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Olympics: Heroic Kowalczyk breaks Norway grip for Polish history

Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland on Thursday heroically overcame an ankle injury to become the all time greatest Polish Winter Olympian when she destroyed Norway's stranglehold on the women's cross country events to take gold in the 10km classic. Kowalczyk, who fractured her ankle just weeks before the Olympics, overtook ski jump legend Adam Malysz to become the Polish athlete with the most Winter medals, on five medals.

Football: Henning Berg takes over at Legia Warsaw

Former Norwegian international Henning Berg has been named coach of Legia Warsaw, the Polish champions announced on Thursday. The 44-year-old defender, who won the 1999 Champions League with Manchester United, as well as three English titles during a glittering career, replaces Polish coach Jan Urban on a two-and-a-half year deal. Berg has yet to see his coaching career emulate his days as a player and had a dismal spell at former club Blackburn in 2012 where he was sacked after just 57 days in charge and winning one match.

Police detain 120 Italian soccer fans in Warsaw

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish police detained about 120 supporters of Italian soccer club Lazio after violence broke out before Thursday evening's match against Legia Warsaw, a police spokesman said. "Bottles and stones were thrown from the Italian group in the direction of the police cars," the spokesman said.

Football: Lazio fans arrested in Poland

Polish police on Thursday arrested a large group of Lazio supporters prior to a Europa League game between the Italian side and Legia Warsaw, said an AFP journalist at the scene. "Stones were thrown at police who were escorting the supporters towards the stadium," a police spokesman told AFP. Police then used force to arrest the supporters, numbering several dozen, with around 30 police vans involved in the operation. The trouble came after 17 Lazio fans were arrested following a fight outside a hotel in the Polish capital on Wednesday evening.

Football: Nawalka named Poland coach

Former Polish international Adam Nawalka has been named as the country's new national coach, replacing the sacked Waldemar Fornalik, it was announced on Saturday. The Polish Football Federation (PZPN) confirmed the appointment in a statement on their website, saying: "The objective for the new coach is clear: to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals in France." Now 56, Nawalka played for Wisla Krakow and had a spell in the United States while also winning 35 caps including at the 1978 World Cup. He has been in charge of Polish Ekstraklasa side Gornik Zabrze since 2010.

Football: Poland coach Fornalik sacked after WCup failure

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.

Football: Poland coach Fornalik sacked after WCup failure

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", the federation said in a statement, a day after the team lost 2-0 to England in the final qualifier.

Football: Lech Poznan snap up Scottish defender

Polish club Lech Poznan on Tuesday announced the signing of Scottish left-back Barry Douglas from Dundee United on a two-year contract. Douglas, 23, was out of contract with Scottish Premier League side United after three seasons at Tannadice. There are still two games left to play in this season's Polish Ekstraklasa, but Lech Poznan are guaranteed to finish second and will feature in the Europa League next season. sw/ea/as/pi

Football: Polonia Warsaw demoted over cash problems

Historic Polish football club Polonia Warsaw were relegated from the country's top flight on Tuesday because of their disastrous financial situation, the Polish Football Federation (PZPN) announced. Polonia, crowned champions twice and two-time Cup winners since their creation in 1911, have failed to convince the federation that they have a credible plan although they have been in talks trying to find a solution to their problems. "The club is behind in paying wages to the players, social security payments and owe money to the taxman," read a statement on the PZPN website.

Football: Robert Lewandowski factfile

Facts and figures on the career of Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski: Date of birth: 21/08/1988 Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland Height: 1.84m (6ft) Playing Career Position: Striker Clubs: Delta Warsaw (2005), Legia Warsaw (2005-2006), Znicz Pruszkow (2006-2008), Lech Poznan (2008-2010), Borussia Dortmund (since 2010) International appearances: 53 International goals: 17 International debut: 10/09/2008, San Marino-Poland (0-2) First international goal: 10/09/2008, San Marino-Poland (0-2)
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