President meets Polish footballers training ahead of World Cup
PR dla Zagranicy
President Andrzej Duda has met Polish football players training ahead of next month’s World Cup in Russia.
President Andrzej Duda (left), player Kamil Glik and Poland manager Adam Nawałka during the meeting on Wednesday. Photo: PAP/Kancelaria Prezydenta RP/Marcin Kędryna
During the meeting at his presidential residence on the Hel Peninsula in northern Poland, Duda said fans around the country were happy to see the national team qualify for the World Cup and were keeping their fingers crossed for the squad to be successful during the tournament in Russia.
He thanked the players "for the wonderful emotions” during the qualifying campaign and said that fans were "now counting on more."
“You will be fighting it out on the pitch, while we will be fighting all kinds of emotions in front of television sets,” the president told the players during Wednesday's meeting, which was broadcast live on a social networking site.
Poland manager Adam Nawałka said that the national team wanted to “achieve the best result possible ... but we do not intend to make any promises” because “there are no weak players” in the World Cup.
Poland’s national football team on Monday started a low-intensity training camp in the coastal resort of Jurata, a stone’s throw from the presidential residence.
The players are scheduled to stay there until Saturday recharging their batteries rather than training heavily.
The Polish team will begin to train in earnest ahead of the World Cup when they next week head to Arłamów, a mountain resort in southeastern Poland, according to officials.
The World Cup kicks off on June 14 and runs until July 15. Poland take on Senegal, Colombia and Japan in the group stage of the tournament.