Władysław Antoni Żmuda (born June 6, 1954 in Lublin) is a retired Polish football defender, who played for clubs such as Śląsk Wrocław, Widzew Łódź, Hellas Verona, New York Cosmos and US Cremonese
He spent six years patiently learning his trade with his first club Motor Lublin
before finally spreading his wings in 1973 and switching to Gwardia Warsaw
, the Polish capital's second club. The 19-year-old Zmuda was instrumental in Gwardia's UEFA Cup
campaign of 1973/74 where they narrowly lost out to eventual winners Feyenoord
. Zmuda the pursued his career in Poland with Śląsk Wrocław
and later Widzew Łódź
before Italian club Hellas Verona
secured permission to sign him from Poland in 1982. After two injury-plagued seasons at Verona, Zmuda spent a brief spell with New York Cosmos
before returning to Italy with US Cremonese
, playing two of his three seasons with the club in Serie B. Zmuda ended his playing career in 1988.
1971-1973 Motor Lublin
1973-1975 Gwardia Warsaw
1975-1979 Śląsk Wrocław
1979-1982 Widzew Łódź
1982-1984 Hellas Verona
1984-1985 New York Cosmos
1985-1988 US Cremonese
He played for Polish national team
, for which he earned 91 caps and scored 2 goals.
Żmuda was a participant at the 1974 FIFA World Cup, where Poland won the third place and he was named as Best Young Player of the tournament; 1978 FIFA World Cup; 1982 FIFA World Cup, where Poland won the third place again and 1986 FIFA World Cup.
He played a total of 21 matches at the World Cup finals, which (tied with Uwe Seeler and Diego Maradona) is the third most appearances ever, behind only Lothar Matthaus and Paolo Maldini. His four tournaments, in 1974, 1978, 1982 and 1986, place him second in the all-time rankings behind Antonio Carbajal and Lothar Matthaus and level with such legendary names as Pelé, Diego Maradona and Gianni Rivera.
He was also a participant at 1976 Summer Olympics, where Poland won the silver medal.