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FLETCHER BACK IN

February 26th, 2014 — 5:53pm

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has named Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher in the squad for the friendly match against Poland next month. After failing to qualify for the World Cup 2014, both teams will be concentrating upon building the team for the European Championship qualifying stages. The draw for the competition will be announced next week. Despite having several stars like Robert Lewandowski, Poland failed to make it to Brazil. Pressure is on their manager Waldemar Fornalik to deliver in this encounter.

Fletcher, who has missed the last two years of action due to an injury, recently returned to Manchester United’s first team. At 30 years of age, he still has a lot of time left in football. The Scotland captain is regarded as one of the finest players for the national team. Strachan said that it is extremely good news for Scotland to have Fletcher back in the squad. The missed him heavily during the World Cup qualifying campaign. The 30-year-old is one of the highly experienced players within the squad at dealing with top level games.

Strachan has said that he will make sure that the team is in top notch condition by the time the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 kicks off. Scotland have failed to qualify for recent major tournaments. Their last appearance in a major tournament was the 1998 World Cup that was held in France. Neighbouring countries like Republic of Ireland have featured in major tournaments like the Euro 2012, which raises the pressure on Scotland even further.

“It was wonderful over the Christmas period to see him back playing football. We have got to take it a stage further. I’ve seen him playing and he has lost none of his enthusiasm, which he will never lose. To have him back in the squad is terrific,” Strachan said.

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CLOSE TO LEWANDOWSKI

January 24th, 2014 — 12:00pm

Arsenal’s Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has revealed that he tried to convince his international teammate Robert Lewandowski to join him at Arsenal. The Lewandowski transfer saga has been running for a long time and recently came to an end with the player deciding to move to Bayern Munich on a free transfer. His contract with Borussia Dortmund comes to an end in the summer and the German club announced several months ago that he is free to leave at the end of the season. A number of clubs have been after him due to the attractive nature of his transfer.

Bayern Munich, Arsenal, and Real Madrid were thought to be interested in his services, but it has been the Bavarian outfit who have won the race for his signature. Lewandowski is thought to have signed a five-year contract worth around A? 10 million per year. Arsenal were very keen on him in order to enter the search for a striker to assist Giroud, who has been the club’s lone striker for much of this campaign. Even though Lukas Podolski can also play as a striker, Arsene Wenger has been reluctant to use him in this position.

Szczesny says that he has an excellent relationship with Lewandowski and he tried to convince him to move to Arsenal.

“Lewandowski has been my friend for a very long time. I tried my best [to get him to join Arsenal]. I think Santi’s always been a very important player for us and when he plays like he did [against Fulham] he’s one of the best in the Premier League. We’re very happy to have him and delighted for him because he’s not scored a lot of goals and he was getting a bit frustrated so this will be a very enjoyable game for him,” Szczesny said.

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FORNALIK LEAVES

November 25th, 2013 — 12:03pm

Poland recently sacked Waldemar Fornalik after their failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The team has increased in quality following the emergence of players like Robert Lewandowski, but they have been unable to translate the presence of such players into results. Fornalik paid a high price for failure with his job and the Polish football Federation have now appointed Adam Nawalka as his replacement. He will be given the objective to qualify for the Euro 2016, which will take place in France.

The 56-year-old will come into the national team role well experienced with the rigours of international football after he has played in 35 matches for the Poland national team. He enjoyed a 13 year playing career. Nawalka has been a manager at Polish Ekstraklasa side Gornik Zabrze for the last three years. As a player, he was well known for representing Wisla Krakow, while he also played in the United States for a brief period. As a result of their failure to do well in recent major tournaments and also failure to qualify for the World Cup, Poland are now ranked 69th in the world.

Poland qualified for the Euro 2012, but they failed to get past the group stages. They were in the same qualifying group containing the likes of England, Montenegro, and Ukraine for the World Cup 2014. They were at least expected to challenge for the second qualifying spot, but they finished a disappointing fourth. “The objective for the new coach is clear: to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals in France,” read a statement on the Polish Football Federation’s (PZPN) official site.

The team was recently involved in a 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland at home, which was not a great result for the team. The PZPN is expected to schedule a friendly match in March.

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POLAND vs UKRAINE

October 17th, 2013 — 8:55am

The Poland national football team is going to face Ukraine in a World Cup qualifying game at Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist tomorrow. This is a vital game for both these teams. A defeat here will end their chances of making it to the finals which will take place in Brazil next year.

Ukraine is currently at the second position in the Group H points table, while, Poland is at no. 4. But, the difference between these two teams is only two points. Ukraine has 15 points in 8 games, while, Poland has 13 in the same no. of matches.

Friday is actually a huge day for Group H which is believed to be a very tight group. England which is at the top of the table in this group will also be taking on Montenegro on Friday night and the result of that game is pretty important too.

Meanwhile, as far as Poland Vs Ukraine game is concerned, Poland will go into this game without one of its vital players i.e. Lukasz Piszczek. The 28 years old defender is out due to injury. On his place, Mariusz Lewandowski has been included into the Poland squad.

Ukraine on the other hand doesna��t have any injury issues at the moment. Their strongest squad is available for this game.

Talking to the reporters ahead of the match, the manager of the Ukraine team Mykhaylo Fomenko said, a�?The Polish side is really angry after suffering defeat against us on their home soil. They will be looking to avenge that loss. They will come hard at us and we are completely aware of that. Ita��s going to be difficult for us.a�?

The Polish manager, Waldemar Fornalik, also used that a�?revengea�� word in the pre match press conference. Fornalik said, a�?We havena��t forgotten the defeat that we had suffered against them last time around. Ita��s the revenge time for us.a�?

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