New details of Kulesza’s negotiations with Fabio Cannavaro. What did the president of the Polish Football Association care about? Polish representation

After Paulo Sousa left Flamengo, the president of the Polish Football Association started looking for a new team coach from the first days of January. He has a lot of offers on his desk, including those from foreigners. From Italy, the willingness to lead the white and reds was reported, among others, by Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Pirlo and Marco Giampaolo. As we have already written, Cezary Kulesza had an appointment with one of them from the beginning of the week. It turned out that the president wanted to know the idea for the staff of the former.

“He was good on the pitch, he’s off the pitch too”

Fabio Cannavaro, 48, is one of the best defenders in history. In 2006, he was awarded the Golden Ball for the best footballer in the world. A prize that usually goes to offensive players. When inviting Cannavaro, did the president want to know his opinion about the formation, which caused us a lot of trouble during Sousa’s times? Last year, every team that played with Poland was able to score a goal (even San Marino or Andorra). The problem of defense was one of the issues raised, moreover – as we heard – the conversation with the Italian was very substantive, and the coach made an excellent impression on Kulesza. – He was perfectly prepared. Polish staff was analyzed. He was throwing data and statistics. It related to the positive and negative numbers, the good and the strengths of the national team – we heard from one of the people who also met Cannavaro. – He was good on the pitch, he is also outside of it – the discussion was summed up.

Consent for a Polish assistant in the staff

One of the topics of the conversation was the discussion about including a Polish coach or even two people in the possible staff of a future foreign trainer. According to our information, Cannavaro made no objection. This is an important factor that the president of the Polish Football Association cares about.

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Firstly, because the new manager will have little time to get to know the team, so a person who knows them will be very helpful. Second: there is a flow of communication between the staff and the union. Thirdly, so that there would be no gap after a possible foreign trainer, like after Sousa, only one could talk about the continuation of his work.

As for the financial aspect of this operation, it is still under question. The Polish side had to delicately probe Italy’s financial expectations and whether the union could afford it, but this is not yet the stage of talks to shift amounts. Cannavaro, who arrived in Warsaw on Saturday afternoon, will stay in the capital until Sunday.

Until now, Cannavaro has proved to be a champion on the pitch and an average coach. With Parma, he won the UEFA Cup, two Italian Cups and the Italian Super Cup. With Real Madrid, which he joined in 2006 after Juventus’ relegation to Serie B, he won two Spanish championships and the King’s Cup. After he ended his football career on the coaching bench, he was not doing so well. He spent most of this time in China – he led Guangzhou Evergrande, Tianjin Tianhai and the local representation there. Al Nassr from Saudi Arabia also ran for several months.

Nawałka in a few days

What will happen now in terms of finding a national team manager? President Kulesza, who spent Saturday evening at the Sports Champions Ball, will meet the next candidates in the coming days. Who will be among them? Certainly Adam Nawałka. It is difficult to accept as true information that Kulesza crossed off, or rather waved his hand at the coach’s quarter-finalist of Euro 2016. There will be a face-to-face meeting between the gentlemen. However, Nawałka is on holiday abroad until the middle of next week. As we heard, nobody wants to bring him to Poland because there is still some time for meetings.

We will know the name of the new national team selector on January 19. Then the management board of the Polish Football Association will take place.

About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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