Zygmunt Paweł Maszczyk (born May 3, 1945, in Siemianowice Śląskie) is a retired Polish football player.

Zygmunt Maszczyk
Personal information
Full name Zygmunt Paweł Maszczyk
Date of birth (1945-05-03) May 3, 1945 (age 74)
Place of birth Siemianowice Śląskie, Poland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1955–1962 Siemianowice Śląskie
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1976 Ruch Chorzów 310 (41)
1977–1978 Valenciennes 36 (4)
National team
1968–1976 Poland 36 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played mostly for Ruch Chorzów.

He played for the Polish national team (36 matches/0 goals)[1] and was a participant at the 1974 FIFA World Cup, where Poland won the bronze medal, at the 1972 Summer Olympics, where Poland won the gold medal and at the 1976 Summer Olympics, where Poland won the silver medal.


Early in his career (1955–1962), Maszczyk played in local club in Siemianowice Śląskie. He moved to the well-renowned Ruch Chorzów in 1963 and played for Ruch till 1976 in 310 matches. He was instrumental in Ruch becoming three time national champion (1968, 1974, 1975) and winning the Polish Cup (1974).

During his career, Maszczyk was perhaps the most popular player of Ruch. He was well regarded for his flawless technique, exceptional work ethic, tirelessness, and quietness and aversion to media.

As an example of his style, Maszczyk was acclaimed as obviously moving the most in the field of all the players of the Polish national team that won the medal in the 1974 World Cup.

Funs called him "Zyga" (a Silesian diminutive for Zygmunt).

Later, Maszczyk moved to Germany, where he left the sports career. By 1981, he lived and work in Lüdenscheid.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)