Kazimierz Deyna

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Kazimierz Deyna
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Personal information
Full nameKazimierz Deyna
Date of birth(1947-10-23)23 October 1947
Place of birthStarogard Gdański, Poland
Date of death1 September 1989(1989-09-01) (aged 41)
Place of deathSan Diego, United States
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionAttacking Midfielder
Youth career
1958–1966Włókniarz Starogard Gdański
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1966ŁKS Łódź1(0)
1966–1978Legia Warsaw304(93)
1978–1981Manchester City38(12)
1981–1984San Diego Sockers90(44)
1981–1987San Diego Sockers (indoor)169(118)
Total436(149)
National team
1968–1978Poland97(41)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
 
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Kazimierz Deyna
Kazimierz Deyna.jpg
Personal information
Full nameKazimierz Deyna
Date of birth(1947-10-23)23 October 1947
Place of birthStarogard Gdański, Poland
Date of death1 September 1989(1989-09-01) (aged 41)
Place of deathSan Diego, United States
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionAttacking Midfielder
Youth career
1958–1966Włókniarz Starogard Gdański
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1966ŁKS Łódź1(0)
1966–1978Legia Warsaw304(93)
1978–1981Manchester City38(12)
1981–1984San Diego Sockers90(44)
1981–1987San Diego Sockers (indoor)169(118)
Total436(149)
National team
1968–1978Poland97(41)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kazimierz Deyna (23 October 1947 – 1 September 1989)[1] About this sound pronunciation  was a Polish footballer, who played as an offensive midfielder in the playmaker role and was one of the most highly regarded players of his generation.

Deyna was born in Starogard Gdański to Franciszek (1911–1976) – a dairy worker, and Jadwiga (1917–1981)[2] – a housewife. He had six sisters and two brothers – Henryk and Franciszek, who also were footballers; Henryk played for Włókniarz Starogard Gdański, while Franciszek was a Starogardzki KS player.[3]

Career[edit]

Deyna began playing youth football in 1958 with the local Włókniarz Starogard Gdański. In 1966 he made one appearance for ŁKS Łódź (on 8 October in a 0–0 draw against Górnik Zabrze).[4] But he was quickly snapped by Legia Warsaw. In communist Poland each team had its own "sponsor". Warsaw club was much more powerful as it was a military club. Moreover it was a favourite club of the authorities. Talented player was called up into the army and in this way he had to play for Legia Warsaw. His career really got on well there, and yet in next season he was playing regularly. In 1969 and 1970 his team won the Polish Championship.[5] Since his performances at the 1974 World Cup, teams like Saint-Etienne, AC Milan, Inter Milan, AS Monaco, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich tried to acquire his services but he was unable to join because of the communist regime in Poland. Real Madrid was so determined to buy Deyna, that they sent a shirt to Warsaw with his name and number "14".

National team[edit]

On 24 April 1968, he also played for the national team of Poland for the first time in a match against Turkey in Chorzów. Together with his team he won the gold medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich,[6] and the bronze in Football World Cup 1974, after a match against Brazil.[7] In 1972 he was also the Top Goalscorer of the Olympic Games, with a total of nine goals.[8] In 1976 Summer Olympics his team yet again reached the finals and won the silver medal.[6] Additionally, he was ranked third in the European Footballer of the Year for 1974, behind Johann Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer respectively.

Deyna played for Poland on 97 (84 after the deduction of Olympic Football Tournament competition games[9]) occasions, scoring 41 goals, and often captained the side. He had the ability to score from unusual positions, e.g. directly from a corner. Thanks to his skills, he was chosen several times the Football Player of the Year by Polish fans. In 1978 he captained Poland at the Football World Cup in Argentina, where the team reached the second phase.

Manchester City[edit]

Soon afterwards Deyna was transferred to English club Manchester City F.C., making his debut in November 1978,[10] and being one of the first wave of overseas players to play in the English league.[11] His time in England was marred by a series of injuries, and he left in January 1981, shortly after a change in team manager, having made only 43 appearances in all competitions. However, he was regarded as an exceptionally gifted playmaker and became a cult figure with City fans.[11] Deyna scored thirteen goals in his time with the club. Furthermore, his seven goals in the last eight games of 1978/79 season were crucial for Manchester City avoiding relegation.

San Diego Sockers[edit]

He appeared in the 1981 film Escape to Victory as Paul Wolcheck.[1] In the same year, he emigrated to the USA, where he signed with the San Diego Sockers of the North American Soccer League in January 1981. During the next seven years, he played four NASL outdoor seasons, one NASL indoor season and five Major Indoor Soccer League seasons with the Sockers, winning five championships. The Sockers released him in June 1987.[12] He was a 1983 NASL Second Team All Star.[13]

He died in a car accident in San Diego, California, aged 41. In 1994 he was chosen by the Polish Football Association (PZPN) and the readers of all Polish sports-related newspapers as the Polish Football Player of All Time. His number 10 is retired by Legia Warsaw. In June 2012 Kazimierz Deyna was buried in Warsaw's Powązki Military Cemetery.

Career statistics[edit]

The jersey that Deyna wore during his run on San Diego Sockers.
Kazimierz Deyna monument in Łazienkowska street
Exhibition dedicated to Kazimierz Deyna at Legia Warsaw Museum
Kazimierz Deyna tomb in Powązki Military Cemetery

[14][15]

Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
PolandLeaguePolish CupLeague CupEuropeTotal
1966–67ŁKS ŁódźEkstraklasa10
1966–67Legia WarsawEkstraklasa12611-00137
1967–6823620-442910
1968–69261265-623819
1969–7023543-833511
1970–7123344-61338
1971–72261068-403618
1972–7325874-333515
1973–7427832-523512
1974–7526500-20285
1975–76261121---2812
1976–7728940-223411
1977–7828941---3310
1978–7911221---133
EnglandLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeTotal
1978–79Manchester CityFirst Division136201011177
1979–802260010--236
1980–81300000--30
USALeagueOpen CupLeague CupNorth AmericaTotal
1981San Diego SockersNorth American Soccer League3915
19822611
19831815
1984238
TotalPoland30593
England3812
USA10649
Career total449159

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International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Poland's goal tally first:
#DateVenueOpponentResultCompetition
120 April 1969Kraków, Poland Luxembourg8–0FIFA World Cup 1970 qualifying
220 April 1969Kraków, Poland Luxembourg8–0FIFA World Cup 1970 qualifying
315 June 1969Sofia, Bulgaria Bulgaria1–4FIFA World Cup 1970 qualifying
427 August 1969Lodz, Poland Norway6–1Friendly
512 October 1969Luxembourg, Luxembourg Luxembourg5–1FIFA World Cup 1970 qualifying
612 October 1969Luxembourg, Luxembourg Luxembourg5–1FIFA World Cup 1970 qualifying
79 November 1969Warsaw, Poland Bulgaria3–0FIFA World Cup 1970 qualifying
816 May 1970Kraków, Poland East Germany1–1Friendly
92 September 1970Warsaw, Poland Denmark5–0Friendly
105 May 1971Lausanne, Switzerland  Switzerland4–2Friendly
1130 August 1972Regensburg, West Germany Ghana4–01972 Summer Olympics
123 September 1972Regensburg, West Germany Denmark1–11972 Summer Olympics
135 September 1972Augsburg, West Germany Soviet Union2–11972 Summer Olympics
148 September 1972Nürnberg, West Germany Morocco5–01972 Summer Olympics
158 September 1972Nürnberg, West Germany Morocco5–01972 Summer Olympics
1610 September 1972Munich, West Germany Hungary2–11972 Summer Olympics
1710 September 1972Munich, West Germany Hungary2–11972 Summer Olympics
1815 October 1972Bydgoszcz, Poland Czechoslovakia3–0Friendly
1915 October 1972Bydgoszcz, Poland Czechoslovakia3–0Friendly
2010 October 1973Rotterdam, Netherlands Netherlands1–1Friendly
2117 April 1974Liège, Belgium Belgium1–1Friendly
2219 June 1974Munich, West Germany Haiti7–01974 FIFA World Cup
2323 June 1974Stuttgart, West Germany Italy2–11974 FIFA World Cup
2430 June 1974Frankfurt, West Germany Yugoslavia2–11974 FIFA World Cup
2526 March 1975Poznan, Poland United States7–0Friendly
2626 March 1975Poznan, Poland United States7–0Friendly
2726 March 1975Poznan, Poland United States7–0Friendly
286 July 1975Montreal, Canada Canada8–1Friendly
296 July 1975Montreal, Canada Canada8–1Friendly
309 July 1975Toronto, Canada Canada4–1Friendly
3122 July 1976Montreal, Canada Iran3–21976 Summer Olympics
3231 October 1976Warsaw, Poland Cyprus8–0FIFA World Cup 1978 qualifying
3331 October 1976Warsaw, Poland Cyprus8–0FIFA World Cup 1978 qualifying
3410 July 1977Lima, Peru Peru3–1Friendly
3521 September 1977Chorzów, Poland Denmark4–1FIFA World Cup 1978 qualifying
3629 October 1977Chorzów, Poland Portugal1–1FIFA World Cup 1978 qualifying
3712 November 1977Wroclaw, Poland Sweden2–1Friendly
385 April 1978Poznan, Poland Greece5–2Friendly
395 April 1978Poznan, Poland Greece5–2Friendly
4012 April 1978Lodz, Poland Republic of Ireland3–0Friendly
4110 June 1978Rosario, Argentina Mexico3–11978 FIFA World Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kazimierz Deyna". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Kazimierz Deyna" (in Polish). 20 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kazimierz Deyna – Legenda, która trwa" (in Polish). kazimierdzeyna.pl. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Kariera" (in Polish). deyna.info. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Legia Warszawa". polishsoccer.net. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Kazimierz Deyna". DatabaseOlympics. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "1974 FIFA World Cup Germany". FIFA.com. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "Munich, 1972". FIFA.com. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "France '98 and USA '99 influence the Century Clubs". FIFA.com. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Kazimierz Deyna". sporting-heroes.net. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  11. ^ a b Ric Turner (25 February 2009). "The 50 greatest Manchester City players". The Times. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  12. ^ Sockers set free Deyna , 4 others The San Diego Union (CA) – Friday, 12 June 1987
  13. ^ NASL All Star Teams
  14. ^ http://www.level-k.com/player/K_Deyna.htm
  15. ^ http://www.legia.net/historia/index.php?s=zawodnik&id=81
  16. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/deyna-intlg.html

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