Dariusz Żuraw (born 14 November 1972) is a Polish football manager, currently for Znicz Pruszków[1], and former player.

Dariusz Żuraw
Dariusz Żuraw 2014.jpg
Personal information
Full name Dariusz Żuraw
Date of birth (1972-11-14) 14 November 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth Wieluń, Poland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Lech Poznań
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 LZS Ostrówek 0 (0)
1990–1992 LZS Rychłocice 5 (0)
1992–1996 WKS Wieluń 71 (4)
1996–1997 Okocimski KS Brzesko 42 (2)
1997–2001 Zagłębie Lubin 100 (10)
2001–2008 Hannover 96 146 (7)
2008–2009 Arka Gdynia 30 (6)
2009–2011 WKS Wieluń
National team
2005 Poland 1 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2012 WKS Wieluń
2012–2013 Odra Opole
2014 Miedź Legnica
2014–2015 Lech Poznań (assistant)
2017–2018 Znicz Pruszków
2018– Lech Poznań
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Wieluń, Żuraw began his career in his native Poland, playing for a succession of lower league teams: LZS Ostrówek, LZS Rychłocice, WKS Wieluń, Okocimski KS Brzesko, Zagłębie Lubin.[2]

He was spotted by Hannover 96, then of 2. Bundesliga, and moved there on 24 October 2001, making his debut a month later on 28 November 2001 in a DFB-Pokal tie against VfL Wolfsburg II. He immediately enjoyed success, as the club won promotion, comfortably finishing as champions.

Żuraw's first game at the top level was also a memorable occasion as he scored after just 6 minutes against Hamburger SV.

He was a regular fixture in defence during his seven seasons with Hannover 96; in 2004–05, he was just one game away from being an ever-present (as suspension ruled him out).

In 2008, he transferred to the Polish Ekstraklasa club Arka Gdynia, on a free transfer from Hannover 96.

International careerEdit

Żuraw made one appearance for the full Poland national football team, in a 1–3 friendly defeat to Belarus on 9 February 2005.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ DARIUSZ ŻURAW TRENEREM PIERWSZEJ DRUŻYNY ZNICZA‚ zniczpruszkow.com.pl, 21 June 2017
  2. ^ "Dariusz Żuraw". 90 Minut (in Polish). Retrieved 2 March 2010.

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