Jacek Gmoch

Jacek Wojciech Gmoch (born 13 January 1939 in Pruszków) is a former Polish footballer, who later became a trainer and selector of the Polish National Team.

Jacek Gmoch
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Gmoch in 2007
Personal information
Full name Jacek Wojciech Gmoch
Date of birth (1939-01-13) 13 January 1939 (age 82)
Place of birth Pruszków, Poland
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Znicz Pruszków
1960–1968 Legia Warsaw 330[1] (10)
National team
1962–1968 Poland 29 (0)
Teams managed
1971–1974 Poland (assistant)
1976–1978 Poland
1979 Skeid Fotball
1979–1981 PAS Giannina
1981–1982 Apollon Athens
1982–1983 Larissa
1983–1985 Panathinaikos
1985–1986 AEK
1986–1988 Larissa
1988–1989 Olympiacos
1990–1991 Aris
1991–1993 APOEL
1993 Larissa
1994–1995 Athinaikos
1995–1996 Ethnikos
1996–1997 APOEL
1997–1998 Ionikos
1998–1999 Kalamata
1999–2000 Panionios
2002–2003 Ionikos
2010 Panathinaikos (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

While having a successful football career he graduated in communication from the Warsaw University of Technology. Gmoch begun playing for Znicz Pruszków, to move on for a successful career in Legia Warsaw. With Legia, he won the Polish Cup twice (in 1964 and 1966) and contributed to the beginning of the successful 1968–69 season. He also became a player for the national Team of Poland (29 caps).[2]

Following a major injury in a friendly match, Gmoch began a coaching career, starting in Legia Warsaw in 1969–71. Having been offered the Poland National Team assistant's job by Kazimierz Górski, he lasted from 1971–74. Together they achieved an Olympic Gold medal in Munich 1972, as well as 3rd Place in the 1974 World Cup. He moved to the U.S. to follow his scientific career at the University of Pennsylvania (1975–6). He returned to qualify the National Team to 1978 Mundial in Argentina (fifth place). He later moved to Norway in 1979 and Greece until 2003 where he became one of the most successful and recognised coaches.

In Norway, he became Skeid Fotball manager and then he went to Greece and worked first as a manager of PAS Giannina,[3][4] Apollon Athens, Larisa,[5] In 1983, he did his big step as a manager and became trainer of Panathinaikos. In his first season as Panathinaikos manager, his team won the Double and the following season, his team for second time in their history, reached the Semi finals of European Champions Cup, where they were eliminated by Liverpool. For the season 1985–86, he became coach of another great Greek club, AEK and the following season he became again trainer of Larisa and in 1988, his team won their first and only Greek Championship. After Larisa, he worked as a manager for Olympiacos and Aris Thessaloniki, in 1991 he went to Cyprus to become APOEL trainer, where his team won the championship and he remained there until the middle of the season 1992–93. Later, he worked for Athinaikos (1994–95), Ethnikos Piraeus (1995–96), Ionikos (1997–98), Kalamata (1998–99), Panionios (1999), and again for Ionikos in 2002–03.

He acted as a member of the Polish Olympic representation team in Athens 2004 Summer Olympics and later became a minor shareholder and President of Legia Warsaw, as well as following up a career in television commentating for several networks. He is currently commentating Champions League matches for the Greek Television.

On 15 November 2010, Gmoch took over as the caretaker manager of Panathinaikos, following Nikos Nioplias, who resigned after a string of mediocre results in the first part of the 2010–11 season. As caretaker manager he succeeded to win Iraklis in the only match before being succeeded by the new manager of the team. The score was 4–2 and everybody in the stadium goodbyed him again as a winner.



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  1. ^ "Jacek Gmoch". legia.net (in Polish). Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 23, 2008. Retrieved April 2, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 23, 2008. Retrieved December 28, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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