Wisla Kraków striker Maciej Zurawski has been named Poland's footballer of the year for 2002.
The 27-year-old, honoured at the Polish Theatre in Warsaw, enjoyed a tremendous 12 months in which he averaged more than a goal a game for the 2001/02 runners-up, who took the best team prize at the weekend ceremony. Zurawski scored 30 times in that campaign to finish as the Ekstraklasa's leading marksman, while also finding the net four times for his country.
Still going strong
Zurawski continued his great form for Wisla in the first part of the 2002/03 season. He helped them to the top of the domestic table at the winter break and the fourth round of the UEFA Cup, the furthest any Polish club had reached in European competition for seven years. Wisla now face S.S. Lazio in a rearranged second-leg match on Wednesday after drawing 3-3 in Rome last month, Zurawski scoring twice.
Fighting to be fit
Zurawski, who struggled with stomach strains last week, was delighted with the award. He also revealed his condition was improving but that he was far from fully fit. "It's certainly better than it was," he said. "
I'm under medical care right now and I can't say If I will be fully fit for Wednesday."
Others honoured at the ceremony include Wisla's Henryk Kasperczak as best coach and Andrzej Niedzielan of KS Groclin-Dyskob. Grodzisk Wielkop as best newcomer. It was the fourth time the ceremony, based on votes of players had been held.
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