Michał Probierz: A New Chapter in Polish Football
A Surprising Appointment
Michał Probierz, the recently appointed coach of the Polish national football team, shared insights about his unexpected appointment and plans for the future in a speech at the II European Congress of Sports and Tourism. The coach, who was informed about his new role at a golf tournament, admitted he had not been closely following the first team as he hadn’t expected the offer. The change in command came as a surprise to many, as Probierz replaced Fernando Santos, who had won the UEFA European Championship with Portugal in 2016 but struggled with Poland in qualification for Euro 2024.
In Search of the Ideal Squad
With the October training camp fast approaching, Probierz disclosed that he does not have a specific list of players for the team yet. The coach is faced with the challenge of curating a team that can perform in their first match, despite the lack of certainty about the team’s formation. His primary goal is to select the best players and adapt the tactics to suit their skills. As Poland ranks fourth out of five teams in their Euro 2024 qualification group, the pressure is mounting for Probierz to assemble a winning team.
The coach also addressed the recent retirement of Grzegorz Krychowiak from international football after 100 matches. Probierz revealed that he had a conversation with Krychowiak a few days ago and respects his decision to retire. However, he did not disclose the details of their conversation. Krychowiak’s decision to retire has left a significant gap in the team, and Probierz will have to find a suitable replacement for the experienced player.
Probierz’s Plans for the Future
Despite the challenges ahead, Probierz expressed optimism about the future of the Polish national football team. He plans to focus on player selection and tactics to improve the team’s performance. While it’s still early days in his tenure as the coach, his approach seems to be a combination of respect for the team’s past and a clear vision for its future. As Probierz embarks on this new chapter, the Polish team, fans, and the wider football community will be closely watching his moves.
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