Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sebastian Tyrala is close to making returning a to the 2. Bundesliga
Tyrala is set to sign with German second division side Energie Cottbus. Tyrala is under-contract with Osnabruck until June 2012 but his contract reads that if Osnabruck were to be relegated, Tyrala gets to leave for free.
The transfer was first reported by German Bild. According to the newspaper, both sides have agreed to personal terms and are awaiting to sign the contract.
Tyrala spend one season with Osnabruck, making 31 appearances while scoring four goals. Osnabruck were relegated to the 3rd Liga, after losing to Dynamo Dresden in the relegation playoffs.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 10:45 PM
The Polish national team will open a week-long training camp on Wednesday while preparing for the two upcoming June friendlies. Frank Smuda will hold the first training session on the first day of camp at 5 pm local time.
As reported on Saturday, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Jakub Wawrzyniak have been called into the Polish national team camp. They were both called in to replace injured Maciej Sadlok and Arkadiusz Glowacki.
Father-to-be Ludovic Obraniak will not report to camp on time as he's waiting for the birth of his first child. Obraniak will definitely miss the Argentina match and is questionable for the France match.
The Polish NT will hold two training sessions the next two days, leading into Saturday's clash with Argentina.
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Anyone excited about the upcoming training camp?
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 9:46 PM
Wisla Krakow's road to the Champions League will begin on June 11th, when the team returns from their short holiday break and resumes training.
Wisla Krakow, who won the league title this season will begin their Champions League campaign in the second qualifying round on July 11/12 and July 19/20.
The drawing for the second qualifying round will held on June 20th.
The last time a Polish club qualified for the UEFA Champions League was in 1996. Widzew Lodz defeated Brondby on away-goals (4-4). Widzew were drawan in Group B with Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Steaua Bucuresti. Widzew finished 3rd in the group and did not qualify knock-out stage.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 5:22 PM
Obraniak to skip Argentina friendly
Poland national team head coach Frank Smuda told the media on Tuesday that Ludovic Obraniak will most likely skip the Argentina friendly next week because he is poised to become a father.
"I don't know if Ludo's going to play, because he's waiting for the birth of his child. I know his dream is to be there at the birth, and I don't want to mess that up for him," said Smuda.
Smuda wants Perquis soon
Poland have another Frenchman in their sights, 27-year old Sochaux defender Damien Perquis visited Warszawa last week to try to put the finishing touches to his application for a Polish passport.
"I hope all the formalities for Damien's Polish citizenship application will be sorted out soon, because he really wants to play for Poland. I understand that everything's on the right track," said Smuda.
Smuda shocked Melikson won Discovery of the Year
There was also speculation that Israeli midfielder Maor Meliksson could be on Poland's wish-list but Smuda denied the rumors right away. Smuda was kindly surprised that Melikson, who joined Wisla Krakow in the winter, won the Ekstraklasa Discovery of the Year.
"Mierzejewski deserved to win the award. When it comes to Melikson, he only played half a season with Wisla and don't forget that the award is handed out for the whole season," Smuda commented.
Former Poland national team striker Adrian Sikora will start training with newly-promoted to the Ekstraklasa Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala on Wednesday.
Sikora returned to Poland for the holidays but his contract with Cypriot club APOEL is set to expire this summer, making the 31-year old a free agent.
Sikora signed a two-year contract with APOEL in July 2009 after spending the 2008–2009 season with Spanish club Real Murcia.
Sikora played only three games in his first season with APOEL, scoring twice but was injured and missed the rest of the season.
The injury bug hit Sikora once again in the next season. He didn't had a chance to play in APOEL, and so he moved to the reserves team of APOEL for all the second half of 2010-11 season.
In other news related to Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala, the club has signed 28-year old Czech center-back Ondrej Sourek on free transfer. Sourek spend the last three years playing for Slovakian club MSK Zilina.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 3:29 PM
Monday, May 30, 2011
The 2010-11 Ekstraklasa awards have been handed out on Monday.
Polonia Warszawa midfielder Adrian Mierzejewski has been selected as the Ekstraklasa Player of the Season by all Ekstraklasa coaches and captians.
Orest Lenczyk, who led Slask Wroclaw to a second-place finish was named the Ekstraklasa Coach of the Year. The 68-year old beat out Waldemar Fornalik (Ruch Chorzow), Robert Maaskant (Wisla Krakow) and Michal Probierz (Jagiellonia Bialystok).
The Ekstraklasa Newcomer of the Year was given to Maor Melikson. The Israeli midfielder joined Wisla Krakow during the winter transfer window.
Tomasz Frankowski, who scored 14 goals this season, was awarded the Ekstraklasa Top Scorer.
The Fair Play Award was given to Lechia Gdansk.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 4:27 PM
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Tomasz Frankowski found the back of the net 14 times this season and as a result of that, was crowned the 2010-2011 Ekstraklasa Top Scorer.
Frankowski beat out Korona's Andrzej Niedzielan and Lechia's Abdou Razack Traore, who both finished with 12 goals. Lech Poznan's Artjoms Rudnevs finished with 11 goals.
Its not the first time Frankowski was crowned the Top Scorer. In the 1998-99 season, Frankowski scored 21 goals in a Wisla Krakow uniform. Two years later, once again with Wisla, Frankowski scored 18 goals. Then, in the 2004-05 season, Frankowski scored 25 goals to secure his third Top Scorer award.
Frankowski, a scoring beast has now 147 career goals in the Ekstraklasa and sits seventh in the All-time goalscorers in the Ekstraklasa.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 1:58 PM
Wisla Krakow finish first and for the 13th time are crowned champions of Poland.
Slask Wroclaw finished second and secured a spot in next seasons UEFA Europa League second round qualifying.
Legia Warszawa finished third but already clinched a spot for next seasons European competitions after winning the Polish Cup.
Jagiellonia Bialystok secured a fourth place in the standings and a spot in next seasons UEFA Europa League First qualifying round after a 1-0 win over Ruch Chorzow on Sunday.
Lech Poznan will not repeat this seasons miracle run in Europe after finishing fifth in the standings with 45 points, only three points behind fourth place.
Gornik Zabrze finished sixth, Polonia Warszawa seventh, Lechia Gdansk fell to eighth, Widzew Lodz finished ninth, GKS Belchatow tenth, Zaglebie Lubin eleventh, Ruch Chorzow twelfth and Korona Kielce thirteenth.
Cracovia finished 13th and are safe from relegation while Arka Gdynia and Polonia Bytom were both relegated after finishing 15th and 16th.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 1:39 PM
Both Arka Gdynia and Polonia Bytom got crushed on Sunday, resulting in both teams being relegated to the Polish First Division.
15th place finishers Arka Gdynia were crushed by Slask Wroclaw 5-0 while last-place finisher Polonia Bytom were crushed 4-0 by Legia Warszawa.
After a poor start to the season, Cracovia Krakow lost on Sunday to GKS Belchatow but managed to escape relegation and will play next season in Poland top-tier.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 1:16 PM
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Poland national team defender Sebastian Boenisch has signed a one-year contract extension with German club Werder Bremen.
Due to a knee injury, Boenisch made only one league appearance for Werder this season. Boenisch has been sidelined since last October.
Boenisch made his debut for the Polish national team in September 2010 but has not played since then for Frank Smuda.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 1:42 PM
Frank Smuda has called in Legia Warszawa defender Jakub Wawrzyniak and Stade Reims midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak for the two June friendlies. .
They have replaced Arkadiusz Glowacki and Maciej Sadlok, who both suffered injuries with their club teams.
"Kuba Wawrzyniak had a good end to the season while Krychowiak plays regularly for this club team in France," said Smuda.
What do you think of the new call-ups?
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 12:52 PM
Friday, May 27, 2011
2:45 pm- Tomasz Kuszczak with Manchester United play Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League finalSunday
3:00 pm- Ludovic Obraniak with Lille play Stade Rennes
3:00 pm- Dariusz Dudka with Auxerre play Lorient
3:00 pm- Damien Perquis with Sochaux play Arles-Avignon----------------------------------
Ekstraklasa Round 30 Games (all matches start at 11 am est):
GKS Belchatow - Cracovia Krakow
Gornik Zabrze - Widzew Lodz
Jagiellonia Bialystok - Ruch Chorzow
Lech Poznan - Korona Kielce
Lechia Gdansk - Zaglebie Lubin
Legia Warszawa- Polonia Bytom
Slask Wroclaw- Arka Gdynia
Wisla Krakow - Polonia Warszaw
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 5:08 PM
Serbian striker Dejan Lekic's two goal was the difference, as La Liga side CA Osasuna held on for a 2-1 result over the Polish third division side Elana Torun in their friendly Friday evening at the Stadion Miejski in Torun.
Lekic scored twice, in the 24th and 43rd to give Osasuna a 2-0 lead. In stoppage time, Adam Patora scored but it was too late for Tourn to find an equalizer.
Osasuna finished 9th in the La Liga this season as Elana Torun sit 9th with 43 points in the Polish third division Group West.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 2:53 PM
Maciej Sadlok suffered an injury during Polonia Warszawa's league match against GKS Belchatow last Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for about four weeks.
Sadlok will miss Poland's June friendlies against Argentina and France and Frank Smuda is not a happy camper.
"You guys (referring to the media) tell him (Sadlok) that I don't want to hear anything about his injury. He needs to pack his stuff and meet us here at the grouping. He's a big guy, and nothing can him knock down. He needs to heal up and be ready to play. If I was a player, I would even join the national team with a cast on my foot," Smuda told the media.
Smuda is becoming irritated by all the injuries. Sadlok was suppose to be a left-back replacement for the injured Sebastian Boenisch. Now, going into the June friendlies, Poland don't have a solid left defender.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 2:23 PM
If the Polish national team suffer defeats to both Argentina and France, Frank Smuda can say goodbye to this job.
An unnamed official of PZPN told Polska the Times that Orest Lenczyk and Michal Probierz are the top candidates to replace Smuda.
"We will also listen to the publics opinion. We'll see what kind of atmosphere is around the Polish national team. The only problem is we would have to pay Smuda an enormous compensation. In addition to the annual salary, we would have to pay the equivalent of the premium for advancement to the quarterfinals of the Euro. Because no one can prove that Smuda wouldn't reach the quarterfinals," said an unnamed PZPN official.
Frank Smuda has really been put on the hot seat by Polish media. According to the media, Smuda is in danger of losing his national team job if Poland don't show any kind of football against Argentina and France.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 12:48 PM
Wisla Krakow are looking to strength their defensive game before qualifications to the Champions League begin.
Wisla Krakow's sporting director Stan Valckx has been observing Anderlecht's defender Marcin Wasilewski, but his transfer is unlikely to happen as Wasilewski is under contract with the Belgium club until 2012.
Wisla are now taking looking at their former defedner Marcin Baszczynski, who is currently under contract with Greek side Atromitos F.C. However, Baszczynski is planning to return to Poland this summer after the incidents that occurred after the Greek Cup final, when angry Atromitos fans threated their own players after the loss.
Baszczynski left Wisla in 2009 after spending nine years in Krakow. The 33-year old defender has already met with Stan Valckx.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 12:07 PM
Mainz 05 midfielder Eugen Polanski has told Przeglad Sportowy that he intends to change national teams and plans to play for the Polish national team.
"For several weeks now, I was thinking very hard about Poland and now I'm pretty sure that I want to play for Poland. I wouldn't even consider this a month ago but I changed my mind. It hit me suddenly. I think now is the best time to make my decision, because I cant say that I want to play for the Polish national team three weeks before the Euro 2012," Polanski told Przeglad Sportowy.
It was last February that Polanski reject Frank Smuda's proposition to play for the Polish national team.
"The coach (Smuda) told me that if I change my decision, I can call him at any time. And thats what I'll probably do. I hope he picks up my phone call. I'll call him after my short holiday and I'll ask him if he wants Polanski in his squad. Because I cant be sure he wants," Polanski added.
Polanski appeared for Germany in various youth levels, often as captain but was never called up to the senior team was asked if hes changing his mind beacuse he doesn't have a chance at the German national team.
"Of course not. If that was the problem, then I would have chosen Poland in February," Polanski answered.
Polanski was also asked about the Poland-Germany friendly scheduled for September 6th in Warszawa and who will be cheer on.
"If I don't play for Poland, then I'll cheer for Germany," Polanski added.
The 25-year old Polanski was born in Sosnowiec, Poland but left Poland when he was three years old.
What do you think about this developing story?
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 12:27 AM
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Former Poland national team striker Marek Saganowski is in advanced talks with LKS Lodz about a possible return to his hometown team.
A free agent this summer, Saganowski decided to terminate his contract with Greek side Atromitos after the Greek Cup final. .
Newly-promoted LKS Lodz look to strength their offensive game after deciding not to extend Jakub Kosecki's loan deal. LKS have also decided to extend Marcin Mieciel's contract.
LKS Lodz have earned promoted back to the Ekstraklasa after spending the last two years in Poland's First Division.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 10:42 PM
On Thursday, Polish tabloid Fakt published an article saying Frank Smuda could lose is job if Poland performs poorly against Argentina and France.
The article read that the Polish Football Federation is frustrated with Smuda's somewhat surprising call-ups and that the Polish national team has no style under Smuda.
If Poland doesn't show some kind of football against the reserves of Argentina and France, Smuda will get the boot for PZPN and will be replaced by Slask Wroclaw coach Orest Lenczyk.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 9:31 PM
Poland U-19s' struggles in the European Under-19 Football Championship elite qualification continued on Wednesday, with Janusz Białek's side losing again, this time 3-1 to Italy.
With the loss, Poland have no chance to qualify for this years European Under-19 Football Championship in Romania. Poland sit dead-last in the Group 4 standings without a point.
Poland fell down 1-0 in the 14th minute, thanks to Mario Sampirisi's strike. In the 39th minute, Poland tied the game up at 1, thanks to Legia Warszawa's Michal Zyro. After halftime, Poland lost the lead after Nadir Minotti scored in the 69th minute. Federico Viviani scored the insurance goal in the 80th minute for Italy.
Poland: Filip Bednarek - Wojciech Lisowski, Michal Czekaj, Marcin Kaminski, Mariusz Mikoda - Lukasz Zejdler, Damian Dabrowski (83. Piotr Zielinski), Wojciech Golla (84. Rafal Pietrzak), Bartosz Bereszynski (80. Bartlomiej Pawlowski) - Pawel Wszolek, Michal Zyro
Poland play Ukranie on May 29th to finish up their Group 4 campaign.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 5:18 PM
Laurent Blanc has announced his 26-men selection for France's upcoming Euro 2012 qualifier in Belarus on June 3 and the friendly double-header against Euro 2008 co-hosts, Ukraine and Poland.
Laurent Koscielny, who ditched the Polish national team last autumn did not receive called up into Laurent Blanc's squad.
Here is the squad:
Goalkeepers: Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille).
Defenders: Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Younes Kaboul (Tottenham), Adil Rami (Lille), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Paris St Germain).
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Lille), Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Yann M'Vila (Rennes), Samir Nasri (Arsenal), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Saint-Etienne), Marvin Martin (Sochaux).
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (Lorient), Guillaume Hoarau (Paris St Germain), Jeremy Menez (Roma), Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan), Loic Remy (Marseille), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).What do you think of the squad?
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 3:10 PM
Maciej Sadlok has been ruled out of Poland's June friendlies against Argentina and France due to back problems.
Sadlok suffered a back injury during Polonia Warszawa's match with GKS Belchatow on Wednesday. Sadlok started but was forced to be subbed off at halftime.
No word yet on if a replacement will be called to fill in for Sadlok's spot on the roster.
Would you like to see as the replacement?
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 6:54 AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
- Grzegorz Sandomierski allowed three goals in Jagiellonia Bialystok's embarrassing 3-0 loss to Cracovia Krakow.
- In the same match, Lukasz Mierzejewski started and played 90 minutes as Cracovia's right-defender. Teammate Mateusz Klich buried home a free-kick goal to give Cracovia a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute.
- Maciej Sadlok started, played 45 minutes and received a yellow card in Polonia Warszawa's scoreless draw with GKS Belchatow. Tomasz Jodlowiec and Adrian Mierzejewski both played the full 90 minutes.
- Grzegorz Wojtkowiak played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Lech Poznan's 2-1 win over Polonia Bytom. Rafal Murawski also played the full 90 minutes.
- Cezary Wilk played 90 minutes in Wisla Krakow's 3-0 win over Zaglebie Lubin. Szymon Pawlowski played the full 90 minutes for Zaglebie.
- Michal Kucharczyk scored twice in Legia Warszawa's 5-2 win over Arka Gdynia. Kucharczyk played the full 90 minutes.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 5:09 PM
LKS Lodz and Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala have earned promoted to the Ekstraklasa after finishing first and second in the 2010–11 Polish First Division.
With three matches matches left in the season, both teams guaranteed themselves a promotion spot in the 31st round of the First Division. Podbeskidzie defeated Sandecja Nowy Sacz 2-0 while LKS Lodz defeated GKS Katowice 3-0.
LKS Lodz return to the Ekstraklasa after two years in the First Divsion while Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala will make their first ever trip to Poland's top flight.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 4:52 PM
Damien Perquis is close to receiving his Polish passport and most likely will make his Polish national team debut against France on June 9th.
Perquis has arrived in Warszawa on Wednesday with the completed documents that were need to obtain Polish citizenship.
"Damien handed in the completed paperwork and in the near future should strengthen the Polish national team. It will depend on Smuda if Perquis plays against France," said Tadeusz Fogiel.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 7:15 AM
One of Bulgaria's top young talents, Alexander Tonev, will be leaving CSKA Sofia at the end of the season. Tonev, who can play in midfield and on the wing, will be sold to Lech Poznan.
Reportedly, Tonev, has already negotiated his personal terms with Lech Poznan and will finalize the transfer at the end of the season. He has one more year to his contract with CSKA, but the club has decided to sell the player for 500,000 euro, although some reports have suggested that the price tag might be as high as 650,000 euro.
Tonev was recommended to Lech Poznan's head coach, Jose Maria Bakero, by his former Barcelona teammate Hristo Stoichkov. In 2010, Tonev was selected as one of the 78 biggest talents in the world by the World Soccer Magazine.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 7:05 AM
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Rok Elsner scored a fantastic goal last weekend in Slask Worclaw's 3-1 loss to Gornik Zabrze. Elsner's goal was nominated for Top 10 Goals of the Week by 101greatgoals.com and finished second place, only behind Carlos Tevez's goal in the voting.
Here is Elsner's goal vs Gornik Zabrze:
Here is Elsner's goal vs Gornik Zabrze:
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 8:59 PM
VfL Osnabruck were relegated from the 2. Bundesliga with a 3-1 defeat at home against Dynamo Dresden in the second leg of the relegation play-offs.
The match needed extra-time after a 1-1 scoreline after 90 minutes. Polish midfielder Sebastian Tyrala played the full 120 minutes.
Dynamo Dresden won 4–2 on aggregate after the match ended 1-1 in the first leg last Friday.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 7:22 PM
Ludovic Obraniak may miss Poland's friendly with Argentina as his wife is due to give birth to the couple's first child.
Obraniak told rp.pl that his wife's due date is set for June 2nd or 3rd. Obraniak added that its important to him to be with his wife's as they expect their first child.
Poland begin training camp on June 1st. Poland play Argentina on June 5th and France four days later.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 6:11 PM
Polonia Warszawa will play Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund in a pre-season friendly.
The match will take place on July 16th in Altach, Austria where Polonia Warszawa will stay during their pre-season training camp.
Three days later, Polonia will face Greek side Olympiakos at the same location.
Last Thursday, Borussia Dortmund played Lech Poznan to a scoreless draw in Poznan.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 5:10 PM
The Polish U-19 national team opened their EURO Under-19 Football Championship elite qualifications with a 1-0 defeat to Republic of Ireland U-19.
Jeff Hendrick's 19th minute strike left Poland shocked and empty-handed.
Poland: Filip Bednarek - Filip Modelski, Michal Czekaj, Marcin Kaminski, Mariusz Mikoda - Lukasz Zejdler, Damian Dabrowski, Damian Rysiewski (63. Rafal Pietrzak), Pawel Wszolek - Michal Zyro, Bartlomiej Pawlowski (75. Piotr Zielinski).
Poland's next match is on May 26th against Italy. Poland end their Group 4 campaign against Ukranie on May 29th.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 4:56 PM
Moar Melikson has received a call-up to the Israeli national team for Euro 2012 qualification match against Latvia.
Polish media started a topic about Melikson switching national team colors after signing with Wisla Krakow during the winter transfer window.
Melikson holds a Polish citizenship. His mother was born in Poland but emigrated to Israel during her childhood.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 4:32 PM
With injuries to Ireneusz Jelen and Artur Sobiech, Patryk Malecki was a clear replacement for the two men but Frank Smuda, once again decided not to call-up the 22-year old Wisla Krakow striker.
"Malecki is close to the national team as he was before. I'm interested in him, but he has to improve on some elements in his game. After Wisla's game with Cracovia, I talked with Robert Maaskant. I can only say that we have the same opinion about Malecki."
However, Smdua decided to tryout Cracovia Krakow's 20-year old midfielder Matuesz Klich, whose been red-hot in the second part of the Ekstraklasa season.
"He knows how to stop a pressuring attacker. He can do various stuff with the ball. He knows how to play the game of soccer."
Smuda also mentioned that injures are bothering him. He was forced not to call up Slawomir Peszko and Ireneusz Jelen.
"Jelen, Peszko, Sobiech and some others which I wanted to checkout are injured and I'm not allowed to call them up" Smuda notes.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 7:08 AM
There were plenty of familiar faces, but also some surprising inclusions on Smuda's roster.
Here is Smuda's completed roster for Argentina and France:
GOALKEEPERS: Wojciech Szczesny, Grzegorz Sandomierski.
DEFENDERS: Lukasz Piszczek , Kamil Glik, Arkadiusz Glowacki, Lukasz Mierzejewski, Maciej Sadlok, Tomasz Jodlowiec, Grzegorz Wojtkowiak.
MIDFIELDERS: Dariusz Dudka, Ludovic Obraniak, Adam Matuszczyk, Cezary Wilk, Rafal Murawski, Szymon Pawlowski, Adrian Mierzejewski, Mateusz Klich, Jakub Blaszczykowski .
FORWARDS: Robert Lewandowski, Pawel Brozek, Kamil Grosicki, Michal Kucharczyk.
What do you think of the squad?
Share your thoughts below.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 6:38 AM
Monday, May 23, 2011
Maciej Zurawski's second sting with Wisla Krakow is slowly coming to an end.
Wisla Krakow has decided not to offer a contract extension to Maciej Zurawski, whose contract is set to expire this summer.
Zurawski has been struggling this season, scoring one goal in 20 league appearances. He missed a crucial 90th minute penalty kick against FK Qarabag last July, which eliminated Wisla Krakow from European competitions.
Zurawski rejoined Wisla last summer after spending the last five years abroad. Zurawski is now expected to joined Warta Poznan, the club where he began his professional career 17 years ago.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 7:24 PM
Frank Smuda will complete his call-ups on Tuesday for upcoming friendlies against France and Argentina. Smuda has already called-up players from foreign leagues but now players playing in Poland are awaiting their call.
Here are some interesting details surroundings Smuda and where he was his weekend:
- On Thursday, Smuda traveled to Poznan to watch Borussia Dortmund take on Lech Poznan. After the match, Smuda met with Manuel Arboleda.
- Smuda also has been impressed with Cracovia Krakow's midfielder Mateusz Klich. The 20-year old has been red-hot until this weekend when he received a red card against Widzew Lodz.
- Smuda traveled to Zabrze this weekend to watch Gornik take on Slask Wroclaw.
- Poland national team striker coach Tomasz Frankowski said over the weekend that he'll try to rebuilt Patryk Malecki at the national team level, like he helped Kamil Grosicki. Does this mean that Malecki will be called up?
Any prediction on who will be called up?
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 5:24 PM
Slovakian national team coach Vladimir Weiss has arrived in Warszawa on Monday to meet with Mariusz Walter, owner of Legia Warszawa.
The two men met for over three hours, discussing various important topics. The Slovak intends to rebuilt Legia Warszawa by bringing fellow countrymen Jan Mucha and Robert Jez to Legia.
The Slovakian coach also wants to guide the Slovakian national team until Euro 2012.
Weiss also wants to bring in Slovakian striker Filip Sebo, who has scored 22 goals in 22 appearances for Slovan Bratislava this season.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 4:05 PM
Poland's friendly with France has been moved from Gdansk to Warszawa due to stadium-construction delays at the PEG Arena in Gdansk.
"Poland won't be playing in Gdansk. The game with France will take place on June 9 at 21:00 at Legia Warsaw's stadium," Agnieszka Olejkowska, spokeswoman of Poland's PZPN, said on her Twitter feed.
The game will now take place at a newly-reconstructed Legia Warszawa Stadium, where Poland are already scheduled to face Argentina in June 5 friendly.
PZPN followed the orders of Gdansk police, who called the PGE Arena a one big building site
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 3:26 PM
Artur Boruc and Dariusz Dudka find themselves on the wish list of once very powerful Galatasaray. After a horrendous season, they are planning on rebuilding and wanted to add two key players. Two of our own, Artur and Dariusz would provide two key elements missing within their squad.
Summer Transfer window will be one for the ages, as countless Polish players have either finished their contract r moving to a new team. It will be very exciting to see who goes where, but whats for sure is that the Turkish teams have had a great amount of success bringing in Polish players who have done a great job playing in their league.
Artur Boruc and Ludovic Obraniak will be the hottest commodity coming out of Poland this summer, and many clubs will be fighting for their signatures.
Posted by bigcmos 81 at 2:24 PM
According to TVP, the Polish national team is likely to play an exhibition against Zambia in late September or October.
The match would take place at the Stal Rzeszow Stadium. The official date of the match will be released on June 20th by PZPN.
However, the match will be scheduled during a non-FIFA fixture date, meaning that Frank Smuda will not be able to call-up players playing in foreign leagues.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 10:03 AM
Sunday, May 22, 2011
In a spare of two minutes, Lech Poznan's European dreams came to an end. Lechia Gdansk scored twice in less than three minutes to grab three important points away from Lech in a 2-1 win on Sunday.
Lech Poznan found the back of the net first. Bartosz Slusarski headed home a Jakub Wilk cross in the 35th minute.
The match remained 1-0 until a penalty kick was awarded to Lechia. Abdou Razack Traore converted the penalty kick in the 78th minute, tying the score a 1-1.
Two minutes later, the same Abdou Razack Traore shocked Lech with a strike with handed Lechia the three points.
Lechia: Pawel Kapsa - Deleu, Luka Vucko, Krzysztof Bak, Vytautas Andriuskevicius - Lukasz Surma, Marko Bajic (66. Lewon Hajrapetjan), Marcin Pietrowski (55. Bedi Buval) - Pawel Nowak, Ivans Lukjanovs, Abdou Traore (90+2. Jakub Zejglic).
Lech: Krzysztof Kotorowski - Grzegorz Wojtkowiak, Manuel Arboleda (68. Bartosz Bosacki), Hubert Wolakiewicz, Luis Henriquez - Dimitrije Injac, Ivan Djurdjevic, Rafal Murawski, Semir Stilic, Jakub Wilk (79. Jacek Kielb) - Bartosz Slusarski (69. Artjoms Rudnevs).
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 11:48 AM
Ludovic Obraniak helped Lille secured the French league title by scoring a goal in his clubs 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain.
Obraniak opened the scoring in the 5th minute, giving Lille a 1-0 lead. The French-born Pole started and played 74 minutes. Obraniak also received a yellow card in the 22nd minute.
Obraniak's goal is the first highlight in the video
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 1:01 AM
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Jerzy Dudek walked off the Bernabeu turf for the final time in the 77th minute in Saturday's 8-1 thrashing of Almeria.
As a tribute to the departing goalkeeper, his teammates formed a corridor guiding him back to the bench, where he stood and received a standing ovation from the entire Bernabeu.
"When my teammates and friends formed the corridor... I don't have words to describe it," said Dudek after the match.
"Three weeks ago I already knew I was going to play, but I didn't expect it to be so moving," added Dudek.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 11:45 PM
Legia Warszawa defeated 10-men Wisla Krakow 2-0 on home soil and moved up to the 4th spot in the standings, still chasing the podium.
Seconds away from halftime, match official Pawel Gil called for a penalty kick and showed a red card to Sergei Pareiko after taking down Miroslav Radovic inside the box. Recently called up to the Argentinian NT, Alejandro Cabral gave Legia a 1-0 lead with the penalty kick finish.
Sebastian Szalachowski gave Legia a 2-0 lead in the 89th minute.
Legia: Wojciech Skaba - Jakub Rzezniczak, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Marcin Komorowski, Jakub Wawrzyniak (81. Tomasz Kielbowicz) - Manu, Janusz Gol, Alejandro Cabral, Miroslav Radovic, Maciej Rybus (68. Felix Ogbuke) - Michal Kucharczyk (85. Sebastian Szalachowski).
Wisla: Sergei Pareiko - Erik Cikos, Osman Chavez, Mateusz Kowalski (83. Andres Rios), Dragan Paljic - Maor Melikson (45. Milan Jovanic), Michail Sivakov, Radoslaw Sobolewski, Tomas Jirsak (74. Lukasz Garguła), Patryk Malecki - Cvetan Genkov
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 12:59 PM
Mariusz Lewandowski's club team Sevastopol have been relegated to the Ukrainian First League after suffering a 1-0 loss to Tavriya Simferopol on Saturday.
Lewandowski started and played the full 90 minutes.
Sevastopol ended their one-year stay in the Ukrainian Premier League finishing 15th in the standings with 27 points.
Lewandowski joined newly-promoted Sevastopol in the summer of 2010. In 24 league appearances, the former captain of the Polish national team scored six goals while assisting on one.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 11:13 AM
Jose Mari Bakero will remain as the coach of Lech Poznan for next season even if the team doesn't qualify for next seasons European competitions, Lech Poznan announced on Saturday.
The desicion was made by Jacek Rutkowski, owner of Lech Poznan although not everyone on Lech Poznan's board was in favor of the Spanaird staying with Lech.
"I cant not judge a coach after working only for half an year. I have to give him a chance to prove himself in the long run," said Rutkowski.
After a strong run in the Europa League this season, Lech are in danger of missing next season European competitions as Bakero's club sits 7th in the standings with only three games remaining.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 10:43 AM
9:00 am- Mariusz Lewandowski with Sevastopol play Tavria
10:00 am- Lukasz Zaluska with Celtic play Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final
2:00 pm- Jerzy Dudek with Real Madrid play Almeria
3:00 pm- Dariusz Dudka with Auxerre play Brest
3:00 pm- Ludovic Obraniak with Lille play Paris Saint-GermainSunday
6:30 am- Mateusz Prus with Roda play Den Haag
11:00 am- Tomasz Kuszczak with Manchester United play Blackpool
11:00 am- Wojciech Szczesny with Arsenal play Fulham
12:00 pm- Kamil Glik with Bari play Bologna
12:00 pm- Artur Boruc with Fiorentina play Brescia
12:00 pm- Blazej Augustyn with Catania play Inter Milan
1:00 pm- Pawel Brozek and Arkadiusz Glowacki with Trabzonspor play Karabukspor
1:00 pm- Kamil Grosicki with Sivasspor play Fenerbahce
1:30 pm- Roger Guerreiro with AEK Athens play Olympiacos VolouAll times Eastern
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 1:06 AM
Friday, May 20, 2011
Born in Poland, Lukas Sinkiewicz emigrated to Germany during his childhood and decided to play for the German national team. Now, Sinkiewicz wants to change his national team colors and wants to play for the country he was born in.
The 25-year old defender has helped FC Augsburg reach promotion this season, finishing second in the 2. Bundesliga. Despite being injured for the whole first part of the season, Sinkiewicz finished the season strong, playing in Augsburg's final 10 matches while scoring a goal and assisting on two.
Has anyone from the Polish national team contacted you?
No, but that's understandable. I spent a lot of time recently on the treatment of my injuries. Now I'm healthy and played in the last 10 league matches for Augsburg.
Do you follow the Polish national team?
Yes, I watched their last few matches. Their performances weren't very good, but theres no reason to panic. I remember in 2005, when I was preparing for the World Cup in Germany, which I played in three matches and our squad was criticized constantly. A few months later the Germans won third place in the World Cup. It may be similar with the Polish national team. The only question is whether the Polish football fans will improve. German newspapers write a lot about it. Very negative.
If Smuda asked you to represent Poland...
I can always talk with coach Smuda. I hope I can play regularly from now on and certainly he'll be able to see me play.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 7:23 PM
2. Bundesliga Relegation play-offs
- Sebastian Tyrala played 90 minutes in Osnabrück's 1-1 draw with Dynamo Dresden.
- Grzegorz Krychowiak came off the bench in the 58th minute in Stade de Reims' 2-1 loss to Evian Thonon Gaillard. With one match left in the season, Reims dropped to the 13th spot.
- Piotr Polczak did not dress in Terek Grozny's 1-0 win over Anzhi Makhachkala. With the win, Terek moved up to the 10th spot in the standings.
- Maciej Iwanski did not dress due to injury in Manisaspor's scoreless draw with Istanbul B.B. Manisaspor remained in the 10th spot.
- Mariusz Pawelek played 90 minutes in Konyaspor's 2-0 loss to Galatasaray.
- Marcin Robak played 90 minutes in Konyaspor's 2-0 loss to Galatasaray.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 5:31 PM
Former Cracovia Krakow goalkeeper Marcin Cabaj has signed a three-year contract with Israeli club Hapoel Be'er Sheva.
The 31-year old Cabaj spend the last seven year with Cracovia Krakow. He was released his winter.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva play in the Israeli Premier League. They ended their 2010-11 season in 10th place and qualified for the Middle Table Playoff.
The friendly match between Poland and France could be shifted to the captial of Poland, Warszawa because of stadium delays in Gdansk, PZPN said Friday.
"We're waiting for the police's view on how to organize this match, which we'll probably get on Monday," said Agnieszka Olejkowska.
"The match will be taking place, but the big question is the location. If it can't be played in Gdansk, it hasn't been ruled out that it will be shifted to Warsaw."
If the France game shifts to Warszawa, it would take place in a new stadium owned by the city council and run by Legia Warszawa, where Poland will face Argentina four delays earlier.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 4:06 PM