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2 year stadium ban for Polish swimming hero.

A man has received a two-year stadium ban after he ran onto the pitch at Warsaw’s National Stadium before the Poland vs England match was called off, Tuesday night.

The 41 year-old man, described as Adam D. ran onto the pitch while fans waited for announcements as to whether or not the World Cup qualifying match would have to be re-scheduled due to a five hour downpour in the Polish capital.

A Facebook page – Free Heroes of National Swimming Pool – was set up after Adam D. was arrested on Tuesday night and spent the next two nights in a police cell.

The Facebook page had nearly 60,000 fans at the time of writing this article.

The man emerged from the stands and made for one of the goals, to see, he told the district court in Warsaw, Thursday, whether the pitch was in a condition to allow the Group H match to go ahead.

Adam D reportedly told the court that he was not aware of the legal penalties against what he was doing and that he thought his actions would ease a growing tension in the crowd, as kick off time came and went with still no announcement made by the National Stadium.

Adam D. who was one of several males who invaded the pitch, was ordered to pay a small fine (around 25 euros) as well as having to serve a two-year stadium ban.

The re-scheduled match was finally played on Wednesday night when Poland and England drew 1 – 1.

Meanwhile, the National Sports Centre, which manages the National Stadium and the Polish Sports Ministry have set up two different investigations as to why the match had to be called off on Tuesday. The National Stadium, which was opened this year at a cost over 500 million euros, has a roof which can be closed when rain is forecast for an event.

On Tuesday night, the roof remained open as the pitch turned into a swimming pool.

October 18, 2012 Posted by | News, Sport | , , , | Leave a comment

Poland vs Holland (Sat 16th April)

April 13, 2011 Posted by | Events, Sport | , , , | Leave a comment

Mike Tyson to visit Poland

KRAKOW TOURS – A boxing promoter is trying to lure Mike Tyson out of retirement for a re-match with Andrzej Golota, when the American boxer is in Poland for three days in the autumn this year.

Golota faced the fearsome Tyson in 2000 when the Pole quit the bout at the beginning of the third round, after what his manager described at the time as a “panic attack”.

The bout was later ruled a No Contest after Tyson tested positive for marijuana.

“I want the two fighters meet again,” boxing promoter Tomasz Babiloński has told a tabloid newspaper in Poland.

”We’re currently in preliminary talks with Tyson’s manager and we have agreed that he will be in Poland for three days, starting 8 September,” Babiloński told the Fakt newspaper.

The bout between the two retired fighters will probably not happen, of course, and is probably merely part of the hype surrounding a visit by Tyson to Poland, who could be taking part in a boxing gala in the country. The promoter would be pleased if the two old bruisers sparred at each other a little in the gym.

Tyson, one of the most feared of all heavyweight champs when he was in his pomp, will earn around 100,000 USD during his trip to Poland, plus accommodation and flights – two business class tickets and three in the economy for his entourage.

Golota last fought in 2009, when he lost to Tomasz Adamek in five rounds. Tyson was last in the ring in 2005 when he was TKO-ed by Kevin McBride, who Adamek faces in Newark at the weekend.

April 6, 2011 Posted by | Sport | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Adam Małysz – The Flying Moustache

KRAKOW TOURS – Ski-jumper extraordinaire, the diminutive and mustachioed Adam Malysz, is preparing for a farewell bonanza this weekend in Zakopane, Poland’s winter capital.

The multi-medal-winning sportsman, who is the only ski-jumper to have won the World Cup three times in a row, announced his retirement from the sport earlier this month.

Known internationally as ‘The Flying Moustache’ and ‘The Polish Batman’, the slight sportsmen combined a gentle, modest manner with ski-surfing feats that saw him snap up 4 Olympic medals and 7 from the World Championships.

As many as 40,000 fans are expected to descend on Zakopane this weekend, with the main attractions scheduled for Saturday 26th.

Special trains services are being laid on to help accommodate the numbers, and fake moustaches are being prepared for those not able to sport the real McCoy this Saturday.

‘I had been kind of planning to shave off the moustache,’ said Malysz, ‘but what with this action coming about, well, it would be stupid to do so.’

Besides a host of international stars who’ll be joining Malysz on the jumps, a number of pop and folk bands will be letting rip to entertain revellers. Groups such as Wilki, Papa D. Zakopower and Brathanki are all expected.

Likewise a special tribute song, entitled ‘We’re jumping for you’, has been rustled up, courtesy of Patrycja Markowska, Kasia Wilk, Piotr Cugowski oraz Grzegorz Skawiński.

March 24, 2011 Posted by | Sport | , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Adamek vs Klitschko in Wroclaw

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Tomasz Adamek will get his, “Chance of a lifetime,” to fight reigning IBF and WBO World Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Klitschko, in September and in Poland to boot, at Wroclaw’s Euro 2012 football stadium.

Against the background of shenanigans surrounding the Ukrainian’s match with Britain’s David Haye, Adamek’s team put together a proposal and got the ink dry on the contract in double quick time, leaving Adamek to begin preparing for the chance to win a world title at a third weight division.

For now, the two fighters are saying only nice things about each other in a heavyweight love-in. “Adamek’s proposal was extraordinary. To fight in Poland, in a new, big stadium – I really liked that idea,” purred the Ukrainian champ. Meanwhile Adamek, in Przeglad Sportowy, cooed, “I have enormous respect for him, but no worries – I know what I’m fighting for.”

January 20, 2011 Posted by | Events, News, Recommendations, Sport | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

New Euro 2012 blog

KRAKOW TOURS – Countdown to Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

As it’s now only 17 months until the start of Euro 2012 KRAKOW TOURS have added a new Blog, to keep the estimated 1 million fans visiting Poland and Ukraine up to date with news, stories and information about the Euro 2012 championships.

For all you need to know about Euro 2012 have a look here.

January 12, 2011 Posted by | Events, Krakow Travel Advice, News, Recommendations, Sport, Tour Information | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rugby on Ice in Krakow

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This is the Krakow Freestyle Ice Skating Club demonstrating their rugby skills on ice.

This is a sport they are trying to develop, it’s only played as a touch game so far, but with additional funding and interest they hope to get padded up and start playing full contact.

Read more about it at The Krakow Post

December 8, 2010 Posted by | Events, Sport | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Krakow Break Dancers start young

July 23, 2010 Posted by | Events, Krakow Travel Advice, News, Recommendations, Sport, Tour Information | , , , , | Leave a comment

Webb Abuse – Priceless

KRAKOW TOURS – In an exclusive interview with Przeglad Sportowy this week, English football referee Howard Webb expressed his hope to be refereeing in Poland at Euro 2012 despite becoming something of a hate figure for a decision he made at the last Euro championships.

Webb awarded a controversial penalty to Austria which ultimately eliminated the Poles and had PM Tusk spitting,

“I wanted to kill him!”

Reminded of this, Webb replied diplomatically,

“I heard about that. It means your PM is very interested in football, that he cares about the team. That’s good .”

Asked if he now considered the decision unjust, he elaborated,

“My interpretation of that event was as it was. As far as the Poles are concerned, I don’t think it’s me they hate, rather they hate the decision. I assure you I have no problem with the Poles. I hope I’ll meet you in two years at Euro 2012. Or even earlier. It’s not impossible I may officiate at a friendly in Poland before then.”

July 4, 2010 Posted by | Events, News, Sport | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sosnowski gets chance at world title

KRAKOW TOURS – Albert Sosnowski will challenge Ukrainian WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on May 29 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Thirty one year old Sosnowski , the Essex, England-based Polish European heavyweight champion, had previously been scheduled by to fight UK’s Audley Harrison for the European championship. But a chance at the world title was just too good to turn down.

“It’s a dream come true,” said the Pole, who has a record of only two losses in 48 fights.

Sosnowski, born in Warsaw, is also pleased that Germany will be hosting the bout. “Many Polish and Germans with Polish roots live in the Gelsenkirchen area and I hope that they will support me.”

Despite Klitschko’s fearsome reputation, Sosnowski was confident of success. “I will be the first Polish heavyweight champion of the world,” he said

March 10, 2010 Posted by | News, Sport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Krakow Golfing Breaks

Whilst being very new and small scale in Poland, Krakow boasts 2 good golf courses.

Krakow Valley Golf Club has an excellent 18 hole course which hosted the Polish Seniors championship in 2008, a PGA Seniors Tour event won by Ian Woosnam. The Royal Krakow Golf Club is a 9 hole course, which is as close as you’ll ever find to a links course 375 miles from the nearest sea.

Both courses have all the facilities you’d expect at a quality course, in the case of Krakow Valley, there is much more too; hotel, restaurant, horse riding, ski slope and even a shooting range. You can stay onsite to get the best of all the facilities, or stay in Krakow for the legendary nightlife. Whichever you preference KRAKOW TOURS will make all the arrangements for you.

March 7, 2010 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

Krakow Marathon 2010

KRAKOW TOURS – The 25th of April 2010 is the day of the annual Krakow Marathon.

With already over 1600 entrants, this years race promises to be the biggest ever for both runners and rollerbladers.

The route around the Old Town, through Kazimierz, along the Vistula river and out to Nowa Huta is one of the most scenic and historic in the world marathon calendar.

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Sport | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ordinary Harrison – Ambitions above his ability?

KRAKOW TOURS – Former Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison has earned a shot at the European heavyweight title on 9 April.

Harrison, 38, last fought when winning the Prizefighter heavyweight series in October and will now meet Albert Sosnowski at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Poland’s Sosnowski has lost twice in 48 fights, winning 45 with 27 knockouts.

“Albert Sosnowski represents a difficult challenge for me and I know he wants to keep his crown he won in December,” said Londoner Harrison.

Sosnowski, who is based in Brentwood, Essex, is best known for stoppage win over Danny Williams in 2008. The 30-year-old claimed the title with an emphatic points victory over Italian Paolo Vidoz in December. He represents a tough challenge but the winner puts himself right in line for a world title shot – and who could rule out an all-British battle with David Haye if Audley can produce the goods in April.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Sport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Winter Olympics

– With the 21st Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver halfway over.

Poland’s team of 46 athletes are still going strong, the country has four medals under its belt.

Adam Malysz’s silver medal in normal hill ski jump and silver in large hill ski jump and Justyna Kowalczyk’s silver in the Individual Sprint Classics and bronze medal in the 15 km race.

February 22, 2010 Posted by | Sport | , , , , | Leave a comment

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