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Wasilewski with Anderlecht in 2011
|Full name||Marcin Ryszard Wasilewski|
|Date of birth||9 June 1980|
|Place of birth||Kraków, Poland|
|Playing position||Centre back|
Marcin Ryszard Wasilewski ( born 9 June 1980) is a Polish former professional footballer who played as a centre back. He is best known for getting injured after a horrible challenge by Axel Witsel during a match in 2009.
Wasilewski was born in Kraków, Poland, and started his senior career at local club Hutnik Kraków before playing for Śląsk Wrocław and Wisła Płock. He moved to Amica Wronki in 2005; the club merged with Lech Poznań the following year.
He was acquired by Belgian side Anderlecht in January 2007. During the 2008–09 season he was the club's third-most prolific goalscorer, tying with Guillaume Gillet at eight goals.
On 30 August 2009, Wasilewski suffered an open leg fracture in the 26th minute of the 1–1 Jupiler League draw between Anderlecht and Standard Liège when Liège's Axel Witsel made a challenge. Witsel was red-carded for the offence. Wasilewski underwent corrective surgery for open fractures to both the tibia and fibula. Witsel was suspended for eight games by the Belgian FA over the incident, after an appeal.
After a long rehabilitation, Wasilewski made his return on 8 May 2010. He celebrated his return to Anderlecht's first eleven with the opening goal of his side's 2–1 win at S.V. Zulte Waregem.
His drive to return was rewarded with a new contract until the summer of 2013, with the club talking about him as "a club monument, who had to deliver an inhuman battle".
Wasilewski and Witsel, then of Zenit St. Petersburg, met again on the field on 24 October 2012 in a UEFA Champions League group match. Wasilewski announced in advance that he would refuse to shake hands with Witsel before the game, with Anderlecht management accepting his decision. However, he ultimately changed his mind and accepted Witsel's hand, saying that he didn't want to turn the atmosphere of the match into a personal duel.
On 14 September 2013, Wasilewski was reported to be undergoing a trial with Leicester City in the English Championship, in the hope of landing a contract. On 17 September he was confirmed as having signed for the Foxes on a one-year contract. He made his debut in a League Cup third-round match against Derby County on 24 September, playing the entire match as Leicester won 2–1. On 30 November 2013, a coachload of Anderlecht fans travelled to Leicester's King Power Stadium to support Wasilewski at his new club. There were emotional scenes after he played a key role in City's 3–0 win over Millwall. Wasilewski established himself as a first-team regular as Leicester finished the season as Championship champions and secured their return to the Premier League. On 22 May 2014, he extended his contract by a further year.
Wasilewski made his Premier League debut on 1 November 2014, in the 0–1 defeat against West Bromwich Albion, during which he appeared to elbow opposing striker Saido Berahino; however, the FA cleared the defender. On 31 January 2015, Wasilewski scored his first goal in English football, heading in a late consolation goal in Leicester's 3–1 defeat by Manchester United which was also the second goal ever scored in the Premier League by a Polish footballer; Robert Warzycha had scored in the competition's opening weekend, 22-and-a-half years earlier. On 4 June, Wasilewski announced via his Instagram account that he had signed a new one-year contract with Leicester City.
He made his first league appearance of the 2015–16 Premier League season on 19 December 2015 when he started in a 3–2 win over Everton. Wasilewski played only two league games before Leicester's Premier League trophy presentation on 7 May 2016, making him ineligible for a winner's medal (a minimum of five league games is required). Nonetheless, owing to teammate Robert Huth's suspension, Wasilewski played the final two matches of the Premier League season, taking his appearances up to four. On 14 June 2016, Wasilewski signed a one-year extension to his contract.
|Hutnik Kraków||1998–99||I liga||14||0||—||—||—||14||0|
|Anderlecht||2006–07||Belgian Pro League||14||2||0||0||0||0||—||14||2|
- Scores and results list Poland's goal tally first.
|1.||6 December 2006||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates||2–0||5–2||Friendly|
|2.||12 August 2009||Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium, Bydgoszcz||Greece||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|3.||2 June 2012||Pepsi Arena, Warsaw||Andorra||4–0||4–0||Friendly|
- Belgian Pro League: 2006–07, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Belgian Cup: 2007–08
- Belgian Super Cup: 2007, 2010
- Football League Championship: 2013–14
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