Football: new coach reveals Polish team lineup

Jerzy Brzęczek, the new coach of the Polish national football team has announced the squad for the upcoming matches against Italy and Ireland.

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Poland’s supporters have been waiting for the first decisions of the new coach of the team. After an unsuccessful FIFA World Cup 2018, some players who were previous mainstays in the squad were not chosen by Mr Brzęczek, while others, like defender Łukasz Piszczek, have announced that they are resigning from international football.

The stars of the Polish team, like a striker Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich), goalkeepers Łukasz Fabiański (West Ham United) and Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus), winger Jakub Błaszczykowski (VFL Wolfsburg), midfielder Piotr Zieliński and striker Arkadiusz Milik (both SSC Napoli) were called up by Mr Brzęczek.

However, the new coach has chosen several players, who have not yet had the chance to play in the national team. These are defenders Adam Dźwigała (Wisła Płock), Rafał Pietrzak (Wisła Kraków) and Arkadiusz Reca (Atalanta), midfielders Damian Kądzior (Dinamo Zagreb) and Damian Szymański (Wisła Płock) and striker Krzysztof Piątek (Genoa CFC).

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One of the players returning to the national team is midfielder Mateusz Klich, who recently was praised for his performance in the English club Leeds United. The last time Klich played in the Polish national team was in September 2014.

Mr Brzęczek did not call up any players from Legia Warsaw, the current Polish football champion, even overlooking defender Michał Pazdan, who was often considered as an essential element to the defense line. Moreover, the coach did not choose midfielder Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), who is currently looking for a new club, or goalkeeper Bartosz Białkowski (Ipswich Town).

The Polish team will face Italy on September 7 in the match of the UEFA Nations League. The match will be held at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna, Italy. Four days later, Poland will clash with Ireland in a friendly, held in Wrocław, southwestern Poland.

Full squad of Polish national team

Goalkeepers: Łukasz Fabiański (West Ham United), Łukasz Skorupski (Bologna FC), Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus)

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton FC), Bartosz Bereszyński (Sampdoria Genoa), Adam Dźwigała (Wisła Płock), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Marcin Kamiński (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Tomasz Kędziora (Dinamo Kiev), Rafał Pietrzak (Wisła Kraków), Arkadiusz Reca (Atalanta), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Midfielders: Jakub Błaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Przemysław Frankowski (Jagiellonia Białystok), Maciej Makuszewski (Lech Poznań), Jacek Góralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Damian Kądzior (Dinamo Zagreb), Damian Szymański (Wisła Płock), Mateusz Klich (Leeds United), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moscow), Rafał Kurzawa (Amiens SC), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria Genoa), Taras Romanczuk (Jagiellonia Białystok), Piotr Zieliński (SSC Napoli)

Strikers: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (SSC Napoli), Krzysztof Piątek (Genoa CFC)

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