Łukasz Żygadło

Łukasz Żygadło
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Personal information
Full name Łukasz Tomasz Żygadło
Nickname Ziomek
Nationality Polish
Born (1979-08-02) August 2, 1979 (age 40)
Sulechów, Poland
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 91 kg (201 lb)
Spike 342 cm (135 in)
Block 321 cm (126 in)
Volleyball information
Position Setter
Current club Stocznia Szczecin
Number 15
Career
Years Teams
1990–1994
1994–1995
1995–1997
1997–2001
2001–2002
2002–2003
2003–2004
2004–2005
2005–2006
2006–2007
2007–2008
2008–2012
2012–2013
2013–2014
2014–2015
2015–2018
2018–
Orion Sulechów
AZS Częstochowa
SMS Rzeszów
AZS Częstochowa
Nordea Czarni Radom
EKS Skra Bełchatów
Płomień Sosnowiec
Panathinaikos Athens
Halkbank Ankara
Dinamo Kaliningrad
ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
Itas Diatec Trentino
Fakel Novy Urengoy
Zenit Kazan
Trentino Volley
Sarmayeh Bank Tehran
Stocznia Szczecin
National team
1998–  Poland (247)
Last updated: 27 June 2018

Łukasz Tomasz Żygadło (born 2 August 1979) is a Polish volleyball player, a member of Poland men's national volleyball team (247 presents in the national team) and Polish club Stocznia Szczecin, a participant of the Olympic Games London 2012, gold medalist of the 2012 World League, silver medalist of the 2006 World Championship and the 2011 World Cup, bronze medalist of the 2011 World League and the 2011 European Championship, 2000 Polish Champion, 2012 and 2015 Italian Champion, two times 2016, 2017 Iranian Champion, two times winner of AVC Asian Club Championships. He is medalist of leagues: Polish, Greek, Italian, Iranian and Turkish. He is a multiple winner of the CEV Champions League and FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship with the Italian club Trentino Volley. He is one of the most successful Polish volleyball players.

As a player of Itas Diatec Trentino before a match in Piacenza.
' Łukasz Żygadło, Grzegorz Kosok, Michał Kubiak's block during the Poland - USA match at Spodek in Katowice.
During the match at Spodek in Katowice ( World League 2012).
Łukasz Żygadło during the match at Spodek in Katowice ( World League 2013).

Personal life

Łukasz Żygadło was born in Sulechów, Poland. He attended School of Sports Championship in Rzeszów. He graduated Częstochowa University of Technology with a master's degree in Management and Marketing.[1] He is married to Agnieszka. He is an honorary resident of Trentino, Italy. He speaks Polish, Italian, English, Russian. He graduated in 2015 and receive diploma from Associazione Italiana Sommelier. He is a member of AIS in Italy.

Career

Clubs

He started his career in club Orion Sulechów. When he was 15, he moved to AZS Częstochowa. After graduation, he continued his career at the club from Częstochowa. Between 1997-2001, he won gold, silver and bronze medals in the Polish Championship and Polish Cup of 1998. Then he played for Polish clubs Nordea Czarni Radom and Skra Bełchatów. In the 2003/2004 season, he won the Polish Cup with his club, Polska Energia Sosnowiec. In 2004 he moved to Greece, to play for Panathinaikos Athens. With this club, he won the bronze medal of the Greek Championship. In the next season, 2005/2006, he played for Halkbank Ankara and won the bronze medal of the Turkish Championship. He was awarded the title of best setter of the Turkish League in 2006. In next the two seasons, he played for Polish club, ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle and Russian club Dinamo Kaliningrad.

In 2008, Żygadło moved to an Italian club, Itas Diatec Trentino, where he played for four seasons. During his time playing in Italy, he won the gold medal at the CEV Champions League three times with his club (2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011) and the bronze medal in 2012.[2] He was chosen as the best setter of Champions League 2010.[3] He won three gold medals in the FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship (2009, 2010, 2011). With the club from Trentino, he won three silver (2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2011/2012) and one gold medal of the Italian Championship (2010/2011) and two Italian Cups (2010, 2012).

After four years, Żygadło moved to the Russian League, where he played for Fakel Novy Urengoy for one season, 2012/2013.[4] Then he moved to another Russian club, Zenit Kazan.[5] He signed a 2-year contract and replaced Italian setter Valerio Vermiglio.[6] On October 6, 2013 he was injured during training.[7] He lost season 2013/2014, because of injury.[8] He broke his foot, which is after two surgeries and reconstructions of bone.[9] In the club from Kazan he has been replaced by Serbian setter Nikola Grbić.[10] After two surgeries, bone reconstruction and rehabilitation, Żygadło returned to training in March 2014.[11] After the season 2013/2014 Żygadło left Zenit Kazan. The contract was terminated by mutual agreement of both parties.[12] After two seasons spent in Russia Żygadło accepted an offer from Italian club Trentino Volley. He returned to the club, where he won several titles in 2008-2012.[13] His official return to the club from Trentino was announced on July 10, 2014 and the player stated he was glad about his return to the city and the team.[14] On May 13, 2015 he won title of Italian Champion with Trentino Volley.

In July 2015 he decided to leave the Italian team and signed a contract with newly founded Iranian club Sarmayeh Bank Tehran.[15] On March 14, 2016 Iranian Volleyball Federation decided that Sarmayeh Bank Tehran achieved title of Iranian Champion because their opponent in finale Paykan Tehran was not able to attend in the third and the decisive game of the final series. Żygadło was one of the notable players in Iranian League that season and one of the best in his position.[16] In 2016-2017 season he went on to win second Iranian Championship with his team. On 6th of July he won for second time Asian Club Championship which were held in Vietnam, received Best Setter Award of the tournament.

National team

He debuted in the Polish national team in 2000, when he was appointed to the matches of the World League, European and World Championships. On December 3, 2006, he won with the national team the silver medal of World Championship 2006 in Japan. On July 5, 2010, he gave up his career in the national team, because of the lack of training and lack of competition for his position in the composition.

On March 31, 2011, he returned to the national team after receiving an appointment from coach Andrea Anastasi.[17] In 2011, he won three medals with the Polish national team: silver at World Cup[18] and two bronzes at World League[19] and European Championship.[20] He is a gold medalist of World League 2012 in Sofia, Bulgaria.[21][22] Despite his injury and lack of play in the 2013/2014 season, Polish coach Antiga appointed Żygadło to the national team in summer 2014.

Sporting achievements

CEV Champions League

CEV Cup

FIVB Club World Championship

AVC Asian Club Championship

National championship

National team

Individually

State awards

References

  1. ^ Absolwenci Politechniki Częstochowskiej - Wydział Zarządzania - swpcz.vip.pcz.pl
  2. ^ Final Four 2012: Trentino z brązowym medalem - belsport.pl - 18-03-2014
  3. ^ Jeden Polak nie życzył Skrze zwycięstwa - sport.fakt.pl - 04-05-2010
  4. ^ Łukasz Żygadło podpisał kontrakt z Fakiełem Nowy Urengoj - eurosport.onet.pl - 04-05-2012
  5. ^ Łukasz Żygadło podpisał kontrakt z Zenitem Kazań - eurosport.onet.pl - 14-05-2013
  6. ^ Zenit Kazan Hires Lukasz Zygadlo - volleywood.net - 17-05-2013
  7. ^ Lukasz Zygadlo injured - russiavolley.com - 07-10-2013
  8. ^ Kontuzja Łukasza Żygadły. Lekarze muszą zrobić korekcję kości - sport.pl - 09-10-2013
  9. ^ Łukasz Żygadło: Po drugiej operacji noga goi się prawidłowo - sport.interia.pl - 21-10-2013
  10. ^ Serbian Volleyball Player Nikola Grbić in Zenit Kazan - russiavolley.com - 11-10-2013
  11. ^ Lukasz Zygadlo Is Ready To Play - volleywood.net - 26-03-2014
  12. ^ Łukasz Żygadło nie jest już siatkarzem Zenitu Kazań! - s-w-o.pl - 06-05-2014
  13. ^ Secondo colpo del mercato gialloblù: in regia torna Lukasz Zygadlo! - trentinovolley.it - 10-07-2014
  14. ^ Zygadlo: "Trento mi mancava: lavoriamo assieme per tornare grandi" - trentinovolley.it - 10-07-2014
  15. ^ Market, the final transactions and the roster for the season 2015/16 - trentinovolley.it - 22-07-2015
  16. ^ IRN M: Paykan’s request denied, Sarmayeh clinched the national title! - worldofvolley.vom - 14-03-2016
  17. ^ Łukasz Żygadło wraca do reprezentacji Polski - eurosport.onet.pl - 31-03-2011
  18. ^ Poland shoot up World Rankings on back of World Cup silver - fivb.org - 06-12-2011
  19. ^ 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League Final Report - fivb.org - 10-07-2011
  20. ^ Bartosz Kurek is the man of the day as Poland strikes bronze at EuroVolley - cev.lu - 18-09-2011
  21. ^ Poland beat USA to claim first World League title - fivb.org - 08-07-2012
  22. ^ Poland wins historical gold at the 2012 World League - fivb.org - 08-07-2012

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