Kazimierz Gorski

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Kazimierz Gorski

Kazimierz Klaudiusz Górski (born March 2 1921 in Lwów, now Ukraine, died May 22, 2006 in Warsaw) was the legendary Polish football player, coach of Poland national football team and honorary president of Polish Football Union (Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej, PZPN).

Footballer: forward

He played as a forward and earned the football nickname: "Sarenka." Górski began his soccer career as a player in the 1930s for RKS Lwów, playing until the start of World War II. After the war, he played for Legia Warszawa. In 1948 he participated in an international match Poland-Denmark (0-8) winning his only cap for Poland.

Team coach in Poland

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

Polish national team coach 1970-1976

He started as a coach of Polish national junior team in years 1956-1966, Polish national team (23-year-olds) in years 1966-1970, and finally the first Poland national football team in years 1970-1976. His first international match was held on 5 May, 1971 in Lausanne versus Switzerland. His major successes were the gold medal for the 1st place in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, 1972; silver medal for 3rd place in the World Cup in 1974 held in West Germany; and another silver medal for 2nd place in the Olympic Games in Montreal, (1976). Kazimierz Górski was the coach for the Polish national team in 73 matches (with 45 wins).

Teams coached in Greece

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

PZPN activist

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

When he finished his coaching career he became an activist of PZPN in 1986. In 1987 he became a vice-president and in 1991-1995 the president of PZPN. Since July 3 1995, until his death, he was honorary president of PZPN.

His wife Maria died in 2005. Kazimierz Górski died on May 22, 2006, after battling cancer for years. He died in a Warsaw hospital.