Kazimierz Górski

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Kazimierz Górski
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Full nameKazimierz Klaudiusz Górski
Date of birth(1921-03-02)2 March 1921
Place of birth Lwów, Poland
Date of death 23 May 2006(2006-05-23) (aged 85)
Place of death Warsaw, Poland
Playing position(s) Striker, Manager
Senior career*
1936–1939 RKS Lwów
1940–1941 Spartak Lviv
1944 Dynamo Lviv
1945–1953 Legia Warsaw
National team
1948 Poland 1 (0)
Teams managed
1959 Legia Warsaw
1960–1962 Legia Warsaw
1963–1964 KS Lublinianka
1964–1966 Gwardia Warszawa
1971–1976 Poland
1973 ŁKS Łódź
1976–1977 Panathinaikos
1980–1981 Olympiacos
1981–1982 Legia Warsaw
1983 Olympiacos
1983–1985 Ethnikos Piraeus
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Copy of K. Gorski medal and autograph in Sports Star Avenue in Dziwnow Kazimierz Gorski medal & autograph.jpg
Copy of K. Górski medal and autograph in Sports Star Avenue in Dziwnów

Kazimierz Klaudiusz Górski (2 March 1921 – 23 May 2006) was a coach of Poland national football team and honorary president of Polish Football Union (Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej, PZPN). He was also a football player, capped once for Poland.



Playing career

He was born in Lwów, now Lviv, Ukraine. He played as a forward in several Polish football teams: RKS Lwów, Spartak Lviv, FC Dynamo Lviv, Legia Warsaw and his football nickname was "Sarenka" ("Roe-deer"). His successful career was interrupted by World War II and it took until 1948 before he participated in his only international match, a game between Poland and Denmark (0–8). [1]

Team coach in Poland

He graduated in football training from the Higher School of Physical Education in Kraków (Wyższa Szkoła Wychowania Fizycznego, today the Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego w Krakowie) and the Physical Education Academy in Wrocław (Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego we Wrocławiu) in 1980. He was the coach of Legia Warsaw (3 times), Marymont Warszawa (his first independent training job started there in 1954), Gwardia Warszawa, Lublinianka Lublin, and ŁKS Łódź.

Polish national team coach 1970–1976

He started as the coach of the Polish national junior team from 1956 to 1966, then the Polish U-23 national team from 1966 to 1970, and finally the first Poland national football team from 1970 to 1976. His first international match with the team was held on 5 May 1971 in Lausanne against Switzerland. His major successes were winning the gold medal in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich; the silver medal (for 3rd place) in the 1974 World Cup held in Germany; and another silver medal for 2nd place in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal (the second of Poland's three Olympic medals in football). Kazimierz Górski was the coach of the Polish national team for 73 matches (with 45 wins).

Poland qualified for the 1974 World Cup by defeating 1966 World Cup winners England at home and holding them to a draw at Wembley. [2]

Team coach in Greece

After resigning his position with the Polish national team, he went to Greece and was a successful coach with Panathinaikos Athens, Kastoria FC, Olympiakos Piraeus and Ethnikos Piraeus.

PZPN activist

From 1976 Kazimierz Górski was an honorary member of the Polish Football Union (Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej, PZPN).

When he retired from coaching, he became an activist for PZPN in 1986. From 1987 he was a vice-president and from 1991 to 1995 was the president of PZPN. From 3 July 1995 he was the honorary president of PZPN.

He died from cancer following a long illness on 23 May 2006, aged 85, in Warsaw.

Awards and recognition

The bronze statue of Kazimierz Gorski outside the National Stadium in Warsaw, unveiled in 2015 Statue of Kazimierz Gorski.jpg
The bronze statue of Kazimierz Górski outside the National Stadium in Warsaw, unveiled in 2015


Other recognition

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  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Bevan, Chris (14 October 2013). "England v Poland 1973: When Clough's 'clown' stopped England". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jerzy Domański
President of Polish Football Association
25 March 1991 – 3 July 1995
Succeeded by
Marian Dziurowicz