Jan Tomaszewski

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About Jan Tomaszewski
Jan Tomaszewski (born January 9, 1948) is a retired Polish footballer, who was nicknamed "Tomek" and "The Man That Stopped England". He grew up in Wrocław where his parents were expelled from Wilno after World War II.A goalkeeper, Tomaszewski is best remembered by some for his performance for Poland against England, in a qualifying match for the 1974 World Cup, which England needed to win. Tomaszewski had been labelled "a clown" by Brian Clough before the match (the two men however became quite friendly in later years), but had the last laugh as he turned in a man-of-the-match performance repeatedly denying England's attackers; the only goal he conceded being a penalty from Allan Clarke. Earlier, Jan Domarski had scored for the Poles. Poland drew the game 1-1 and Poland qualified for the finals in West Germany. In The Story of the World Cup, Brian Glanville wrote: "In retrospect, to be eliminated by so fine a side as Poland seems no disgrace, but this is a posteriori reasoning. I doubt if England could have made so dazzling a contribution as Poland to the tournament, yet it should be remembered that the Poland which beat England and the Poland which took their place were two very different propositions". (p. 191, 2005 edn.) Poland went on to claim third place during a tournament in which Tomaszewski saved two penalties in two different matches (from Staffan Tapper and Uli Hoeneß) - the first 'keeper in FIFA World Cup history to do so. Tomaszewski went on to win a silver medal with Poland at the 1976 Summer Olympics, and also played in the 1978 World Cup, where Poland disappointed in only managing to get as far as the second group phase. Tomaszewski's club career was mainly at ŁKS Łódź, having been forbidden by Poland's communist government to play abroad before the age of 30, even after coming to international attention.

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1. Marek Leśniak 22247
2. Zbigniew Boniek 9802
3. Jan Tomaszewski 2782
4. Kazimierz Deyna 1922
5. Włodzimierz Lubańsk 212
6. Jerzy Dudek 172
7. Adaś Kucz 77
8. Artur Boruc 52
9. Andrzej Szarmach 27
10. Grzegorz Lato 13

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82. Theodoros Zagorakis 3261
83. Marouane Chamakh 3228
84. Maradona 3009
85. Juan Carlos Toja 2980
86. Jan Tomaszewski 2782
87. Davor Šuker 2707
88. Ahmed Hassan 2661
89. Ahmadreza Abedzadeh 2579
90. Ali Daei 2490

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