Poland appoint Jerzy Brzeczek as Poland coach after dismal campaign at FIFA World Cup 2018

Poland have appointed former captain Jerzy Brzeczek as national team coach in an attempt to restructure the team and facilitate the development of young players.

Reuters July 24, 2018 00:36:44 IST
Poland appoint Jerzy Brzeczek as Poland coach after dismal campaign at FIFA World Cup 2018

Warsaw: Poland’s new coach Jerzy Brzeczek said on Monday that he will retain influential striker Robert Lewandowski as captain and bring in younger players gradually to the national team, heavily criticised for a poor showing at the recent World Cup.

Poland appoint Jerzy Brzeczek as Poland coach after dismal campaign at FIFA World Cup 2018

Jerzy Brzeczek was appointed as Poland coach after the side had a dismal World Cup campaign, losing to Colombia and Senegal. AP

Poland were the first European side to crash out of the tournament in Russia in the group stage, a big disappointment after the team had reached the quarter-finals of the 2016 European Championship. Brzeczek’s contract runs until the end of 2019 and will be automatically extended if Poland qualify for Euro 2020, the country’s football association said.

Speaking at his first news conference, Brzeczek, a former captain of Poland, said he realised the severity of the situation after a “difficult” World Cup in which the side’s only win was a 1-0 victory over Japan after they had already been eliminated.

“I am aware of what responsibility lies with me,” he said, adding, “but I am full of enthusiasm, faith and I am available for the players so that we return to the shape they’ve been in before the Euros.”

“Unfortunately, something went wrong at the World Cup in Russia,” Brzeczek added, explaining that he was bringing in a dedicated psychologist for the team.

Asked if he wanted to rejuvenate the squad, Brzeczek said he would take small steps and keep Lewandowski, who turns 30 in August, as captain of a team that was among the oldest competing in Russia. “Lewandowski stays on as captain,” Brzeczek said.

“I don’t intend to carry out any revolutions. Evolution, introducing new players... but we have to do it in a cool way to keep a balance in the team,” he added. A former midfielder, Brzeczek was part of the Poland side to win a silver medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Since 2010, he has managed various clubs in Poland’s top two domestic divisions.

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