Polish players are fighting for promotion to the 2024 European Championships. Michał Probierz took over the job after Fernando Santos to repair the qualification and ensure direct promotion for the White and Reds. One of the Portuguese’s players told about the shocking silence of the coach, as well as about being drafted… from the Internet.
The Polish national team in 2023 is very disappointing to fans. The employment of Fernando Santos was supposed to bring hopes for better play after Czesław Michniewicz’s term of office, but ultimately it resulted in a huge confusion. After embarrassing defeats against Albania and Moldova, the patience of the Polish Football Association ran out. Cezary Kulesza reached for the well-known Michał Probierz, who was given a difficult task at the start.
The Polish footballer talked about Fernando Santos’ “silence”.
The new coach started his job with a 2-0 victory over the Faroe Islands. His predecessor won the same way over this rival. Unlike Santos, Touchstone focused on revitalizing the squad, for example by deciding on unusual appointments. He reached for Patryk Peda from the third league SPAL and Bartłomiej Wdowik from Jagiellonia Białystok.
Quickly after signing the contract, Touchstone went on a tour of Europe to watch live and talk to candidates for the national team. This distinguishes him from Fernando Santos, who – as the story shows – was not willing to have big conversations with players. In an interview for the igol.pl portal, Arkadiusz Reca spoke about the relationship with the 69-year-old. According to the then national team member, the Portuguese didn’t even talk to him, and he found out about his appointment… from the Internet
– I had no contact with coach Santos. I was at the training camp before the holidays for one day, but I didn’t even talk to the coach. I wanted to talk to him, but I also heard from other guys that hardly anyone talks to him, said the Spezia full-back.
Arkadiusz Reca’s national team career
Arkadiusz Reca has 15 matches in the Polish senior team. He was not called up by Probierz for the matches against the Faroe Islands and Moldova as part of the EURO 2024 qualifiers.