Ahead of Monday’s EURO 2020 qualifiers match against Israel, the Polish national football team will honour its first goalscorer, Józef Klotz, who was killed by Nazi Germans in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1941.
The jersey with the name and number of Józef Klotz, signed by the current members of the Polish national team, will be presented by the head of the Polish Football Association Zbigniew Boniek to the Israeli nephew of Mr Klotz. Following the ceremony, the opening of an exhibition about Józef Klotz and other Polish-Jewish footballers will take place at the TSKŻ Jewish cultural club in Warsaw.
Born in 1900, Klotz played only two matches for Poland. However, he went down in history as the first goalscorer of the national team. On May 28, 1922, he scored a penalty kick in a match Poland won (2:1) against Sweden in Stockholm.
Over his club career, he played for two Jewish-minority clubs: Jutrzenka Kraków and Maccabi Warsaw. During WWII, he was detained in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he died in 1941.