Markus Brzenska

Markus Brzenska
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Personal information
Full name Markus Brzenska
Date of birth 25 May 1984 (1984-05-25) (age 27)
Place of birth Lünen, West Germany
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Energie Cottbus
Number 25
Youth career
0000–1993 BV Lünen 05
1993–2002 Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2009 Borussia Dortmund 86 (6)
2008–2009 MSV Duisburg (loan) 33 (2)
2009– Energie Cottbus 63 (1)
National team
2005–2006 Germany U-21 15 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 August 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 October 2010

Markus Brzenska (born 25 May 1984 in Lünen) is a Polish-German footballer who plays for Energie Cottbus.


Early life

Brzenska was born in a German town not far from Dortmund called Lünen; however, his parents and two older brothers were born in Poland. His father Joachim and mother Halina along with their sons; Sebastian and Marcin moved from Bytom, Poland to Lünen, Germany in 1984. A few weeks later, Markus Brzenska was born.[1]



Without any top level match experience, he was included in the starting line-up by coach Matthias Sammer in Borussia Dortmund's match against Bayern Munich on 9 November 2003. His debut ended in a send-off during the first half.

In 2004, when coach Bert van Marwijk arrived, such like some other players with whom the coach was less familiar, Brzenska's ability was overlooked. Eventually, his effort turned things around. He returned to the first team squad during the first half of the 2004–05 season and established his place in the starting line-up since then.

During the 2008–09 season, he was loaned to Second Bundesliga club MSV Duisburg. At the end of the loan, Duisburg were unable to pay the transfer fee that Dortmund were asking for, so he returned to Borussia Dortmund who then sold him to Energie Cottbus.

National team

His family comes from Poland so he is eligible to play for Poland. In October 2010 he declared his intention to play for the Poland national football team.[1]


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