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Paweł Brożek

Published: Friday 2 March 2012, 12.56CET
Celtic FC
Published: Friday 2 March 2012, 12.56CET

Paweł Brożek

Celtic FC

One of two footballing twins, Paweł Brożek is an accomplished, predatory striker whereas his brother Piotr, who has played alongside him for most of his career, operates as a left-back. A serial Polish title winner with Wisła Kraków, he joined Trabzonspor AŞ in January 2011 and then moved on loan to Celtic FC a year later.

• Born in Kielce, he joined Wisła (along with his brother) at 15 and scored his first Ekstraklasa goal in his second home game – on 21 April 2001, his 18th birthday, against MKS Odra Wodzisław Śląski.

• Had a loan spell at ŁKS Łódź before returning to Wisła and scoring on his European debut, a UEFA Cup first round match against NK Primorje; his progress at Wisła was blocked by the club's prolific strike partnership of Tomasz Frankowski and Maciej Żurawski, so he was farmed out for a further spell on loan to GKS Katowice.

• Having had a goalscoring debut for Poland against Mexico on 27 April 2005, he finally made his mark at Wisła in 2005/06, registering 13 times in the league and participating at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he appeared as a substitute in all three matches.

• Spearheaded Wisła's back-to-back Ekstraklasa title triumphs of 2007/08 and 2008/09, scoring 23 goals in the former to take the league's top scorer crown and 19 in the latter to share the prize with Legia Warszawa's Zimbabwean import Takesure Chinyama.

• Left out of Poland's UEFA EURO 2008 squad by coach Leo Beenhakker despite his prolific club form, he reclaimed his place after the Dutchman's departure and scored his fifth goal during Franciszek Smuda's reign in a November 2011 friendly win against Hungary; featured little as he won the 2011/12 Scottish title on loan at Celtic.

Last updated: 23/05/12 17.34CET

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