Former Poland defender Jerzy Wozniak, a stalwart of the national team in the 1950s and 1960s, has died, the Polish football association said today.
Wozniak passed away on Sunday at the age of 78, the association said in a statement paying tribute to the ex-player. Wozniak was born in Rembertow near the Polish capital Warsaw in 1932.
He began his playing career in the garrison town's club in 1947, two years after the end of the World War II Nazi German occupation during which Poles had been banned from playing organised sports.
In 1954 he joined Warsaw's powerhouses, Legia, a club with roots in the military. Over 13 seasons, he played a key role in the Legia squads which won the Polish championship in 1955 and 1956 and the Polish cup in 1955, 1956 and 1966. He made his Poland debut in 1955, notching up 35 appearances until 1962.