Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Smuda to call up Kaminski and Boenisch
Poland national team head coach Frank Smuda is once again thinking outside the box on how to construct a new defense in time for Euro 2012.
With injuries and poor performances, Smuda is forced to change up and try a different defensive-style. This time around, Smuda will call up Lech Poznan defender Marcin Kaminski and Werder Bremen defender Sebastian Boenisch.
"I am going to call up Marcin Kaminski for friendly against Portugal," said Smuda.
However, Smuda plans on using Kaminski as a left defender, and not central-back, which is his natural position. Kaminski plays central-back and even defensive midfielder for Lech Poznan, but Smuda already used him as a left defender during Poland's December friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
"Kaminski convinced me during our training camp in Turkey. He first caught my eye during the Ekstraklasa season, but then, I got the opportunity to take a closer took at him. I like that he can play with his left leg," Smuda continued.
Smuda will also call up Sebastian Boenisch, who has not played for more than a year-and-a-half, but is slowly trying to regain his old form. Since returning from two terrible injuries, Boenisch has played 173 minutes for Werder Bremen's reserve team in the German Third Division.
"I talked to Smuda and he said that he will call me up for frienldy against Portugal," said Boenisch.
Since the Argentina friendly last June, Smuda has been frequently Jakub Wawrzyniak as Poland's starting left-defender. Wawrzyniak has faired pretty well and will be a strong candidate to obtain the left-back position during Euro 2012. Before Wawrzyniak, Smuda tried Maciej Sadlok, who also transformed from a center-back to left-defender by Smuda.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 7:11 AM