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KRZYNOWEK Jacek

02 June, 2006

KRZYNOWEK Jacek from Poland.With his speed, skill and ultra-powerful left-foot, the Polish midfielder wants to make the whole world sit up and take notice this summer.

Name: KRZYNOWEK Jacek

Date of birth:  15 May 1976

Height:  180 cm

Weight:  73 kg

Position:  Midfielder

Current Club:  Bayer Leverkusen (GER)

Int'l Goals:   9 (as of 31-May-2006)

Int'l Caps:  57 (as of 31-May-2006)

First Int'l Cap:  Slovakia v. Poland (10-Nov-1998)

Detail: Despite the fact that he has already made a name for himself both in the Bundesliga and on the European stage, Jacek Krzynowek wants to go one step further at the 2006 FIFA World Cup GermanyTM. With his speed, skill and ultra-powerful left-foot, the Polish midfielder wants to make the whole world sit up and take notice this summer.

Krzynowek spent the early part of his career playing for Polish clubs Chrzanowice, Radomsko, Czestochowa and Bełchatow before moving to Germany at the start of the 1999/2000 season to join Nuremberg. After proving he was up to the rigours of the Bundesliga, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen in 2004, where the fans soon warmed to him thanks to a string of good performances both domestically and in the UEFA Champions League, where he was particularly impressive against Real Madrid and Roma.

Krzynowek made his international debut against Slovakia in November 1998, and was an established member of the squad by the time the 2002 FIFA World Cup came around. He played in all three of Poland’s group matches and was one of the few Polish players to acquit themselves well, setting up a goal against USA in a man-of-the-match performance.

Injury setback

After the FIFA World Cup, the midfielder’s career took a step back when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury at the start of the 2002/03 season which kept him out of action for a number of months. He soon regained his old form, however, and was a lynchpin of the Nuremberg team which won the second division title the following season. His 12 goals were a personal best, and he was voted Polish Footballer of the Year in both 2003 and 2004.

Krzynowek was dogged by injuries during the 2006 qualifying campaign, but still played a decisive role in Poland’s excellent record of eight wins in ten games, which saw them finish behind England but qualify directly for the finals as one of the best runners-up. He also got his name on the scoresheet during the 8-0 rout of Azerbaijan.

The midfielder is looking to make even more of a mark at this summer’s tournament than he did four years ago in Asia. “The World Cup in Germany is a dream come true for me. Lots of Polish people live here since our countries are neighbouring,” he smiles in anticipation of the vociferous support the team will enjoy during the tournament. Should Krzynowek be on top form, the fans should have a lot to shout about.


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