Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Ekstraklasa Spring Round Preview: Cracovia Krakow
Friendly results: Kolejarz Stroze L 2-3, Warta W 2-0, Dolcan Zabki W 1-0, Zaglebie Sosnowiec W 3-1, NK Osijek L 1-0, FC Zbrojovka Brno W 1-0, Mash'al Muborak W 1-0, Wolyn Luck D 2-2, Shakhter Karagandy W 1-0
Next game: Feb 25th vs. Legia Warszawa
Arrivals: Piotr Giza (free transfer), Lukasz Nawotczynski (free transfer), Andraz Struna (FC Koper), Wojciech Kaczmarek (free transfer), Szymon Gasinski (Polonia Bytom), Bojan Puzigaca (FK Borac Banja Luka), Vule Trivunovic (Borac Banja Luka), Vladimir Boljevic (FK Zeta)
Departures: Dariusz Pawlusinski (contract expired), Marcin Cabaj (contract expired), Bartosz Slusarski (Lech Poznan), Radoslaw Matusiak (Asteras Tripoli), Tomasz Moskala (terminated contract), Lukasz Uszalewski (terminated contract), Piotr Polczak (Terek Grozny), Pawel Sasin (GKS Bogdanka)
Plus for: Upgrading their defense during the winter after allowing league-high 31 goals in 15 matches. They lost Piotr Polczak but added Andraz Struna, Vule Trivunovic, and Bojan Puzigaca.
Minus for: Not adding another striker. They lost top-scorer Bartosz Slusarski and also Radoslaw Matusiak. Cant win without scoring any goals
What to Expect: Cracovia was the worst during the first part of the current season losing almost everything and finally firing their coach Rafal Ulatowski. Nothing will chance this round. Cracovia will most likely get relegated to the First Division. One plus for Cracovia is their newly-reconstructed stadium which looks beautiful.
Player to Watch: Piotr Giza
Giza returns to Cracovia after three years with Legia Warszawa. Hes a hard working central midfielder or attacking midfielder. Had a decent winter camp with Cracovia.
Young Player to Watch: Mateusz Klich (20-years old)
Klich made 12 appearances assisting on one goal in the autumn round and will be a key player together with Piotr Giza in Cracovia's midfield.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 5:49 PM