Paweł Brożek

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Paweł Brożek
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Personal information
Full name Paweł Łukasz Brożek
Date of birth (1983-04-21) 21 April 1983 (age 32)
Place of birth Kielce, Poland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Wisła Kraków
Number 11
Youth career
1992–1998 Polonia Białogon Kielce
1998 SMS Zabrze
1998–2000 Wisła Kraków
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2010 Wisła Kraków 178 (81)
2002 ŁKS Łódź (loan) 8 (0)
2004 GKS Katowice (loan) 20 (5)
2011–2012 Trabzonspor 19 (3)
2012 Celtic (loan) 3 (0)
2012–2013 Recreativo 18 (2)
2013– Wisła Kraków 85 (39)
National team
1999 Poland U15 3 (0)
1999–2000 Poland U16 16 (7)
1999–2001 Poland U17 14 (7)
2000–2001 Poland U18 11 (3)
2001–2002 Poland U19 6 (3)
2003 Poland U20 7 (4)
2004–2005 Poland U21 11 (12)
2005 Poland B 2 (1)
2005– Poland 38 (9)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 December 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 January 2014

Paweł Łukasz Brożek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈpavɛw ˈbrɔʐɛk]; born 21 April 1983 in Kielce) is a Polish footballer who plays for Wisła Kraków and the Poland national football team as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 1992 Paweł Brożek began his career at Polonia Białogon Kielce, together with his twin brother Piotr. In 1998 he moved to Zabrze to play for SMS Zabrze team. A half a year later he joined Wisła Kraków, together with his brother.[1]

Wisła Kraków[edit]

He made his debut for Wisła Kraków in Ekstraklasa on 8 April 2001 in a match against Górnik Zabrze.[2] On 21 April 2001 he scored his first goal in the Ekstraklasa in a match against Odra Wodzisław.[3] On May 2001 Brożek signed a new 10-year contract with Wisła Kraków.[1] He won the Ekstraklasa championship in 2000–01 season with Wisła Kraków.[4] In 2002 he was loaned to ŁKS Łódź to play in the Polish First League. A half year later he returned to Wisła Kraków and won with his second club Ekstraklasa title, in 2002–03 season.[5] In 2004 he was loaned to GKS Katowice for a year and a half. He was a stand out player at GKS Katowice. On December 2004 he was invited for a trial together with his twin brother Piotr by West Ham United.[6]

On January 2005 Paweł Brożek returned to Wisła Kraków, because the then Wisła manager Werner Lička wanted him to come back from loan.[7] Brożek won the Ekstraklasa title in 2004–05 season with Wisła Kraków.[8] In 2005–06 season he began to play regularly for his side, Wisła Kraków first squad. Subsequently he scored 13 goals in 30 matches.[9] In 2006–07 season Brożek played very well in UEFA Cup, where he scored 4 goals in group stage matches against AS Nancy, FC Basel and Feyenoord Rotterdam.[10] In 2007–08 season Brożek scored 23 goals in 27 matches and led Wisła Kraków to achieve the Ekstraklasa title. He was the Ekstraklasa Top Goalscorer in 2007–08 season.[11][12] In 2008–09 season he won his sixth Ekstraklasa title with Wisła and was the Ekstraklasa Top Goalscorer for the second time in a row.[13] In the following 2009–10 season, Brożek led his team in goals and assists while Wisła finished second in the league.

Trabzonspor[edit]

In January 2011, Paweł together with his twin brother Piotr, joined Turkish Süper Lig side Trabzonspor on a two-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee from Wisła Kraków.[14] Brożek made his debut for Trabzonspor in a Turkish Cup match against Beşiktaş on 26 January 2011, assisting Alanzinho's goal with a back-heel pass.[15] In the 2010–11 Süper Lig season, he contributed with two goals and two assists for the eventual runners-up. In the following campaign, Brożek could not establish himself in the Trabzonspor starting line-up, blocked by Turkish international Burak Yılmaz, who played as the sole striker in the system preferred by coach Şenol Güneş.[16]

Loan to Celtic[edit]

On 29 January 2012, Brożek agreed terms to join Scottish Premier League outfit Celtic on loan from Trabzonspor until the end of the season, subject to a medical.[17] The following day, he signed a contract with Celtic after passing the medical exams. He was given the number 17 shirt.[18] On 8 February 2012, he made his debut in the 4–0 win over Heart of Midlothian in a Scottish Premier League match, coming on as a second-half substitute for Scott Brown.[19] He made three appearances in total for the eventual league champions, failing to score in any of them.[20] At the end of his loan spell at Celtic, Brożek criticised Neil Lennon, stating that the Celtic manager "...promised me something and then another thing happened afterwards. I did not get many opportunities from him and I was left dry of games."[21]

Recreativo de Huelva[edit]

In August 2012, Brożek joined Spanish second-tier club Recreativo de Huelva.[22] Brożek did not play regularly and the team were nowhere near achieving promotion, eventually finishing in thirteenth place with Brożek scoring only twice in 18 league appearances.[23][24][25] In June 2013, it was reported Brożek was leaving Recreativo.[24]

Wisła Kraków[edit]

On 23 July 2013 it was reported that Brożek was undergoing medical tests with Wisła Kraków with a view to rejoining his previous club. Contract negotiations involved the player agreeing to lower his wages, but receive increased bonuses for wins and goals.[26] A week later, Brożek's signing was confirmed.[27]

On 3 May 2014 he scored a hat-trick against Pogoń Szczecin and also his 100th goal in Ekstraklasa, it took 227 appearances to achieve that.

International career[edit]

Brożek in a match against Côte d'Ivoire

Paweł Brożek has played internationally for Poland beginning with the Under-15 level and up to the national team. In 1999 he played at the FIFA U-17 World Championship tournament.[28] In 2000 Brożek played at the UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship tournament.[1] With Poland national under-17 football team Brożek won Vaclav Jezek Tournament in 2000 and was Top Goalscorer of the tournament with 6 goals.[29] In 2001 he won UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship with Poland national under-18 football team.[30] He played in first squad in all matches at the tournament. He was the youngest member of the team. All other u-18 team members were born in 1982, while Brożek was born in 1983. He showed a great performance in UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2004–2006 qualifying round where he scored 9 goals in 8 matches he played.[31][32][33][34] [35] [36]

Brożek made his first appearance for the Poland national football team against Mexico in 2005, scoring in the process.[37] He was selected to the 23-man national squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals held in Germany, where, coming on as a substitute he nearly scored a goal against Ecuador in their 2–0 defeat, with a left foot shot that hit the post.[28]

In May 2012, he was called up to the 23-man Poland national football team squad for UEFA Euro 2012.[38] At the tournament, Brożek played in two group stage matches.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 April 2005 Chicago, U.S.  Mexico
1:1
1:1
Friendly
2. 11 October 2008 Chorzów, Poland  Czech Republic
1:0
2:1
2010 World Cup qualifying
3. 7 February 2009 Faro, Portugal  Lithuania
0:1
1:1
Friendly
4. 10 December 2010 Antalya, Turkey  Bosnia and Herzegovina
0:1
2:2
Friendly
5. 10 December 2010 Antalya, Turkey  Bosnia and Herzegovina
1:2
2:2
Friendly
6. 5 June 2011 Warsaw, Poland  Argentina
2:1
2:1
Friendly
7. 2 September 2011 Warsaw, Poland  Mexico
1:0
1:1
Friendly
8. 15 November 2011 Poznań, Poland  Hungary
1:0
2:1
Friendly
9. 20 January 2014 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Moldova
1:0
1:0
Friendly

Personal life[edit]

His twin brother, Piotr, is also a footballer.

Statistics[edit]

As of 10 December 2015
Club Season League Domestic League Domestic Cups European Cups Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wisła Kraków 1999–2000 Ekstraklasa 0 0 3 0 3 0
2000–2001 Ekstraklasa 8 1 1 0 0 0 9 1
2001–2002 Ekstraklasa 3 0 3 1 0 0 6 1
ŁKS Łódź (loan) 2001–2002 I Liga 8 0 8 0
Wisła Kraków 2002–2003 Ekstraklasa 5 0 3 2 1 1 9 3
2003–2004 Ekstraklasa 8 2 0 0 2 0 10 2
GKS Katowice (loan) 2003–2004 Ekstraklasa 8 3 2 0 10 3
2004–2005 Ekstraklasa 12 2 4 1 16 3
Total GKS Katowice 20 5 6 1 26 6
Wisła Kraków 2004–2005 Ekstraklasa 9 0 5 2 14 2
2005–2006 Ekstraklasa 30 13 4 2 4 1 38 16
2006–2007 Ekstraklasa 23 7 8 4 6 4 37 15
2007–2008 Ekstraklasa 27 23 8 3 35 26
2008–2009 Ekstraklasa 27 19 3 2 6 3 36 24
2009–2010 Ekstraklasa 25 10 4 0 2 0 31 10
2010–2011 Ekstraklasa 13 6 1 1 4 3 18 10
Trabzonspor 2010–2011 Süper Lig 12 2 1 0 13 2
2011–2012 Süper Lig 7 1 0 0 4 0 11 1
Total Trabzonspor 19 3 1 0 4 0 24 3
Celtic (loan) 2011–2012 SPL 3 0 0 0 3 0
Recreativo Huelva 2012–2013 Segunda División 18 2 1 0 19 2
Wisła Kraków 2013–2014 Ekstraklasa 33 17 2 1 35 18
2014–2015 Ekstraklasa 35 15 0 0 35 15
2015–2016 Ekstraklasa 17 7 1 0 18 7
Total Career Total 331 130 54 19 29 12 414 161

International[edit]

Brożek playing for Poland
As of 24 October 2015
National team Year Apps Goals Assists
Poland 2005 2 1 0
2006 5 0 0
2007 2 0 1
2008 5 1 1
2009 6 1 2
2010 3 2 0
2011 9 3 1
2012 4 0 0
2013 1 0 1
2014 1 1 0
Total 38 9 6

Honours[edit]

Brożek playing for Wisła Kraków

Club[edit]

Wisła Kraków U-19
Wisła Kraków

International[edit]

Poland

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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