Radosław Kałużny was one of the most important figures in the Polish national team during the qualifying round of the World Cup in 2002. He was an ace in the team of Jerzy Engel, which after 16 years advanced to the World Cup, and he himself contributed to this to a large extent.
Radosław Kałużny reminisces about the time he played in Germany
The former midfielder spent the best years of his football career in Germany, representing the colors of four clubs. In an interview with Przegląd Sportowy, Kałużny mentioned the period spent in the Rot-Weiss Essen team, where fanatical fans punished the players themselves. Although the Pole did not get it, he told about others who were not so lucky.
– They’re just fucking in the mouth. They explained that for many of them, the cost of a ticket is an important part of the home budget, so they do not intend to watch footballers walking on the pitch. After the defeat, which resulted in our relegation to the 2nd Bundesliga, five thousand fans were waiting in front of the stadium. The management of fans entered the dressing room and paid everyone a “blind” in the face. I got away with it because I didn’t play in this match, and the fans appreciated me for always playing 100 percent – he commented.
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Kałużny assesses the atmosphere in the Legia Warszawa team
With his speech, Kałużna referred to the current situation in Legia Warszawa, which after 13 rounds of the league is in the penultimate place in the table with the achievements of only nine points. Last Sunday, “Wojskek” lost their seventh consecutive defeat, losing 2: 3 to Górnik Zabrze.
– I am not surprised that the fans are nervous, because the contracts of players in Legia are huge. A lot of legionnaires’ wages could be missed by 3-4 players in other clubs. The Legia team exists today only theoretically. There is no soul in it – said the former midfielder of the Polish national team.
Radosław Kałużny started his football career in Zagłębie Lubin, from which he joined Wisła Kraków in 1998. He then played in Germany – for Energa Cottbus, Bayer Leverkusen, RW Essen and LR Ahlen before moving to Cyprus’ AEL Limassol in 2006. A year later, the midfielder returned to Poland and joined Jagiellonia Białystok, and ended his career in 2010 as a player of Chrobry Głogów.