Zbigniew Boniek will lead Poland’s footballing hopes for the next four years, after being elected as head of the Polish football association (PZPN).
Boniek follows in the footsteps of Grzegorz Lato, another former Polish footballing hero, and hopes that his successes on the pitch in a career that saw him represent the nation 80 times can be translated on the executive front. He will work closely with Poland’s coach, Waldemar Fornalik, to help Poland qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Boniek’s career included stints at Widzew Łódź, Juventus and Roma. He scored 80 goals in his league career, and 24 for Poland. The legendary Brazilian Pele included him in his list of the 125 top players of all time, and he made FIFA’s top 100.
Outgoing PZPN chief Lato said: “Thank you to those who supported me and worked with me for four years. I wish you a successful election for a new president and all the best to my successor.”
The election in Warsaw on Friday earned Boniek 45 votes in the first round, and 61 in the second.
See a clip of him in action here:
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