Ludovic Joseph Obraniak (Polish pronunciation: [luˈdɔvʲik ɔˈbraɲak]; born 10 November 1984) is a French former footballer of Polish descent. He primarily played as an attacking midfielder. He represented the Poland national team.

Ludovic Obraniak
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Obraniak playing for Maccabi Haifa in 2016
Personal information
Full name Ludovic Joseph Obraniak
Date of birth (1984-11-10) 10 November 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Longeville-lès-Metz, France
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1991–1996 Union Lorraine de Plantieres
1997–2002 Metz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Metz 99 (5)
2007–2012 Lille 152 (19)
2012–2014 Bordeaux 68 (14)
2014–2015 Werder Bremen 12 (1)
2014–2015Çaykur Rizespor (loan) 16 (2)
2015–2016 Maccabi Haifa 26 (3)
2016–2018 AJ Auxerre 36 (0)
National team
2004 France U-21 1 (0)
2009–2014 Poland 34 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:04, 5 August 2018 (UTC)

Football careerEdit

FC MetzEdit

Obraniak began his football career with his local club FC Metz. Due to his consistent play in the reserves, he was quickly promoted to the senior side by then-manager Jean Fernandez making his debut during the 2003–04 season in a 0–2 loss to Bordeaux coming on as a late-match substitute wearing the number 13 shirt.[1] Over the next two years, Metz showed their inconsistent play finishing 16th in 2004–05 and finishing dead bottom of the table in 2005–06, thus being relegated. Obraniak was the primary bright spot in the squad appearing in 61 matches and scoring 3 goals over those years.

With Metz in Ligue 2, several Ligue 1 clubs drew their interest over to Obraniak. Despite this, he still played half the season in Ligue 2 with Metz appearing in 20 matches and scoring 2 goals. The following winter would see his departure. After weeks of silent negotiating, Metz finally came to an agreement on 23 January 2007 with the Nord-Pas de Calais-based side Lille OSC. Metz received €1.2 million, as well as the Swiss striker Daniel Gygax.[2]

Lille OSCEdit

Obraniak agreed to a four-year contract keeping him with the club until 2010. He made his debut with Lille four days later coming on substitute in a match against Bordeaux. He played in every remaining match that season, making on and off starts and substitute appearances. With Lille playing in the UEFA Champions League that season, he appeared in both legs of their knockout stage match against Manchester United. The following season, Obraniak had a solid season appearing in 35 matches and scoring 2 goals, though Lille finished out of Europe in the league standings. For the 2008–09 season, he got off to a fast start scoring 7 goals in only 16 appearances contributing to Lille's 5th-place position heading into the winter break. In later seasons, he was not a regular starter and decided to leave the club.

BordeauxEdit

On 12 January 2012, Obraniak signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux.[3] In February, he scored two goals in a 5–4 away win against his former club Lille, including the winning goal in injury time.[4]

Werder BremenEdit

In January 2014, Obraniak left France for the first time of his career and moved to German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen. He signed for two and a half years until summer 2016 and the transfer fee was believed to be €2 million. Prior to his decision for Werder, he consulted fellow Frenchman Johan Micoud who have had a great spell in Bremen in the 2000s.[5] However, his time in Bremen didn't become a success. After his signing he was a regular for eight matches but then he apparently lost favor with head coach Robin Dutt.[6] Following Dutt's sacking in October 2014 he raised vainly hopes of improving his situation, also being left out of the squad in almost official matches under new coach Viktor Skrypnyk.

Çaykur RizesporEdit

In January 2015, he was loaned to Turkish Super Lig club Çaykur Rizespor for the remainder of the season. Bremen granted them also a buy-out option for summer 2015.[7] He made his league debut against Galatasaray on 25 January 2015.[8]

Maccabi HaifaEdit

On 27 August 2015, he signed for Israeli Premier League giants Maccabi Haifa, After passing a medical test, he signed a 2-year contract worth €400,000 per year. On 12 September, Obraniak made his debut against Bnei Sakhnin FC.[9]

On 24 May 2016, he scored the winning goal in the 2015–16 Israel State Cup final, against Maccabi Tel Aviv. On 17 August 2016, Obraniak was released from Maccabi Haifa after one year.

RetirementEdit

On October 4, 2018 he announced his retirement from football.

International careerEdit

Obraniak made an appearance for the France under-21 squad; however, since it was not a match for points FIFA did not consider him permanently capped. This was later confirmed by FIFA's decision to remove the age limit on nationality switches of players who had only been capped at youth level.[10]

Due to having Polish roots through his grandfather, Zygmunt Obraniak who was from Pobiedziska in Poznań County,[11] the player became the subject of interest from the Poland national football team and applied for citizenship of the country.[12] Since his grandfather had never renounced Polish citizenship, according to Polish laws Obraniak's citizenship did not need to be granted by the Polish government but simply verified by the Masovian voivode. Obraniak was confirmed as a Polish citizen on 5 June 2009.[13]

On 23 July 2009, he was officially called up to the Poland team by coach Leo Beenhakker for the squad's friendly against Greece,[14] where Obraniak scored the second goal in the match making the final score a 2–0 victory for Poland.

He played in all 3 games for Poland at Euro 2012. He assisted Jakub Błaszczykowski's superb equalizing goal against Russia which finished a 1–1 draw.

Personal lifeEdit

Obraniak's daughter was born on 1 June 2011.[15]

Obraniak is fluent in French and English. Despite representing Poland on an international level he doesn't speak Polish fluently.

Career statisticsEdit

As of 5 August 2018[16]

ClubEdit

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
Metz 2002–03 Ligue 2 9 0 2 0 2 0 13 0
2003–04 Ligue 1 9 0 1 0 1 0 11 0
2004–05 30 2 2 0 1 0 33 2
2005–06 31 1 2 0 1 0 34 1
2006–07 Ligue 2 20 2 3 0 1 0 24 2
Total 99 5 10 0 6 0 0 0 115 5
Lille 2006–07 Ligue 1 17 0 1 0 2 0 20 0
2007–08 35 2 3 0 1 0 39 2
2008–09 33 9 3 0 1 0 37 9
2009–10 29 4 1 0 2 0 11 2 43 6
2010–11 26 2 6 1 2 0 9 1 43 4
2011–12 12 2 2[17] 0 5 0 19 2
Total 152 19 14 1 8 0 27 3 201 23
Bordeaux 2011–12 Ligue 1 17 4 2 0 19 4
2012–13 30 6 4 0 8 1 42 7
2013–14 21 4 1 0 3[18] 0 2 0 27 4
Total 68 14 7 0 3 0 10 1 88 15
Germany League DFB Pokal DFL-Ligapokal Europe Total
Werder Bremen 2013–14 Bundesliga 10 1 10 1
2014–15 2 0 1 0 3 0
Total 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Turkey League Turkish Cup Other Europe Total
Çaykur Rizespor (loan) 2014–15 Süper Lig 16 2 2 0 18 2
Israel League Israeli Cup Other Europe Total
Maccabi Haifa 2015–16 Israeli Premier League 26 3 4 0 2 0 32 3
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
Auxerre 2016–17 Ligue 2 20 0 5 0 25 0
2017–18 16 0 3 0 1 0 20 0
Total 36 0 8 0 1 0 0 0 45 0
Career total 409 44 46 1 18 0 39 4 512 49

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 August 2009 Bydgoszcz, Poland   Greece
2–0
[19]
2–0
Friendly
2. 12 October 2010 Montreal, Canada   Ecuador
2–1
2–2
3. 17 November 2010 Poznań, Poland   Ivory Coast
2–1
3–1
4. 2 June 2012 Warsaw, Poland   Andorra
1–0
4–0
5. 14 November 2012 Gdańsk, Poland   Uruguay
1–2
1–3

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Lille

Bordeaux

Maccabi Haifa

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bordeaux v. Metz Match Report". Lfp.fr. Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  2. ^ Laurent Picard. "Lille land Metz man". Sky Sports. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Ludovic Obraniak joins Bordeaux from Lille". Yahoo!. Associated Press. 12 January 2012. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Obraniak breaks old hearts in nine-goal epic". PA. FIFA.com. 12 February 2012. Archived from the original on 28 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Werder holt Obraniak aus Bordeaux" [Werder signs Obraniak from Bordeaux] (in German). T-Online. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Dutt mochte mich nicht" [Dutt didn't like me] (in German). Bild. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Obraniak transfers to Caykur Rizespor". SV Werder Bremen. 15 January 2015. Archived from the original on 17 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Galatasaray: 2 - Çaykur Rizespor: 0 (İlk Yarı)". Haberler. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Debuts for Obraniak and Kriaf" (in Hebrew). ONE. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  10. ^ "FIFA nie przeszkodzi już Obraniakowi w grze dla Polski". Eurosport (in Polish). 4 June 2009. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
  11. ^ Nawrot, Radosław (10 August 2009). "Tu mieszkał dziadek Ludovica Obraniaka" [Ludovic Obraniak's grandfather lived here]. sport.pl (in Polish). Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Ludovic Obraniak wystąpił o nadanie polskiego obywatelstwa" [Ludovic Obraniak obtained Polish citizenship]. Sport.pl. 24 February 2009. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Ludovic Obraniak obywatelem Polski" [Ludovic Obraniak is a Polish citizen]. TVS (in Polish). 5 June 2009. Archived from the original on 11 July 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
  14. ^ "Beenhakker announces squad for Greece friendly". Polskie Radio. 23 July 2009. Archived from the original on 30 July 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2013.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  15. ^ "New father Obraniak will make France game". Agence France-Presse. FIFA. 3 June 2011. Archived from the original on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  16. ^ "L. Obraniak". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  17. ^ Includes 2011 Trophée des Champions
  18. ^ Includes 2013 Trophée des Champions
  19. ^ Andrzej Gowarzewski: Biało-Czerwoni. Dzieje reprezentacji Polski (6) 2008-2015. Katowice: Wydawnictwo GiA, 2016, p. 41. ISBN 978-83-88232-48-0.

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