President, dep PM mark 100th anniversary of legendary coach’s birthday

A statue of Polish football hero Kazimierz Górski outside Warsaw's PGE Narodowy Stadium

Kazimierz Górski brought people together. He was the greatest Polish football coach, but perhaps also the best coach across sports, Piotr Gliński, the Polish Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport said at the opening of the exhibition devoted to the famous coach of the Polish national football team.

The “Kazimierz Górski connects us” exhibition at the Sports and Tourism Museum in Warsaw was officially opened on Tuesday, on the hundredth anniversary of the legendary coach’s birth.

“It is an important day for Polish sport, for all sports people, (...) for the whole of Poland. Kazimierz Górski is a very important figure for football, sport, but also for the entire Polish society and the country,” Minister Gliński pointed out.

“Kazimierz Górski was a person who connected people. He was liked, he had incredible authority. He was the greatest Polish football coach (...). His successes are unquestionable,” the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport stressed.

President Andrzej Duda laid flowers on the coach's grave at the Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw. He called the times when the Polish national football team were led by him “the great times of Polish football.”

Polish footballers led by Mr Górski, played in the memorable 1-1 draw with England on October 17, 1973 at Wembley Stadium in London, and advanced to the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, where they took third place.

Led by the famous coach, Polish players also won two Olympic medals: gold in 1972 in Munich, West Germany, and silver four years later in Montreal, Canada. His team also recorded a famous 4:1 victory over the Netherlands in 1975, when “Oranje” were the silver medallists of the World Cup.

Hundreds of articles, interviews, documents and books have been written about the life and achievements of Mr Górski, who passed away in 2006. In 2015, a monument to this exceptional trainer was erected on the promenade surrounding the National Stadium in Warsaw.