When, midway through Tuesday night’s match, the Polish captain, Jakub Blaszczykowski, controlled the ball, strode forward a couple of yards and, from well outside the penalty area, struck a magnificent, unstoppable hammer of a shot that fizzed into the top corner of the Russian net, the response around me in the centre of Sopot was not immediate. Continue reading
A court in Warsaw will hold hearings on Tuesday on the appeal by three Russian football fans jailed in Poland on charges of hooliganism during Euro 2012, the Russian Embassy in Poland said. Continue reading
For Poland, co-hosting the European football championships was about getting a PR boost rather than making a big wodge of cash off visiting fans – and that’s the way the tournament seems to have worked out.
As the final fans and players depart, initial estimates have forecast a lacklustre financial return, with Jakub Borowski of Warsaw Economic University figuring that Poland will earn about 600m zlotys ($180m) instead of an earlier forecast of 800m zlotys. Continue reading
The embattled head of Poland’s PZPN football association, Grzegorz Lato, on Thursday refused to bow to pressure to quit over the team’s poor Euro 2012 showing and said he would run for a new term.
The 62-year-old former star striker denied that he had ever pledged to step down if co-hosts Poland failed to reach the tournament’s knock-out round. Continue reading
The Russian football supporters who were released from a Polish prison have revealed some details of their detention after clashes in Warsaw on June 12.
The four Russian citizens talked to the journalists in their embassy in the Polish capital.
According to them, the unrest ahead of Russia’s clash with Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland was provoked by the local hooligans, while the visiting fans were just defending themselves. Continue reading
Poland’s PZPN football association needs a major shake up, Sports Minister Joanna Mucha said on Tuesday, upping the pressure on its embattled chief Grzegorz Lato after a poor Euro 2012 showing.
Lato, a former playing icon whose star has fallen during four years in charge of the PZPN, is set to announce at the end of this week whether he will seek a new term when the association holds a leadership election in October. Continue reading
In one of his short stories, Polish science-fiction writer Stanislaw Lem imagined a spy from an alien culture making a report on the Earth’s activities based on years of distant observation.
One of the things he marvels at is our piety — every weekend, tens of thousands of us fill large, open-air houses of worship to cheer on the priests, who work in teams on grass. Continue reading
It is after 2 o’clock in the morning. The cobbled streets of Poland’s biggest port still resonate with revelry. The soccer game a week earlier in the city’s newly built stadium had ended hours before, with Germany eliminating Greece from the European championship.
The result had been as close to a foregone conclusion as any in the 31-game tournament. Germany overpowered Greece in size, in power and in wealth. But one thing that Greeks, Germans and their Polish hosts could do was drink together, talk together or simply enjoy the balmy night air in the restored Old Town area together. Continue reading