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Poland and Euro Football Championships

Poland's team for the Euro fooball championships has just been announced:

Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc (Celtic Glasgow), Tomasz Kuszczak (Manchester United), Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal London)

Defenders: Jacek Bak (Austria Vienna), Marcin Wasilewski (Anderlecht Brussels), Pawel Golanski (Steaua Bucharest), Mariusz Jop (FC Moscow), Adam Kokoszka (Wisla Krakow), Jakub Wawrzyniak (Legia Warsaw), Michal Zewlakow (Olympiakos Pireus), Grzegorz Bronowicki (Red Star Belgrade)

Midfielders: Dariusz Dudka, Wojciech Lobodzinski (both Wisla Krakow), Jakub Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund), Mariusz Lewandowski (Shachtar Donieck), Rafal Murawski (Lech Poznan), Lukasz Gargula (PGE GKS Belchatow), Jacek Krzynowek (VfL Wolfsburg), Euzebiusz Smolarek (Racing Santander), Radoslaw Majewski (Groclin Grodzisk Wlkp.), Michal Pazdan (Gornik Zabrze)

Attackers: Maciej Zurawski (AE Larissa), Tomasz Zahorski (Gornik Zabrze), Radoslaw Matusiak (Wisla Krakow), Marek Saganowski (FC Southampton)

Any comments from football fans?

Re: Poland and Euro Football Championships

Oh, well. Nobody like Polish football then

Is it true that the Polish team used to include an African who they made Polish in order to improve the standard of the team?

Re: Poland and Euro Football Championships

This is something I wouldn't be happy about if I were a Polish footballer hoping to play for Poland.

Cantoro becomes 2nd soccer player granted Polish citizenship in last month

WARSAW, Poland: Argentine-born Mauro Cantoro on Wednesday became the second high-profile soccer player to be granted Polish citizenship in the last month.

The Wisla Krakow midfielder — who picked up his fourth Polish league title earlier this month — was granted citizenship by Polish President Lech Kaczynski on Wednesday, the Polish PAP news agency reported.

Brazilian-born Roger Guerriero also received Polish citizenship last month, and was then named by Poland coach Leo Beenhakker to the preliminary squad for next month's European Championship in Austria and Switzerland.

Cantoro already holds Italian and Argentine citizenship. He is not expected to be added to the Poland squad.


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Sun Newspaper takes a shine to Poland

Given its usual full-throated backing for England in football tournaments, this may be considered something of an about-turn. But with home nations absent from this summer's Euro 2008 tournament, the Polish football team will be hoping it will be the Sun that can help them win it.

It remains to be seen whether the team will get the full "page 3 girls in a double-decker bus and free plastic hats for all" treatment, but the News International tabloid is considering producing a series of one-off Polish-language editions next month to coincide with the tournament.

The 48-page editions would feature news translated from the UK edition as well as special sports content. A News International spokeswoman said nothing had been confirmed but advanced discussions are believed to be taking place at the newspaper's Wapping headquarters.

The move is an attempt to tap into the Polish pound. There are already at least three Polish-language radio stations in London as well as a string of Polish-language newspapers.

As retailers and publicans attempt to compensate for the bonanza lost when England failed to qualify for the tournament, they are expected to stock up on Polish beers and snacks. Polish products have already become a familiar sight on supermarket shelves.

The Sun's stablemate, the Times, already has a syndication deal with Polish newspaper Polska that allows it to publish stories from the newspaper on its pages.

ITV and the BBC are bracing themselves for complaints next month when the live televised matches will dominate prime time because of the legislation under which international football tournaments are reserved for broadcast on free-to-air television, usually on the main channels