Poland’s debut at the European Championship four years ago ended in disappointment: three games, zero wins. The Poles have shaken things up since then – they’ve hired a new coach, revamped much of the squad and uncovered a trio of players who have found success in one of Europe’s toughest leagues. As co-host of Euro 2012, Poland is hoping the changes make a difference when they take on Russia, Greece and the Czech Republic in Group A. ”It is our goal to advance from the group and I am convinced […]
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Fabio Capello says Wayne Rooney will not start in any of England’s friendlies ahead of the 2012 European Championships.
Rooney will be suspended for at least the first game of the finals in Poland and Ukraine after being red carded against Montenegro…
The main component for successful performance of Ukrainian team at home for a continental championship in 2012 will be the last month preparing the team for the start of the tournament. Such an opinion in an interview with Russian newspaper “Soviet Sport” stated Head Coach of the Kiev “Dynamo” Yuri Semin. According to him, the defeat of the Trust Oleg Blokhin’s team in France today does not mean anything. “Blokhin must be given the time necessary to give a closer look. Friendlies do not play any role. The main role […]
Poland have appointed local Franciszek Smuda as coach in place of sacked Dutchman Leo Beenhakker. Having missed out on a World Cup berth and qualifying automatically as hosts for Euro 2012, Smuda’s first competitive game is more than two and a half years away. Smuda, who is the national team’s 44th coach, has a contract until the end of the European Championship in which Poland are guaranteed an automatic place as co-hosts with Ukraine. Smuda replaces temporary coach Stefan Majewski, whose team lost the last two games of the 2010 […]