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Football

Poland coach Fornalik sacked after WCup failure
AFP
Warsaw, October 16, 2013
First Published: 20:59 IST(16/10/2013)
Last Updated: 21:02 IST(16/10/2013)

Waldemar Fornalik was on Wednesday sacked as coach of Poland after the team's failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, the country's football federation announced.

Fornalik, 50, "left his post as coach of the Poland team on October 16", federation chairman Zbigniew Boniek told reporters, a day after the team lost 2-0 to England in the final qualifier.

"Within the next two weeks I will announce the name of the new coach," added Boniek, a former attacking midfielder with Juventus and Roma as well as the Poland coach for five months in 2002.

Since taking over from Franciszek Smuda after the 2012 European Championships, Fornalik has overseen a poor run of results, culminating in their fourth-placed finish in European World Cup qualifying Group H -- ahead of Moldova and San Marino, but behind England, Ukraine and Montenegro.


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