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Zygrfryd Ludwik Szołtysik (born October 24, 1942, in the village Trockenberg near what is present Radzionków) is a Polish former football (midfielder) playing most of his career in Górnik Zabrze. He carried the nickname 'Zyga' or 'Mały' (contributed by a small posture, 162 cm of height and 60 kg).

Zygfryd Szołtysik
Zygfryd Szołtysik.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1942-10-24) October 24, 1942 (age 76)
Place of birth Trockenberg, Province of Upper Silesia
(near present-day Bytom, Poland)
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1961 Zryw Chorzów
1962–1974 Górnik Zabrze 307 (78)
1974–1975 US Valenciennes
1975–1978 Górnik Zabrze 86 (11)
1978 Toronto Falcons
1978–1984 Concordia Knurów
1986–1987 Eintracht Hamm
1987–1990 SVA Bockum Hovel
National team
1963–1972 Poland 46 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Poland
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1972 Munich Team competition

Szołtysik emerged as football player in a Polish club Zryw Chorzów notorious, at that time, for an excellent work with young players. He was soon visited by representatives of Górnik Zabrze and contracted to the club, in 1962. Having spent 16 years in Zabrze, the time interrupted merely for a season in Valenciennes FC, he accounted for 395 matches in Polish league, which makes him the club leader of that classification. The total number of games for Górnik's colors exceeds 500 matches. He was a member of a team which claimed seven titles in the Polish Ekstraklasa (1963–1967, 1971, 1972), six victories in the Polish Cup, and the only European final ever achieved by a Polish football club (1970). He boasts of 124 goals for Górnik Zabrze including 91 in the league.

He made his debut to the national team in 1963 in the play against Norway (along with Włodzimierz Lubański), won 9–0, which had proved to be the highest victory of Poland for almost half century. He belongs to the very narrow group that scored two goals in the first match for Poland. Two years before he had won second place in the European Youth Championships. But the greatest achievements were yet to come. The Polish football team qualified to Olympic Games in 1972. In a day following the tragic events of Munich massacre, Poland played a decisive match against Soviet Union. While the Soviet team was prevailing over Poland, the team coach, Kazimierz Górski decided upon bringing Szołtysik to the game. He quickly turned the tide into the favor of Poland, scoring the decisive goal that gave Poland victory 2:1. After defeating Hungary in the final, Poland (and Szołtysik as member of the team) secured the gold medal. He ended up international career the same year with the final standings of 46 games and 10 goals.

He was awarded the prize "Złote Buty" (Gold Shoes) by newspaper 'Sport' in 1969. He left Poland for Canada in 1978, he returned and played in Górnik Knurów for six years, and eventually moved to Germany where he ended football career in 1990.

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