Monday, April 14, 2014

Nawalka interested in calling up Thiago Cionek


Polish national team head coach Adam Nawalka is literally searching everywhere for a new center-back, and his latest discovery could become another controversial player.

Mateusz Borek reveled during Sunday's Cafe Futbol edition that Nawalka has expressed the desire of calling up Brazilian-born defender Thiago Cionek to the Polish national team for their upcoming May friendly against Germany.

The former Jagiellonia Bialystok defender, who now plays with Serie B side Modena, told PolsatSport that he would be interested in playing for Poland if the opportunity came. He also said that he hasn't spoken to Nawalka or anyone from the Polish national team about a possible call up.

The 27-year-old Cionek received his Polish passport in 2010 after learning that his great-grandparents were Polish who left the country for Brazil. He also has no problem communicating in Polish.

Would you like to see Cionek play for Poland?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Poland rise up to No. 72 in latest FIFA Rankings

The Polish national team hasn't played a game since losing 1-0 to Scotland on March 5, but have moved up in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

FIFA unveiled their April rankings on Thursday, which saw the Polish national team jump up by one spot to No. 72.

Poland's next opponent, Germany, remained at the No. 2 spot.

Polish Rooney done with football?



Dawid Janczyk was recently offered an opportunity to get his football career back on track by Legia Warszawa. They gave him the chance to train with their reserves.

Janczyk was once considered a potential star and even earned the nickname, the Polish Rooney, when he played in Legia's first team as a teenager. His good performances for Legia and the Poland U20 team at the U20 World Cup in Canada, led to a big move to CSKA Mosow. Janczyk however didn't play too much in Russia and and was subsequently loaned out to numerous clubs, including a short stint at Korona Kielce 3 years ago.

Janczyk's goal v Korea at the U20 World Cup

For the past 2 years he had been looking for a new club, having had trials at various clubs. In the middle of January, Legia reserve coach Jacek Magiera made him an offer to join his side. Janczyk, who trained with the Legia reserves since January, has not been seen over the past week.

Janczyk is known to have had problems with alcohol in the past, and after going AWOL at a time when the players were supposed to be taking some medical tests, it is possible that his demons have caught up with him again.

Janczyk is reported to have spoken to Magiera yesterday, and Magiera has said that they will soon make a decision whether Janczyk will continue to train with them, or take a break from football [again].

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Poles Abroad: Saturday

English Premier League
  • Artur Boruc did not dress (injured) in Southampton's 4-1 loss to Manchester City.
English Championship
  • Radoslaw Majewski started and played 45 minutes in Nottingham Forest's 2-1 loss to Millwall.
  • Tomasz Cywka started and played 78 minutes in Barnsley's scoreless draw with Brighton.
  • Tomasz Kuszczak played 90 minutes in Brighton's scoreless draw with Barnsley.
  • Piotr Parzyszek did not dress in Charlton's 1-0 loss to Reading.
French Ligue 1
  • Grzegorz Krychowiak played 90 minutes and saw a yellow card in Reims' 3-0 loss to PSG.
  • Kamil Grosicki started, played 87 minutes, picked up an ASSIST, and saw a yellow card in Rennes' 2-2 draw with Bordeaux.
  • Dominik Furman spend the entire match on the bench in Toulouse's 2-1 loss to Lille.
German Bundesliga
  • Ludovic Obraniak came off the bench in the 89th minute in Werder Bremen's 1-1 draw with Schalke.
  • Martin Kobylanski did not dress in Werder Bremen's 1-1 draw with Schalke. 
  • Arkadiusz Milik spend the entire match on the bench in Augsburg's 1-0 win over Bayern Munich.
  • Robert Lewandowski played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.
  • Lukasz Piszczek played 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Wolfsburg. 
German 2. Bundesliga
  • Adam Matuszczyk played 90 minutes in FC Koln's 2-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld.
  • Slawomir Peszko played 90 minutes in FC Koln's 2-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld. 
  • Kacper Przybylko started and played 72 minutes in Arminia Bielefeld's 2-1 loss to FC Koln.
Italian Serie A
  • Tomasz Kupisz did not dress in Chievo's 1-0 loss to Hellas Verona.
Italian Serie B
  • Pawel Bochniewicz spend the entire match on the bench in Reggina's 1-0 loss to Latina. 
Dutch Eredivisie
  • Przemyslaw Tyton spend the entire match on the bench in PSV's 3-0 loss to Heerenveen.
Russian Premier League
  • Maciej Rybus played 90 minutes and saw a yellow card in Terek Grozny's 1-0 win over Amkar Perm.
  • Marcin Komorowski played 90 minutes in Terek Grozny's 1-0 win over Amkar Perm. 
  • Janusz Gol played 90 minutes and saw a yellow card in Amkar Perm's 1-0 loss to Terek Grozny.
  • Jakub Wawrzyniak played 90 minutes in Amkar Perm's 1-0 loss to Terek Grozny. 
  • Damian Zbozien started and played 64 minutes in Amkar Perm's 1-0 loss to Terek Grozny.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Poland U-17's fall to Turkey in PKs; fail to advance to finals

The Polish U-17 national team has failed to quailfy for the European U-17 Championships, being knocked-out by Turkey in a penalty shoot-out.

After scoreless 80 minutes, the group winner had to be determined by penalty shoot-outs since both sides had the same amount of points and goal difference. While Turkey missed on their first attempt, the Poles scored on their first three attempts before Michal Borecki missed wide. With the score at 4-4 through five rounds, Oktawian Skrzecz missed for Poland and the Turks took advantage and moved on.

Poland: Dragowski - Szubertowski, Marczuk, Wieteska, Olczyk - Skrzecz, Borecki, Jagiello, Kozak (54. Galkowski) - Ryczkowski (73. Walski), Kownacki.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Poles Abroad: Saturday

English Premier League
  • Wojciech Szczesny played 90 minutes in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
  • Lukasz Fabianski spent the entire match on the bench in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Manchester City. 
  • Artur Boruc played 90 minutes in Southampton's 4-0 win over Newcastle United.
English Championship
  • Marcin Wasilewski played 90 minutes in Leicester's 2-0 win over Burnley.
  • Tomaz Cywka played 90 minutes and picked up an ASSIST in Barnsley's 4-1 win over Yeovil.
  • Tomasz Kuszczak played 90 minutes in Brighton's 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough.
  • Radoslaw Majewski started and played 85 minutes in Nottingham Forest's 1-1 draw with Ipswich.
  • Piotr Parzyszek did not dress in Charlton's 3-0 loss to Derby.
French Ligue 1
  • Grzegorz Krychowiak played 90 minutes and saw a yellow card in Reims' 1-1 draw with Lorient.
  • Dominik Furman came off the bench in the 75th minute and saw a yellow card in Toulouse's 2-2 draw with Ajaccio.
German Bundesliga
  • Eugen Polanski played 90 minutes in Hoffenheim's 3-3 draw with Bayern Munich.
  • Sebastian Boenisch played 90 minutes in Bayer Leverkusen's 1-1 draw with Eintracht Braunschweig.
  • Robert Lewandowski played 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund's 3-2 win over Stuttgart.
  • Lukasz Piszczek spent the entire match on the bench in Borussia Dortmund's 3-2 win over Stuttgart. 
  • Arkadiusz Milik spent the entire match on the bench in Augsburg's 3-0 loss to Freiburg.
Italian Serie A
  • Tomasz Kupisz spent the entire match on the bench in Chievo's 3-0 loss to AC Milan.
Italian Serie B
  • Pawel Bochniewicz came off the bench in the 89th minute in Reggina's 2-2 draw with Pescara.
Dutch Eredivisie
  • Przemyslaw Tyton spent the entire match on the bench in PSV's 3-2 loss to Groningen.
Russian Premier League
  • Janusz Gol started and played 57 minutes in Amkar Perm's 2-1 loss to Zenit.
  • Damian Zbozien started and played 60 minutes in Amkar Perm's 2-1 loss to Zenit. 
  • Jakub Wawrzyniak did not dress (suspended) in Amkar Perm's 2-1 loss to Zenit.