Robert Warzycha

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Robert Warzycha
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Personal information
Full name Robert Warzycha
Date of birth (1963-08-20) 20 August 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Siemkowice, Poland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Górnik Wałbrzych 31 (5)
1987–1991 Górnik Zabrze 91 (10)
1991–1994 Everton 72 (6)
1994–1995 Pécsi Mecsek 21 (7)
1995–1996 Honvéd 21 (6)
1996–2002 Columbus Crew 160 (19)
Total 396¡
National team
1987–1993 Poland 47 (7)
Teams managed
2003–2008 Columbus Crew (assistant)
2005 Columbus Crew (interim)
2009–2013 Columbus Crew
2014–2015 Górnik Zabrze

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert Warzycha (Polish pronunciation: [ˈrɔbɛrt vaˈʐɨxa]) (born 20 August 1963 in Siemkowice) is a Polish former professional association football player.

Warzycha had a long career in Europe, playing for teams in Poland, Hungary and England with Everton in the Premier League. He won two Polish Ekstraklasa titles and a Polish Super Cup with Górnik Zabrze. Warzycha was also a regular member of the Poland national football team throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, amassing 47 caps.

He moved to the United States in 1996 and subsequently spent seven seasons in Major League Soccer with Columbus Crew. He later served as a coach for the team, serving as head coach for five seasons.

Club career[edit]

Warzycha came to MLS in 1996 after a long career in Poland and England. He came to Everton for £500,000 in March 1991 from Polish club Górnik Zabrze. He spent four years (1991–94) with Everton and also played in his native Poland and Hungary.

He was one of only thirteen players not from the British Isles to play on the opening weekend of the FA Premier League along with Jan Stejskal, Peter Schmeichel, Andrei Kanchelskis, Roland Nilsson, Eric Cantona, Hans Segers, John Jensen, Anders Limpar, Gunnar Halle, Craig Forrest, Michel Vonk and Ronnie Rosenthal and was also the first player from mainland Europe to score in the Premier League. His goal was the only one ever to be scored by a Polish player in the competition until Marcin Wasilewski scored in January 2015, 22 and a half years later.[1][2]

After joining Columbus Crew for the Major League Soccer's inaugural year, Warzycha became a staple in the lineup for five seasons, and then a bit player in his final two, as he battled injuries. He retired as the Crew's all-time assist leader with 61 and also scored 19 goals in MLS league play. During his playing days in Columbus, Warzycha was known as "The Polish Rifle," in part because of his accuracy from free kicks. On March 25, 2000 Warzycha scored the first-ever regular-season "Golden Goal" in Major League Soccer history to defeat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1.[3]

International career[edit]

For Poland, Warzycha was capped 47 times, scoring seven goals between 1987 and 1993.

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring as a player, he became an assistant coach with the Crew. After Greg Andrulis was fired in July 2005, Warzycha assumed interim head coaching duty. He went back to assisting after Sigi Schmid was hired for the full-time job.

After spending several years as Schmid's assistant, Warzycha was promoted to the head coach position at Columbus Crew for the 2009 MLS season, in which he coached the team to the Supporter Shield, awarded for the most points during the regular season.[4] Warzycha signed a multi-year contract extension with Columbus on September 1, 2011 that kept him under contract through the 2013 season.[5] He was released from his contract early, on September 2, 2013.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Robert is the father of professional soccer player Konrad Warzycha, who played for Columbus Crew under his father.


Columbus Crew[edit]

Górnik Zabrze[edit]



Preceded by
Sigi Schmid
Columbus Crew
Head Coach

Succeeded by
Brian Bliss