Paulo Sousa became the director of the Polish national football team on Thursday. The appointment was confirmed by Zbigniew Boniek at a special press conference. The President of the Polish Football Association once again surprised with the choice of the national coach. The Portuguese is a great footballer and a renowned coach of club teams. But nevertheless, so far he has not managed any national team. He will debut in this role with Poland and immediately in a betting match, What are the qualifying points for the World Cup? 2022. And while the Polish Football Federation gives a lot of information about the new coaching staff of the team, you can take a break starting a game of no deposit bingo .
The Portuguese of 50 years, who in his day was an excellent Juventus player, Borussia Dortmund and Inter, among others, started his coaching career in his country: from the direction of the U16 youth team and a brief step as Carlos Queiroz's assistant in the first national team. Since then, has worked for a total of nine clubs in seven countries. From Great Britain, Hungary, Israel and Switzerland to Italy, China and France.
Sousa and its changes of environment
Has been, and quite a few, promotions. Between 2009 Y 2010, Sousa led Swansea City to their best ranking in 27 years. The Welsh team finished seventh in the Championship, just outside the Premier League promotion play-off zone. The feat of the Portuguese was appreciated by Leicester City, bigger and richer, who was in the same league at the time. Sousa moved there in the summer of 2010 before being fired less than three months later. His job at Swansea, meanwhile, was successfully continued by Brendan Rodgers, which then was still unknown to the public. The Irishman went one step further than his predecessor. In 2011, Swansea City achieved their first promotion to the English Premier League.
After an initial hiatus of several months on the bench, Sousa's career evolution took an upward curve. Led to the Hungarian Videoton, with Nemanja Nikolic in the attack, to the group stage of the Europa League. With the Maccabi of Tel Aviv, won the israeli championship. With FC Basel he achieved the most valuable national title of Switzerland and, especially, arrived with the team at 1/8 final of the Champions League.
In the summer of 2015, Sousa was already back in Serie A. The Fiorentina he managed only needed six games for - with an impressive victory for 4 a 1 about Inter at San Siro- take the lead of the Italian league table for the first time since 1999. Stayed at the top for several weeks. Finally, finished the competition in fifth place. In the following season he ranked eighth. Since then, the “Viola” has never been higher at the end of the competition.
Previously, in autumn 2008, the Portuguese started his coaching career for another team in the English Championship: el Queens Park Rangers. But nevertheless, in west london he wasn't even allowed to finish the season. Why? The reason seemed to be very serious. According to the QPR authorities, Sousa leaked sensitive club information. The coach revealed, among other things, that the transfer of the team's top scorer, Dexter Blackstock, to the league rival, el Nottingham Forest, occurred completely without your knowledge.