Former player Jerzy Brzęczek named as new Poland football manager
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Football bosses on Thursday said former player Jerzy Brzęczek would take over as the new Poland manager after the national squad's early World Cup exit disappointed fans.
Jerzy Brzęczek. Photo: PAP/Andrzej Grygiel
Brzęczek, a former Poland captain, replaces Adam Nawałka, who is quitting at the end of this month after the team’s lacklustre performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The new manager is expected to unveil his plans for the squad during a press conference at the National Stadium in Warsaw on July 23, the Polish Football Association (PZPN), the national football governing body, said on Thursday.
Brzęczek, 47, had a professional career that spanned nearly 20 years and brought him 42 international caps as a midfielder with Poland.
He captained the national team when they won silver at the 1992 Summer Olympics. He later spent 12 years playing abroad from 1995 to 2007. He most recently worked as manager for top-flight Polish side Wisła Płock.
Poland failed to advance to the knockout phase of the World Cup in Russia after losing 1-2 to Senegal and 0-3 to Colombia in the group stage. Poland won their final game, beating Japan 1-0, but finished bottom of their Group H and made an early exit from the tournament.
Poland finished third in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany and were also third in Spain in 1982.