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FOOTBALL: Republic of Ireland vs Poland

Irish fans help with wedding celebrations in Polish city of Poznan

As a result of the massive impact that the Irish fans had during their visit to Poland for the Euro 2012 tournament, there will be plenty of friendly matches between the 2 countries over the next few years. The first of these is on 6th February in Ireland.

At Krakow Tours we will try to keep you up to date with all the news of this and future fixtures.

Norwich City winger Anthony Pilkington is one of five uncapped players in the Republic of Ireland’s provisional squad for the 6 February game with Poland.

The maiden call-up is recognition for Pilkington who has impressed for his club over the past two seasons.

West Ham keeper Stephen Henderson and Derby trio Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick and Conor Sammon are the others hoping to win first caps.

Giovanni Trapattoni has named a largely inexperienced squad for the friendly.

Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne has been included, but a final decision on his availability will be made closer to the match as he has not played this season because of groin and hip problems.

The Republic manager was not at the planned squad announcement in Dublin on Monday following the death of his 81-year-old sister Romilde.

“I have decided to use this friendly game as an opportunity to work with younger players to see their potential,” said Trapattoni through an FAI media release.

“We saw a number of strong performances from our younger players in the second half of last year and we intend to build from those strong foundations.

“I look forward to working with these players and seeing what they have to offer.”

There is still plenty of experience in the squad with the likes of Dunne, Sunderland defender John O’Shea and Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, but there is no place for record cap holder Shay Given.

The Villa keeper, who retired after winning the last of his 125 caps in last summer’s European Championships, has had a change of heart due to his lack of club action but is still struggling with a hamstring injury.

Given could well return for the World Cup qualifying double header against Sweden and Austria in March, which is likely to prove crucial for the Republic’s chances of making the finals in Brazil.

Provisional Repubic of Ireland squad: Westwood (Sunderland), Forde (Millwall), Henderson (West Ham), Coleman (Everton), O’Shea (Sunderland), O’Dea (Toronto), McShane (Hull), Ward (Wolves), Clark (Aston Villa), Dunne (Aston Villa), Keogh (Derby), Cunningham (Bristol City), Pilkington (Norwich), Hendrick (Derby), McCarthy (Wigan), Meyler (Hull), Whelan (Stoke), Keogh (Millwall), McGeady (Spartak Moscow), McClean (Sunderland), Brady (Hull), Hoolahan (Norwich), Doyle (Wolves), Cox (Nottm Forest), Walters (Stoke), Long (West Brom), Sammon (Derby).

January 21, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

England Team at Auschwitz

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Euro for Poland ???


President Bronislaw Komorowski has repeated his support for Poland entering the eurozone, but politicians have to convince the public it is in their best interests.

“I think I was almost the only one who said that the prospect of Polish membership of the eurozone is essential to maintain the role of our country in the European Union,” President Komorowski told the TVP public broadcaster on Monday night.

“Today, the trick is not only to preach these views but to convince the public,” Komorowski said.

Setting a date for adopting the single currency is difficult in present circumstances, however, as opinion polls show a majority against adopting the single currency.

“We have to examine what it means for the Polish economy. There is also the question of whether we can maintain our position in the EU, while not being in the mainstream of integration,” he said.

Komorowski’s comments come after the EU’s statistical service, Eurostat, announced that the eurozone posted a trade surplus of 10.2 billion euros in October, up from a deficit of 0.7 billion euros the previous year with the value of exports from the euro area to the rest of the world jumping by 14 percent, while imports rose by 7 percent.

Conditions for Poland joining the eurozone do not currently exist, however, according to the Finance Ministry, which says that the inflation rate and government debt are still too high.

Roman Kuzniar, an adviser to the president for international affairs, said on Monday that a realistic date for adopting the single currency would be in 2016.

“That would require entering the ERM-2 exchange rate mechanism [where the Polish currency the zloty would be tied to the euro and only allowed to fluctuate within set limits] as early as next year – which is unlikely,” says Piotr Kalisz, chief economist at the Citi Handlowy bank.

On Monday, EU president Herman van Rompuy tweeted the main points of the eurozone banking supervisory (SSM) deal, agreed last week at the summit in Brussels, which Poland, though not yet a member of the euro area, signed up to.

“Establishment of SSM is a breakthrough. If we had had this supervision 10 years earlier, financial crisis wouldn’t be so severe,” tweeted Van Rompuy, adding that the worst of the crisis in the eurozone is over.

“It is clear that even if the worst of the crisis in terms of threat to € very existence is behind us, much still needs to be done.”

December 20, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Polands most Googled terms 2012

Statistics were released as part of Google’s annual Zeitgeist Report, which keeps tabs on what’s capturing the world’s imagination.

In Poland, the country’s co-hosting of the Euro 2012 tournament with Ukraine generated a vast amount of internet traffic over the last twelve months, ranking highly in several categories.

Koko Euro Spoko by folk group Jarzebina was the most googled song in Poland this year.


Polish striker Robert Lewandowski topped the rankings in the sportsmen category, while the term Euro 2012 itself was the third most frequently used overall in Poland this year.


The most googled person in Poland over the last twelve months was buxom model Natalia Siwiec, followed by the late singer Whitney Houston, while Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner.


‘How to delete Facebook’ was amongst the most popular search terms used in Poland this year on the Google search engine.

December 12, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

KRAKOW TOURS: 1000th guests – 18th June 2011

Krakow Tours 1000

June 19, 2011 Posted by | Events, News, Tour Information | , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Adamek vs Klitschko in Wroclaw

Krakow Tours - Boxing

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

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


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