Marcin Wasilewski

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Marcin Wasilewski
Personal information
Full name Marcin Wasilewski[1]
Date of birth (1980-06-09) 9 June 1980 (age 35)
Place of birth Kraków, Poland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) [2]
Playing position Defensive Midfielder / Centre back
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 27
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Hutnik Kraków 54 (0)
2000–2002 Śląsk Wrocław 51 (5)
2002–2005 Wisła Płock 60 (3)
2005–2006 Amica Wronki 24 (4)
2006 Lech Poznań 14 (5)
2007–2013 Anderlecht 143 (20)
2013– Leicester City 57 (1)
National team
2002–2013 Poland 60 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 February 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 May 2013

Marcin Wasilewski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmart͡ɕin vaɕiˈlɛfskʲi]; born 9 June 1980 in Kraków), commonly known as Wasyl, is a Polish defender currently playing for Leicester City and the Poland national football team. He previously played for R.S.C. Anderlecht.


Early in his career he played for Polish clubs Hutnik Kraków, Śląsk Wrocław, and Wisła Płock. In 2005, he moved to Amica Wronki which merged with Lech Poznań in 2006.


In January 2007 he was acquired by the Belgian side Anderlecht.

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 8 goals.

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 8 games by the Belgian FA over the incident, after an appeal.[3]


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.

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] Zenit won the game 1–0.

Leicester City[edit]

On 14 September 2013, Marcin Wasilewski was reported to undergo a try out 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.

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, Premier League defeat to Manchester United[13] which was also the second goal ever to be scored in the Premier League by a Polish footballer after 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 made his debut in a friendly match against Denmark in Copenhagen on 20 November 2002.[17] Wasilewski was also part of the Poland squads for Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.


Leicester City

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Poland's goal tally first.
# 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


  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League: notification of shirt numbers" (PDF). Premier League. p. 10. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Barclays Premier League Player Profile Marcin Wasilewski". web page. Premier League. 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Witsel handed lengthy ban". Sky Sports. 
  4. ^ Koźmiński, Piort (10 March 2010). "Wasilewski grateful for Anderlecht return". Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Scholten, Berend (1 February 2011). "Anderlecht reward Wasilewski for winning battle". Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "No handshake between Wasyl and Witsel". 24 October 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Champions League: The latest on Anderlecht". 24 October 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2013.  External link in |work= (help)
  8. ^ Hubbard, Ryan (14 September 2013). "Wasilewski on trial at Leicester City". Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Foxes complete Wasilewski signing". 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 Nov 2013, retrieved 2 Jan 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. ^
  15. ^ "Marcin Wasilewski signs new one-year contract at Leicester City". Leicester Mercury. 
  16. ^ "Everton 2-3 Leicester". BBC Sport (BBC). 19 December 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  17. ^ FIFA World Cup - Wasilewski -,, retrieved 2 Jan 2014 

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