Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Polanski rejects Nawalka's offer of returning to Polish national team

Eugen Polanski has refused to return to the Polish national team, rejecting Adam Nawalka's offer for another chance, Polsat Sport has learned. The Hoffenheim midfielder, who met with the Polish national team head coach on Saturday in Germany, told Nawalka during a phone call today that won't overturn his decision from May, and that he doesn't want to return to the Polish national team.

Back in late May, Polanski announced that he no longer wants to play for Poland while Nawalka is the head coach. Polanski told Polsat Sport in May: "I see no use in continuing to work for Adam Nawalka. He treats the squad as if they were a Polish junior team. I might not be the best in the world, but I deserve respect. Somebody tried to get rid of me, and they have succeeded."

Four months have passed and finally President of the Polish FA Zbigniew Boniek and Nawalka have reached out to Polanski for another chance. Nawalka traveled to Germany to meet with the 28-year-old, and the two men spoke after Hoffenheim's league game with Wolfsburg. Polanski asked Nawalka for a few days to rethink his decision. Polanski announced today that he does not want to come back.

What is your take on Polanski refusing to return to the Polish national team?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sobiech scores first goal of season

Artut Sobiech scored his first goal of the season in Hannover's 2-0 win over Hamburger. The 24-year-old started and played 71 minutes.

Here is Sobiech's goal:

Poles Abroad: Sunday

German Bundesliga
  • Artur Sobiech started, played 71 minutes and scored a goal in Hannover's 2-0 win over Hamburger.
German 2. Bundesliga
  • Martin Kobylanski started and played 45 minutes in Union Berlin's 3-1 loss to Heidenheim.
  • Kacper Przybylko started and played 68 minutes in Greuther Furth's 1-0 loss to Sandhausen.
  • Grzegorz Wojtkowiak played 90 minutes and saw a yellow card in 1860 Munich's 2-1 win over St. Pauli.
Italian  Serie A
  • Pawel Wszolek did not dress (injured) in Sampdoria's 2-0 win over Torino.
  • Kamil Glik played 90 minutes and saw a yellow card in Torino's 2-0 loss to Sampdoria.
  • Tomasz Kupisz did not dress in Chievo's 1-0 win over Napoli.
Spanish  Primera Division
  • Przemyslaw Tyton played 90 minutes in Elche's 3-2 win over Rayo Vallecano.
  • Grzegorz Krychowiak played 90 minutes and saw a yellow card in Sevilla's 2-0 win over Getafe.
Spanish Segunda Division
  • Damien Perquis played 90 minutes in Real Betis' 1-0 loss to Albacete.
Belgian Jupiler League
  • Waldemar Sobota started and played 54 minutes in Club Brugge's 1-1 draw with Genk.
Russian Premier League
  • Adam Kokoszka played 90 minutes in Torpedo Moscow's 3-1 loss to Spartak Moscow.
  • Artur Jedrzejczyk played 90 minutes in Krasnodar's 2-0 loss to Ufa.

Teodorczyk scores first goal for Dynamo

After picking up an assist in his debut two weeks ago, Lukasz Teodorczyk has now added a goal to his Dynamo Kyiv account. The former Lech Poznan striker started and played 81 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Zorya Luhansk.

Here is Teodorczyk's goal from yesterday:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Poles Abroad: Saturday

English Premier League
  • Wojciech Szczesny played 90 minutes in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
  • Lukasz Fabianski played 90 minutes in Swansea's 4-2 loss to Chelsea.
  • Artur Boruc did not dress in Southampton's 4-0 win over Newcastle United.
French Ligue 1
  • Kamil Grosicki did not dress (injured) in Rennes' 1-1 draw with Paris St. Germain. 
  • Dominik Furman did not dress in Toulouse's 2-0 loss to Reims.
German Bundesliga
  • Robert Lewandowski started, played 87 minutes and picked up an assist in Bayern Munich's 2-0 win over Stuttgart. 
  • Lukasz Piszczek played 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund's 3-1 win over Freiburg.
  • Jakub Blaszczykowski did not dress (injured) in Borussia Dortmund's 3-1 win over Freiburg. 
  • Eugen Polanski played 90 minutes and saw a yellow card in Hoffenheim's 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg.
  • Mateusz Klich spend the entire match on the bench in Wolfsburg's 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim.
  • Slawomir Peszko came off the bench in the 60th minute in Koln's scoreless draw with Paderborn.
  • Pawel Olkowski spend the entire match on the bench  in Koln's scoreless draw with Paderborn.
  • Adam Matuszczyk spend the entire match on the bench in Koln's scoreless draw with Paderborn. 
Italian Serie A
  • Lukasz Skorupski spend the entire match on the bench in Roma's 1-0 win over Empoli.
  • Piotr Zielinski came off the bench in the 80th minute in Empoli's 1-0 loss to Roma.
Italian Serie B
  • Michal Chrapek played 90 minutes in Catania's 1-0 loss to Perugia.
  • Bartosz Salamom started, scored a goal and saw two yellow cards (resulted in red card in 88th minute) in Pescara's 3-2 loss to Bologna. 
  • Mateusz Lewandowski spend the entire match on the bench in Entella's 1-0 loss to Brescia.
  • Rafal Wolski played 90 minutes in Bari's 1-1 draw with Frosinone.
  • Thiago Cionek played 90 minutes in Modena's 1-0 win over Pro Vercelli.
Dutch Eredivisie
  • Arkadiusz Milik played 90 minutes, scored two goals and picked up a yellow card in Ajax's 2-1 win over Heracles.
Belgian Proximus League
  • Piotr Parzyszek played 90 minutes and scored a goal in St. Truiden's 2-1 win over Mechelen.
Scottish Premiership
  • Jaroslaw Fojut played 90 minutes, scored a goal and saw a yellow card in Dundee United's 2-2 draw with Hamilton.
Ukrainian Premier League
  • Lukasz Teodorczyk started, played 80 minutes and scored a goal in Dynamo Kiev's 2-2 draw with Zorya.

Milik scores twice as Ajax win

After being benched for the last three games, Arkadiusz Milik returned to the starting lineup in fashion, scoring twice in Ajax's 2-1 win over Heracles. It's was the 20-year-old's first two goals in an Ajax jersey.

Here is Milik's first goal:

Here is Milik's second goal:

Back to Polandsoccerblog

Dear readers and contributors to the comments section

I am writing this message to let you know that I'll be back to help Adam Kutarnia out with the site. You may have noticed [or may not have noticed] that I had not written anything here for nearly an entire month. That's how long it took me to recover from the horrible UEFA-Legia fiasco. To this date I have still not fully recovered from it.

I have lost all faith in UEFA and am sticking to my guns with what I promised before. I will not be watching any UEFA club competition games this season. This is my little way of protesting UEFA. Granted it's not likely to do much, since many fans [including Polish ones] will still be watching their big money making competitions.

The only UEFA competition I will be watching and writing about will be the Euro qualifiers. At the end of the day, when the country plays, you have to watch.

I'd like to apologize if this post seems a little self absorbed. I know I'm nobody important. I just wanted to let you [and Adam] know why I had not written anything for so long. Truth be told, I lost interest in football/soccer after the Legia incident. I had not watched a single match after that until the Gibraltor v Poland match [and what a way to return to the people's game - watching the Polish national team smash a bunch of amateurs].  

Either way, this is just my way of explaining my lack of activity at the site recently. I will try to put a lot more stuff up now. For updates on how Polish folks are getting on in the Europa League and Champions League, look to Adam's posts. I'll be covering the national team, non UEFA related Polish footy and go off on the occasional rant now and again.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Poland 7, Gibraltar 0: Goal Highlights

Poland routs Gibraltar 7-0 in European qualifications opener

After struggling to find their rhythm in the first 45 minutes, the Polish national team burst into a scoring spree in the second half, finding the back of the net six times in their 7-0 rout over Gibraltar, who played their first-ever competitive match.

Kamil Grosicki gave Poland an early lead in the 11th minute, but it was a hassle from there, struggling against an amateur-side Gibraltar until the second half. Grosicki added another one in the 48th minute before Poland scored three more time within ten minutes. Robert Lewandowski added two and Lukasz Szukala scored his first goal for Poland during that 10-minute-span.

Lewandowski completed his first career hat-trick with the Polish national team in the 86th minute. He added his fourth goal in stoppage-time, giving Poland a 7-0 lead.

Poland sits atop of Group D after match-day one. They play Germany on October 11th and Scotland three days later with both games at the National Stadium in Warszawa.

Poland: Szczesny - Olkowski, Glik, Szukala, Wawrzyniak - Grosicki (78. Starzynski), Krychowiak, Klich (71. Maczynski), Rybus - Milik (Sobota), Lewandowski.