Maciej Skorża

Maciej Skorża (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmat͡ɕɛj ˈskɔrʐa]; born 10 January 1972) is a Polish professional football manager and former player he is manager of J1 League club Urawa Red Diamonds from 2023.

Maciej Skorża
Maciej Skorża 2011.jpg
Skorża coaching Legia Warsaw in 2011
Personal information
Full name Maciej Skorża
Date of birth (1972-01-10) 10 January 1972 (age 50)
Place of birth Radom, Poland
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Urawa Red Diamonds (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993 Radomiak Radom
1994 AZS-AWF Warsaw
Management career
1994–1998 Legia Warsaw (youth)
1998–1999 SMS Piaseczno
1999–2002 Amica Wronki (youth)
2002–2003 Amica Wronki II
2004–2005 Amica Wronki
2006–2007 Dyskobolia
2007–2010 Wisła Kraków
2010–2012 Legia Warsaw
2012–2013 Ettifaq FC
2014–2015 Lech Poznań
2017 Pogoń Szczecin
2018–2020 United Arab Emirates U23
2021–2022 Lech Poznań
2022– Urawa Red Diamonds
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

He was playing as a defender for Radomiak Radom and AZS-AWF Warsaw.

Managerial careerEdit

 
Skorża with Wisła Kraków in 2009

In 1994, he began his coaching career as a youth coach for Legia Warsaw.[1] He managed SMS Piaseczno during the 1998–99 season. From 1999 to 2003, he coached the Amica Wronki youth team and was successful in winning a league title in 2002. He also was an assistant to Mirosław Jabłoński while at Wisła Płock.

In May 2003, Paweł Janas appointed Skorża as an assistant coach for the Poland national football team. However, following Poland's elimination from the 2006 FIFA World Cup group stage, the entire staff, including Skorża, was sacked by the Polish Football Association.

He had a short spell at Wisła Płock as an assistant manager before returning to Amica Wronki as a manager in 2004. In the 2004–05 season, Skorża became the first Polish coach to manage to qualify a Polish football club to the group stage of the UEFA Cup. In the 2006–2007 season, he joined Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski and won the Polish Cup and Ekstraklasa Cup. On 13 June 2007 Skorża was appointed as the manager of Wisła Kraków which he led twice to a league title, winning Ekstraklasa in seasons 2007–08 and 2008–09. He worked with Wisła Kraków until 15 March 2010, when the Wisła's board of directors fired him after a series of three games without a win, in spite of the club holding the lead of the league.[2]

On 1 June he was announced as the new manager of Legia Warsaw.[3] On 30 May 2012, Skorża's two-year spell as the Legia manager came to an end.

On 1 September 2014, Skorża began his tenure as manager of Lech Poznań, signing a three-year contract with the club. In his first season in charge, Lech Poznań won Polish Ekstraklasa with a 0-0 draw with Wisła Kraków. This was the third Polish title in his managerial career. This game was watched by 41,545 of fans from the stand, the highest attendance of the entire 2014–15 season in Poland. Lech started the next season with a Polish Super Cup 3–1 home win over Legia Warsaw. The game was attended by 40,088 fans, which is the record for the Super Cup's competition audience size.

From 19 March 2018 to 28 February 2020, Skorża led United Arab Emirates national under-23 team.

On 10 April 2021, he was announced as the manager of Lech Poznań.[4] He officially took over this position on 12 April.[5] In the 2021–22 season, during which the club celebrated its 100th anniversary, Skorża led Lech to its 8th championship and finished as runners-up in Polish Cup.[6][7] On 6 June 2022, he was granted release from his contract, citing personal reasons.[8]

On 10 November 2022, he ended his hiatus when it was announced he would take over as Urawa Red Diamonds' manager from the 2023 season onwards.[9]

HonoursEdit

ManagerEdit

Amica Wronki youthEdit

DyskoboliaEdit

Wisła KrakówEdit

Legia WarsawEdit

Lech PoznańEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Maciej Skorża: Ekstraklasa". Wirtualna Polska. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  2. ^ "Maciej Skorża nie jest już trenerem Wisły". wisla.krakow.pl. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
  3. ^ "Skorża oficjalnie trenerem Legii" (in Polish). Polish Press Agency. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Maciej Skorża trenerem Lecha". 90minut. 10 April 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Wielki powrót na Bułgarską! Trener Maciej Skorża znów poprowadzi Lecha Poznań". Lech Poznań's Twitter. 10 April 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Oficjalnie: Lech Poznań mistrzem Polski. Na kolejny tytuł czekał siedem lat". gol24.pl (in Polish). 14 May 2022. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Fortuna Puchar Polski. Raków broni trofeum! Czarna passa Lecha trwa". sport.tvp.pl/ (in Polish). Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Maciej Skorża na własną prośbę odchodzi z Lecha Poznań" (in Polish). Lech Poznań. 6 June 2022.
  9. ^ "マシエイ スコルツァ監督就任のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Urawa Red Diamonds. 10 November 2022.