Jakub Blaszczykowski is a Polish international footballer who plays for German football club VFL Woflsburg and the Poland National Team predominately as a winger. Many might remember him playing for Borrusia Dortmund under the management of Jurgen Klopp where they won two back to back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.
But many might not know the struggling story of his before he became a professional footballer. Childhood has not been kind to everyone in this world. While some might have had a luxurious childhood, there a few section of people who have really struggled hard to come out of a torrid early life. Jakub is one who belongs to the latter part of the society.
When he was just 10 years old, in 1996, he witnessed a family tragedy that completely changed his life. His father stabbed his mother and was imprisoned for the act. With both the parents now departed he and his brother, Dawid, had only their grandmother to look forward to. Both the boys were raised by their grandmother.
Blaszczykowski, also commonly known as Kuba, had already joined Polish club Raków Częstochowa before his life took such a disastrous turn. He even briefly quit football after the malign incident. However his uncle Jerzy Brzęczek, a former captain of the Polish national football team himself, was instrumental in bringing Kuba back to football as he started to play for Raków Częstochowa again. And this time there was no looking back for Kuba as he steadily made good progress in his club level.
In early 2003, he joined KS Częstochowa and played in the Polish fourth league until the end of 2004. With the help of his uncle again, he managed to get a trial at Wisła Kraków, where he impressed then-manager Werner Lička. That was a good time for Kuba as he managed to break into the first team veey quickly. He managed to win the the Polish League in his very first season as well as finished runners up in the following season. Kuba brought in some personal laurels too. He won the best midfielder award in the league as well as made into the best XI of the league in 2006-07.
In 2007 Borussia Dortmund snapped him up for an undisclosed fee. His first season was plagued by a torn leg for which he had to miss the majority of the season. However he was named as the Polish Footballer of the year in 2008. Success again came to Kuba’s feet as Dortmund rose to fame from ashes in 2010. They managed to do the unthinkable.
Dortmund toppled Bayern Munich back to back in 2011 and 2012 and bring the Bundesliga title to Signal Iduna Park. Blaszczykowski was an instrumental part in the team and was a starter in almlst all the matches. In 2012 BVB once again beat Munich in the final to take home the DFB Pokal Cup. Kuba was the main man as he provided two decisive assists to help Dortmund win the cup. In July 2012, he was named on UEFA’s 32-man shortlist for the Best Player in Europe award. Jakub Blaszczykowski was the also the part of that Dortmund team which finshed as Runners up in the Champions League in 2013. However 2014 was not a fruitful year for him. He was constantly overlooked by Jurgen Klopp and could only make appearances from the bench.
In the start of 2015-16 season Kuba decided to join Italian side Fiorentina on a season long loan. He didn’t get a huge success there either and soon returned back to Bundesliga the subsequent season. This time with Vfl Wolfsburg. Since then Kuba has been a consistent member in the Wolfsburg side.
Blaszczykowski even has an impressive international career. He made his international debut in a friendly against Saudi Arabia in March, 2006. He didn’t make into the 2006 World Cup because of an injury. Kuba was instrumental during 2008 Euro qualifiers and helped Poland reach the competition. Again due to an injury he missed another International major championship. In 2010 he was made the captain of the Polish National Team. He led his team into the 2012 Euros where Poland were one of the two co-hosts. He had an successful outing with one goal and one assist in the first two matches. However Poland didn’t go past the group stages.
Błaszczykowski was Poland’s top scorer in their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with four goals. But Poland didn’t qualify for the mega championship. He was also in the side for the 2016 Euros. While he missed the first phase of the tournament due to a niggle, he returned to the team in the knockout stage. Kuba’s spot-kick against Switzerland made sure that Poland qualify for the quarter finals. However he turned into a Villain as he missed his penalty against Portugal which ended their impressive campaign. He has had a hundred caps for Poland, thus making him the third most capped player for his Nation.
Blaszczykowski has come a long way since that acrimonious incident 22 years back. He can surely be looked as inspiration by the younger generation. A man who could have hung up his boots when he was 10, has now a glorious CV to boast of.
Footballers like Blaszczykowski will always be underrated because of their old school playing style. But it’s our duty to respect guys like him with all the gratitude. He is blessed with two daughters, Oliwia and Lena, from his wife, Agata Gołaszewska. He can always be seen playing homage to his grandmother after scoring when he looks up to the heavens. He is a devout Roman Catholic, who reads the Bible on a daily basis, prays often, and participates in the “I am not ashamed of Jesus” project. Blaszczykowski is certainly a hero for many in this world and people like him inspire others to run behind their dreams and achieve them. There will always hurdles and obstacles in the way but a proper and stern temperament will always help people find success. We thank Jakub ‘Kuba’ Blaszczykowski for being a revelation of his own.
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