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Bartosz Kurek
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Personal information
Full name Bartosz Kamil Kurek
Nickname Kuraś
Born (1988-08-29) 29 August 1988 (age 35)
Wałbrzych, Poland
Height 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight 105 kg (231 lb)
Spike 370 cm (146 in)
Block 340 cm (134 in)
Volleyball information
Position Opposite / Outside hitter
Current club ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
Career
Years Teams
2004–2005
2005–2008
2008–2012
2012–2013
2013–2015
2015–2016
2016–2017
2017–2018
2018
2018–2019
2019–2020
2020–2024
2024–
Stal Nysa
ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
Skra Bełchatów
Dynamo Moscow
Volley Lube
Asseco Resovia
Skra Bełchatów
Ziraat Bankası Ankara
Stocznia Szczecin
Onico Warsaw
Vero Volley Monza
Wolfdogs Nagoya
ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
National team
2007–  POL
Honours
Men's volleyball
Representing  Poland
FIVB World Championship
Gold 2018 Bulgaria/Italy
Silver 2022 Poland/Slovenia
FIVB World Cup
Silver 2011 Japan
Bronze 2015 Japan
FIVB World League
Gold 2012 Sofia
Bronze 2011 Gdańsk
FIVB Nations League
Gold 2023 Gdańsk
Silver 2021 Rimini
Bronze 2022 Bologna
CEV European Championship
Gold 2009 Turkey
Gold 2023 Italy/Bulgaria/North Macedonia/Israel
Bronze 2011 Austria/Czech Republic
Bronze 2021 Poland/Czechia/Estonia/Finland

Bartosz Kamil Kurek (born 29 August 1988) is a Polish professional volleyball player who plays as an opposite spiker for ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle and the Poland national team. Kurek took part in 3 Olympic Games (London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020), and won the 2018 World Champion and the 2009 European Champion title. In 2019, he became the first ever volleyball player to be voted the Polish Sports Personality of the Year.

Bartosz Kurek (6203589096)
On 30 September 2011, during the PGE Skra Bełchatów 3:1 LOTOS Trefl Gdańsk match at Ergo Arena, Gdańsk in the 2011–12 PlusLiga season.
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Bartosz Kurek in 2013.
Radość polskich siatkarzy
After winning the match at Spodek in Katowice. In the foreground from left: Zbigniew Bartman, Bartosz Kurek, Michał Winiarski and Krzysztof Ignaczak.

Personal life

Bartosz Kurek was born in Wałbrzych, but raised in Nysa. His father, Adam Kurek, was also a volleyball player. Kurek played basketball in his early youth, but later decided to choose volleyball. He has a younger brother – Jakub. Kurek is married to Anna Grejman.

Career

Club

Kurek began his career in a team from Nysa (2004–2005), where he played alongside his father. He spent the next 3 years playing for a PlusLiga club, ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle (2005–2008).

In 2008, he moved to PGE Skra Bełchatów, one of the most successful teams in PlusLiga, where he quickly became a key player. With Skra, he won the Polish Championship three times: in 2009, 2010 and 2011. On the international stage, he won two Club World Championship silver medals, in 2009 and 2010, and a bronze medal of the CEV Champions League in 2010. On 18 March 2012, they won a silver medal of the CEV Champions League after losing to Zenit Kazan in the final held in Łódź, Poland. Kurek received an individual award for the Best spiker of the tournament.

After the 2011–12 PlusLiga season, Kurek left PGE Skra Bełchatów, and signed a contract with the Russian team, Dynamo Moscow, however, due to injury, he was unable to play for his new team for a large part of the season.

After one season in Russia, Kurek moved to Italian club Lube Banca Macerata. In 2014, they won the Italian Championship, beating Sir Safety Perugia in the final. On 15 October 2014, Lube, including Kurek, won the Italian Super Cup, beating Copra Elior Piacenza (3–2).

On 4 May 2015, Kurek signed a contract with Asseco Resovia. After winning a silver medal of the Polish Championship in 2016, he left Resovia and signed a contract with Japanese club JT Thunders.

On 2 October 2016, he announced suspending his sports career due to physical and mental fatigue. At the same time, he terminated the contract with JT Thunders. In September, he moved back to his former club – PGE Skra Bełchatów.

In 2018, Kurek joined Polish club Stocznia Szczecin. On 29 November 2018, due to club's financial problems, Kurek terminated his contract with Stocznia. On 6 December 2018, he joined Onico Warsaw after leaving Stocznia Szczecin a few days earlier.

National team

Kurek was a part of the Poland national team which won a gold medal at the 2009 European Championship held in Turkey. On 14 September 2009, he was awarded the Knight's Cross of Polonia Restituta. The Order was conferred on the following day by the Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk.

On 10 July 2011, Kurek, alongside his national team, won the Poland's first medal of the World League. They won a bronze medal after defeating Argentina. Kurek received an individual award for the Best scorer of the final tournament. In the same year, Poland took part in the European Championship, where they were the defending champions. Kurek was his team's key player throughout the whole tournament in which the Polish national team won a second medal in 2011 after winning the match for third place against Russia. At the same tournament, Kurek was awarded with his second individual award in 2011, for the Best server of the tournament. In November 2011, despite a back injury, Kurek went to Japan to participate at the World Cup, and helped his team win a silver medal and therefore qualify for the Olympic Games.

On 8 July 2012, the Polish team won a gold medal of the World League. Kurek received an award for the Most valuable player. Kurek was one of the key players of the Polish team at the Olympic Games (London 2012), but nonetheless Poland lost in the quarterfinal to Russia, and was eliminated from the tournament.

In 2014, he was a member of the Polish national team during the 2015 European Championship qualification. He was not included in the Polish national team for the World Championship held in Poland.

After a one year break, he came back to the national team on 28 May 2015 during the first match of intercontinental round of the World League against Russia (3–0). He was a top scorer of the match (15 points).

On 30 September 2018, Poland achieved its third title of the World Champion. Poland beat Brazil in the final (3–0), and defended the title from 2014. Kurek received an individual award for the Most valuable player of the tournament.

Honours

Club

  • CEV Champions League
  • FIVB Club World Championship
    • Silver medal world centered-2.svg Doha 2009 – with PGE Skra Bełchatów
    • Silver medal world centered-2.svg Doha 2010 – with PGE Skra Bełchatów
  • CEV Cup
    • Simple silver cup.svg 2017–18 – with Ziraat Bankası Ankara
  • Domestic
    • 2008–09 Simple gold cup.svg Polish Cup, with PGE Skra Bełchatów
    • 2008–09 Gold medal with cup.svg Polish Championship, with PGE Skra Bełchatów
    • 2009–10 Gold medal with cup.svg Polish Championship, with PGE Skra Bełchatów
    • 2010–11 Simple gold cup.svg Polish Cup, with PGE Skra Bełchatów
    • 2010–11 Gold medal with cup.svg Polish Championship, with PGE Skra Bełchatów
    • 2011–12 Simple gold cup.svg Polish Cup, with PGE Skra Bełchatów
    • 2013–14 Gold medal with cup.svg Italian Championship, with Cucine Lube Banca Marche Macerata
    • 2014–15 Simple gold cup.svg Italian SuperCup, with Cucine Lube Banca Marche Treia
    • 2021–22 Simple gold cup.svg Emperor's Cup, with Wolfdogs Nagoya
    • 2022–23 Gold medal with cup.svg Japanese Championship, with Wolfdogs Nagoya

Youth national team

  • 2005 Gold medal europe.svg CEV U19 European Championship

Individual awards

  • 2005: CEV U19 European Championship – Best spiker
  • 2009: FIVB Club World Championship – Best scorer
  • 2011: Polish Cup – Best spiker
  • 2011: FIVB World League – Best scorer
  • 2011: CEV European Championship – Best server
  • 2012: CEV Champions League – Best spiker
  • 2012: FIVB World League – Most valuable player
  • 2018: FIVB World Championship – Most valuable player
  • 2018: CEV – Male volleyball player of the year
  • 2019: Polish Sports Personality of the Year 2018
  • 2021: FIVB Nations League – Most valuable player (shared with Wallace de Souza)
  • 2021: FIVB Nations League – Best opposite spiker
  • 2021: Emperor's Cup – Most valuable player
  • 2022: FIVB World Championship – Best opposite spiker
  • 2023: Japan V.League – Most valuable player & Best SIX
  • 2023: Kurowashiki tournament – Most valuable player & Best SIX

State awards

  • 2009: Ribbon Knight's Cross of Polonia Restituta
  • 2018: Ribbon Officer's Cross of Polonia Restituta

Statistics

  • 2015–16 PlusLiga – Best scorer (510 points)
  • 2015–16 PlusLiga – Best spiker (430 points)

See also

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