Poland Soccer Coach Fornalik Is Fired After World Cup Failure

Poland’s Former Soccer Coach Waldemar Fornalik
Poland’s former national soccer coach Waldemar Fornalik was fired after the country failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup. Photographer: Janek Skarzynski/AFP via Getty Images

Poland’s national soccer coach Waldemar Fornalik was fired after the country failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

The Polish Football Association plans to appoint a replacement within two weeks, Chairman Zbigniew Boniek said at a televised news conference in Warsaw today. He declined to say who might replace Fornalik.

Poland’s 1-0 defeat in Ukraine on Oct. 11 ended its chances of qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil, and it lost 2-0 away to England yesterday. The country came fourth in Group H, behind England, Ukraine and Montenegro.

Fornalik replaced Franciszek Smuda last year after Poland finished bottom of its group at the European Championship it co-hosted with Ukraine. Poland most recently featured in the four-yearly World Cup in 2006 in Germany.

Yesterday’s result means England qualifies automatically for Brazil while Ukraine faces a playoff round. Montenegro does not advance.

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