Who will replace Sousa? The Russians reveal the backstage of negotiations with Cannavaro

President Cezary Kulesza met with Cannavaro last Saturday in one of Warsaw’s hotels. The conversation was inspiring for both sides. Italian media even reported that Cannavaro was offered a two-year contract for two million euros a year. The Polish Football Association denied that it made such declarations.

How is this matter presented by Maurizio Nicita from “La Gazzetta dello Sport”, with whom the interview was published as the second most important news in the online edition of the Russian “Sport-Express”?

– Initially, Cannavaro was going to Warsaw out of curiosity, he is passionate about football and loves to talk about it. He can perform tactical analyzes with forks and knives even in restaurants. Later it turned out that the president of the Polish Football Association (Cezary Kulesza – editor’s note, his name does not appear in the text) intrigued him. He turned out to be a convincing and interesting interlocutor – explained Nicita.

The Italian journalist assures that the conversation took place not only about the play-offs for the World Cup, where, as he put it, “the world does not end”, but about a larger project – Euro 2024 qualifiers and finals.

– I suspect that before talking to Cannavaro, the president of the Polish federation consulted Lewandowski and other team leaders, otherwise he would not have made such a serious offer, says Nicita.

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The Russians even asked who would cooperate with Fabio in the headquarters of the Polish national team. Nicita replied that his most faithful assistant is his brother Paolo, but also a former football player, incl. Napoli Emanuele Troise. – Fabio would have to find a new physiologist, because his favorite one went to work with Antonio Conte, to Tottenham – added the Italian.

When it turned out, however, that Fabio Cannavaro will not take advantage of the PZPN offer, Andrea Pirlo is to be another serious one, according to Nicita.

– I think that the Polish federation has even contacted him, but I do not know if the Poles will eventually decide to employ their compatriot – the journalist continues.

At the request of “Sport-Express”, Nicita drew the Russians to set up the Polish national team: 1-3-4-1-2. According to him, “Biało-Czerwoni” will go to Luzhniki with:

Szczęsny – Bednarek, Glik, Helik – Jóźwiak, Krychowiak, Moder, Rybus – Zieliński – Lewandowski, Milik.

There is a questionnaire under the text, asking about the fate of “Sborna” in the play-off for a trip to the World Cup. Interestingly, only 34.6 percent of Russians believe that “Sborna” will go to the World Cup, 14.2 percent believe that Walery Karpin’s team will give up, but only in the final play-off, with Sweden or the Czech Republic. The majority of Russians, 51.2 percent, believe that Poland will win at Luzhniki!

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Play-off for the trip to the Russia-Poland World Cup will be played on March 24 at 18 in Moscow, at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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Michał Białoński, Interia


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

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