Feyenoord show faith in Smolarek

Feyenoord have agreed a new three-year contract with Polish international Euzebiusz Smolarek.

Feyenoord have agreed a new three-year contract with Polish international Euzebiusz Smolarek.

Serious injury
The 21-year-old midfield player has missed the last eight months of competitive football after suffering a serious knee injury but Feyenoord have confirmed their confidence in his recovery by offering the new deal.

Promising player
His contract at the De Kuip stadium was due to expire in June 2003, but Smolarek has nonetheless agreed a new deal which will confirm his reputation as one of the most promising young midfield player's in Europe. He is expected to be back in training with Feyenoord in January.

International hope
Smolarek made his debut for Poland in a win against Northern Ireland in a friendly game in Limassol, Cyprus and was widely predicted to join Poland's 2002 FIFA World Cup finals squad until injury put paid to his plans.

Famous father
The midfield player is the son of Wlodzimierz Smolarek, widely regarded as one of Poland's all-time greatest strikers. Wlodzimierz Smolarek had the dubious honour of scoring Poland's final goal in the 1986 World Cup finals before their 16-year absence from the finals ended in the summer of 2002.

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