Bogdan Brunon Wenta (born 19 November 1961) is a Polish politician and handball coach and former Polish and German handball player. He has been a member of the Poland national handball team in 1981–1994 and Germany national handball team in 1997–2000, a participant of the Olympic Games Sydney 2000, five-time Polish Champion (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988), and former head coach of Poland. He has been one of the best handball player in the history of Polish handball. Between 2014-2018 he was a Member of the European Parliament for the Polish Civic Platform. In 2018, he was elected as Mayor of Kielce, having run from his own committee with the endorsement of the Civic Platform.

Bogdan Wenta
Bogdan Wenta 08.jpg
Personal information
Full name Bogdan Wenta
Born (1961-11-19) November 19, 1961 (age 58)
Szpęgawsk, Poland
Nationality Polish
German
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Central
Senior clubs
Years Team
1978–1989
Wybrzeże Gdańsk
1989–1992
Bidasoa Irún
1992–1995
FC Barcelona
1995–1998
Nettelstedt-Lübbecke
1998–2000
Flensburg-Handewitt
National team 1
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1994
Poland 198 (763)
1997–2000
Germany 50 (144)
Teams managed
2000–2006
Flensburg-Handewitt II
2004–2012
Poland
2006–2007
SC Magdeburg
2008–2014
Vive Targi Kielce
1 National team caps and goals correct
as of 13 June 2015

Personal lifeEdit

 
Wenta (left) in his role as MEP

Since 1984 he has been married to Iwona. They have one son Tomasz (born 13 March 1996). In 2014 Bogdan Wenta was elected to European Parliament.

Career as playerEdit

ClubsEdit

Wenta's entire career in Poland was connected with one club - Wybrzeże Gdańsk, where he started playing in first team in 1978, when he was 17. He was five-times Polish Champion (1984–1988) and achieved European Cup final twice, losing to RK Metaloplastika Šabac in 1986 and SKA Mińsk in 1987. In 1989 he moved to Spain and played for Bidasoa Irún (1989–1992) and FC Barcelona Handbol (1992–1995). He was first Polish player in FC Barcelona. At last, he emigrated to Germany, and played for TuS Nettelstedt (1995–1998) and SG Flensburg-Handewitt (1998–2000).

National teamsEdit

Poland 1981–1993Edit

Wenta made his debut in Polish national team in 1981, when he was barely 20. He was appointed by Zygfryd Kuchta. It was match with Switzerland. He represented Poland in 185 official games (including friendly matches 198) and scored 763 goals, which is the third result in history of Polish handball.

He took part in IHF World Handball Championship twice - in 1986 (14th place) and 1990 (11th place). He did not participe in Olympic Games as Polish player. In 1993 he was blamed for Poland's elimination during qualifications to 1994 European Men's Handball Championship. Since then he was never called up again to Polish national team.

Germany 1997–2000Edit

In 1996 Wenta accepted German citizenship, which caused a lot of controversy in his homeland, Poland. However he has never played against Poland. He represented the German side in 46 official games (and 4 friendly matches) and scored 144 goals. He was a member of German national team in IHF World Handball Championship twice - 1997 and 1999. In 1998 he achieved bronze medal of European Championship and took part in European Championship 2000. He made his Olympic debut at Olympics Sydney 2000 (5th place).

He regained Polish citizenship in 2008.

Career as coach, 2000–2012Edit

Bogdan Wenta retired in 2000 and became coach assistant in SG Flensburg-Handewitt. In 2005 he had to enter the court and play because of many players had injuries. He was 44 and this number was on his shirt.

From summer 2006 to autumn 2007 he was head coach of German handball club, SC Magdeburg.

On 28 October 2004 Wenta was announced as Poland national handball team head coach. In 2007 he achieved with national team the biggest success of Polish handball - Poland won silver medal of World Championship. They lost the final to host team - Germany 25:29. In 2008 Poland took the fifth place by defeating Russia 29:28 at 2008 Summer Olympics, held in Beijing.[1] In 2009 Poland led by him achieved second medal of IHF World Handball Championship. They won the bronze medal by defeating Denmark 31:23 at World Championship 2009 in Croatia. In January 2010 he was awarded Coach of Year 2009 by Plebiscite of Przegląd Sportowy.[2] In 2012 national team did not qualify to Olympic Games. On April 19, 2012 he announced his resignation.

Involvement in politics, 2014–presentEdit

Wenta was a Member of the European Parliament elected in the 2014 European elections. In European Parliament, he served on the Committee on Culture and Education and on the Committee on Development. In addition to his committee assignments, he was a member of the Parliament's delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. In 2018, he quit his membership in the European Parliament after being elected as Mayor of Kielce in 2018 Polish local elections.

Other activitiesEdit

Sporting achievementsEdit

ClubsEdit

National championshipsEdit

National teamEdit

IndividuallyEdit

  • 1990 ASOBAL League - The best pair of foreign players with Alfreð Gíslason
  • 1991 ASOBAL League - The best pair of foreign players with Alfreð Gíslason
  • 1990 ASOBAL League - Most Valuable Player
  • 1991 ASOBAL League - Most Valuable Player
  • 1995 ASOBAL League - Best Playmaker

State awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Personal profile of Bogdan Wenta in the European Parliament's database of members