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Poland to name new soccer coach on Wednesday

20.09.2023 00:15
After days of media speculation and guessing, officials are expected to announce the name of the new coach of Poland's national soccer team on Wednesday.
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The Polish Football Association (PZPN) is scheduled to hold a news conference in Warsaw at noon to introduce the new manager.

The Polish Football Association said last week it was interviewing several candidates for the position of manager of the national team to replace Portugal's Fernando Santos.

The association's head, Cezary Kulesza tweeted at the weekend: "Interviews with the candidates have been completed. It's time to make the choice."

The announcement came after the national soccer governing body last week decided to part ways with Santos less than nine months after he was hired following the team's disappointing performance in Euro 2024 qualifying.

The Polish team, captained by star striker Robert Lewandowski, on March 24 opened its Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a 1-3 defeat against the Czech Republic. The Poles then beat Albania 1-0 at home in their second qualifier on March 27 and lost 2-3 to Moldova in their third qualifier in Chișinău on June 20.

Poland beat the Faroe Islands 2-0 in their fourth Euro 2024 qualifier in Warsaw on September 7.

After five rounds of fixtures, Poland are fourth in their qualifying Group E, with six points, ahead of only the Faroe Islands.

The Poles take on the Faroe Islands away in their next qualifier on October 12.

Poland reached the last 16 of last year's World Cup in Qatar before being eliminated by eventual runners-up France.

Polish media outlets have speculated that Santos could be replaced by homegrown manager Marek Papszun or another domestic coach Michał Probierz.


Source: PAP