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Krzysztof Warzycha

Krzysztof Warzycha

Polish footballer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Polish footballer
Countries Poland
Occupations Association football player
Gender male
Birth 17 November 1964 (Katowice)
The details
Biography

Krzysztof "Kristof" Warzycha (Polish pronunciation: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf vaˈʐɨxa]; Greek: Κριστόφ Βαζέχα) (born November 17, 1964 in Katowice) is a former Polish professional footballer. For the majority of his career he played for Greek club Panathinaikos.

Club career

KS Ruch Chorzów

Krzysztof Warzycha played for the Polish team KS Ruch Chorzów, won the Polish Championship in 1989 and was the top scorer in the Polish premier league the same year.

Panathinaikos

Krzysztof Warzycha joined Panathinaikos in December 1989, and won 5 Greek championships (1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2004), 5 Greek cups (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2004), 2 Greek super cups 1993, 1994, while he was the highest scorer of the Greek championship 3 times (1994, 1995, 1998).

He is Panathinaikos' all-time leading goalscorer and an idol for the club. Warzycha is considered by many to be one of the best foreign players who have played in Greece. He was one of two Poles in the title-winning side of 1995, with fellow countryman Józef Wandzik keeping over a dozen clean sheets (shutouts) during the season.

The most iconic goal

On April 3, 1996, Warzycha scored probably the most important goal of his career (according to a late interview), against Ajax Amsterdam in Amsterdam Olympic Stadium [1] and gave Ajax their first home defeat in four years, in their last home match before the demolition of the stadium.

First goal scorer

At the end of the 2000/01 season, Warzycha had scored an incredible 235 goals in 352 matches and had been the Greek Alpha Ethniki premier league's top scorer in three different years in the 90s (1994, 1995 and 1998 seasons). His appearances in the UEFA Champions League have been no less impressive – he scored six goals in Panathinaikos' nine games on the way to the semi-finals of the 1995/96 competition. With eight goals scored in all UEFA Champions League games, Warzycha remained the best scorer of Polish nationality in this competition until the 2012-13 season, when Robert Lewandowski scored 10 times for Dortmund in Dortmund´s surprise run to the Champions League final.

On the 29th of April, 2001 during the match with Ionikos FC, Krzysztof Warzycha scored the 233rd goal of his career in Greece, climbing to second place on the list of all-time goal scorers, tied with Mimis Papaioannou. Warzycha later scored his 234th goal and become sole occupant of this spot.

He was granted Greek citizenship in 1998. He retired in 2004.

Managing career

After Panathinaikos head coach Henk Ten Cate was let go on December 8, 2009, Warzycha was appointed as assistant coach alongside Nikos Nioplias.

On 1 March 2012, Krzysztof was appointed as the head coach of Delta Ethniki side Egaleo, with this being his first venture into management.

In 2012, Krzysztof Warzycha was the head coach of Fokikos F.C.

International career

He played 50 times for Poland, scoring 9 goals. He played the last game for the Polish national team in April 1997 against Italy in Napoli (3–0 loss).

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 October 1988 Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, Poland  Albania
1–0
1–0
1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 7 February 1989 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica  Costa Rica
0–1
2–4
International Friendly
3. 7 February 1989 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica  Costa Rica
0–3
2–4
International Friendly
4. 12 February 1989 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala  Guatemala
0–1
0–1
International Friendly
5. 19 May 1992 Stadion Lehen, Salzburg, Austria  Austria
1–3
2–4
International Friendly
6. 27 May 1992 City Stadium, Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland  Czechoslovakia
1–0
1–0
International Friendly
7. 19 May 1993 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino
0–3
0–3
1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 27 August 1996 Stadion GKS, Bełchatów, Poland  Cyprus
1–0
2–2
International Friendly
9. 10 November 1996 Stadion GKS Katowice, Katowice, Poland  Moldova
2–0
2–1
1998 FIFA World Cup qualification

Statistics

Club

Panathinaikos
Season Apps Goals
1989–90 21 14
1990–91 33 18
1991–92 25 12
1992–93 37 36
1993–94 35 26
1994–95 37 32
1995–96 43 25
1996–97 44 25
1997–98 36 19
1998–99 38 10
1999–00 48 19
2000–01 22 9
2001–02 34 8
2002–03 21 13
2003–04 9 0
Total in Greece 503 288

Last updated: 2015-01-27
Source: Krzysztof Warzycha at National-Football-Teams.com

Later life

He ran in the Greek local elections, 2014 with a New Democracy backed combination for the municipality of Athens. Former player was also an ANEL candidate to parliament in January 2015 legislative elections, but without success.

Awards

Warzycha's goalscoring ability made him famous throughout Europe during his career. In 2001 the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) awarded him the Third Prize for the most active goalscorer.

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