Marek Saganowski

Marek Saganowski is a Polish Striker who was born in Lodz on 31st October 1978. Saganowski began his career with LKS Lodz in 1994. Saga had six successful years with Lodz, scoring 30 times in 95 matches. The Pole also had brief loan spells with Feyenoord and Hamburger SV. In 1998 Saganowski was involved in a serious motor-cycle accident that threatened to end his career. The forward was initially unable to walk, but eventually returned to form.

Saga moved to Wisla Plock in 2000 and then Odra Wodzislaw a year later. After signing for Legia Warszawa in 2002 however, Saganowski began the most successful run of his career to date. He scored 41 times in 67 matches. His form with Legia earned him a move away for Poland in 2005, when he joined Portugal's Vitoria de Guimaraes. Marek's tenure at Guimaraes was another success. He represented the club in the UEFA Cup, scoring against Bolton and Besiktas. He netted 12 times in total in his one and only campaign in Portugal.

In the summer of 2006 Saganowski joined Ligue 1 side Troyes for £1,000,000. The Polish international striker had a miserable time at the French club however and only played 6 times after a fall out with the coach. On 30th January 2007, Saga joined Championship side Southampton on loan until the end of the campaign. Saga made an instant impact at St Marys. He was unlucky to score on his debut against Derby on 3rd February. His first goal for the club came in the first minute against Ipswich on 24th February. On 31st March, Saganowski scored an extraordinary hatrick at Wolves in a shock 6-0 triumph. The Pole scored 10 times in just 13 matches for the Championship side in 2006/07.

Saganowski signed permanent terms with Saints in the summer of 2007 after his impressive run the previous campaign. The Polish striker struggled for goals during 2007/08 though, netting just three times. One of those came against Sheffield United on the final day of the season, which helped to keep Southampton in the Championship.

With Southampton in big financial trouble during the summer of 2008, they were in desperate need to offload some high earners. Saganowski was one of the casualties of the clear out. He was loaned to Danish side Aalborg BK on 7th August. Saga made his debut for AaB on 13th August against FBK Kaunas in a Champions League qualifier. He scored his first goal against Bronshoj BK on September 27th. The former Saint also played in all of the club's Champions' League group games, against Manchester United and Celtic, as well as Villarreal, who he scored against in a 6-3 defeat.

Saganowski returned to Southampton in January 2009. The Polish forward initially improved the goal shy club's fortunes, bagging six goals in his first seven games. The striker almost single-handedly changed a game against Norwich on January 27th, scoring the equaliser in a 2-2 draw. The goals soon dried up for Saga however, who failed to find the net in the final few months of Saints 2008/09 season, which saw the club drop down to League 1.

Saganowski remained at Southampton at the beginning of the 2009/10 campaign, but made it clear he saw his future away from St Marys. He appeared in matches early in the season, but looked distinctly unimpressive. On 26th January 2010, long after his final Saints appearance, Saganowski joined Greek side Atromitos, where he linked up with his former Southampton team mate Marcelo Sarmiento. Saga helped Atromitos reach the Greek Cup final in 2011, scoring in the semi-final against Olympiakos Volos.

In June 2011 Saganowski returned to his first club LKS Lodz.

Saganowski is also a former Polish international. He won 33 caps for his country, scoring 5 goals.