Adam Nawałka named new national soccer coach
October 28, 2013
The Polish Football Federation (PZPN) appointed former international midfielder Adam Nawałka as the country's new national coach on Saturday with a target to lead the Polish team into UEFA EURO 2016 European Championship qualifying.
"The objective for the new coach is clear: to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals in France," PZPN said in a statement on its website.
The 56-year-old Nawałka replaced Waldemar Fornalik who was fired on October 16 following the team's failure to qualify for the next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil. The Polish team finished fourth in European qualifying Group H behind England, Ukraine and Montenegro.
Nawałka has been in charge of Polish championship leaders Gornik Zabrze since 2010. Before, he was a coach of Wisla Krakow, the club where he began his 11-year playing career, during which he earned 35 caps, including the 1978 World Cup.
He will start his new job on November 1.
"We are sure we have made the right choice," PZPN president Zbigniew Boniek was quoted in the statement.
Nawałka will kick off his spell as Poland coach with a friendly game against Slovakia in the western city of Wroclaw on November 15, and his side will take on the Republic of Ireland in the western city of Poznan four days later.