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Former Poland coach Engel takes Twitter hotseat

Published: Monday 11 June 2012, 16.28CET
Having guided Poland to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Jerzy Engel was better placed than most to take the Twitter hotseat and answers your questions about the co-hosts.

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Published: Monday 11 June 2012, 16.28CET

Former Poland coach Engel takes Twitter hotseat

Having guided Poland to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Jerzy Engel was better placed than most to take the Twitter hotseat and answers your questions about the co-hosts.

Former Poland coach Jerzy Engel was the latest past or present player to take your Twitter questions as UEFA.com continues to give fans a voice at UEFA EURO 2012. After a career cut short by injury, Engel enjoyed two spells in charge of Legia Warszawa, either side of a seven-year stay in Cyprus. He then took over the reins at KSP Polonia Warszawa before guiding the Poland national team to the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

@Mansoor_Bashir: Do you think Poland has evolved as a team and should be considered seriously by the top contenders?

Jerzy Engel: It will be very difficult. We are aware of the current level of Polish football. Of course we are happy that we have some very talented players and that they play very well, but it is still not a team capable of winning big titles. So if we get through [the group stage], it will be a great success and another step forward for Polish football.

@whodatrolltide: What are you expectations on your next match?

Engel: You have to try to win every match. It will be very difficult against the Russians, but I can't imagine our team taking to the pitch and playing for a draw. Trying to play for a draw can often go wrong. So I'm convinced that we will go for the win.

@LilaBlue: Will Poland ever have a national team that is as good as the great Polish teams of the 1970s and the 1980s?

Engel: Well, it won't be easy but I can reassure you that a new generation of very talented players is coming through the ranks. Our U17 team came third at the European Championship in Slovenia. So we are hoping to have another generation of good players.

@TheKatjaK: We've seen a lot of progress in Polish football in the last couple of years. Is that something that is likely to continue?

Engel: First and foremost, we must admit that Polish football is going through a very dynamic phase of development. We have a terrific infrastructure and we no longer have anything to be ashamed of. There are pitches for grassroots training and we have wonderful stadiums for our senior teams. We have truly beautiful venues for the European Championship. So I would say that this is the first substantial investment that bodes well for the future of Polish football.

Our coaches are another factor. We have a great education system for coaches and a very good coaching school at the Polish FA. It's also an advantage that we can train our coaches at regional FA bases. It has given us the chance to increase the number of coaches and the quality of the training offered to them. This will have a positive impact on training young players.

@raulcf_1998: Would you want to return to the team, or do you have other expectations of managing other countries?

Engel: I must admit that I have had a few offers from various countries but I have turned all of them down until EURO 2012 is over. This is because organising the tournament in Poland was something we have always dreamt about. I want to experience the tournament together with the team, the coaching staff, footballers, officials and with the entire Polish football family. As for the future, only time will tell.

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