Michał Żewłakow is a former Polish footballer defender who used to captain the Polish national football team and is its most capped player ever. Born in Warsaw in April 1976, Żewłakow spent eight years with Polonia Warsaw and broke into the first team in 1996–97, he was loaned to Belgium's KSK Beveren in October 1998 before signing – together with his twin brother Marcin – for R. Excelsior Mouscron for a combined fee of €485,000. Żewłakow went on helping the club reach the 2002 Belgian Cup final. After following coach Hugo Broos to RSC Anderlecht, in his second season he made his UEFA Champions League debut as Anderlecht wrested back the Belgian title from Club Brugge KV; the next season, he lost his place but regained it in 2005–06 as Anderlecht won the league again. In the summer 2006, he moved to Olympiacos on a free transfer. At the end of the 2009–10 season, Olympiacos gave him a low offer, so he preferred not to renew his contract. On 16 June 2010 Ankaragücü signed the Polish international left-back on a free transfer from Olympiakos Piraeus.
In June 2011, he joined Polish club Legia Warsaw on a one-year contract. Poland's first-choice left-back during qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Żewłakow was the only player to appear in all ten of his country's qualifying matches, he played in two games at the 2002 World Cup and was a regular in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004 and the 2006 World Cup, where he again appeared three times in the finals in Germany. Michał Żewłakow has a twin brother, who plays for GKS Bełchatów as a striker, they became the first twins to play together for Poland when they were picked in the starting lineup to face France in February 2000 and were teammates at the 2002 World Cup. RSC Anderlecht Belgian League: 2003–04, 2005–06Olympiacos FC Greek Super League: 2007, 2008, 2009 Greek Cup: 2008, 2009 Greek Super Cup: 2007Legia Warsaw Polish Ekstraklasa: 2012–13 Polish Cup: 2011–12, 2012–13 List of footballers with 100 or more caps Michał Żewłakow at 90minut.pl National team stats on the website of the Polish Football Association
Jacek Waldemar Bąk is a retired Polish footballer who played as a central defender. Other than his country, he competed professionally in France and Austria, notably appearing in more than 150 competitive games for Lyon and contributing to win the 2002 national championship. Bąk represented Poland for 15 years, appearing for the nation in two World Cups and Euro 2008. Born in Lublin, Bąk made his senior debuts with local Motor Lublin aged just 16, moving to Lech Poznań two years later. In the 1992–93 season, he contributed with 28 games to help the latter club win its third national championship in four years. Bąk signed for Olympique Lyonnais in the 1995 summer, going on to spend one full decade in the French Ligue 1 with that team and RC Lens, joining the latter in January 2002; the sides he played for during that campaign finished in second position. Bąk retired in June 2010 at the age of 37, after two years in the Qatar Stars League with Al Rayyan SC and three with Austrian Football Bundesliga's FK Austria Wien.
Bąk gained his first cap for Poland on 1 February 1993, in a 0–0 away friendly draw with Cyprus. He was picked for the squads that competed in the 2002 and the 2006 FIFA World Cups, with both tournaments ending in elimination after three matches. In November 2006, Bąk claimed he was offered €10,000 to concede a penalty in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier between Belgium and Poland in the former's favour, UEFA opened an investigation. Selected for the finals by manager Leo Beenhakker, he was left out of the final group phase clash against Croatia, retired with 96 appearances, fourth-most at the time. Jacek Bąk at 90minut.pl Jacek Bąk at L'Équipe Football Archived 7 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine Jacek Bąk – French league stats at LFP National team data Jacek Bąk at National-Football-Teams.com Jacek Bąk – FIFA competition record Jacek Bąk at Soccerway
Grzegorz Rasiak, born 12 January 1979 is a Polish former professional footballer. After starting his career in his native Poland, Rasiak moved to England with Derby County in 2004, he subsequently had a spell with Tottenham Hotspur before joining Southampton, as well as periods on loan to Bolton Wanderers and Watford, before joining Reading in August 2009. He left Reading for the Cypriot club AEL Limassol in 2010, spending a season there before returning to Poland where he remained until his retirement in 2014. From 2002 to 2007, he played for the Poland national team, earning 37 caps, scoring 8 goals and playing at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Rasiak was born in Szczecin. In the 1996 -- 97 season Rasiak joined second division side Warta Poznań. In 1998, he moved to First Division side GKS Bełchatów, before moving to Odra Wodzisław for the 2000–01 season; the next season, he moved to the club where he first achieved a level of success, Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski. In three seasons at Dyskobolia he played in 66 league matches, scoring 34 goals, forming a partnership in 2003–04 with Andrzej Niedzielan.
His time at Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski was. For three seasons playing in Grodzisk played, he worked with few attackers. In 2004, he was recruited by Italian club AC Siena, it emerged that he was unable to play for the club, as they had exceeded their limit of foreign players. Rasiak joined Championship side Derby County on 24 September 2004 for a free transfer. In his first season with the club he scored 16 goals in 35 matches, as Derby finished in fourth place, but failed to get through the play-offs. After failing to gain promotion, the club were under financial pressure and were forced by their bankers to raise cash, which led to Rasiak being sold to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for a fee said to be up to £3 million. Rasiak signed on 31 August 2005, the final day of the transfer window. On his arrival, manager Martin Jol described Rasiak as "a tall target man, a hard-working, honest player with a good goal scoring record." Rasiak's time at White Hart Lane was marred by a lack of first team opportunities.
In February 2006, Rasiak was loaned from Spurs to Championship side Southampton, where his former Derby manager George Burley was now in charge. The deal was structured as a three-month loan, before becoming permanent in early May 2006, with Rasiak joining Southampton for a fee of £2 million. In the 2006–07 season he had a strong start, scoring 17 league goals by mid-January, with a further two goals in the FA Cup; this included four braces in one in the FA Cup, all in away matches. After mid-January he lost his place in the starting eleven to fellow countryman Marek Saganowski, but finished the season as the club's top goalscorer with 21 goals. On 31 January 2008, Rasiak secured a loan move to Bolton Wanderers until the end of the season after Gary Megson decided to bolster his attacking options after the departure of Nicolas Anelka to Chelsea. Following his loan move Rasiak admitted it was not an easy decision to join Bolton Wanderers, but that he intended to be part of the Poland squad for UEFA Euro 2008.
On 9 February 2008, Rasiak made his first appearance for Bolton when he came on as a substitute for El Hadji Diouf in a defeat to Portsmouth at the Reebok Stadium. His second appearance came during the second half of Bolton's local derby against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park where he scored within a couple of minutes of his introduction from the substitutes bench, only for the linesman to rule the goal out for offside. Rasiak went on to make 7 appearance for Bolton Wanderers and Megson decided not to take him up on a permanent basis. On 15 August 2008 Rasiak signed on loan with fellow Championship side Watford until the end of the 2008–09 season, with the option of a permanent transfer, he made his debut on 16 August 2008 against Charlton Athletic, coming on as a substitute for Tamas Priskin on 65 minutes. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on 25 October 2008. In January 2009, Rasiak scored in FA Cup matches against Scunthorpe United and Crystal Palace to help set up an unexpected fifth round tie against Chelsea.
He was ruled out for a month after picking up an injury against Nottingham Forest in March, a blow to Watford as Raziak appeared to be forging an unbeatable partnership with Tamas Priskin. Both strikers got on the scoresheet in both of Watford's wins against Charlton Athletic and Nottingham Forest that took place within three days of each other in March 2009. In May 2009, Watford opened negotiations with Southampton to sign Rasiak permanently, but the clubs were unable to agree on a fee with Watford unable to afford to sign him. After making four appearances for the "Saints" in August 2009, he joined Reading on 27 August for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-year contract, he scored his first goal for Reading in a 1–1 draw with his former club Watford on 26 September 2009. He scored his second and third goals in a 3–1 win over Coventry City, scoring after 31 seconds and scoring his second of the game in the second half. However, Rasiak failed to hold down a regular first-team spot under manager Brian McDermott.
Rasiak was given a free transfer to AEL Limassol on 20 August 2010. After making 17 appearances without scoring, AEL Limassol terminated Rasiak's contract after a contractual dispute with the club. In August 2011, while training with Charlton Athletic, Rasisk scored a penalty on his first appearance, in a friendly match against Carshalton Athletic in a 2–1 defeat. However, Rasiak left Charlton following his trial when the
Poland national football team
The Poland national football team represents Poland in association football and is controlled by the Polish Football Association, the governing body for football in Poland. At the FIFA World Cup, the current best result for Poland are two bronze medals won in 1974 and 1982, with this era being regarded as the golden era of Polish international association football. At the Euros, Poland's best result is reaching the quarter-finals in 2016, in Poland's third consecutive appearance at the competition. Poland's debut at the Euros was in 2008, they were co-hosts of the 2012 edition, along with Ukraine. Overall, Poland's best result in international football tournaments as a whole was the gold medal won at the 1972 Munich Olympics, along with winning the silver medal on two occasions; the first football federation was established on 25 June 1911 in Lwów as the Polish Football Union. After I World War members of PFU established on 20 December 1919 in Warsaw the Polish Football Federation. Poland would play its first official international match on 18 December 1921 in Budapest, where the side lost to Hungary 1–0.
Their first international win would come on 28 May 1922 where they took on Sweden in Stockholm and beat them 2–1. Poland qualified for their first World Cup in 1937 when they beat Yugoslavia 4–0 and lost 1–0 in the two qualifying matches and ensured their place in the 1938 World Cup in France. During their debut in the World Cup, Poland would play Brazil in a match which would become one of the most memorable matches in World Cup history. Despite Brazil not being regarded as the world's top team in the 1930s, it was still believed to be a hard-to-beat side, having participated in two first World Cups. Under these circumstances, the Polish team – which had never before participated on such a level – was expected to lose the game against the South Americans. Thus, the defeat was not a sensation. However, all fans were surprised at the style with which the Poles played their lone game of the tournament; the white and reds got to the extra time, only losing 5–6. Ernest Wilimowski, who played for Ruch Chorzów at the time, scored four of Poland's five goals, which to date is one of the most impressive individual performances in the history of the World Cup.
Poland played what would be their last international match before the outbreak of World War II against Hungary, the runners-up in the 1938 World Cup. The match stands out as an achievement as Poland defeated the favored Hungarian side 4–2. On 11 June 1946, following the aftermath of World War II, Poland played their first international friendly match, against Norway in Oslo, a 3–1 defeat; the biggest success in the early years after the war was the victory against one of Europe's best at the time, Czechoslovakia. Poland defeated their southern neighbors 3–1. Poland suffered the worst defeat in the team's history on 26 April 1948 with a 0–8 loss to the Danish side. Poland would erase that memory as they posted their second highest victory in Szczecin when they took down Norway 9–0 on 4 September 1963; the game marked the debut for Włodzimierz Lubański. He scored one of the goals in the game. Lubański became the all-time top scorer for Poland while playing from 1963 to 1980 scoring 48 goals in 75 appearances.
This victory was surpassed on 1 April 2009 in Kielce when Poland defeated San Marino 10–0. On 1 December 1970, Polish football history would change forever all due to one man. Kazimierz Górski was named head coach of the national team, his success with the team was evident from the start with a gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics. Górski would lead the team to another medal at the 1976 Olympics where they captured silver. However, nothing matched the two bronze medals at the 1982 World Cups. Poland being unknown on the international football scene before 1974 shook up the football world during the World Cup in Germany. However, this was no huge surprise as the core of the team achieved a gold medal place in the Munich Olympics in 1972; the Olympics were not considered a major tournament by most Western nations, but Eastern European countries bypassed the amateur rules by fielding their full national teams, as most players had employment with national industries or within the army. With their lightning speed and incredible team chemistry they were unstoppable.
In qualifying they surprised everyone by eliminating England, quarter-finalists in 1970 and Champions in 1966. In their opening match of Germany'74 Poland met Argentina, a team, appearing in their 6th World Cup. Within eight minutes Poland were up 2–0, Grzegorz Lato opened the scoring in the seventh minute and just a minute Andrzej Szarmach doubled the lead. In the 60th minute, Argentina cut the lead in half. Two minutes however, Lato scored his second, which turned out to be the winning goal as Carlos Babington gave Argentina their second in the 66th; the match finished 3–2 for Poland. Poland thrashed Haiti 7–0 in their second game; the goals included a hat-trick from two from Lato. In their final match of the first stage, Poland met Italy, who finished second at the previous World Cup in 1970. Poland were through to the Second Round but needed at least a draw to win the group. At half-time, Poland was leading 2 -- 0 on goals from Kazimierz Deyna, it was not until the 86th minute. This gave Poland their third consecutive win.
In the second round, Poland first won 1–0 against a Swedish side, which had not conceded any goals in their first three matches
Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. The metropolis stands on the Vistula River in east-central Poland and its population is estimated at 1.770 million residents within a greater metropolitan area of 3.1 million residents, which makes Warsaw the 8th most-populous capital city in the European Union. The city limits cover 516.9 square kilometres, while the metropolitan area covers 6,100.43 square kilometres. Warsaw is an alpha global city, a major international tourist destination, a significant cultural and economic hub, its historical Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once described as the'Paris of the North', Warsaw was believed to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world until World War II. Bombed at the start of the German invasion in 1939, the city withstood a siege for which it was awarded Poland's highest military decoration for heroism, the Virtuti Militari. Deportations of the Jewish population to concentration camps led to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943 and the destruction of the Ghetto after a month of combat.
A general Warsaw Uprising between August and October 1944 led to greater devastation and systematic razing by the Germans in advance of the Vistula–Oder Offensive. Warsaw gained the new title of Phoenix City because of its extensive history and complete reconstruction after World War II, which had left over 85% of its buildings in ruins. Warsaw is one of Europe's most dynamic metropolitan cities. In 2012 the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Warsaw as the 32nd most liveable city in the world. In 2017 the city came 4th in the "Business-friendly" category and 8th in "Human capital and life style", it was ranked as one of the most liveable cities in Central and Eastern Europe. The city is a significant centre of research and development, Business process outsourcing, Information technology outsourcing, as well as of the Polish media industry; the Warsaw Stock Exchange is most important in Central and Eastern Europe. Frontex, the European Union agency for external border security as well as ODIHR, one of the principal institutions of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have their headquarters in Warsaw.
Together with Frankfurt and Paris, Warsaw is one of the cities with the highest number of skyscrapers in the European Union. The city is the seat of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Warsaw, the Warsaw Polytechnic, the National Museum, the Great Theatre—National Opera, the largest of its kind in the world, the Zachęta National Gallery of Art; the picturesque Old Town of Warsaw, which represents examples of nearly every European architectural style and historical period, was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980. Other main architectural attractions include the Castle Square with the Royal Castle and the iconic King Sigismund's Column, the Wilanów Palace, the Łazienki Palace, St. John's Cathedral, Main Market Square, palaces and mansions all displaying a richness of colour and detail. Warsaw is positioning itself as Central and Eastern Europe’s chic cultural capital with thriving art and club scenes and serious restaurants, with around a quarter of the city's area occupied by parks.
Warsaw's name in the Polish language is Warszawa. Other previous spellings of the name may have included Werszewa. According to some sources, the origin of the name is unknown. In Pre-Slavic toponomastic layer of Northern Mazovia: corrections and addenda, it is stated that the toponymy of northern Mazovia tends to have unclear etymology. Warszawa was the name of a fishing village. According to one theory Warszawa means "belonging to Warsz", Warsz being a shortened form of the masculine name of Slavic origin Warcisław; however the ending -awa is unusual for a big city. Folk etymology attributes the city name to a fisherman and his wife, Sawa. According to legend, Sawa was a mermaid living in the Vistula River. In actuality, Warsz was a 12th/13th-century nobleman who owned a village located at the modern-day site of the Mariensztat neighbourhood. See the Vršovci family which had escaped to Poland; the official city name in full is miasto stołeczne Warszawa. A native or resident of Warsaw is known as a Varsovian – in Polish warszawiak, warszawianka and warszawianie.
Other names for Warsaw include Varsovia and Varsóvia, Varsavia, Warschau, װאַרשע /Varshe, Varšuva, Varsó and Varšava The first fortified settlements on the site of today's Warsaw were located in Bródno and Jazdów. After Jazdów was raided by nearby clans and dukes, a new similar settlement was established on the site of a small fishing village called Warszowa; the Prince of Płock, Bolesław II of Masovia, established this settlement, the modern-day Warsaw, in about 1300. In the beginning of the 14th century it became one of the seats of the Dukes of Masovia, becoming the official capital of the Masovian Duchy in 1413. 14th-century Warsaw's economy rested on crafts and trade. Upon the extinction of the local ducal line, the duchy was reincorporated into the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland in 1526. In 1529, Warsaw for the first time became the seat of th
Maciej Żurawski is a retired Polish footballer who played as a striker. Żurawski appeared 72 times and scored 17 goals for Poland, representing them at two World Cups and Euro 2008. He scored 121 goals in the Polish Ekstraklasa and was the top league goalscorer twice, he played in Scotland and Cyprus. Born in Poznań, Poland, Żurawski made his debut for Wisła Kraków in Ekstraklasa on 2 November 1999 in a match against ŁKS Łódź. On 4 March 2000 he scored his first goal for Wisla in the Ekstraklasa in a match against Odra Wodzisław, he won the Ekstraklasa championship in 2000–01 season with Wisła Kraków. In 2001 -- 02 season, Żurawski scored 21 goals in 27 was the Ekstraklasa Top Goalscorer. In 2002–03 season Żurawski played well in UEFA Cup, where he scored 10 goals in 10 matches, including 7 goals in matches against Parma F. C. FC Schalke 04 and S. S. Lazio; when Kamil Kosowski left Wisła Kraków, Żurawski has been chosen new Wisła Kraków captain. In 2003–04 season Żurawski scored 20 goals in 26 matches and led Wisła Kraków to achieve the Ekstraklasa title.
He was the Ekstraklasa Top Goalscorer in 2003–04 season. In 2004–05 he won his fourth Ekstraklasa title with Wisła Kraków. In this season he scored, he joined Scottish Premier League side Celtic from Wisła Kraków in July 2005 and signed a three-year contract. He inherited the number 7 shirt from Juninho Paulista, was nicknamed "Magic Żurawski" by the fans. On 19 February 2006, Żurawski scored four goals as Celtic set a new SPL record by beating Dunfermline Athletic 8–1 at East End Park. Żurawski was subsequently voted the SPL Player of the Month for February. Zurawski finished Celtic's joint top scorer in the 2005–06 season along with John Hartson with 20 goals each. For the 2006–07 season, Celtic signed strikers Kenny Miller and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink as replacements for Hartson and Dion Dublin. Żurawski formed decent strike partnerships with both players. Having made a good start to the season, notching up 10 goals by January 2007, Żurawski suffered an injury that kept him out for most of the season and scored no further goals during the campaign.
Chris Killen and Scott McDonald were signed before the start of season 2007–08. Żurawski started Celtic's opening day clash with Kilmarnock at Celtic Park, but fell down the pecking order after McDonald returned from suspension and Killen came back from injury. The only other impact Żurawski made during the season was scoring the winning penalty in a Champions League penalty shootout against FC Spartak Moskow, his time at Celtic was over after the signing of Georgios Samaras. On the deadline day of the 2008 winter transfer window he was signed by the Greek side A. E. Larissa for £500,000, he scored a goal in his Greek league debut, the only goal of the game to defeat AEK Athens F. C. 1–0. Żurawski was Larissa's top scorer for 2008–09 season with 9 goals. On 2 June 2009, it was announced that Żurawski had signed for Cypriot League runners-up Omonia Nicosia, he helped the team to return to titles after five years. He was released in May 2010. On 30 June 2010, Żurawski returned to Wisła Kraków on a one-year deal.
In the 2010–11 season he won his fifth Ekstraklasa title with Wisła. Żurawski was selected in the 23-man Polish squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals in South Korea & Japan. He played in all three of the team's games and missed a penalty in the match against the United States, although Poland won 3–1, he was selected in the 23-man Polish squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany. His side finished third in the group and were eliminated at the first hurdle, losing to hosts Germany and a determined Ecuador before defeating Costa Rica. Zurawski did. Zurawski was named as Captain in Poland's Euro 2008 squad, starting their first game against Germany on 8 June but got injured and was substituted at half time; this injury meant that he would miss the rest of the tournament and the captaincy was given to Jacek Bąk and Michał Żewłakow for the second and third group stage matches. Club Wisła KrakówEkstraklasa: 2000-01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2010–11 Polish Cup: 2001–02, 2002–03 Ekstraklasa Cup: 2000–01 Polish SuperCup: 2001CelticScottish Premier League: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08 Scottish Cup: 2006–07 Scottish League Cup: 2005–06OmoniaCypriot Championship: 2009–10 Ekstraklasa Top Goalscorer: 2001–02, 2003–04 Polish Footballer of the Year: 2002 Football Oscar "Footballer of the Year": 2002 Ekstraklasa Footballer of the Year: 2001, 2002 Ekstraklasa Striker of the Year: 2003 SPL Player of the Month: February 2006 Maciej Żurawski at Soccerbase Maciej Żurawski at 90minut.pl National team stats on pzpn.pl
Ruda Śląska is a city in Silesia in southern Poland, near Katowice. It is a district in the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union, a metropolis with a population of 2 million, it is located on the Kłodnica river. It has been part of the Silesian Voivodeship since its formation in 1999, it was in Katowice Voivodeship, before part of the Autonomous Silesian Voivodeship. Ruda Śląska is one of the cities in the Katowice urban area and within the greater Silesian metropolitan area; the population of the city is 143,583. A large village is known to have existed at the location of the present day city center in 1243; the city name appears to indicate the awareness and exploitation of ores from early times. The area underwent rapid industrialization in the beginning of 20th century. However, it remained a cluster of industrial settlements and villages until the 1950s, when it was administratively united. However, it never developed into a unified city. After the fall of communism in 1989, the significant heavy industry was scaled down or restructured.
The area has been transforming to a service-based economy. The well-known still operating coal mine is "Halemba". Since 2007, Ruda Śląska has been a member of the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union, the largest recognized urban area in Poland. Significant roadways are the Drogowa Trasa Średnicowa. There are several small railway stations on the line Katowice-Gliwice. Since 1950, Ruda Śląska is the site of a transmission facility, used from 1950 to 1988 for medium-wave radio broadcasting; the neighboring cities of Katowice and Gliwice are large academic centers. Ruda Śląska is a seat of the Higher Academy of Commerce. Zgoda Ruda Śląska - women's handball team playing in Polish Ekstraklasa Women's Handball League: Polish Cup winner 2004. Rugby Club IGLOO Ruda Śląska – men's rugby team playing in Polish Ekstraliga Rugby Seven's The city of Ruda Śląska is divided into the following subdivisions: Marcin Baszczynski Günter Bialas, composer Paweł Cyganek Wenanty Fuhl Karl Godulla Otylia Jędrzejczak - Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder in swimming Kasia Moś - represented Poland At the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Ernest Pohl Artur Sobiech Erwin WilczekRuda Śląska is the largest population center in Poland never to have been visited by Lech Wałęsa.
This is shown on a brass plaque on the side of the ratusz. Ruda Śląska is twinned with: Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland