lech Poznań in 2006.[citation needed]

Anderlecht[edit]

In January 2007 he was acquired by the Belgian side Anderlecht.[citation needed]

Wasilewski is a right back. Despite being a defensive player, Wasilewski often scores goals. During the 2008–09 season, he was Anderlecht's third most prolific goalscorer, tied with Guillaume Gillet at eight goals.[citation needed]

Leg injury[edit]

On 30 August 2009, Wasilewski suffered an open leg fracture in the 26th minute of the 1–1 Jupiler League draw between Anderlecht and Standard Liège when Liège's Axel Witsel made a challenge. Witsel was red carded for the offence. Wasilewski underwent corrective surgery for open fractures to both the tibia and fibula. Witsel was suspended for eight games by the Belgian FA over the incident, after an appeal.[3]

Return[edit]

After a long rehabilitation, Wasilewski made his return on 8 May 2010.[4] Wasilewski celebrated his return to Anderlecht's first eleven with the opening goal of his side's 2–1 win at SV Zulte Waregem.[citation needed]

His drive to return was rewarded with a new contract until the summer of 2013, with the club talking about him as "a club monument, who had to deliver an inhuman battle".[5]

Wasilewski and Witsel, now at Zenit St. Petersburg, met again on the field on 24 October 2012 in a UEFA Champions League group match. Wasilewski announced in advance that he will refuse to shake hands with Witsel before the game, with Anderlecht management accepting his decision.[6] However, he ultimately changed his mind and accepted Witsel's hand, claiming that he didn't want to turn the atmosphere of the match into a personal duel.[7]

Leicester City[edit]

Wasilewski playing for Leicester City in a league match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 15 May 2016

On 14 September 2013, Marcin Wasilewski was reported to undergo a trial with Leicester City in the English Championship, in the hope of landing a contract.[8] On 17 September Wasilewski was confirmed as signing for The Foxes on a one-year contract.[9] He made his debut in a League Cup third-round match against Derby County on 24 September, playing the entire match as Leicester won 2–1.[10] On 30 November 2013, a coach-full of Anderlecht fans travelled to Leicester's King Power Stadium to support Marcin at his new club.[11] There were emotional scenes after Marcin played a key role in City's 3–0 win over Millwall.[11] Wasilewski established himself as a first-team regular as Leicester finished the season as Championship champions and secured their return to the Premier League. On 22 May 2014, Wasilewski extended his contract by a further year.[citation needed]

Wasilewski made his Premier League debut on 1 November 2014, in the 0–1 defeat against West Bromwich Albion, during which Wasilewski appeared to elbow opposing striker, Saido Berahino; however, the FA cleared the defender.[12] On 31 January 2015, Wasilewski scored his first goal in English football, heading in a late consolation goal in Leicester's 3–1 defeat by Manchester United[13] which was also the second goal ever to be scored in the Premier League by a Polish footballer; Robert Warzycha had scored in the competition's opening weekend, 22-and-a-half years earlier.[14] On 4 June 2015, Wasilewski announced via his Instagram account he had signed a new one-year contract with Leicester City.[15]

He made his first league appearance of the 2015–16 Premier League season on 19 December 2015 when he started in a 3–2 win over Everton.[16] Wasilewski played only two league games before Leicester's Premier League trophy presentation on 7 May 2016, making him ineligible for a winner's medal (minimum five league games required).[17] Nonetheless, due to teammate Robert Huth's suspension, Wasilewski played the final two matches of the Premier League season, taking his appearances up to four. On 14 June 2016, Wasilewski signed a one-year extension to his contract.[18]

Wasilewski's first senior appearance in 2016–17 ended in his dismissal in the 89th minute for elbowing Diego Costa in a 2–4 EFL Cup third round defeat to Chelsea on 20 September 2016.[19]

International[edit]

Wasilewski made his debut in a friendly match against Denmark in Copenhagen on 20 November 2002.[20] Wasilewski was also part of the Poland squads for Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

Wasilewski and his family celebrating Leicester's Premier League victory at the King Power Stadium on 7 May 2016

Club[edit]

As of match played 2 February 2019.[21][22]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hutnik Kraków 1998–99 I liga 14 0 14 0
1999–2000 40 0 40 0
Total 54 0 54 0
Śląsk Wrocław 2000–01 Ekstraklasa 25 1 25 1
2001–02 26 4 26 4
Total 51 5 51 5
Wisła Płock 2002–03 Ekstraklasa 25 1 25 1
2003–04 20 1 2 0 22 1
2004–05 15 1 15 1
Total 60 3 2 0 62 3
Amica Wronki 2005–06 Ekstraklasa 24 4 24 4
Lech Poznań 2006–07 14 5 1[a] 0 15 5
Anderlecht 2006–07 Belgian Pro League 14 2 0 0 0 0 14 2
2007–08 26 3 0 0 11 1 37 3
2008–09 30 8 0 0 1 0 31 8
2009–10 6 1 0 0 4 0 10 1
2010–11 17 3 0 0 2 0 19 3
2011–12 30 3 2 0 8 1 40 4
2012–13 22 0 4 0 6 0 1[b] 0 33 0
Total 145 20 6 0 32 2 1 0 184 21
Leicester City 2013–14 Championship 31 0 1 0 3[c] 0 35 0
2014–15 Premier League 25 1 2 0 1[c] 0 28 1
2015–16 4 0 2 1 3[c] 0 9 1
2016–17 1 0 2 0 1 0 1[c] 0 5 0
Total 61 1 7 1 1 0 8 0 77 2
Wisła Kraków 2017–18 Ekstraklasa 17 1 0 0 17 1
2018–19 19 0 0 0 19 0
Total 36 1 0 0 36 1
Career total 445 39 13 1 36 2 9 0 503 41
  1. ^ Appearance in UEFA Intertoto Cup
  2. ^ Appearance in Belgian Super Cup
  3. ^ a b c d Appearances in League Cup

International[edit]

As of 10 July 2016[22]
National team Year Apps Goals
Poland
2002 1 0
2003 4 0
2004 1 0
2005 1 0
2006 5 1
2007 11 0
2008 11 0
2009 4 0
2010 0 0
2011 6 0
2012 13 1
2013 3 0
Total 60 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Poland's goal tally first.[22]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 December 2006 Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi  United Arab Emirates 2–0 5–2 Friendly
2. 2 June 2012 Pepsi Arena, Warsaw  Andorra 4–0 4–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Anderlecht

Leicester City

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrzej Gowarzewski: Biało-Czerwoni. Dzieje reprezentacji Polski (6) 2008–2015. Katowice: Wydawnictwo GiA, 2016, p. 251. ISBN 978-83-88232-48-0.
  2. ^ "Player profile: Marcin Wasilewski: Overview". Premier League. Archived from the original on 4 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Witsel handed lengthy ban". Sky Sports.
  4. ^ Koźmiński, Piort (10 March 2010). "Wasilewski grateful for Anderlecht return". uefa.com. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  5. ^ Scholten, Berend (1 February 2011). "Anderlecht reward Wasilewski for winning battle". uefa.com. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  6. ^ "No handshake between Wasyl and Witsel". anderlecht-online.be. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Champions League: The latest on Anderlecht". Zenit. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  8. ^ Hubbard, Ryan (14 September 2013). "Wasilewski on trial at Leicester City". EKSTRAKLASAreview.co.uk. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Foxes complete Wasilewski signing". www.LCFC.com. Leicester City F.C. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  10. ^ Leicester 2 – 1 Derby, BBC Sport, 24 Sep 2013, retrieved 2 Jan 2014
  11. ^ a b Leicester City 3 Millwall 0 – match report: Emphatic win sees City top Championship, Leicester Mercury, 30 November 2013, archived from the original on 2 January 2014, retrieved 2 January 2014
  12. ^ "Premier League: Leicester defender Marcin Wasilewski avoids FA action". Sky Sports. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Manchester United 3–1 Leicester City". BBC Sport. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  14. ^ http://www.just-football.com/2014/11/total-different-premier-league-goal-scorer-nationalities/
  15. ^ "Marcin Wasilewski signs new one-year contract at Leicester City". Leicester Mercury. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Everton 2–3 Leicester". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  17. ^ Which Leicester players get a Premier League winners' medal?, Sky Sports, 7 May 2016, retrieved 9 May 2016
  18. ^ "Wasilewski signs new one-year contract". Leicester City FC. 14 June 2016.
  19. ^ Gary Rose (20 September 2016), Leicester City 2–4 Chelsea (AET), BBC Sport, retrieved 9 January 2017
  20. ^ FIFA World Cup - Wasilewski - UEFA.com, UEFA.com, retrieved 2 Jan 2014
  21. ^ "M. WASILEWSKI". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  22. ^ a b c "Wasilewski, Marcin". National-Football-Teams. Retrieved 10 July 2016.

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