Kazimierz Deyna (Polish pronunciation: [kaˈʑimjɛʐ ˈdɛjna] (listen); 23 October 1947 – 1 September 1989) was a Polish footballer, who played as an offensive midfielder in the playmaker role and was one of the most highly regarded players of his generation, due to his excellent vision.
Deyna in 1970
|Full name||Kazimierz Deyna|
|Date of birth||23 October 1947|
|Place of birth||Starogard Gdański, Poland|
|Date of death||1 September 1989 41)(aged|
|Place of death||San Diego, California, United States|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1958–1966||Włókniarz Starogard Gdański|
|1981–1984||San Diego Sockers||90||(44)|
|1981–1987||San Diego Sockers (indoor)||169||(118)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Deyna was born in Starogard Gdański to Franciszek (1911–1976) – a dairy worker, and Jadwiga (1917–1981) – a housewife. He had six sisters and two brothers – Henryk and Franciszek, who also were footballers; Henryk played for Włókniarz Starogard Gdański, while Franciszek was a Starogardzki KS player.
Deyna began playing youth football in 1958 at his local club Włókniarz Starogard Gdański. In 1966 he made one appearance for ŁKS Łódź (on 8 October in a 0–0 draw against Górnik Zabrze). But he was quickly snapped up by Legia Warsaw. In communist Poland each team had its own "sponsor". The Warsaw club was much more powerful as it was the military club. Moreover, it was the favourite club of the authorities. Deyna was called up into the army and in this way he had to play for Legia Warsaw. He made a name for himself during his first season, becoming one of Legia's most important players. In 1969 and 1970 his team won the Polish Championship. After his performances at the 1974 World Cup, European top-teams like AS Saint-Étienne, A.C. Milan, Inter Milan, AS Monaco, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich tried to acquire his services but he was unable to join, since the communist regime in Poland prevented him from moving to Western Europe. Real Madrid was so determined to acquire Deyna that they sent a shirt to Warsaw with his name and number "14".
On 24 April 1968, he made his debut for the national team of Poland in a match against Turkey in Chorzów. He won the gold medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, and the bronze in Football World Cup 1974, after a match against Brazil. In 1972, he was also the Top Goalscorer of the Olympic Games, with a total of nine goals. In 1976 Summer Olympics his team yet again reached the finals and won the silver medal. Additionally, he was ranked third in the European Footballer of the Year for 1974, behind Johan Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer.
Deyna played for Poland on 97 (84 after the deduction of Olympic Football Tournament competition games) occasions, scoring 41 goals, and often captained the side. He had the ability to score from unusual positions, for example directly from a corner. Because of his achievements and talents, he was chosen Football Player of the Year several times by Polish fans. In 1978, he captained Poland at the Football World Cup in Argentina, where the team reached the second phase.
Soon afterwards Deyna was transferred to English club Manchester City, making his debut in November 1978, and being one of the first wave of overseas players to play in the English league. His time in England was marred by a series of injuries, and he left in January 1981, shortly after Manchester City made a managerial change, having made only 43 appearances in all competitions. However, he was regarded as an exceptionally gifted playmaker and became a cult figure with City fans. Deyna scored thirteen goals in his time with the club. Furthermore, his seven goals in the last eight games of the 1978-79 season were crucial for Manchester City in their relegation battle.
San Diego Sockers
He appeared in the 1981 film Escape to Victory as Paul Wolcheck. In the same year, he emigrated to the United States, where he signed with the San Diego Sockers of the North American Soccer League in January 1981. During the next seven years, he played four NASL outdoor seasons, one NASL indoor season and five Major Indoor Soccer League seasons with the Sockers, winning five championships. The Sockers released him in June 1987. He was a 1983 NASL Second Team All Star.
He died in a car accident in San Diego, California, aged 41. In 1994, he was chosen by the Polish Football Association (PZPN) and the readers of all Polish sports-related newspapers as the Polish Football Player of All Time. His number 10 is retired by Legia Warsaw and the Sockers. In June 2012 Kazimierz Deyna's remains were exhumed and reburied in Warsaw's Powązki Military Cemetery.
|Manchester City||1978–79||First Division||13||6||2||0||1||0||1||1||17||7|
|San Diego Sockers||1981||North American Soccer League||39||15|
|1||20 April 1969||Kraków, Poland||Luxembourg||8–0||FIFA World Cup 1970 qualifying|
|2||15 June 1969||Sofia, Bulgaria||Bulgaria||1–4||FIFA World Cup 1970 qualifying|
|3||27 August 1969||Łódź, Poland||Norway||6–1||Friendly|
|4||12 October 1969||Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||5–1||FIFA World Cup 1970 qualifying|
|5||12 October 1969||Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||5–1||FIFA World Cup 1970 qualifying|
|6||9 November 1969||Warsaw, Poland||Bulgaria||3–0||FIFA World Cup 1970 qualifying|
|7||16 May 1970||Kraków, Poland||East Germany||1–1||Friendly|
|8||2 September 1970||Warsaw, Poland||Denmark||5–0||Friendly|
|9||5 May 1971||Lausanne, Switzerland||Switzerland||4–2||Friendly|
|10||30 August 1972||Regensburg, West Germany||Ghana||4–0||1972 Summer Olympics|
|11||3 September 1972||Regensburg, West Germany||Denmark||1–1||1972 Summer Olympics|
|12||5 September 1972||Augsburg, West Germany||Soviet Union||2–1||1972 Summer Olympics|
|13||8 September 1972||Nürnberg, West Germany||Morocco||5–0||1972 Summer Olympics|
|14||8 September 1972||Nürnberg, West Germany||Morocco||5–0||1972 Summer Olympics|
|15||10 September 1972||Munich, West Germany||Hungary||2–1||1972 Summer Olympics|
|16||10 September 1972||Munich, West Germany||Hungary||2–1||1972 Summer Olympics|
|17||15 October 1972||Bydgoszcz, Poland||Czechoslovakia||3–0||Friendly|
|18||15 October 1972||Bydgoszcz, Poland||Czechoslovakia||3–0||Friendly|
|19||10 October 1973||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||1–1||Friendly|
|20||17 April 1974||Liège, Belgium||Belgium||1–1||Friendly|
|21||19 June 1974||Munich, West Germany||Haiti||7–0||1974 FIFA World Cup|
|22||23 June 1974||Stuttgart, West Germany||Italy||2–1||1974 FIFA World Cup|
|23||30 June 1974||Frankfurt, West Germany||Yugoslavia||2–1||1974 FIFA World Cup|
|24||26 March 1975||Poznań, Poland||United States||7–0||Friendly|
|25||26 March 1975||Poznań, Poland||United States||7–0||Friendly|
|26||26 March 1975||Poznań, Poland||United States||7–0||Friendly|
|27||6 July 1975||Montreal, Canada||Canada||8–1||Friendly|
|28||6 July 1975||Montreal, Canada||Canada||8–1||Friendly|
|29||9 July 1975||Toronto, Canada||Canada||4–1||Friendly|
|30||22 July 1976||Montreal, Canada||Iran||3–2||1976 Summer Olympics|
|31||31 October 1976||Warsaw, Poland||Cyprus||8–0||FIFA World Cup 1978 qualifying|
|32||31 October 1976||Warsaw, Poland||Cyprus||8–0||FIFA World Cup 1978 qualifying|
|33||10 July 1977||Lima, Peru||Peru||3–1||Friendly|
|34||21 September 1977||Chorzów, Poland||Denmark||4–1||FIFA World Cup 1978 qualifying|
|35||29 October 1977||Chorzów, Poland||Portugal||1–1||FIFA World Cup 1978 qualifying|
|36||12 November 1977||Wrocław, Poland||Sweden||2–1||Friendly|
|37||5 April 1978||Poznań, Poland||Greece||5–2||Friendly|
|38||5 April 1978||Poznań, Poland||Greece||5–2||Friendly|
|39||12 April 1978||Łódź, Poland||Republic of Ireland||3–0||Friendly|
|40||10 June 1978||Rosario, Argentina||Mexico||3–1||1978 FIFA World Cup|
- Olympic top scorer: 1972
- Polish Footballer of the Year: 1973, 1974
- Ballon d'Or: Third place 1974
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1974
- In isolation, Kazimierz is pronounced [kaˈʑimjɛʂ].
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