Wojciech Szczesny was the 11th goalkeeper in the Arsenal’s history to reach the milestone of 50 games with no goals conceded in 2014. Read on to find out more facts about Wojciech Szczesny.
(born on April 18, 1990) is a Polish footballer. He plays as a goalkeeper and his current team is Juventus FC from Serie A in Italy. He is also part of the Polish soccer team.
Wojciech Szczesny’s age
is 31. Here we take a look at some facts about the Polish star.
After spending his first campaign mostly as a back-up to Gianluigi Buffon, during which he won a national double, he reclaimed the starting role from the departing Buffon the following season, capturing his second Serie A championship.
His achievements also garnered him a Yashin Trophy nomination in 2019. The next season, he won his third straight league championship, as well as theSerie A
Top Goalkeeper Trophy.
fact about Wojciech Szczesny
is that he became known for his incredible performance in the 2011-12 season, starting as a fourth goalkeeper behind compatriot Łukasz Fabiański, Manuel Almunia and Vito Mannone, and finishing as a starting goalkeeper at age 20.
He has established himself as a starter and was called up for his good performances to the Polish team, with which he played Euro 2012 and Euro 2016.
Wojciech Szczesny’s parents
, it should be mentioned that he is the child of Maciej Szczesny, a player who climbed the ranks of Legia Warsaw and the Polish national team in the 1990s, and alicja szczęsna.
Jan, his brother, is a goalie for Gwadia Warsaw, a Polish 7th team where his father used to compete. He had a sister, Natalia, who died in 1987 as a result of an accident at a playground.
Wojciech Szczesny childhood
, it should be noted that he was a terrific javelin thrower and tried ballroom dance before taking up soccer. In 2005, he started playing soccer in the ranks of Agrykola Warszawa, a local youth team, where he quickly drew the interest of elite teams.
Krzysztof Dowhan, the goalie coach of the Legia Warsaw, persuaded him to practice with them when he was 15 years old. Szczesny was a Legia player, although he never made the first team.
Wojciech Szczesny is in a relationship with the Polish singer Marina Łuczenko. On July 7, 2015, the couple got engaged, and on May 21, 2016, they got married. James Arthur sang at the ceremonies in Athens. On June 30, 2018, the couple's son, Liam was born.
fact about Wojciech Szczesny
is that apart from Polish, he also speaks English and Italian. He plays the piano. In private situations, he was often seen with a cigarette. In youth he met Sandra Dziwiszek, the subsequent partner of driver Nicholas Latifiego.
Wojciech Szczesny repeatedly supported the activities of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. In 2020, during the 28th finals of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, they supported children's surgical needs, together with his wife.
In 2017, he became the ambassador of the social campaign I Like People, related to the Szlachetna Paczka initiative. In 2018, together with his friend, Grzegorz Krychowiak, he took part in the social campaign Be a buddy, organized by the Cartoon Network, aimed at emphasizing the value of friendly relations among children and adolescents. In 2020, he expressed solidarity with Italy, significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wojciech Szczesny leftRoma
in 2017 but stayed in Serie A, departing Arsenal after 11 years at the club for Juventus. In his first season in Turin, Szczesny played second fiddle to Buffon but described it as the best career opportunity he could ever had.
Szczesny moved to London in 2006 to join Gunners of England's junior football program. He was approached to the reserves team at the age of 18 for the 2008-09 campaign, and he was allowed to practice with the first team on a few times. He was out of action for five months after losing his balance and breaking both forearms while practicing with heavy objects at the club in November 2008.
The fact about Wojciech Szczesny is that he made his first appearance on the first squad benches in aPremier League
game versus Stoke City on May 24, 2009, but went unused as the club won 4–1 at the Emirates Stadium to finish the season.
Szczesny was moved to the senior team and assigned the number 53 at the beginning of the 2009–10 campaign. He made his senior squad start in the Football League Cup third round on September 22, 2009, keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 home victory overWest Bromwich Albion
"We have recognized Wojciech as a potential great, great goalkeeper," manager Arsène Wenger said in December 2009, adding that he and the rest of Arsenal's coaching staff have high expectations for Szczesny. He said a month later, "I am certain that he will one day be Arsenal's first choice. He has all of the skills that a goalie should possess."
Szczesny signed League One sideBrentford
on a month's contract on November 20, 2009. In his second appearance, a 1–0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers, he denied a second-half penalty.
On December 12, 2009, Szczesny played his sixth game for Brentford, in which he made a series of saves to put Leeds United at bay and was named Man of the Match.Arsenal
agreed to continue the loan for a second month on December 22nd, until January 17th, 2010, and then until January 31st. It was ultimately prolonged till May 31st.
Andy Scott, the coach of Brentford, remarked in April 2010, "His performances indicate that he would be at home in the Championship, if not the Premier League. It's gotten to the point where we're left wondering why he didn't save a goal."
After Scott was fired as Brentford manager a year later, Szczesny harshly blasted the team on Twitter, expressing his wish that Scott would not be jobless for long. Szczesny was voted Brentford's "Keeper of the Decade" in a club vote in February 2015.
Szczesny made his second appearance for Arsenal in the League Cup on October 27, 2010, keeping a clean sheet versusNewcastle United
at St James' Park and saving multiple Newcastle attacks. On November 11, 2010, he signed a new long-term deal, praising both his father and goalkeeping coach Josh Phelan for assisting him during his breakthrough season.
fact about Wojciech Szczesny
is that he made his Premier League debut on December 13, 2010, in a 1–0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford, filling in for Ukasz Fabiaski and Manuel Almunia, who were both injured.
He began the FA Cup third-round encounter against Leeds United on January 8, 2011. Szczesny earned his first league clean sheet the following weekend in a 3–0 triumph against West Ham United at Upton Park.
"He's done nothing for me to pull him out," Arsène Wenger said of Szczesny’s form after starting straight Premier League games. Szczesny made his UEFA Champions League debut versus Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium on February 16th, save two goals in a 2–1 win.
Szczesny let in a last-minuteBirmingham City
winner in the League Cup Final on February 27th; a header from Nikola caused some confusion between Szczesny and defensive player Laurent Koscielny, who pulled out of a removal at the last minute, triggering the former to end up losing possession of the game, which rolled right into the path of Birmingham forward Obafemi Martins, who transformed from close range.
A fact about Wojciech Szczesny is that he revealed his ambition to be Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper for the remainder of his career in July 2011.
On Arsenal's pre-season trip to Malaysia and China, he played a half in each game. Szczesny was given the number 13 jersey, which had previously belonged to Alexander Hleb and Jens Lehmann.
During the 2011–12 season, he established himself as Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper, appearing in every Premier League match. In the second leg of the Champions League qualifying round against Antonio Di Natale on August 24, Szczesny made a crucial penalty stop in the 59th minute of play.
Arsenal and Udinese were deadlocked 1–1 (2–1 on aggregate), and Szczesny’s penalty save was crucial in clinching Arsenal's berth in the prestigious group stage for the 14th consecutive season.
With goals from Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott, Arsenal went on to win the match 2–1 (3–1 on aggregate). On August 28, he was a part of Arsenal's 8–2 loss toManchester United
at Old Trafford, which was the club's biggest ever Premier League loss and the first occasion they had surrendered eight goals in almost 115 years. Szczesny helped Arsenal beat Liverpool at Anfield on March 3, 2012, by making a series of crucial saves and blocking an early penalty.
Szczesny was handed the empty number one jersey when Manuel Almunia was released. Szczesny made his comeback after a few months away due to injury in the 5–2 triumph against Tottenham. Szczesny was pulled from the Arsenal lineup for the Champions League match againstBayern Munich
on March 13, 2013.
Szczesny returned to Arsenal's team for their next Premier League encounter againstSwansea City
, although he was only listed as a substitute, with Arsène Wenger opting for Ukasz Fabiaski to start in goal.
Arsenal defeated 3–1 against Aston Villa in the first match of the 2013–14 Premier League season, putting Szczesny to the test. He gave up a penalty after fouling Gabriel Agbonlahor during the game. Despite the setback, Szczesny bounced back by keeping three clean sheets in Arsenal's next four games.
In October, he made two critical stops to protect Arsenal's 1–0 lead away atCrystal Palace
, as well as maintaining two successive clean sheets in critical Champions League games against Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.
Szczesny required extended treatment after a head-to-head collision with Phil Jones in a November 2013 encounter versus Manchester United, but he completed the game when Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger permitted him to continue.
When questioned whether medical personnel had cleared Szczesny to play, Wenger stated he would have made a substitution if directed by the medical team, but continued, "No, nobody told me anything about him." Tottenham manager André Villas-Boas had been chastised the week before for fielding a concussed Hugo Lloris in a match againstEverton
Arsenal confirmed on November 16, 2013, that Szczesny has signed a new long-term deal with the club. He maintained his great form through November, conceding only one goal and keeping five clean sheets in six games. On November 26, he also kept his 50th clean sheet for Arsenal in a 2–0 win overMarseille
in the Champions League.
In a Champions League encounter versus Bayern Munich in February 2014, Szczesny gave up a penalty and was sent off for a foul on Arjen Robben. He made an aggressive hand motion as he walked away from the field. Arsenal lost the match 2–0 afterDavid Alaba
missed a penalty. Szczesny became the 100th Arsenal player to be sent off under Arsène Wenger's leadership.
An important fact about Wojciech Szczesny is that he and Chelsea's Petr Cech shared the Premier League Golden Glove title at the conclusion of the campaign, with each maintaining 16 clean sheets.
He also won his first professional title with Arsenal, the 2013–14 FA Cup, though only as a substitute in the final, with Ukasz Fabiaski continuing to be the first option goalkeeper for domestic cup tournaments.
In a 4–1 Champions League home victory overGalatasaray
on October 1, 2014, Szczesny gave away a penalty and was sent off for a harsh challenge on Burak Ylmaz.
On August 22, he made his Serie A debut against Hellas Verona in a 1–1 draw. Szczesny fractured a finger after colliding with Luis Suárez in Roma's first Champions League match versusBarcelona
, an injury that kept him out for six weeks.
After being discovered smoking again during a 6–1 defeat to Barcelona in December, he was replaced by Morgan De Sanctis for a league game againstAtalanta
. He appeared in 31 league games for Roma during the 2015–16 season, helping them finish third in the league and win the final remaining Champions League qualification berth.
Roma also recruited Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson from Inter in the offseason of 2016, putting Szczesny in contention for a starting berth in the club. Szczesny recorded the most clean sheets in Serie A, propelling Roma to a club-record 87 points and a second-place finish in the league in his second season in the Italian city. Over the course of his two seasons at Roma, he made 72 games in Serie A.
Juventus signed Szczesny to a four-year deal on July 19, 2017 for a €12.2 million initial cost (with an extra €3.1 million in conditional incentives). Although it was previously rumored that Szczesny would serve as a back-up toGianluigi Buffon
under Massimiliano Allegri, the latter goalkeeper's decision to quit at the conclusion of the 2017–18 season led to Szczesny being tagged as a long-term successor for Buffon in the media.
Another fact about Wojciech Szczesny is that he made his debut appearance forJuventus
on September 9, 2017, keeping a clean sheet in the club's third match of the season, a 3–0 home triumph against Chievo in Serie A. In December 2017, he was awarded the club's player of the month for his efforts during Buffon's absence.
Szczesny earned his first title with Juventus in the 2018 Coppa Italia Final, a 4–0 triumph against Milan; he was an unused replacement. Szczesny won the Scudetto four days later, on 13 May, after keeping a clean sheet in Juventus' last match of the season, a 0–0 tie with his previous side Roma.
Szczesny inherited the number one jersey and the starting goalkeeper post at Juventus ahead of the 2018–19 season, amid competition from newcomerMattia Perin
, after Buffon's departure at the end of the 2017–18 season. In 2019, he was nominated for the Yashin Trophy for his efforts during the season.
Szczesny gave Buffon the number one jersey when he returned to Juventus in the summer of 2019, but Buffon declined "I didn't return to take anything from or return anything to someone. [...] I just want to contribute to the team. It's only appropriate that Szczesny, the starting goalie, wears the number one jersey.”
He maintained a clean sheet in a 2–0 home victory againstSampdoria
on July 26, 2020, to help Juventus win the Serie A championship. Lega Serie A awarded him the Best Goalkeeper of the Season for his efforts. Szczsny earned his 100th appearance for Juventus in all competitions on September 20th, as the team won 3–0 at home against Sampdoria in Serie A.
Szczesny completed three 2011 European Championship qualification matches for Poland's under-21 squad. In early September 2009, manager Leo Beenhakker put him on standby for the Polish senior team's World Cup qualifiers versus Northern Ireland andSlovenia
He was not called up since none of Poland's top three goalkeepers pulled out, and instead played in the U-21 qualifiers versus Spain and Finland. Over all, he has six caps for the U-21 team. New manager Franciszek Smuda gave Szczesny his first call up to the senior national team in October 2009, for friendlies versus Romania and Canada.
On November 18, he made his debut versusCanada
, replacing Tomasz Kuszczak at halftime in a 1–0 win at Bydgoszcz's Zdzislawa Krzyszkowiaka Stadium. On 9 February 2011, he got his second cap and first complete match versus Norway in the Estádio Algarve, in another friendly victory by the same score.
On September 6, 2011, Szczesny put in a superb performance versus Germany, making eight crucial saves in a 2–2 tie, earning praise from veteran German international keeper Oliver Kahn.
In the first match of Poland's co-hosting of UEFA Euro 2012, he was sent off for a late tackle on Dimitris Salpingidis, losing Poland a penalty, which was saved by Przemysaw Tyto in a 1–1 draw. Szczesny did not play again for the remainder of the competition, with Tyto filling in for him as Poland finished last in Group A with two points.
An important fact about Wojciech Szczesny is that he was instrumental in his country's historical first win againstGermany
in a Euro 2016 qualifier on October 12, 2014. He took part in his country's first game of the tournament, which was against Northern Ireland. He preserved a clean sheet in his country's first ever victory in a European Championship, but he was injured and missed the remainder of the season.
Despite this, Poland made it to the quarter-finals, when they were ousted on penalties by eventual winners Portugal, with former Arsenal teammate ukasz Fabiaski in goal. Szczesny has been called up to the Polish World Cup team of 23, who will compete inRussia
He started in Poland's first two group matches, a 2–1 loss to Senegal and a 3–0 loss to Colombia, but he did not play in the team's third group encounter, a 1–0 win over Japan, asPoland
failed to qualify for the knockout round.
Throughout his time with Arsenal, Szczesny developed a reputation as a tall, young, encouraging, and skilled goalkeeper who owned substantial fitness, as well as powerful reaction times, quickness, shot-stopping talents, delivery, and a great attitude, but who was also inconsistent; as a result, he was occasionally chastised in the media for technical errors or errors in judgment, in specific, during his time with Arsenal.
A fact about Wojciech Szczesny is that after a series of uneven appearances during his first year with Roma, Szczesny cemented himself as one of the finest goalkeepers in Serie A during his second season with the club, and went on to maintain a consistently high level of performance with Juventus as well.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger called Szczesny a "world-class" goalkeeper in 2016. Following his move to Turin in 2017, Szczesny credited one of the purposes for his significant enhancement as the way goalkeepers are prepared and mentored in Italy, quoting his Roma manager – Spalletti – and his goalkeeping coach with the club – Guido Nanni – as figures who played a crucial role in his growth and differentiation as a goalkeeper.
Nanni, Szczesny’s former Roma goalkeeping coach, admired him in 2017 for his devotion in training and ability to overcome his weak points and create his all–round game, noting that he started struggling to get to ground quickly enough to parry the ball and deal with low shots when he first arrived at the club, but that he improved significantly in this area during his time there; he also lauded the keeper's strength to transcend his weak points and develop his all–round game.
He described him as one of the top goalkeepers in the world in 2020, an opinion supported by Juventus' chief football officer Fabio Paratici. During his time with Juventus, Szczesny was praised in the press for his definitive performances.
He was praised for his reaction times, foundational goalkeeping methodology, positional awareness, and coherence, as well as his efficient rather than stunning flair of goalkeeping, and his ability to manage the stress of replacing Buffon as the team's first choice goalkeeper.
Wojciech Szczesny social media
, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (@wojciech.szczesny1
) with 2.8 million followers. In the page we can see pictures of him during the matches, and with his wife.
He also has a Twitter account (@13Szczesny13
) with more than 720K followers. He rarely posts new stuff on his Twitter page. It’s been almost 5 years since he posted something new in his page.
Wojciech Szczesny body measurements
Wojciech Szczesny body measurements
, it should be mentioned that the Polish star is 6 ft 4 in (195 cm) and weighs 198 lbs (90 kg).
Wojciech Szczesny net worth and salary
As of the very last football season in 2021,
Wojciech Szczesny net worth
is expected to be about €45 million. As of 2021, his estimated market cap is €35 million. Juventus pays him almost 6 million euros a year.
A fact about Wojciech Szczesny’s net worth is that aside from his football earnings, he has amassed a fortune from private partnerships for major brands.
For some time, was driving Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, a version tuned by the German company Lumma Design. He was also seen behind the wheel of a Mercedes G63 and Bentley Bentayg. He has a high-end house in Warsaw, Poland.
Aside from football, he has some other sources of income as a wealthy man. Wojciech Szczesny operates and invests in the real estate market. Together with his wife, he runs a business of buying, finishing and designing luxurious interior.
Due to his media predispositions, he was often given the opportunity to create his own content on the television stations of the clubs where he performed. He hosted the program "The Szczesny Show" on TV Roma. Szczesny also appears in the productions of the YouTube channel 'Foot Truck'.