The Polish national team lost 1: 2 to Hungary in the last match of the World Cup qualification and thus lost their seeding in the play-offs that will take place in March 2022. A huge criticism fell on the team and Paulo Sousa, and Robert Lewandowski fell the most, as he agreed with the coach that he would not play in the match at the National Stadium.
After the defeat, Cezary Kulesza, the president of the Polish Football Association, was furious, and his associates began to pressure him to fire Sousa. The head of the Polish Football Association decided that the Portuguese coach would remain in the position for now. – Playoffs are part of the elimination. Paulo Sousa still has a basic task to do, which is promotion to the World Cup. Failure will hinder our path, but we do not give up. We are still in the promotion game compared to many European teams that have lost their chance for promotion. I really believe in our team, we have a better chance of promotion than 3 percent, “Kulesza said in an interview with Super Express. Paulo Sousa’s contract with the Polish Football Association is valid until the end of the play-offs.
Dziekanowski’s favorite to replace Sousa as the national team coach. “May be a class coach in the near future”
Dariusz Dziekanowski in “Przegląd Sportowy” revealed the name of the Polish coach who could replace Sousa as the coach of the Polish national team. – If I had to give the name of my favorite today, it would be Jacek Magiera. Looking at the course of his career, you can see that science does not go to the forest, that the experience of working with Legia, then the youth team, bring results, as can be seen from the game Śląska Wroc³aw – wrote Dziekanowski in a column.
And he added: – Magiera meets many other objective conditions, which make it possible to be a class coach in the near future: he is intelligent, has an open mind to trends in European football, and at the same time is diligent.
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Later on, Dziekanowski indicated the greatest advantage of Magiera in comparison with foreign coaches. – He also has one significant advantage over foreign coaches like Sousa: he knows the realities of Polish football, both at the senior and youth level. And I have the impression that the current selector is still learning this to this day – that is, after nearly a year of work. Unfortunately, at the expense of the results of this representation, he concluded.
The draw of the play-off pairs of the World Cup will take place on Friday, November 26 at 17:00. The semi-finals will be played on March 24 and 25, 2022, and the finals will be held on March 28 and 29. Poland will play in the semi-finals against Portugal, Scotland, Italy, Russia, Sweden or Wales.