Tomasz Hajto

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Tomasz Hajto
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Personal information
Full nameTomasz Hajto
Date of birth (1972-10-16) 16 October 1972 (age 48)
Place of birth Maków Podhalański, Poland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Halniak Maków Podhalański
Góral Żywiec
Senior career*
1990–1993 Hutnik Kraków 33 (2)
1993–1997 Górnik Zabrze 105 (8)
1997–2000 MSV Duisburg 80 (8)
2000–2004 Schalke 04 104 (6)
2004–2005 1. FC Nürnberg 17 (0)
2005–2006 Southampton 20 (0)
2006 Derby County 5 (0)
2006–2007 ŁKS Łódź 27 (1)
2007–2008 Górnik Zabrze 15 (1)
2009–2010 ŁKS Łódź 33 (2)
2011 LUKS Gomunice
National team
1996–2005 Poland 62 (6)
Teams managed
2011 LUKS Gomunice
2012–2013 Jagiellonia Białystok
2014–2015 GKS Tychy
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tomasz Nikodem Hajto [1] (Polish pronunciation:  [ˈtɔmaʂ ˈxajtɔ] ) (born 16 October 1972) is a Polish expert commentator, sports agent, football coach and retired professional footballer.


Club career

Hajto in 2007 Tomasz Hajto.jpg
Hajto in 2007

Born in Maków Podhalański, Hajto began his career playing for local club Halniak Maków Podhalański. He moved to Góral Żywiec before making his big break in 1991 with Hutnik Kraków. His prowess as a youngster was noticed by many, and in 1993–94 he was transferred to Górnik Zabrze.

Hajto was soon to create interest from other countries, most particularly Germany and England, but it was to the former that he was first transferred. He first played for MSV Duisburg for two seasons. After the team was relegated to 2. Bundesliga, Hajto was transferred to FC Schalke 04, where he played until 2004. He then signed a two-year contract with 1. FC Nürnberg. [2] As he had not met the expectations, he was transferred to Southampton in summer 2005. [3] In January 2006, his contract with Southampton was cancelled, enabling him to sign for Derby County on an eighteen-month contract, however this deal was also terminated early, after only four months at the club.

International career

Hajto participated in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he played two matches against South Korea and Portugal. He has scored six goals in 62 caps for Poland.

Personal life

Hajto is married to a former Polish sprinter Renata Sosin (pl), with whom he has two children: son, Mateusz, and daughter, Wiktoria. [4]

In January 2008, Hajto was found guilty of manslaughter after speeding in his car and killing a female pedestrian at a crossing in Łódź. Pleading guilty to the charges, he was given a suspended two-year jail sentence, ordered to pay a fine of 7,000 Polish złotys and given a one-year driving ban. He had earlier been fined in 2004 for dealing in smuggled cigarettes. [5]

Career statistics

International goals

1.27 May 1998 Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, PolandFlag of Russia.svg  Russia
International Friendly
2.27 May 1998 Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, PolandFlag of Russia.svg  Russia
International Friendly
3.4 June 1999 Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, PolandFlag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
4.18 August 1999 Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, PolandFlag of Spain.svg  Spain
International Friendly
5.28 February 2001 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, CyprusFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
International Friendly
6.17 April 2002 Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium, Bydgoszcz, PolandFlag of Romania.svg  Romania
International Friendly


Schalke 04

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