The point of youth football is to produce good players: expert

Despite winning two out of three group games during the recently completed European U21 football championships, Polish players lacked creativity, said Piotr Żelazny from the Rzeczpospolita daily in an interview with PolandIN's Marcin Nowak.

Mr Żelazny stated that he had ambivalent feelings regarding the performance of the U21 team. In terms of pure result, the European championships in Italy can be considered successful, but the team’s style left much to be desired.

He said that although the scores in the matches against Belgium and Italy were perfect, he had serious doubts about the priorities on which the team were focused. Every year, the youth championships “produces” football gems, who shine during the tournament. Among Poles, those who were arguably the best were the goalie Kamil Grabara and the scorer of two goals, central defensive midfielder Krystian Bielik.

PolandIN’s guest also touched on the chances of U21 players making a breakthrough to the main national team, as well as the memorable performances of Poland's Olympic football teams in the Summer Olympics in 1972, 1976, and the team’s last appearance in the event - in 1992, when Poland won silver.

Click here to watch the full interview.