Thursday, March 31, 2011
By Krzysiek Moskal
What is good form? How about 6 goals in 6 games?
Patryk Malecki has stepped up his game and coincidentally has received a larger duty under new coach Robert Masskant. The troubled young winger/striker has had issues in the past with managers but has seem to found his groove under the new Wisla Krakow boss.
On the other hand there were rumors circulating that Polish boss Smuda has failed to give Malecki a shot because he had told the press he's only played a couple of good games. It was also rumored that Malecki and Smuda met in a coffee shop. Where Smuda told him to work on his defending and he would eventually get called up, Malecki replied with an offer saying I can play defensively and be of use to you and you (Smuda) should come watch a game of mine. Malecki reminisis the conversation as a very awkward one. As many of us already know and are not suprised by the lack of personal skills Smuda possesses. Lets find out if these are true.
Onto the questions and answers by Gazeta Krakowska translated by me for you! Enjoy!
Is the spring round so far the best of your career?
Malecki: Its only been 4 games, but if I continue to play like this and we win the Polish Championship then yes I will be able to say it is the best round of my career.
After the loss of several players, who were the deciders of games, do you feel more pressure on you?
Malecki: When the Brozek twins left along with Pawelek, I knew that Wisla had lost some important players. We are now left with only a couple of Polish players and I now feel more pressure and a higher responsibility. Fans stop me all over the city and tell me to play my best and they see me as the central player for our club. That is a huge responsibility, but I feel like I am not disappointing them.
You are playing very good in this round, and its nothing weird that the same topic comes up about your chances with our Polish National team. Coach Smuda said he met with you for coffee and now you know what you need to do to get called up.
Malecki: I am glad you asked me this question and I will clear it up. I never went with Smuda for a coffee and I am not a player that would contact Smuda for a meeting. It was actually a coincidence we met in a coffee shop in Krakow where we exchanged hello's I bought my coffee and sat down. That is when Smuda invited me to his table and told me that I need to work very hard and maybe one day I will call you up. He also added that I need to work on my defense and become a bigger part of it on my team. I replied to him maybe you should come to my game as I play both offense and defense every time a ball is lost I run back to help our wing back Erik Cikos on the wing. For me this was a weird conversation.
It seems you and Mr. Smuda don't have great chemistry?
Malecki: There is nothing to hide, I have nothing against him. But, maybe we just don't gel well together. And, I feel this more from him than me. The truth is this, we dont need to love each other and not even like one another. The most important thing is a good National squad. If he seems me on his team then good if not then okay. The world wont stop for the National team. The most important thing for me right now is Wisla.
Malecki is turning into a great player and I was very upset when he didn't get the call up, in his position sits Obraniak who has not been playing for his club team then you have Peszko fresh off an injury. Smuda needs to stop playing favorites and give the players who are in form a chance to showcase themselves.
Malecki has already represented Poland on the national stage with the U15, U16, U18, U19, U20, U21 and the national team with a combined record of 14 goals in 43 games played.
What do you think about Smuda's response and advice for Malecki?
The 20th week of the Ekstraklasa returns after a week-long international break. Leaders Wisla Krakow take on second-place Jagiellonia Bialystok in the match of the week.
Lechia Gdansk vs. GKS Belchatow (11:45 AM EST)
Lech Poznan v. Slask Wroclaw (2:00 PM EST)
Zaglebie Lubin vs. Polonia Bytom (8:45 AM EST)
Legia Warszawa vs. Ruch Chorzow (10:15 AM EST)
Widzew Lodz vs. Arka Gdynia (11:00 AM EST)
Korona Kielce vs. Polonia Warszaw (1:15 AM EST)
Wisla Krakow vs. Jagiellonia Bialystok (8:45 AM EST) PSB Liveblog
Gornik Zabrze vs. Cracovia Krakow (11:15 AM EST)
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 6:46 PM
Fresh of the international break, Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek look to help out Borussia Dortmund in the final stage of capturing the Bundesliga title. Healthy Tomasz Cywka looks to return to Derby County's squad as Przemyslaw Tyton and Ireneusz Jelen are forced to be sidelined with injuries this weekend.
Here is a rundown of who the Poles abroad play this weekend:
12:00 PM- Sebastian Tyrala with VfL Osnabruck play Karlsruhe.
2:00 PM- Grzegorz Krychowiak with Stade de Reims play Tours.Saturday
7:00 AM- Lukasz Zaluska with Celtic play Inverness.
7:45 AM- Radoslaw Majewski with Nottingham Forest play Leeds United.
7:45 AM- Tomasz Kuszczak with Manchester United play West Ham United.
9:00 AM- Kamil Grosicki with Sivasspor play Besiktas.
9:30 AM- Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek with Borussia Dortmund play Hannover 96.
10:00 AM- Michal Zewlakow with Ankaragucu play Eskisehirspor.
10:00 AM- Tomasz Cywka with Derby County play Cardiff City.
12:00 PM- Pawel and Piotr Brozek and Arkadiusz Glowacki with Trabzonspor play Konyaspor with Marcin Robak and Mariusz Pawelek.
1:00 PM- Ludovic Obraniak with Lille play Caen.
1:00 PM- Dariusz Dudka with Auxerre play Stade Rennes. (Jelen is injured; will not play)
1:45 PM- Mateusz Prus with Roda JC Kerkrade play Willem II. (Tyton is injured; will not play)Sunday
7:00 AM- Maciej Iwanski with Manisaspor play Genclerbirligi.
7:45 AM- Adrian Mrowiec with Hearts play Hibernian.
9:00 AM- Blazej Augustyn with Catania play Palermo.
9:00 AM- Artur Boruc with Fiorentina play Cesena.
9:00 AM- Kamil Glik with Bari play Parma.
9:30 AM- Slawomir Peszko with FC Koln play Nurnberg.
12:00 PM- Roger Guerreiro with AEK Athens play Atromitos.*All times are Eastern
Which matches are you most looking forward to?
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 4:50 PM
Ireneusz Jelen will miss the Auxerre's game with Stade Rennes this Saturday after he picked up a calf injury in Auxerre's 2-0 win over Sochaux two weeks ago.
Jelen was called up to the Polish national team for friendly matches against Lithuania and Greece. However, Jelen was dropped from the NT due to an injury.
Jelen, who already missed most of the season due to injury, scored two goals in Auxerre's 2-0 win over Sochaux two weeks ago The club hasn't said how long Jelen will be out.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 4:06 PM
With Przemyslaw Tyton being out with an injury, young Polish goalkeeper Mateusz Prus will become Roda JC Kerkrade's starting goalkeeper, according to the club's head coach Harm van Veldhoven.
"Its the perfect time for him to show his skills," admits van Veldhoven.
Prus made his first and only league appearance on February 6, 2011 against SC Heracles Almelo.
"Mateusz can be sure of a starting place between the posts. I pick him beacuse hes the only logical solution when Tyton is injured," adds van Veldhoven.
The 21-year old joined Roda last summer from Zaglebie Sosnowiec. Roda are away to Willem II on Saturday.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 3:40 PM
Tomasz Cywka scored a goal as Derby County thrashed rivals Nottingham Forest 7-1 on Tuesday afternoon in a reserves match.
Cywka started the match but was replaced by Manor Ground in the 76th minute. The 22-year old Cywka scored to give Derby a 5-1 lead.
Cywka looks to end a three-week absence with a knee problem when Derby County take on Cardiff City on Saturday in league play.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 7:03 AM
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday's farewell from the Polish national team doesn't exactly mean Michal Zewlakow's soccer career is over.
After 102 appearances for the Polish national team, Michal Zewlakow has decided to retire from international soccer but wants to continue playing on the weekends for a club. The 36-year old defender wants to return to the Polish Ekstraklasa and qualify for the UEFA Champions League with a Polish club.
"It huts me that I never accomplished that (qualify for the UEFA Champions League with a Polish club) and I would like to bring the great joy to our Polish fans. I would like to experience that goal, and thats why I would consider a good offer from a Polish club," said Zewlakow.
After thirteen years abroad, Zewlakow wants to return to Poland.
"I already won the Greek and Belgian league titles but I never won the Ekstraklasa title. Besides that, I'm already tired of playing abroad. I'm ready to pack my suitcase and return to my homeland," Zewlakow adds.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 5:17 PM
Artur Boruc will most likely leave Fiorentina at the end of the season, according to Italian "La Gazzetta dello Sport".
The newspaper reports Boruc's agent, Raymond Sparkes is already looking for a new club for the former Polish international. Sparkes traveled to England to talk to Tottenham and Everton about Boruc.
The newspaper also believes Sebastien Frey will be Fiorentina's starting lineup next season and Boruc doesn't want to sit on the bench.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 4:25 PM
Hooliganism is causing a "huge image problem" for Euro 2012 co-host Poland with every round of league matches marred by trouble, a UEFA executive said Wednesday.
The Polish authorities have vowed to adopt a zero tolerance toward hooliganism.
But the ongoing struggle to end violence among Polish fans was highlighted on Friday when 60 were detained after clashing with police in Lithuania around an exhibition. They were throwing bottles, flares and benches at police and security guards. One guard was injured.
"We are looking very carefully at the situation because there are many activities on the hooligan scene in Poland," said UEFA’s Euro 2012 operations director Martin Kallen on Wednesday. "What we saw at last Friday's match was not a very good picture to see that happening in a stadium."
"On the hooligan side, we are concerned but I also know the Polish government is concerned," Kallen said. "They know they have a problem—they have a huge image problem. There are always hooligans around every match day in the league but the government is making the right steps for the future."
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 3:03 PM
By Krzysiek Moskal
Another dismal performance, more wasted opportunities and a complete lack of killer instinct is how I sum up our current friendly result vs.Greece. The boring 0-0 draw in Athens against their second team is exactly what I imagined, but what I had deep down inside were high hopes that were squashed like a small insect.
You think we would of turned it around after an awful display against the Lithuanians and we come out looking better, but against who? a second squad of Greeks with maybe a handful of regular starters. I will now turn my focus on some positive criticism of our Bialo Czerwoni team - what can we do to be better and not embarrass ourselves at home.