Soccer: New national team coach appointed

Jerzy Brzęczek, until recently coaching Wisła Płock soccer club, has been appointed the new coach of the Polish national soccer team.

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Following a humiliating performance at the World Cup, which left the Polish national team at the bottom of their group, the president of Polish soccer Association Zbigniew Boniek announced that the former coach Adam Nawałka would be executing his duties only until July 30.

Mr Boniek said that when deciding on whom to appoint, he would trust his “intuition,” because it has not let him down so far. It appears that the intuition pointed to Jerzy Brzęczek, a former midfielder who was active in Polish and foreign clubs from the early 1990s to the late 2000s. Over his career, he has played for clubs such as Austria’s Tirol Innsbruck, which later became Wacker Tirol Innsbruck.

Mr Brzęczek contributed to the Polish national team’s success at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, when Poland won the silver medal.

Regarding his coaching career, Mr Brzęczek has looked after a number of Polish clubs including Wisła Płock which he led to the fifth place in the “Ekstraklasa," the ranking of top Polish professional soccer league.

The new coach is the uncle of Jakub Błaszczykowski – the national soccer team’s current winger.

The official presentation of the new coach will take place on Monday July 23 at Warsaw’s National Stadium. The coach’s plans and his new staff will be presented during a press conference.