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Jan Urban (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈurban]; born 14 May 1962) is a Polish retired footballer who played as a striker, and is a current manager.

Jan Urban
Personal information
Full name Jan Urban
Date of birth (1962-05-14) 14 May 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Jaworzno, Poland
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1980–1981 Victoria Jaworzno
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1985 Zagłębie Sosnowiec 113 (23)
1985–1989 Górnik Zabrze 124 (54)
1989–1994 Osasuna 168 (48)
1995 Valladolid 21 (3)
1995–1996 Toledo 33 (6)
1996–1997 Oldenburg 19 (3)
1998 Górnik Zabrze 11 (1)
Total 489 (138)
National team
1985–1991 Poland 57 (7)
Teams managed
2003–2005 Osasuna B
2007–2010 Legia Warsaw
2010 Polonia Bytom
2011 Zagłębie Lubin
2012–2013 Legia Warsaw
2014–2015 Osasuna
2015–2016 Lech Poznań
2017–2018 Śląsk Wrocław
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

His professional career was closely associated to Górnik Zabrze and Osasuna, and he also coached and worked with the latter club in various capacities.

Urban represented Poland at the 1986 World Cup.


Playing careerEdit

Urban was born in Jaworzno, being one of six children in an underprivileged mining family.[1] In his country he played for Zagłębie Sosnowiec and Górnik Zabrze, winning three national championships in a row with the latter to which he contributed with 38 goals combined, including a career-best 17 in 1987–88.

In the 1989 summer, Urban moved to Spain and joined CA Osasuna, going on to be one of the Navarre team's most important players of the following decade. He scored 13 goals in 34 games in his second season to help the club finish in a best-ever fourth position in La Liga, thus qualifying to the UEFA Cup;[2] this included a hat-trick against Real Madrid on 30 December 1990, in a 4–0 away win.[3]

Urban started the 1994–95 campaign with Osasuna in the second division, but returned to the top flight with Real Valladolid in the winter transfer window.[4] He closed out his career at 36 after one-season stints with CD Toledo (also Spain, second level), VfB Oldenburg (Germany) and former side Gornik.

Urban earned 57 caps for Poland during six years, netting seven goals in the process. He was selected to the 1986 FIFA World Cup squad, appearing in all four matches (three starts) as the national team reached the round-of-16 in Mexico.[5]

International goalsEdit


# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 March 1987 Stadion Miejski (Rybnik), Rybnik, Poland   Finland
2. 24 March 1987 Olympic Stadium, Wrocław, Poland   Norway
3. 7 February 1989 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica   Costa Rica
4. 12 April 1989 Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, Poland   Romania
5. 17 April 1991 Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, Poland   Turkey
Euro 1992 qualifying
6. 14 August 1991 Stadion Miejski (Poznań), Poznań, Poland   France
7. 16 October 1991 Stadion Miejski, Poznań, Poland   Republic of Ireland
Euro 1992 qualifying

Coaching careerEdit

Urban settled in Pamplona after retiring, and begun his coaching career in the city, being in charge of Osasuna's youth sides. He then worked with the reserve team in division three, moving to the offices after two seasons and leaving the club in June 2007.[6]

In the summer of 2007, Urban took over as head coach of Legia Warsaw, being responsible for signing three Osasuna players to the team, including Iñaki Astiz.[7] During the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament, he served as an assistant for the Polish national team.

On 17 March 2010, Urban was fired by Legia,[8] signing with fellow league club Zagłębie Lubin roughly one year later. On 30 May 2012 he returned for a second spell with Legia, which lasted until 19 December of the following year.

Urban returned to Osasuna after seven years, being appointed first-team manager on 3 July 2014 after the side's top flight relegation.[9]



  1. ^ Gracia, Arturo (22 January 1991). "Jan Urban, un goleador que no tira penaltis" [Jan Urban, scorer who doesn't take penalties]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Aquella UEFA de hace 20 años" [That UEFA from 20 years ago]. Diario de Navarra (in Spanish). 4 October 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  3. ^ "El glorioso de la jornada – Urban" [Top figure in weekend – Urban]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 31 December 1990. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Logroñés: ganar para evitar el peor récord" [Logroñés: win to avoid worst record]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 8 January 1995. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Jan Urban – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Jan Urban se desvincula del Club Atlético Osasuna" [Jan Urban cuts ties with Club Atlético Osasuna] (in Spanish). CA Osasuna. 4 June 2007. Archived from the original on 19 February 2010.
  7. ^ Baeza, Juan (18 April 2008). "Urban, los aventureros españoles y el Legia de Varsovia" [Urban, Spanish adventurers and Legia Warsaw] (in Spanish). Notas de Fútbol. Archived from the original on 25 September 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Jan Urban, destituido en el Legia de Varsovia" [Jan Urban, fired at Legia Warsaw]. Diario de Navarra (in Spanish). 17 March 2010. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Jan Urban será el entrenador del CA Osasuna" [Jan Urban to be CA Osasuna manager] (in Spanish). CA Osasuna. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.

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