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Dolnoslaski to give their all

Dolnoslaski AMA are coached by former Polish top-flight striker Janusz Kudyba and he believes his players are capable of winning the UEFA Regions' Cup.

Situated in the south-west of Poland, close to the borders with Germany and the Czech Republic, the Dolny Slask region is famous for its beautiful countryside, boasting the Odra River and the Sudety Mountains as well as plenty of lakes and forests. Ślásk Wrocław are the most famous team from the region’s biggest city, but Dolnoslaski AMA are now making a name for themselves too.

'Wonderful opportunity'
Local football association president Andrzej Padewski said that the UEFA Regions' Cup was "a wonderful opportunity to promote Wroclaw" as Dolnoslaski hosted the Group 8 mini-tournament back in October 2006. They certainly did the region proud, beating teams from Italy and Malta before confirming their place at the top of the rankings with a 1-1 draw against Germany's Sachsen AMA.

Famous name
The team are coached by 45-year-old Janusz Kudyba, once a famous striker who scored 37 goals in 164 Polish top tier games, won the title with Zagłębie Lubin back in 1991 and played abroad with Norwegian side FC Lyn Olso. Currently coach of third division side KS Gawin Królewska Wola, he will hope that Zagłębie's Polish league title success this season augurs well for Dolnoslaski.

Winning intentions
"Our players deserve words of respect," he said after Dolnoslaski became the first side to qualify for the finals. "They fought hard until the end and thanks to that we are now at the final tournament. We will fight to win the UEFA Regions' Cup and become European amateur champions."