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Henryk Kasperczak

Henryk Wojciech Kasperczak (born 10 July 1946) is a Polish football manager and a former player who most recently managed the Tunisia national football team.

Henryk Kasperczak
Henryk Kasperczak 2012.jpg
Personal information
Full name Henryk Wojciech Kasperczak
Date of birth (1946-07-10) 10 July 1946 (age 73)
Place of birth Zabrze, Poland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1965 Stal Zabrze
1965–1966 Stal Mielec
1966–1968 Legia II Warszawa
1968–1978 Stal Mielec 209 (37)
1978–1979 Metz 55 (11)
National team
1973–1978 Poland 61 (5)
Teams managed
1979–1984 Metz
1984–1987 Saint-Étienne
1987–1988 Strasbourg
1989–1990 Racing Club de Paris
1990–1992 Montpellier
1993 Lille
1993–1994 Ivory Coast
1994–1998 Tunisia
1998 Bastia
1999–2000 Al Wasl
2000 Morocco
2000–2001 Shenyang Haishi
2001–2002 Mali
2002–2004 Wisła Kraków
2006–2008 Senegal
2008–2009 Górnik Zabrze
2010 Wisła Kraków
2010–2011 Kavala
2013–2015 Mali
2015–2017 Tunisia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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, Quebec, Canada.

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

Club careerEdit

Kasperczak was born in Zabrze. With Stal Mielec, 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 careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Kasperczak in 2007.

Kasperczak spent 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, Ivory Coast (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 (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, Kasperczak came back to his native Poland, and spend the next three years as 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.[1]

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

On 15 March 2010, Wisła Kraków reached an agreement with the manager, Kasperczak replaces Maciej Skorża as a coach.[3]


  1. ^ Senegal coach Kasperczak resigns, BBC Sport, 28 January 2008
  2. ^ Henryk Kasperczak trenerem Górnika! Archived 20 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Official website of Górnik Zabrze, 16 September 2008
  3. ^ "Henryk Kasperczak trenerem Wisły". Retrieved 15 March 2010.