Poland men’s national amputee football team is in Tarifa, Spain this weekend for a friendly against the Spanish side on Saturday at 7:00 PM local time.
The team is absent three of its top players, “Memo”, “Misiu” and “Mati” who stayed back in Poland as they are soon to be fathers. Another two players on the team are also expectant fathers. Kamil Rosiek is back on the team after returning from the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin where he had a fifth place finish. The announced squad includes Mateusz Szczepaniak, Marek Dragosz, Mariusz Adamczyk, Bartosz Skrzypek, Dawid Dobkowski, Artur Stolikowski, Bartosz Łastowski, Kuba Jasiulewicz, Jan Marek Zadebski Koziol, Arkadiusz Werner, Kamil Rosiek, Rafał Bieńkowski, Mateusz Sadłowski, Marcin Guszkiewicz and Krzysiek Wajda.
The friendly was organized in preparation for the 2016 World Cup. Polish national team coach Marek Dragosz was quoted by rp.pl as saying of the friendly, “We bring several players who were not with us in Culiacan, but most importantly, to well utilize the success of Mexico and successfully start the new year.”
The team finished fourth at the 2014 World Cup in Mexico last year. They have recently gotten a new sponsor, Ottobock, in a deal that should last two years.