Ernst Wilimowski

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Ernest Willimowski (born Ernest Otto Prandella, nicknamed "Ezi") (23 June 1916 – 30 August 1997) was a German–Polish football player, who played as a forward.wikipedia
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Poland national football team

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He ranks among the best goalscorers in the history of both the Poland national team and Polish club football.
Ernest Wilimowski, who played for Ruch Chorzów at the time, scored four of Poland's five goals, which to date is one of the most impressive individual performances in the history of the World Cup.

Ruch Chorzów

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He began his career with the ethnically German club 1. FC Kattowitz, then in 1933 at the age of 17, moved to Polish side Ruch Wielkie Hajduki, today known as Ruch Chorzów.
In the winter of 1933 the most noteworthy players such as Edmund Giemsa, Teodor Peterek and Gerard Wodarz were joined by legendary Ernst Wilimowski, bought from 1. FC Kattowitz, who with Peterek and Wodarz were collectively nicknamed the three kings and helped to win another 4 championships (1934, 1935, 1936, 1938).

Ekstraklasa

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His first Ekstraklasa game took place on 8 April 1934, a few weeks later, he capped for Polish national team.
Ruch, with such excellent players as Teodor Peterek, Ernest Wilimowski and Gerard Wodarz was by far the best team in those years.

Gerard Wodarz

With a number of excellent footballers besides Willimowski (for example Teodor Peterek and Gerard Wodarz), Ruch dominated the Polish soccer and was the league champion in 1933–1936 and 1938.
Together with Ernest Wilimowski and Teodor Peterek, was part of one of the best forward formations in the history of Ruch.

1. FC Kattowitz

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He began his career with the ethnically German club 1. FC Kattowitz, then in 1933 at the age of 17, moved to Polish side Ruch Wielkie Hajduki, today known as Ruch Chorzów. His mother sent him to a German kindergarten, a German primary school and, when he was nine years old, to the German football team 1. FC Kattowitz.
The team's most famous player was Ernest Willimowski, who started his career with Katowice, but was sold to Ruch Chorzów in 1933, and appeared with both the Polish and German national squads.

1939 Poland v Hungary football match

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The match was the last game played before the start of World War II just four days later.

Teodor Peterek

With a number of excellent footballers besides Willimowski (for example Teodor Peterek and Gerard Wodarz), Ruch dominated the Polish soccer and was the league champion in 1933–1936 and 1938.
Together with Gerard Wodarz and Ernest Willimowski, Peterek was part of Ruch's forward, which is to this day regarded as one of the best forward formations in history of Polish Soccer League.

1938 FIFA World Cup

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In a match against Brazil played in Strasbourg, France during the 1938 FIFA World Cup, "Ezi" put on a stunning display by becoming the first player ever to score four goals in a single World Cup match.

Paweł Cyganek

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The region's best players were assigned to the team and besides Willimowski included Erwin Nyc, Ewald Dytko and Paweł Cyganek.
Apart from Ernest Wilimowski, Leonard Piątek and Ewald Dytko, Cyganek, a debutant, was regarded as the best player on the field.

Friedrich Scherfke

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His continued attacks on the opposition net also drew a penalty as he was fouled to the ground by Brazilian keeper Batatais, which led to Poland's fifth goal scored from the spot by German-born Fritz Scherfke, from Poznań.

List of footballers with 500 or more goals

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* List of men's footballers with 500 or more goals

Brazil v Poland (1938 FIFA World Cup)

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In a match against Brazil played in Strasbourg, France during the 1938 FIFA World Cup, "Ezi" put on a stunning display by becoming the first player ever to score four goals in a single World Cup match.

Offenburger FV

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Only when the former Polish and German international Ernst Willimowski joined the side did things improve but again only an eleventh-place finish was possible.

Katowice

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Born in Kattowitz (Katowice), Prussian Silesia, German Empire, Willimowski was raised in a Silesian family, typical of the Upper Silesian Polish-German borderland.

FC Singen 04

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Ernest Wilimowski, former Polish and German international, played the 1952–53 season with the club.

Association football

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Ernest Willimowski (born Ernest Otto Prandella, nicknamed "Ezi") (23 June 1916 – 30 August 1997) was a German–Polish football player, who played as a forward.

Forward (association football)

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Ernest Willimowski (born Ernest Otto Prandella, nicknamed "Ezi") (23 June 1916 – 30 August 1997) was a German–Polish football player, who played as a forward.

Germany national football team

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After re-taking German citizenship, he also played for the Germany national team.

FIFA World Cup

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Willimowski was the first player to score four goals in a single FIFA World Cup game.

RSSSF

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Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation credits Wilimowski with 554 official goals, making him the 14th-most prolific goalscorer in history.

Ice hockey

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Willimowski also occasionally played ice hockey for the team Pogoń Katowice.

Province of Silesia

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Born in Kattowitz (Katowice), Prussian Silesia, German Empire, Willimowski was raised in a Silesian family, typical of the Upper Silesian Polish-German borderland.

German Empire

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Born in Kattowitz (Katowice), Prussian Silesia, German Empire, Willimowski was raised in a Silesian family, typical of the Upper Silesian Polish-German borderland.

Upper Silesia

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Born in Kattowitz (Katowice), Prussian Silesia, German Empire, Willimowski was raised in a Silesian family, typical of the Upper Silesian Polish-German borderland.

Second Polish Republic

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After eastern Upper Silesia became part of Poland in 1922, he became a citizen of the Second Polish Republic.