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Ludovic Obraniak

Published: Friday 2 March 2012, 11.52CET
FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Published: Friday 2 March 2012, 11.52CET

Ludovic Obraniak

FC Girondins de Bordeaux

Born and bred in France, where he has lived his whole life, Ludovic Obraniak qualifies to play for Poland through his grandfather, who hails from Poznan. A left-footed attacking midfielder, he helped LOSC Lille Métropole to a league and cup double in 2010/11 before leaving to join FC Girondins de Bordeaux in January 2012.

• Started out with home-town club FC Metz and won promotion to Ligue 1 at the end of his debut campaign in 2002/03. 

• Became increasingly important to Metz over the next three seasons, scoring his first Ligue 1 goal (a penalty) in a 1-1 draw against Lille on 20 February 2005; suffered relegation with the Lorraine club in 2006.

• Returned to the top flight after half a season when he signed for Lille in January 2007; soon afterwards he was pitched into the UEFA Champions League, making his European debut in a round of 16 tie against Manchester United FC.

• Helped Lille improve their Ligue 1 standing every season – tenth, seventh, fifth and fourth – until they scooped the title in 2010/11; chiefly a substitute during that triumphant campaign, he came off the bench to score a spectacular last-minute winner in the final of the Coupe de France against Paris Saint-Germain FC.

• Granted Polish citizenship in June 2009, he made his international debut two months later and marked it by scoring both goals in a 2-0 friendly victory over Greece in Bydgoszcz; became a regular under Franciszek Smuda, registering further goals in friendlies against Ecuador and Ivory Coast.

• Made 17 appearances in 2012, scoring four times to help Bordeaux finish fifth and secure a UEFA Europa League play-off place.

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