New names added to Football Walk of Fame

Some of the best Polish footballers and coaches received their plaques. A commemorative tablet for the 100th anniversary of the Polish Football Association was also unveiled.

“We have honoured people who did so much for our football and made their mark in history. They will be remembered and they will be talked about. The atmosphere is even better, because our team won 4:0 with Israel,” said Zbigniew Boniek, head of the Polish Football Association (PZPN).

Some of the honoured include: Jacek Gmoch, a football player recognised both in Poland and in Greece, Antoni Piechniczek, a coach of the national team that won third place in the 1982 World Cup and a former member of the Polish Senate, Lucjan Brychczy, a legend of Legia Warsaw football club, as well as Wacław Kuchar, a legend of not only Polish football but sport in general over the Interwar period.

Moreover, three members of Mr Piechniczek’s team from 1982 were honoured: Paweł Janas, Józef Młynarczyk and Stefan Majewski. Mr Janas and Mr Majewski also have the position of coach of Poland’s national team in their resumes.

Mr Młynarczyk on the other hand is one of only a few Poles who won the UEFA European’s Clubs Cup, the predecessor of the UEFA Champions League. He won this title as a goalkeeper of FC Porto in the 1986/87 season.

“We were able to get amazing results during the hardest moments of our country’s history” said Boniek, mentioning the world championships of 1978 and 1982.

The walk of fame features 50cm by 50cm plaques with the footprints of the honoured sportsman. It was inaugurated last year.