Ex-Poland striker Wlodzimierz Smolarek dies at 54

BY foxsports • March 7, 2012

The Polish soccer association says that former striker Wlodzimierz Smolarek has died. He was 54.

Smolarek was part of the Poland team that finished third at the 1982 World Cup. He scored 13 goals in 60 games for Poland between 1980 and 1992.

He began his club career at Widzew Lodz, and also played for Borussia Dortmund in Germany and in the Netherlands for Feyenoord and FC Utrecht.

The Polish FA said Wednesday he died at his home in Aleksandrow Lodzki. The cause of his death was not immediately known.

Former Poland striker Zbigniew Boniek said Smolarek was ''ambitious, modest, quiet but never spared himself in the field.''