|Full name||Jerzy Antoni Wilim|
Aug 14, 1941
|Dead||Dec 7, 2014 (73 years old)|
Jerzy Willim was a Polish-born international striker between 1963 and 1969, earning 8 caps, scoring three goals in the process. Willim began his playing career with Szombierski Bytom, where he turned professional in 1960. A respected player in his home country, he would finish top scorer in the Polish League in 1964. In 1970, he left his first club to sign for Gornik Zabrze, where he would remain until 1972. That same year, he would leave his native Poland to try his luck in the Netherlands with Tel Star, making 40 appearances, scoring 12 goals for the Dutch club. He returned to Bytom in Poland for the start of the 1974/1975 season, and then moved on six months later to sign for Sosnowiec, for the rest of that season. Stade Rennais hired him during the 1975/1976 season to cover for the long-term injury of Pokou. He scored a brace on his debut for the Red and Blacks against Laval on 14th February 1976 in a 3-2 win. He would play 18 matches for Rennes that season, scoring 16 goals, of which 4 came in the same match against Brest on matchday 27. He thus played a major role in the promotion of Rennes back to the First Division, but he would be much less prolific in the following season, scoring just twice. Rennes were relegated straight back to the Second Division at the end of his second season in 1976/1977, and he found goalscoring easier the following year, albeit he was less prolific than two seasons previously. In 1978, he left Stade Rennais to return to his previous club, Sosnowiec, in Poland where he would finish his career. After retiring, Willim left his native Poland to live in Germany, where he spent a number of years, but he passed away there on 7th December 2014.