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Zbigniew Boniek

Zbigniew Boniek photography by Andrzej Iwańczuk/Reporter

Zbigniew Boniek was born on 3rd March 1956 in Bydgoszcz.

He began his football career at the Zawisza Bydgoszcz club. After that he played with Widzew Łódź. With Boniek the team won the Polish Football Championships twice. He was also the captain of the Polish national team.

Due to great successes at the Polish Cup, the World Cup and excellent technique, in 1982 Boniek joined Juventus Turin and emigrated to Italy. With Juventus he won the Europe Cup and the Intercontinental Cup. In 1985 he was transferred to AC Roma. He was chosen the best athlete in many plebiscites. After retirement as a footballer he worked as a coach.

In 2002 he was the selector of the Polish national team. According to a ranking made by FIFA he is one of the top 100 footballers in the history of world football.
For his efforts he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Today Zbigniew Boniek lives in Warsaw and since 2012 he has been the chairman of the Polish Football Association.

Emigration experiences of Zbigniew Boniek
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