Marek Saganowski

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Marek Saganowski
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Saganowski with the Polish national team in 2012
Personal information
Full name Marek Mirosław Saganowski
Date of birth (1978-10-31) 31 October 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Łódź, Poland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2000 ŁKS Łódź 95 (30)
1996 Feyenoord (loan) 7 (0)
1997 Hamburger SV (loan) 4 (0)
2000–2001 Wisła Płock 23 (4)
2001–2002 Odra Wodzisław 30 (2)
2002–2005 Legia Warsaw 67 (41)
2005–2006 Vitória de Guimarães 32 (12)
2006–2007 Troyes 6 (0)
2007 Southampton (loan) 13 (10)
2007–2010 Southampton 55 (9)
2008 AaB (loan) 13 (3)
2010–2011 Atromitos 34 (5)
2011–2012 ŁKS Łódź 29 (6)
2012–2016 Legia Warsaw 68 (17)
Total 376 (139)
National team
1996–2012 Poland 35 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marek Mirosław Saganowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmarɛk miˈrɔswaf saɡaˈnɔfskʲi]; born 31 October 1978 in Łódź) is a retired Polish football player who played as a striker.

In a much-travelled career, he has represented clubs in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, France, England, Denmark and Greece.

Saganowski made his full international debut for Poland in 1996 and has since earned 35 caps, scoring 5 goals. He represented the nation at UEFA Euro 2008.

Playing career[edit]


Saganowski was born in Łódź, Poland and began his career in 1994 with his local club ŁKS Łódź, playing there for six seasons, with brief loan spells at Feyenoord in 1996 and with Hamburger SV in early 1997. Neither of these loan spells was a particular success and he returned to ŁKS in the summer of 1997 to rebuild his career. In 1997–98, he made 22 appearances for ŁKS Łódź, but his career was interrupted by a serious motor-cycle accident in 1998 following which he was unable to walk. He slowly recovered from the injuries, and returned to playing for ŁKS Łódź, although his goal-scoring abilities did not recover initially.

He moved to Wisła Płock in 2000 and then to Odra Wodzisław the following year. He switched to Legia Warszawa in January 2003 where he returned to form, scoring 41 goals in 67 games. In 2005 he moved to Portugal's Vitoria Guimaraes where he notched 12 goals in his one season there.


At the beginning of the 2006–07 season, he moved to French club Troyes AC for £1 million, but only made six substitute appearances for them and failed to score, spending most of his time in the reserves.


Saganowski with Southampton in August 2007

Saganowski joined Southampton initially on loan on 30 January 2007 until the end of the 2006–07 season.[1] He made a successful start to his Saints career, scoring ten goals in his first 13 league games including a hat-trick in the 6–0 defeat of Wolverhampton Wanderers on 31 March 2007.[2] His goals helped lift the Saints out of the doldrums they were in at the end of January and push them into a play-off position. Although he featured in both play-off games he failed to score despite hitting the post as Saints went out to Derby County in a penalty shoot-out.

He was signed on a permanent contract in the summer of 2007, but struggled for goalscoring form in the 2007–08 season, although he scored a vital goal against Sheffield United on the final day of the season helping to keep Southampton in the Championship.[3] This was his first goal since the opening day of the season.

Aalborg BK[edit]

On 7 August 2008, Saganowski moved on loan for the season to the Danish SAS league club Aalborg BK. He made his debut for Aalborg on 13 August 2008 in the home match against FBK Kaunas in the Champions League third round qualifier, first leg. His first goal for Aalborg was in the Danish Cup against Brønshøj BK on 27 September 2008.

In total he scored five goals in 24 league and cup matches for Aalborg, of which three goals came in 13 league appearances. He played in all six of his club’s Champions League group matches, including two against Manchester United and two against Celtic. Saganowski scored once in the Champions League, in a 6–3 defeat in Spain against Villarreal. His last match for Aalborg was the 2–2 Champions League draw at Old Trafford in December.[4]

Return to Southampton[edit]

He returned to Southampton on 1 January 2009, and scored six times in his first seven matches following his recall to the side, against Doncaster Rovers, Norwich City and twice against Swansea City and Preston North End. He has stated his loyalty to Southampton and announced he wants to finish his career there. He said "I love the area, the city, the football club, and most of all the fans. I believe they are the greatest supporters in the country".[citation needed]

Atromitos Peristeriou[edit]

On 26 January 2010 Atromitos Peristeriou signed the Polish forward from Southampton until 2012 on a free transfer.[5][6]

ŁKS Łódź[edit]

In June 2011, he re-joined his first club ŁKS Łódź on a two-year contract.[7]

International career[edit]

He has also appeared 33 times for the Polish national football team, scoring five goals. He made appearances in all three of Poland's games at Euro 2008, including two starts.

To this day, he is the only Polish footballer to score for a two-digit score, when he scored the goal against San Marino in Poland's 10–0 victory.

Poland goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 March 2005 Warsaw, Poland  Azerbaijan 8–0 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
2. 26 March 2005 Warsaw, Poland  Azerbaijan 8–0 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
3. 14 May 2006 Wronki, Poland  Faroe Islands 4–0 Win Friendly
4. 28 March 2009 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 2–3 Loss 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
5. 1 April 2009 Kielce, Poland  San Marino 10–0 Win 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)


ŁKS Łódź
Legia Warsaw


  1. ^ "Saganowski signs". 30 January 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Wolves v Saints". 31 March 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Saints 3 Sheff Utd 2". 5 May 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Saganowski could be in to face United". Southern Daily Echo. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Here comes the Sagkanofski" (in Greek). 26 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Saga's Off-Ski". Southampton F.C. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Henzel, Miłosz (11 June 2011). "Marek Saganowski podpisał kontrakt z ŁKS Łódź" (in Polish). Retrieved 20 May 2013. 

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