New era in Polish handball
After having been left out of the Poland's men's national team for more than three years, Michał Kubisztal will stage his international handball comeback when Poland face the Netherlands and Ukraine in the qualification for the EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark.
Kubisztal was among the players that newly appointed head coach Michael Biegler selected for the two qualification matches on 31 October and 4 November.
"I'm very proud and happy with being nominated for the national team. I know coach Biegler only by sight. I have met him when I was playing in the (German) Bundesliga (for Füchse Berlin). I hope that talking to him will explain a lot, also my role in the team," Kubisztal was quoted on his club's, Orlen Wisła Plock, official website.
Biegler's squad also includes four debutants: Michal Bartczak, Przemysław Krajewski, Antoni Łangowski and Marek Szapera. They are hoped to be the future of the Polish men's national team.
"I want to show young players my philosophy and the way I work. I'm looking forward to what the team's reaction will be like,” Biegler was quoted on the Polish Handball Federation's website.
On the other hand, Karol Bielecki who was part of the qualification for the London 2012 Olympic Games, has not been selected.
Also absent is Grzegorz Tkaczyk, arguably currently one of the best handball players in Poland. He has announced the end of his career in the Polish national team, also stating that a comeback is unlikely to happen.
Poland are seeded in Group 5 in the EHF EURO 2014 Qualification together with the Netherlands, Ukraine and Sweden.
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The full Polish squad selected for EHF Euro 2014 qualification matches is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Slawomir Szmal (KS Vive Targi Kielce), Marcin Wichary (Orlen Wisła Płock), Adam Malcher (MKS "Zaglebie" Lubin)
Wingers: Mateusz Jachlewski (KS Vive Targi Kielce), Adam Wisniewski (Orlen Wisla Plock), Przemyslaw Krajewski (KS Azoty-Pulawy), Michal Bartczak (MKS "Zaglebie" Lubin), Michal Chodara (Tauron Stal Mielec)
Backs: Tomasz Rosinski, Krzysztof Lijewski, Michal Jurecki (KS Vive Targi Kielce), Pawel Paczkowski, Michal Kubisztal (Orlen Wisła Płock), Piotr Maslowski ( KS Azoty-Pulawy), Robert Orzechowski, Antoni Langowski (MMTS Kwidzyn), Marek Szpera (Tauron Stal Mielec), Mariusz Jurkiewicz (BM Atletico Madrid), Bartlomiej Jaszka (Füchse Berlin)
Line player: Piotr Grabarczyk (KS Vive Targi Kielce), Kamil Syprzak (Orlen Wisla Plock), Bartosz Jurecki (SC Magdeburg), Mateusz Jankowski (KS Azoty-Pulawy).
TEXT: Maciej Firlej / ts