Piotr Sebastian Zieliński is a Polish professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Napoli. He was born on 20 May 1994 in Ząbkowice Śląskie, Poland and has two brothers who also play football - Pawel and Tomasz Zieliński.
Piotr is one of the hottest talents in Europe and has been hunted in the past by clubs like Bayer Leverkusen and Liverpool. Liverpool are currently scouting the 23-year-old in a bid to replace their ageing and depleted midfield.
Piotr started playing football at the age of nine at his local hometown club Orzeł Ząbkowice Śląskie. He played there from 2003 to 2007 before moving to another club in his country itself, Zagłębie Lubin. He was inducted into the youth system of Serie A club Udinese in 2011 where he graduated into a professional.
Zieliński has represented the following teams - Orzeł Ząbkowice Śląskie, Zagłębie Lubin, Udinese, Empoli, Napoli, Poland (U16,17,18,19,21) and Poland.
Piotr made his professional debut for Udinese on 2 November 2012 coming on for veteran Antonio Di Natale in the 91st minute against Cagliari.
On 4 June 2013, Piotr made his international debut for Poland in a friendly against Liechtenstein.
Rise to Glory
Piotr played for most of the youth national teams before making a shift to the senior side. He played five games for the U15 side and scored a goal, six games for the U16 side, ten games for the U17 side scoring a goal, five games for the U18 side scoring a goal, fifteen games for the U19 side scoring 5 goals, and three games for the U21 side scoring a goal. He was actively involved for both club and country.
Considered to be one of Europe’s brightest midfield talents, Zielinski made his international debut in 2013 and soon proved his worth. His performances for his club earned him a starting spot in the international team which lacked young talent like him.
He started training with the first team at club at the age of just 15 and even had trials at Feyenoord and Heerenveen before. Piotr played 15 World Cup qualification matches, scoring 2 goals and creating 7. He played 14 friendlies, scoring 2 goals and picking up one assist. He also had a one-off at the UEFA Euro 2016 after playing one qualification match.
Piotr’s football career began at his local hometown club Orzeł Ząbkowice Śląskie and his father was his coach. He then joined another Polish club Zagłębie Lubin at the age of 14. There he started training with the first team at just the age of 15 before moving into the youth ranks of Udinese.
He soon made his debut for the Serie A club and impressed with flashes of brilliance in the first two seasons. He was loaned to Empoli in 2014 after having played 20 games for Udinese, scoring no goals but creating two.
At Empoli, he was an important part of the midfield and he played 66 games for them over the course of two seasons, scoring five goals and providing nine assists in all competitions.
In August 2016, Zielinski moved to fellow Serie A club SSC Napoli from Udinese for a rumoured fee of €16 million. So far Zielinski has played 88 games for them, scoring thirteen goals and creating nine.