Euro-bound Poles sack head coach ahead of 2022 World Cup qualifiers

January 19 – Poland have sacked national coach Jerzy Brzeczek just five months before the European Championship and two months before the start of World Cup qualifying.

The Polish soccer federation did not give a reason for its decision or announce a replacement ahead of a news conference by federation president Zbigniew Boniek, one of the country’s finest ever players who took on the role after Poland finished last in its 2018 World Cup group.

Brzęczek led the national team from July 2018 and his contract, extended last year, was due to run until the end of 2021

Although they failed to beat Italy and the Netherlands at home and away in Nations League games last year, Poland finished top of their qualifying group for Euro 2020 which makes the sacking all the more surprising.

The Poles are due to face Spain, Slovakia and Sweden at the delayed Euro 2020 finals and have been drawn into a six-team 2022 World Cup qualifying group that includes England and Hungary.

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