Thursday, May 23, 2013
Now that Mariusz Stepinski's day at Widzew Lodz are over, the 18-year-old striker is a mission of finding a new club for himself.
After a deeper research, it looks like the Polish U-18 striker will be heading to Russia -- exactly, Spartak Moscow.
The information was gathered from Stepinski's Facebook page where on Wednesday he wrote, "Can anyone say something in Russian?"
That was followed up with a post yesterday where Stepinski wrote,"It looks like it's time to learn Russian". But that's not all. His Polish U-18 teammate, Arkadiusz Milik, commented on the status a couple hours later saying, "Why? You're leaving for Russia?" Then, Milik commented once more saying, "Mario, so it's true what you told me earlier? Good luck at Spartak Moscow!"
Well, that sums it up all up. It looks like Stepinski is heading to Spartak Moscow on a free transfer after declining to renew his contract with Widzew after training 18 on May 12.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 10:49 PM
It's official, the National Stadium in Warszawa will host the 2015 Europa League final, UEFA announced today.
"Two beautiful venues for our finals for 2015," UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said at today's news conference where he also announced that the 2015 Champions League final will be played at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.
"I don't think I need to mention how important and prestigious this event is for the promotion of the Polish Football Association, the city of Warszawa, our country, our society and culture," Zbigniew Boniek said today.
It's the first time in history that Poland gets to host the final of a European competition.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 8:50 PM
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Polish Ekstraklasa will have a different look starting next season.
The Polish FA announced during today's press conference that the league and federation agreed on a league reform starting next season.
The 2013/14 Ekstraklasa season will kick off on July 20. The first 30 rounds will be played as they have been to this point. After the 30 rounds, the league will be split in half and points will be divided by two. An extra seven games will be played to determined the champion of the league and two teams who will be relegated.
What do you think of the reform?
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 9:14 PM
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Polish U-19 national team head coach Marcin Sasal called up 23 players for three important European U-19 Championship qualifiers.
The roster is packed with talent, but the question is -- can they show it on the field against three tough opponents? With talents of Milik, Stepinski, Kobylanski, Linetty, Mrowca, Lasicki and Kedziora, the team is built for success on paper, but now they must shown it on the grass.
Here's the complete U-19 roster:
Goalkeepers: Oskar Rybicki (Hamburger SV), Dawid Smug (Inter Milan), Oskar Pogorzelec (Legia Warszawa
Defenders: Maciej Szewczyk (Alemannia Aachen), Seweryn Michalski (GKS Belchatw), Gracjan Horoszkiewicz (Hertha Berlin), Tomasz Kedziora (Lech Poznan), Igor Lasicki (Napoli), Adrian Liberacki (Reggina)
Midfielders: Sebastian Mrowca (Bayern Munich), Konrad Nowak (Gornik Zabrze), Kamil Kurowski (Kolejarz Stroze), Karol Linetty (Lech Poznan), Lukasz Kacprzycki (Lechia Gdansk), Aleksander Jagiello (Legia Warszawa), Radoslaw Murawski (Piast Gliwice), Martin Kobylanski (Werder Bremen), Pawel Stolarski (Wisla Krakow).
Forwards: Arkadiusz Milik (Bayer Leverkusen), Dariusz Formella (Lech Poznan), Lukas Klemenz (Odra Opole), Kamil Zielinski (Pogon Szczecin), Mariusz Stepinski (Widzew Lodz)The U-19's kick off the qualifiers on June 5 vs. Spain. They play Croatia two days later, and finish up their group play on June 10 vs. Greece.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 9:26 PM
Marcin Dorna named a 19-man roster who will kick off their European U-21 Championship qualifiers against Malta on June 6.
Missing from the roster is Piotr Zielinski, who was called up to the senior team, but Dorna's team is still packed with talent which includes Rafal Wolski, Pawel Wszolek and Dominik Furman.
Here is Poland U-21's full roster:
Goalkeepers: Rafal Leszczynski (Dolcan Zabki), Jakub Szumski (Piast Gliwice).
Defenders: Bartosz Bereszynski (Legia Warszawa), Mateusz Cichocki (Dolcan Zabki), Daniel Dziwniel (Offenbacher FC Kickers), Rafal Janicki (Lechia Gdansk), Marcin Kaminski (Lech Poznan), Julien Tadrowski (Pogon Szczecin), Adam Pazio (Polonia Warszawa).
Midfielders: Damian Dabrowski (Cracovia), Michal Chrapek (Wisla Krakow), Dominik Furman (Legia Warszawa), Mateusz Kupczak (GKS Tychy), Mateusz Lewandowski (Pogon Szczecin), Rafal Wolski (Fiorentina), Pawel Wszolek (Polonia Warszawa), Michal Zyro (Legia Warszawa).
Forwards: Bartlomiej Pawlowski (Widzew Lodz), Kacper Przybylko (FC Koln).What do you think about the U-21 team?
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 6:02 PM
The future of Polish football is ready to play with the big boys as 19-year-old Piotr Zielinski received his first call up to the Polish national team for their upcoming friendly and World Cup qualifier.
Zielinski was among 20 foreign-based players who were called up by Waldemar Firnalik today, which also includes Adam Matuszczyk.
Missing from the list is Lukasz Piszczek, who's expected to undergo hip surgery after the Champions League final.
Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc (Southampton), Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton), Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
Defenders: Sebastian Boenisch (Bayer Leverkusen), Piotr Celeban (FC Vaslui), Kamil Glik (Torino FC), Marcin Komorowski (Terek Grozny), Bartosz Salamon (AC Milan), Marcin Wasilewski (Anderlecht).
Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund), Ariel Borysiuk (FC Kaiserslautern), Kamil Grosicki (Sivasspor), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Stade Reims), Adam Matuszczyk (FC Koln), Adrian Mierzejewski (Trabzonspor), Eugen Polanski (Hoffenheim), Maciej Rybus (Terek Grozny), Piotr Zielinski (Udinese).
Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Artur Sobiech (Hannover 96).Fornalik will add couple players from the Ekstraklasa next week.
What do you think about this roster?
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 5:41 PM