Date:Wednesday January 25 2006
Born : August 16 1974, Białystok, Poland
1991-1993 - Jagiellonia Białystok
1993-1994 - RC Strasbourg (B team)
1994-1996 - RC Strasbourg,
1996 - Nagoya Grampus Eight, Japan
1996-1997 - CFP Poitiers
1997-1998 - FC Martigues
1998-2005 - Wisła Kraków
2005-2006 - Elche CF, Spain
Polish Championship 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005,
Polish Cup 2002, 2003
League Cup 2001
Golden Boot 1999, 2001, 2005
115 goals in 173 games
8 goals in 13 games
13 goals in 26 matches
10 goals in 17 appearances for Poland
Frankowski should be familiar to most football fans in England. It was Franek who scored a magnificent volley for Poland against England at Old Trafford during the World Cup Qualifying campaign.
He started his career playing for Jagiellonia in his hometown of Białystok before coming to the atention of RC Strasbourg in 1993. Following a year being groomed in their B Team, he progressed to the first team where in 1996 he caught the eye of a young manager in Japan. That man was Arsene Wenger who signed him for Grampus Eight.
Wenger moved on to Arsenal, and Frankowski moved on to France where he spent 2 years, first playing for CFP Poitiers, and then FC Martigues before returning to his homeland in 1998, signing for Wisła Kraków.
This nomadic period was a difficult time for Frankowski, and it saw him make only 36 appearances in his first 6 years as a professional, but his return to Poland was to usher in a new phase for the player, and for Wisła Kraków.
Following his arrival Kraków dominated Polish football. They secured League Titles in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005. The Polish Cup in 2002 and 2003, The League Cup in 2001 and he was 3 times highest scorer in the Ekstraklasa in 1999, 2001, 2005.
His prolific domestic form saw him drafted into the Polish national side ahead of their Germany '06 World Cup campaign where he was instrumental in earning them qualification in the same group as England, scoring 7 goals.
2005 was his last season for Wisła Kraków where he finished as the leagues top scorer, chalking up 25 goals in 26 games helping them to the Ekstraklasa title.
In that year Jose Uribe signed him for Spanish Segunda Liga side Elche CF to fire them into La Liga. He had an immediate impact and this season has scored 8 goals in 14 appearances.
He signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers January 2006 on a 2 and a half year deal after almost a month of protracted negotiations
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