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Henryk Wojciech Kasperczak (born July 10, 1946 in Zabrzemarker) is a Polishmarker football manager and former football player, currently not coaching.

As a player, Kasperczak took part in two FIFA World Cups with Poland, achieving third place in 1974, as well as a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canadamarker.

As a manager, Kasperczak enjoyed most success in the African Cup of Nations, securing second place with Tunisia in 1996, third with Côte d'Ivoire (1994) and fourth with Mali (2002). In September 2009 Henryk Kasperczak was briefly considered by PZPN for the open spot of manager of the Polish national team.

Club career

With Stal Mielecmarker, Kasperczak won two Ekstraklasa Championships in his native Poland. He had also played for the reserve team of Legia Warsaw, before ending his career in FC Metz.

International career

He played for Poland at the 1974 FIFA World Cup, securing third place; at the 1976 Summer Olympics, where the team won the silver medal, and at the 1978 FIFA World Cup.

Overall, Kaspeczak was capped 61 times and scored 5 goals.

Coaching career

Henryk Kasperczak spend the first fifteen years (1978-1993) of his coaching career in France, managing FC Metz, AS Saint-Étienne, Racing Strasbourg, Racing Club de Paris, Montpellier HSC and Lille OSC. His biggest success was winning Coupe de France with FC Metz in 1984.

Next, Kaspeczak managed two African national teams: first, Côte d'Ivoire (1993–1994), achieving third place in the 1994 African Cup of Nations, and later Tunisia (1994-1998), which finished second in the 1996 Cup. Kasperczak also coached Tunisia at the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

During the tournament, Kasperczak was fired and replaced by Ali Selmi, after Tunisia lost the chance to pass the group stage, losing to England (0-2) and Colombia (0-1).

Later, Kasperczak managed SC Bastia (1998), Al Wasl FC (1999-2000), Morocco national team (1999-2000), Shenyang Haishi (2000-2001) and Mali national team (2001-2002). Mali won the fourth place at the 2002 African Cup of Nations under his coaching.

In 2002, Henryk Kasperczak came back to his native Poland, and spend the next three years as the head coach of Wisła Kraków. Wisła won three Polish Championship under his coaching.

In 2006, Kaspeczak began managing Senegal (2006-2008), however he quit his post during the 2008 African Cup of Nations following a poor run of results which saw them with 1 point in 2 games in a group they had been expected to win.

On September 16, 2008 he took over as manager of Górnik Zabrzemarker. He then left Górnik Zabrzemarker on April 3, 2009 when the club was officially relegated from Ekstraklasa to I Liga, Poland's 2nd division in professional soccer.

References

  1. Senegal coach Kasperczak resigns, BBC Sport, January 28, 2008
  2. Henryk Kasperczak trenerem Górnika!, Official website of Górnik Zabrze, September 16, 2008



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