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Ryszard Andrzej Niemczyk
Andrzej Niemczyk, a former player for Spolem Lodz, Stal Mielec and Anilana Lodz, started his coaching career working with ChKS Komunalni Lodz. Surprisingly, he quickly guided this small local team into the first division, which made him quite famous in Poland.

In 1975 he was selected to be the head coach of the Polish women’s national team for the first time but he left in 1977, after the European Championships in Finland as he was not able to keep the promise of a medal position, although Poland was very close, finishing fourth. Until this year that was Poland’s best achievement in the Women’s European Championship.

Between 1980 and 1989 Niemczyk was in charge of the West German national women’s side and in 1984 his team participated in the Los Angeles Olympic Games, finishing 6th. In Germany, he was also the coach of club teams: SV Lohhof and SC Berlin.

Following his time on the international stage Niemczyk spent most of the 90s in Turkey, reaching success with club teams: Eczacibasi Istanbul and Vakifbank Ankara.

After accepting his second term in charge of Poland following the sudden resignation of Zbigniew Krzyzanowski in April 2003, 60-year-old Niemczyk has brought not only a new quality but also a new life into the national side, as he gathered all the best Polish players. His first success was achieved in the European World Grand Prix qualifying tournament held on home soil in Pila. The home team finished second, to secure a spot in the 2004 World Grand Prix.

But the best was still to come. In September, Poland surprisingly won gold at the European Championship in Turkey. That was the first ever continental title for any Polish senior team. Among the golden players was his daughter Malgorzata Niemczyk-Wolska.

After a solid eighth place finish at the 2003 World Cup all eyes will now be on Niemczyk’s team to see how they perform in the World Grand Prix. Particularly after missing out on qualifying for the Olympic Games earlier in the year.

Percentage of Wins

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