Marek Zając

Marek Zając (born September 17, 1973 in Kraków), known as Marek (Chinese: 马里科) in China, is a Polish former soccer player and currently Manager of R&F. A versatile defender, he experienced considerable success with Wisła Kraków before moving to Turkey to play for Süper Lig sides Denizlispor and A. Sebatspor until he joined Chinese side Shenzhen Jianlibao and became a prominent figure within the team for five seasons.

Marek Zając
Personal information
Full name Marek Zając
Date of birth (1973-09-17) September 17, 1973 (age 47)
Place of birth Kraków, Poland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1.2 in)
Playing position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Cracovia ? (?)
1995–1997 Hutnik Kraków 36 (4)
1997–2002 Wisła Kraków 95 (16)
2002 Denizlispor 10 (1)
2002–2003 Zagłębie Lubin 21 (2)
2003–2004 Akçaabat Sebatspor 23 (1)
2003–2008 Shenzhen Jianlibao 96 (5)
2009 Liaoning Hongyun 15 (2)
National team
2000–2003 Poland 4 (0)
Teams managed
2011 Guangzhou R&F (Assistant coach)
2017–2018 R&F (Hong Kong)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Marek Zając previously played for Cracovia and Hutnik Kraków before he moved to Polish powerhouse Wisła Kraków where he experienced considerable success by winning two league titles and a call up to his national team. This saw Turkish side Denizlispor interested with his services and Zając moved to them during the 2001-02 season, however he only played in ten league games before returning to Poland with Zagłębie Lubin the following season.[1] With another chance to play in the Süper Lig Marek Zając joined Akçaabat Sebatspor in the 2003-04 season where he stayed for one season.

Halfway through the 2004 Chinese league season Zając moved to Shenzhen Jianlibao to help them in their push for the league title. Achieving this he remained with the team for the next five seasons despite the exit of most of their top stars and manager, however when he finally left the team at the end of the 2008 league season he became the team's longest serving foreigner. Zając remained in China and joined second tier side Liaoning Hongyun at the beginning of the 2009 league season and helped the team win the division title.

International careerEdit

Zając made two appearances for the Polish national team.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Management statisticsEdit

As of 13 May 2018
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
R&F (Hong Kong) June 2017 March 2018 18 6 1 11 033.33
Total 18 6 1 11 033.33


Wisła Kraków

Shenzhen Shangqingyin

Liaoning Hongyun


  1. ^ Marek Zając at
  2. ^ "Marek Zając". PZPN. Retrieved 2008-10-14.[dead link]
  3. ^ "中甲最终积分榜:辽宁冠军南昌冲超成功 四川降级". 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2019-08-06.

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