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Sebastian Mila
Mila in 2015 with Lechia Gdańsk
Personal information
Full name Sebastian Mila[1]
Date of birth (1982-07-10) 10 July 1982 (age 42)
Place of birth Koszalin, Poland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Team information
Current team
Poland (assistant coach)
Youth career
Gwardia Koszalin
Bałtyk Koszalin
1998–1999 Lechia Gdańsk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Lechia-Polonia Gdańsk 34 (4)
2001–2002 Wisła Płock 15 (2)
2002–2005 Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wlkp. 74 (14)
2005–2007 Austria Wien 36 (3)
2007–2008 Vålerenga 14 (0)
2008ŁKS Łódź (loan) 12 (0)
2008–2015 Śląsk Wrocław 178 (33)
2015–2018 Lechia Gdańsk 54 (4)
Total 417 (60)
International career
2003–2015 Poland 38 (8)
Managerial career
2023– Poland (assistant)
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Poland
UEFA Euro U-16
Runner-up 1999 Czech Republic
UEFA Euro U-18
Winner 2001 Finland
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
Sebastian Mila pre-match with Śląsk Wrocław, wearing his Lechia Gdańsk sweat band (2012)

Sebastian Mila (born 10 July 1982) is a Polish former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, who is currently the assistant coach of the Poland national team.

His longest spell at a club was with Śląsk Wrocław, with whom he won the Ekstraklasa and Polish Super Cup. He played for two teams outside of Poland; Austria Wien in Austria, where he won the Austrian Bundesliga and the Austrian Cup, and had a short spell with Vålerenga in Norway. Mila was an international for the Poland national team, earning a total of 38 caps and scoring 8 goals, and was included in the nation's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Koszalin, Mila grew up playing for local teams Gwardia Koszalin and Bałtyk Koszalin before he moved to Gdańsk at the age of 16 and started training with the Lechia Gdańsk youth teams. Lechia Gdańsk at this time were known as Lechia-Polonia Gdańsk due to the merger between Lechia Gdańsk and Polonia Gdańsk.

Lechia Gdańsk[edit]

Mila progressed into the Lechia Gdańsk first team during the 1999–2000 season, making his professional debut against Świt Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki in March 2000.[3] During his first season playing for Lechia he played in 12 games and scoring two goals in the II liga. The following season Mila played 22 times and scoring two goals, being unable to prevent Lechia-Polonia Gdańsk from being relegated into the third division, a relegation which would result in the break up of the merger and the recreation of Lechia Gdańsk and Polonia Gdańsk in the lower divisions. The relegation saw an exodus of players leaving the club, Mila included.

Orlen Płock[edit]

Mila moved to II liga team Orlen Płock during the summer of 2001. During the first half of the season, Mila performed well, playing 15 of the 19 league games. His performances caught the eye of top division team Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski, with Mila making the transfer during the winter transfer window. Orlen finished the season as runners-up, and were promoted to the top division.

Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski[edit]

His move to Dyskobolia saw early success in Mila's career. In his first full season, Dyskobolia finished runners-up in the Ekstraklasa, resulting in European football for the following season. Mila played in every game of the team's European adventure in the UEFA Cup, beating FK Atlantas and Hertha Berlin before a second round tie with Manchester City. After the 0–0 draw at home, it was the away leg which brought Mila to the attention of European and Polish football fans. He converted a free-kick against David Seaman resulting in Dyskobolia progressing due to away goals. Dyskobolia faced Bordeaux in the next round, and were knocked out losing 5–1 on aggregate. The club ended up finishing the league campaign in 4th. The following season started well for Dyskobolia, who would finish as runners-up in the Ekstraklasa once more, as well as winning the Polish Cup. Mila played 13 games in the league during the autumn round as well as one game in the successful cup run.

Austria Vienna[edit]

During the winter break of the 2004–05 season, Mila moved to Austria Vienna. In his first season with Austria he played 13 times in half a season, during which Austria finished in third place and won the Austrian Cup. The following season, his first full season at the club, he didn't manage to play any more games than the previous season. Despite not being able to claim a consistent starting position, Mila helped Austria win the 2005–06 Austrian Bundesliga as well as his second Austrian Cup. The 2006–07 season was a turning point for Vienna as a club, with the team not having the same funds as before and many players leaving at the start of the season and during the winter transfer window. After playing 10 games at the start of the season, Mila was one of those players to leave in January. Austria struggled for the rest of the season, finishing in a disappointing 6th.

Vålerenga & ŁKS Łódź[edit]

In January 2007 Mila joined Vålerenga for the 2007 Tippeligaen season. Mila made 14 appearances for Vålerenga over the course of the season, with the team finishing in 7th. In February 2008 Mila moved back to Poland, on loan to ŁKS Łódź for the remainder of the 2007–08 season. Mila played 12 of the remaining 15 fixtures of the season in the Ekstraklasa as he helped the team stay above the relegation zone.

Mila as a captain of Śląsk Wrocław in 2014

Śląsk Wrocław[edit]

Mila joined newly promoted Ekstraklasa team Śląsk Wrocław. He instantly became a key player for Śląsk, and helped the team to win the Ekstraklasa Cup in the 2008–09 season, as well as an impressive 6th place in the league. Śląsk Wrocław finished the following season in 9th, with Mila becoming captain for the start of the following season. As captain he led the team finish runners-up in the 2010–11 season. The 2011–12 season was to be a historic one for Śląsk. After qualifying for the UEFA Europa League, Śląsk managed to reach the qualification playoff before losing the game to Rapid București. In the league Mila played 27 of the 30 games as Śląsk Wrocław won the league, finishing 1 point ahead of second place Ruch Chorzów. The 2012–13 season was Mila's most successful in terms of individual statistics. While leading the team to a Polish Super Cup win, beating Legia Warsaw, and to a third-place finish in the Ekstraklasa, Mila played 40 games and scored 10 goals in all competitions. The following season saw Śląsk struggle, finishing in the relegation group in the league, and finishing in 9th once the season had finished. At the beginning of the 2014–15 season Mila played every single game before the winter break. After the team's fortunes and financial status declining, the decision was made to sell Mila during the winter transfer window. Over his 6+12 seasons at Śląsk Wrocław he won three competitions and made 216 and scored 39 goals in all competitions during this time.

Return to Lechia Gdańsk[edit]

During much of his time at Śląsk Wrocław, Mila often wore a Lechia Gdańsk sweat band on his right wrist during games. He often expressed his love for the team he started supporting after his early years at the club, and stated that he wanted to play for the club again.[4] This opportunity was given to Mila in January 2015 when he made his return to Lechia after 13 years.[5][6] Mila instantly became the Lechia captain, and played 16 games in his first half season back with the team. In his first full season he made 29 appearances with 2 goals, with what became his last professional goal coming against Ruch Chorzów. The following season, 2016–17, he made 8 appearances, and in 2017–18, one appearance. His final professional appearance came for Lechia Gdańsk against Górnik Zabrze on 5 August 2017, in which he came on as a substitute playing for the final 2 minutes.

International career[edit]

A European U18 Championship winner with Poland in 2001, Mila has 38 caps for the full Poland national football team. He was selected to the 23-men national team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany, but did not make an appearance in any of the games. He also participated at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand.[7] On 11 October 2014, he scored his first international goal for over six years, finishing off a 2–0 European qualifying win which was Poland's first ever victory against Germany, as well as the first win over reigning World Champions in 29 years.[8]

Post-playing career[edit]

Following retirement, Mila started working as a football pundit for TVP Sport and Meczyki.[9] In February 2023, he obtained the UEFA A coaching license.[10]

On 20 September 2023, Mila was announced as one of three assistants joining the coaching staff of the Poland national team, following Michał Probierz's appointment as the head coach.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[12][13][14]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lechia-Polonia Gdańsk 1999–2000 II liga 12 2 12 2
2000–01 II liga 22 2 1 0 4 0 27 2
Total 34 4 1 0 4 0 39 4
Orlen Płock 1999–2000 II liga 15 2 1 0 16 2
Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski 2001–02 Ekstraklasa 9 0 0 0 9 0
2002–03 Ekstraklasa 27 3 1 0 28 3
2003–04 Ekstraklasa 25 8 1 0 8 1 34 9
2004–05 Ekstraklasa 13 3 1 0 14 3
Total 74 14 3 0 8 1 85 15
Austria Wien 2004–05 Austrian Bundesliga 13 0 3 1 3 1 19 2
2005–06 Austrian Bundesliga 13 2 1 0 4 0 18 2
2006–07 Austrian Bundesliga 10 1 0 0 4 0 14 1
Total 36 3 4 1 11 1 51 5
Vålerenga 2007 Tippeligaen 14 0 2 0 4 0 20 0
ŁKS Łódź (loan) 2007–08 Ekstraklasa 12 0 0 0 12 0
Śląsk Wrocław 2008–09 Ekstraklasa 22 5 0 0 51 0 27 5
2009–10 Ekstraklasa 26 6 1 0 27 6
2010–11 Ekstraklasa 28 4 2 0 30 4
2011–12 Ekstraklasa 27 4 2 2 5 1 34 7
2012–13 Ekstraklasa 26 7 7 2 6 1 12 0 40 10
2013–14 Ekstraklasa 30 2 1 0 6 0 37 2
2014–15 Ekstraklasa 19 5 2 0 21 5
Total 178 33 15 4 17 2 6 0 216 39
Lechia Gdańsk 2014–15 Ekstraklasa 16 2 0 0 16 2
2015–16 Ekstraklasa 29 2 1 0 30 2
2016–17 Ekstraklasa 8 0 0 0 8 0
2017–18 Ekstraklasa 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 54 4 1 0 55 4
Career total 417 60 27 5 40 4 10 0 494 69

1 Appearances in Ekstraklasa Cup.
2 Appearances in Polish Super Cup.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Poland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 December 2003 National Stadium, Attard, Malta  Malta 3–0 4–0 Friendly
2 14 December 2003 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard, Malta  Lithuania 2–1 3–1
3 18 February 2004 Estadio Bahía Sur, San Fernando, Spain  Slovenia 1–0 2–0
4 13 November 2005 Mini Estadi, Barcelona, Spain  Ecuador 2–0 3–0
5 16 November 2005 KSZO Stadium, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland  Estonia 1–1 3–1
6 14 May 2006 Amica Stadium, Wronki, Poland  Faroe Islands 1–0 4–0
7 11 October 2014 National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland  Germany 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
8 14 November 2014 Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia 3–0 4–0

Honours[edit]

Austria Wien

Śląsk Wrocław

Poland U18

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany: List of Players: Poland" (PDF). FIFA. 21 March 2014. p. 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Sebastian Mila". 90 Minut. Retrieved 5 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Mila: 1999/2000 II Liga". lechia.net.
  4. ^ "GDAŃSKIE PRZYPADKI SEBASTIANA MILI". przegladsportowy.pl.
  5. ^ "Lechia Gdansk 2014/15". skladyfutbol.pl. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Oficjalnie: Mila w Lechii". Wirtualna Polska. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  7. ^ Sebastian MilaFIFA competition record (archived)
  8. ^ "Poland make history with Germany win". UEFA. 11 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Sebastian Mila dołącza do Meczyków! Były reprezentant Polski zasila redakcję kanału YouTube". meczyki.pl. 19 February 2023. Retrieved 20 September 2023.
  10. ^ "Łukasz Piszczek został trenerem. Razem z byłymi reprezentantami ukończył kurs UEFA A". sport.tvp.pl (in Polish). 23 February 2023. Retrieved 20 September 2023.
  11. ^ "Znamy pierwsze plany Michała Probierza! Pomoże mu... Sebastian Mila i asystent Nawałki!". sport.tvp.pl (in Polish). 20 September 2023. Retrieved 20 September 2023.
  12. ^ "Sebastian Mila". 90minut.pl. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Sebastian Mila". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Sebastian Mila". Austria-Archiv. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  15. ^ "20 lat temu Polacy zdobyli mistrzostwo Europy U–18. Jakie były ich losy?" (in Polish). Łączy nas piłka. 27 July 2021. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
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  17. ^ "Lewandowski najlepszy w plebiscycie "Piłki Nożnej"". sport.tvp.pl (in Polish). 16 February 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2024.
  18. ^ "Rozdano nagrody w Ekstraklasie za sezon 2012/13". 90minut.pl (in Polish). 3 June 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2024.

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