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 34)
Place of birth Kielce, Poland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Wisła Kraków
Number 23
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 132 (52)
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 22 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 January 2014

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

Club career

Early career

Paweł Brożek was born in Kielce. In 1992 he 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

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] In 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. In December 2004 he was invited for a trial together with his twin brother Piotr by West Ham United.[6]

In 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

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

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

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

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

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

Scores and results list Poland's goal tally first.[39]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 April 2005 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Mexico
1–1
1–1
Friendly
2. 11 October 2008 Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, Poland  Czech Republic
1–0
2–1
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 7 February 2009 Complexo Desportivo de VRSA, Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal  Lithuania
1–0
1–1
Friendly
4. 10 December 2010 Mardan Sports Complex Antalya, Turkey  Bosnia and Herzegovina
1–0
2–2
Friendly
5.
2–1
6. 5 June 2011 Pepsi Arena, Warsaw, Poland  Argentina
2–1
2–1
Friendly
7. 2 September 2011 Pepsi Arena, Warsaw, Poland  Mexico
1–0
1–1
Friendly
8. 15 November 2011 Miejski Stadion Sportowy "KSZO", Poznań, Poland  Hungary
1–0
2–1
Friendly
9. 20 January 2014 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Moldova
1–0
1–0
Friendly

Personal life

His twin brother, Piotr, is also a footballer.[40]

Career statistics

As of 22 May 2016.[41][42]
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
2000–01 8 1 1 0 0 0 9 1
2001–02 3 0 3 1 0 0 6 1
ŁKS Łódź (loan) 2001–02 I Liga 8 0 8 0
Wisła Kraków 2002–03 Ekstraklasa 5 0 3 2 1 1 9 3
2003–04 8 2 0 0 2 0 10 2
GKS Katowice (loan) 2003–04 Ekstraklasa 8 3 2 0 10 3
2004–05 12 2 4 1 16 3
Total GKS Katowice 20 5 6 1 26 6
Wisła Kraków 2004–05 Ekstraklasa 9 0 5 2 14 2
2005–06 30 13 4 2 4 1 38 16
2006–07 23 7 8 4 6 4 37 15
2007–08 27 23 8 3 35 26
2008–09 27 19 3 2 6 3 36 24
2009–10 25 10 4 0 2 0 31 10
2010–11 13 6 1 1 4 3 18 10
Trabzonspor 2010–11 Süper Lig 12 2 1 0 13 2
2011–12 7 1 0 0 4 0 11 1
Total Trabzonspor 19 3 1 0 4 0 24 3
Celtic (loan) 2011–12 SPL 3 0 0 0 3 0
Recreativo Huelva 2012–13 Segunda División 18 2 1 0 19 2
Wisła Kraków 2013–14 Ekstraklasa 33 17 2 1 35 18
2014–15 35 15 0 0 35 15
2015–16 29 14 1 0 30 14
Total Wisła Kraków 275 127 46 18 25 12 346 157
Career Total

343!!137!!54!!19!!29!!12!!426!!168

International

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

Brożek playing for Wisła Kraków

Club

Wisła Kraków U-19
Wisła Kraków

International

Poland

Individual

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