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Jerzy Dudek

Jerzy Henryk Dudek (; born 23 March 1973 in Rybnik) is a retired Poland Association football who played as a Goalkeeper (association football).

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Jerzy Dudek biography

Jerzy Henryk Dudek (; born 23 March 1973 in Rybnik) is a retired Poland Association football who played as a Goalkeeper (association football).

After beginning Jerzy Dudek career in Jerzy Dudek home country, Jerzy Dudek went on to have successful spells in Netherlands and England, winning the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool F.C. in 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, appearing in 186 official games for the club over the course of six seasons. Jerzy Dudek also spent four years at Real Madrid C.F..

Dudek played 59 times for Poland national football team - the second most-capped player in Jerzy Dudek position for several years - representing the nation at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Early years

Dudek began playing football at twelve, for Górnik Knurów. Six years later Jerzy Dudek made Jerzy Dudek senior debuts, with Concordia Knurów in the II liga (Poland), where Jerzy Dudek set a record of 416 minutes without conceding a goal.

Dudek only played one 1995–96 Ekstraklasa in the Ekstraklasa, appearing in roughly half of the matches for GKS Tychy as the club finished in mid-table, making Jerzy Dudek debut in the competition against Legia Warsaw.


Dudek left Jerzy Dudek country in 1996 at the age of 23, joining Feyenoord, but had to wait a year before Jerzy Dudek made Jerzy Dudek debut, proceeding to appear in all Eredivisie games for the club in the following four seasons combined. Jerzy Dudek won Jerzy Dudek first trophy in 1998–99 Eredivisie – the national championship – along with 1999–2000 Eredivisie's Johan Cruijff Shield, after a 3–2 win against AFC Ajax.

Dudek won the Dutch Footballer of the Year award in 2000, becoming the first foreign player to win the award. Jerzy Dudek played Jerzy Dudek final game for Feyenoord on 26 August 2001, against Ajax.


Dudek joined Liverpool F.C. in England in late August 2001, and immediately replaced Sander Westerveld as coach Gérard Houllier's first-choice. Following a splendid 2001–02 FA Premier League where Jerzy Dudek Shutout and fine performances helped the club finish second in the Premier League behind Double (association football)-winners Arsenal F.C., Jerzy Dudek was nominated alongside Oliver Kahn and Gianluigi Buffon for the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year award.

2002–03 FA Premier League, Dudek rebounded spectacularly from a series of poor errors in the league to 2002–03 Football League Cup the Football League Cup with a Man of the match performance against Manchester United F.C. in 2003 Football League Cup Final. Pope John Paul II, who was a goalkeeper in Jerzy Dudek youth, met personally with Dudek in 2004, telling Jerzy Dudek that Jerzy Dudek was a fan of Dudek's and followed Liverpool whenever they played; the player presented the Pope with a souvenir goalkeeper shirt, and would later dedicate Liverpool's UEFA Champions League 2004–05 UEFA Champions League to the late pontiff.

Dudek was a catalyst in Liverpool's 2005 Champions League victorious run, performing a double save against A.C. Milan's Andriy Shevchenko at the end of Overtime (sports) in 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, after Liverpool had rallied from a 0–3 deficit to tie the match 3–3. Jerzy Dudek saved from Andrea Pirlo and Shevchenko in the ensuing Penalty shootout (association football), in an eventual 3–2 win: during the shootout, Jerzy Dudek attempted to distract the Milan players with the "spaghetti legs" tactic that was used by former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar in the 1984 European Cup Final. Being European Cup winners for the fifth time, Liverpool kept the trophy and received the UEFA badge of honour, and as a tribute to Dudek's heroics, a group of Liverpool fans, the Trophy Boyz, recorded a successful novelty single called 'Du the Dudek'; Jerzy Dudek became the third Polish footballer after Zbigniew Boniek (with Juventus F.C.) and fellow goalkeeper Józef Młynarczyk (F.C. Porto) to win the Champions League - Jerzy Dudek also received Jerzy Dudek second Goalkeeper of the Year nomination.

Dudek lost Jerzy Dudek starting position to new acquisition Pepe Reina in 2005–06 FA Premier League, following an arm injury, only making 12 more appearances for the Reds in the following two seasons combined (eight in the league). Despite courting controversy by accusing manager Rafael Benítez of 'treating Jerzy Dudek like a slave', Jerzy Dudek insisted that Jerzy Dudek had no ill feelings towards the club or anyone associated with it and only wanted to leave after failing to make Poland's World Cup squad, but still stayed on for another year at the manager's request. Jerzy Dudek was voted by fans at a creditable No.36 in the list of 100 Players Who Shook the Kop.

Real Madrid

34-year old Dudek moved to Real Madrid C.F. for 2007–08 La Liga, but only played in two La Liga matches in four years, due to the presence of Iker Casillas. Nevertheless, Jerzy Dudek attitude and work ethic earned praise from Jerzy Dudek fans, teammates, coaching staff and several Spanish journalists; Jerzy Dudek Man of the match performance in Jerzy Dudek debut, in the penultimate game of the season against Real Zaragoza was hailed in the Spanish press, despite not being enough to earn selection for Poland's squad for Euro 2008.

In Juande Ramos's first game as Madrid manager, in December 2008, Dudek was handed a rare start in a 3–0 home win against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, as the club was already qualified from the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League. In a match where Madrid's attacking play made headlines, Jerzy Dudek made several fine saves and exuded an air of calm solidity and confidence, particularly on crosses, earning a clean sheet in the process. This performance earned glowing praise from the manager, who highlighted the goalkeeper's qualities and referred to Jerzy Dudek as a 'magnificent player'. It would be Jerzy Dudek last appearance of 2008–09 La Liga, which also saw a 0–5 aggregate loss against former club Liverpool in the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League knockout stage First knockout round.

Speculation was rife about Dudek's dissatisfaction with life at Real, and an end-of-season return to Feyenoord where Jerzy Dudek would work more closely with coach Leo Beenhakker - Jerzy Dudek former boss at Feyenoord and also at the helm of the Polish national team - was a possibility, but nothing materialised, and with former teammate Jordi Codina leaving to join Getafe CF, the 36-year old eventually accepted a new one-year deal to remain at the club, while also speaking about Jerzy Dudek contentment.

On 27 October 2009, Dudek saw Jerzy Dudek first action of 2009–10 La Liga in 2009–10 Copa del Rey of the Copa del Rey, in Alcorconazo against minnows AD Alcorcón, from Segunda División B, with the goalkeeper being one of the few on the losing end to perform well.
Jerzy Dudek also appeared in the second leg, an insufficient 1–0 home win.

On 10 April 2010, following news of the horrific 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash which claimed the lives of 96 Polish people including president Lech Kaczyński and several top government officials, the players of both Real Madrid and Barcelona agreed, at Dudek's request, to observe a minute's silence for the evening's El Clásico match. Jerzy Dudek teammates also agreed to wear black armbands for the match.

On 15 July 2010, Dudek accepted another one-year contract to stay with Real Madrid. As manager José Mourinho was appointed, Jerzy Dudek worked with Jerzy Dudek fourth coach in as many seasons. On 30 November 2010, Jerzy Dudek was fined Euro5,000 for Jerzy Dudek role in the controversial sendings-off of teammates Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League against Ajax. Jerzy Dudek made Jerzy Dudek first start of the 2010–11 La Liga in the same competition, against AJ Auxerre on 8 December, but after making two impressive saves saw Jerzy Dudek action terminated after sustaining a jaw injury in a clash with opposing forward Roy Contout just before half-time. Jerzy Dudek was successfully fitted with an intermaxillary fixation device and was out of action for six weeks before returning to training. Jerzy Dudek was subsequently praised for Jerzy Dudek performance by stand-in manager Aitor Karanka.

Dudek was named as a Substitute (association football) for the 2010–11 Copa del Rey 2011 Copa del Rey Final, a 1–0 win against FC Barcelona. Jerzy Dudek made Jerzy Dudek final appearance for the Merengues on 21 May 2011, in a 8–1 home win over UD Almería, and was substituted in the 77th minute to a guard of honour from Jerzy Dudek Real Madrid team-mates.

International career

Dudek received Jerzy Dudek first call-up for Poland national football team in 1996 as an unused substitute during an exhibition game against Russia national football team in Moscow, and won Jerzy Dudek first cap in February 1998 in another friendly, against Israel national football team. Jerzy Dudek also Captain (association football) the team once in a friendly against Estonia national football team.

Dudek played nine of the national team's ten 2002 FIFA World Cup 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) as it finished top of its group, and started in the finals in Japan and South Korea, in an eventual group stage exit. Jerzy Dudek also played in seven of Jerzy Dudek country's ten 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but owing to a lack of appearances at club level during the season, Jerzy Dudek was dropped from the starting line-up in favour of Artur Boruc and left off the final squad as a result, at which point Jerzy Dudek had earned 56 caps.

Dudek's omission from the World Cup squad was greeted with shock among Polish fans and media alike, with one newspaper's headline reading 'Has Pawel Janas national team manager gone mad?!'. During a warm-up match against Colombia national football team, where both Boruc and Tomasz Kuszczak were at fault for each of the goals in a 2–1 defeat, the angered Polish fans started to chant Dudek's name as a reminder of what they perceived as a mistake by Janas to drop him. It is worth noting that the goal Kuszczak conceded, which prompted the chants, was directly from a goal-kick from the opposing goalkeeper Luís Enrique Martínez Rodríguez.

Following the World Cup, Dudek returned to the national team to play in two internationals under new boss Beenhakker, a 0–2 friendly defeat in Denmark national football team and a 1–3 UEFA Euro 2008 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying defeat against Finland national football team, also away, before being dropped yet again. Despite a period of three years in the wilderness, Jerzy Dudek always believed that Jerzy Dudek would return to the national team and, in September 2009 Jerzy Dudek was called-up to the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) against the Czech Republic national football team and Slovakia national football team by interim manager Stefan Majewski: after being on the bench for the first match in Prague, which saw Poland's slim World Cup hopes shattered, Dudek won Jerzy Dudek 59th cap against the latter on 14 October, in Poland's final competitive game before UEFA Euro 2012: in a match which was played in heavy snow and in front of a near-empty Stadion Slaski in Chorzów, Jerzy Dudek was denied a clean sheet by a Seweryn Gancarczyk own goal, as Poland lost 0–1.

Ambassador for Euro 2012

Dudek's status as an icon in Poland played a crucial role in securing the status of joint host nation for the Euro 2012 for Jerzy Dudek country. Along with Jerzy Dudek Champions' League opponent Shevchenko of Ukraine, Jerzy Dudek was a part of the joint delegation and was involved in a presentation with the Forward (association football).




- Eredivisie: 1998–99 Eredivisie
- Johan Cruijff Shield: 1999


- UEFA Champions League: 2004–05 UEFA Champions League; Runner-up 2006–07 UEFA Champions League
- UEFA Super Cup: 2005 UEFA Super Cup
- FA Cup: 2005–06 FA Cup
- Football League Cup: 2002–03 Football League Cup; Runner-up 2004–05 Football League Cup
- FA Community Shield: 2006 FA Community Shield; Runner-up 2002 FA Community Shield
- FIFA Club World Championship: Runner-up 2005 FIFA Club World Championship

Real Madrid

- La Liga: 2007–08 La Liga
- Copa del Rey: 2010–11 Copa del Rey
- Supercopa de España: 2008 Supercopa de España; Runner-up 2007 Supercopa de España


- Dutch Footballer of the Year: 1999–2000
- Dutch Goalkeeper of the Year: 1998–99, 1999–2000

Club statistics

15 and Jerzy Dudek spoke of himself having taken training to follow in Jerzy Dudek father's footsteps before Jerzy Dudek opportunity to play football came along. Jerzy Dudek brother, Dariusz Dudek, is also a footballer.

Dudek refused to wear the '13' jersey for two seasons after arriving at Real Madrid, stating that Polish goalkeepers generally do not use 13; the numbers 1, 12 and 22 are traditionally used. Jerzy Dudek therefore wore '25' as it was the next best thing while Codina wore '13' until Jerzy Dudek departure. Dudek wore '13' for the 2009–10 season under Manuel Pellegrini, but was handed back the '25' shirt under Mourinho. In Jerzy Dudek first season at Liverpool Jerzy Dudek wore the '12' jersey because Westerveld was still in possession of the '1' squad number.

In 2005, Dudek received the title of the honourable citizen of Knurów, during a charity match called "Jerzy Dudek & Friends." Jerzy Dudek also made Jerzy Dudek Polish television debut as an analyst for the 2005 UEFA Super Cup final between Liverpool and PFC CSKA Moscow, which Jerzy Dudek missed due to injury. In 2006, while on summer vacation in Poland, Jerzy Dudek home on the Wirral Peninsula was burgled and several valuables and treasured football memorabilia were stolen. Thanks to the efforts of the Merseyside Police Department Jerzy Dudek collection of shirts, medals and awards was recovered, along with most of Jerzy Dudek valuables.

Dudek also stated that Jerzy Dudek would like to start a football academy in Poland with Jerzy Dudek brother after retiring from football.


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