Wojciech Szczesny was born in Warsaw Poland, a city passionately behind the country’s most prolific club – Legia Warsaw. Szczesny proudly began his career there and debuted for the club at the ripe age of 15 years.
Much like other cultures, certain forms of dance are taught to children as a pastime at a young age – Wojciech Szczesny was no exception to this rule. Prior to his footballing career, he practiced ballroom dancing until the age of seven. It’s a fact he finds embarrassing to reminisce about now.
The Polish keeper spent most of his more formative years in England at Arsenal before heading to Italy. He started with the Gunners academy team in 2006 and progressed to the first team at 19 years of age.
Wojciech Szczesny made his first-team debut with the Gunners in September 2009 against West Bromwich Albion in the Carling Cup. He later made his full Premier League in December 2010 against Manchester United.
In November 2014 he became only the 11th goalkeeper in the Arsenal’s history to reach the milestone of 50 games with no goals conceded. In total, Szczesny has made 181 appearances for the Gunners and has won two FA Cups and one Community Shield.
Szczesny has had full international status for Poland since 2009. He claimed his first international cap on November 18, 2009, against Canada in a friendly.
The Polish keepers chance at international glory on home soil did not go as planned when the 2012 Euro’s were hosted in his home country of Poland. In the sides opener against Greece, Szczesny was sent off for a foul in the 68th minute and managed to rule himself out of appearing for the rest of the tournament.
Maciej Szczesny – Wojciech’s father – was also a goalkeeper. He made only seven appearances internationally for Poland between 1991-1996 and played exclusively in the Polish top division for Legia Warsaw, Widzew Lodz, Polonia Warsaw and Wisla Krakow. He won four league titles at each of these sides as well.
Footballing blood clearly runs within the family as Szczesny’s brother Jan also plays as a professional keeper in the Polish top division. Currently, his brother Jan players for Polish side Gwardia Warszawa.
Although Szczesny sported a memorable career at Arsenal as the clubs main keeper for many years, it was his loan move to Roma that leads to his ultimate return to form. It was during that spell that Szczesny felt he became “the best he had ever been”.