Ryszard Kulesza, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Ryszard Kulesza

Polish footballer

Date of Birth: 28-Sep-1931

Place of Birth: Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland

Date of Death: 19-May-2008

Profession: association football manager, association football player

Nationality: Poland

Zodiac Sign: Libra

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About Ryszard Kulesza

  • Ryszard Kulesza (28 September 1931, in Warsaw – 19 May 2008, in Warsaw) was a Polish footballer, coach and official, one of managers of the Poland national football team.
  • His father was killed during the Warsaw Uprising, and Kulesza himself, who was 13, was lucky to survive, as a German soldier threw him under a passing tank.
  • After the uprising, he was forcibly taken to Germany as Ost-Arbeiter, but escaped and returned to Poland on foot.
  • After the war, Kulesza played in such teams, as Okecie Warszawa, Polonia Warsaw, and Polonia Bydgoszcz.
  • He ended his career as a player in 1961, and began working as a coach.
  • In 1972–1974, Kulesza coached Lechia Gdansk, and since 1974, he worked with several national teams of Poland, such as U-21 (1974–1975), and U-23 (1975–1978).
  • In 1976, Kulesza co-worked with Kazimierz Górski, and later with Jacek Gmoch (1976–1977 and 1978).
  • In October 1978, after Gmoch's resignation, he took the post of general manager of Polish national team, but left this post in December 1980, as a result of the Okecie Airport incident.
  • He was replaced with Antoni Piechniczek.
  • In the 1980s, Kulesza worked in Tunisia and Morocco, returning to Poland in late 1980s.
  • He became an activist of the Polish Football Federation (PZPN), founding the school of football coaches, which was popularly called kuleszówka.
  • He actively fought corruption, and in 1993, he supported stripping Legia Warsaw of its championship title, after Warsaw's team routed Wisla Kraków 6–0 in Kraków.
  • Kulesza died in a hospital, suffering from Alzheimer disease.
  • He was buried on 29 May 2008 at Warsaw's Czerniaków Cemetery.

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