Piotr Zielinski | Skills and Goals | Highlights

Piotr Zielinski | Skills and Goals | Highlights

Piotr Sebastian Zieliński (Polish pronunciation: [pjɔtr ʑɛˈliɲski] (About this soundlisten); born 20 May 1994) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Napoli and the Poland national team. During his football career he played for such clubs as Zagłębie Lubin, Udinese, and Empoli. He was selected to play in Poland national football team at the 2016 UEFA European Championships in France as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

He has two brothers who are also professional footballers – Paweł and Tomasz Zieliński.

Early career
Zieliński started his career at his local club, Orzeł Ząbkowice Śląskie, where he was coached by his father. At the age of 14, he joined Zagłębie Lubin, even though he was wanted by Bayer Leverkusen and Liverpool and also had trials at Feyenoord and Hereenveen. He rose through the ranks and started training with the first team at the age of 15, under Franciszek Smuda.

At 17 he moved abroad to join Udinese Calcio after they scouted him on international youth tournament.

He made his debut in Serie A on 2 November 2012 when he replaced Antonio Di Natale in 91st minute of a match against Cagliari.

Empoli (loan)
In 2014, he joined Empoli on loan. He scored on his debut.

On 4 August 2016, after months of transfer speculation, Zieliński moved from Udinese to Napoli for a reported €16 million.. He scored his first goal with Partenopei's shirt on 3 December 2016 against Football Club Internazionale Milano and he ended his first season with six goals.

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