Club: Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Gowth Type: Standard/Lasting
A left-sided midfielder and one of the finest Polish players of his generation. Krzynówek made his Poland debut in November of 1998 against Slovakia, and cemented his place in the squad, helping them to the 2002 World Cup. At the finals he was praised for his play, despite a poor performance by Poland, and was named man of the match in the 3-1 win against the United States, Poland's sole victory in Korea/Japan. His booming shot and effective raids from the left flank were boons for Poland in past years - who had a meager assortment of talented players - and Krzynówek was critical to Poland's qualifications to the 2006 World Cup and EURO 2008. His skill set was not world class but due to his professionalism and heart on the pitch he was a class above many others, leading to a total of 96 caps (15 goals) for country, only behind the likes of Lato and Deyna...and now Żewłakow .
At club level he only came to prominence after moving to Germany, initially with 1. FC Nürnberg, helping to promote the club to the Bundesliga in 2002, but as a result of a cruciate ligament injury he missed the majority of the following season and the club was relegated. His excellent displays in the 2nd Bundesliga (Nürnberg again won promotion) solidified a move to Bayer Leverkusen, and he immediately proved to be one of the clubs best players. Unfortunately another injury during the spring of 2006 cost Krzynówek a regular starting spot. Moving to VfL Wolfsburg Krzynówek's career tailed off after another decent initial season, minor injuries demoted him from a regular place - he retired from football after a single season with Hannover 96 in 2009-10.
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