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Szczepłek, Stefan

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Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 02/07/2014

Europe steals best players from Africa

With Algeria and Nigeria the last two African teams were knocked out of the World Cup on Monday. It's no wonder teams from Africa never manage to get further in the final rounds of international competitions, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita notes: "The best clubs and players' agents from France, England and Holland have already opened schools that send more than 100 young players per year to Europe. Few of them make it to the top. The players, their families and their agents benefit, but not the clubs and associations in the country of origin. The players in the national teams are coached by foreigners and spoiled by money. Apart from financial interests they have little in common with each other. Under such conditions you can't prepare properly for a World Cup."

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 22/06/2012

Footballers improve German-Polish relations

Germany plays against Greece today in the 2012 quarter finals in Gdańsk. Stefan Szczepłek, sports editor for the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita, takes a conciliatory view of the past tensions between Germans and Poles: "The German footballers have done much good for the image of their country. ... Today our children's generation watches them play without the burden of the past. Early yesterday morning the editor of the [German sport magazine] Kicker, Rainer Holzschuh, visited my football exhibition in Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science. We've known each other for many years, and many tournaments. Standing amidst the jerseys of Franz Beckenbauer, Jürgen Klinsmann, Uli Hoeneß, Kazimierz Dayna, Robert Gadocha and Grzegorz Lato we looked back with a grin at the times when we still met each other with mistrust. That's how it was back then, but those days are over."

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