On the eve of Qatar 2022, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki made a promise to the national team. If the team led by Robert Lewandowski managed to qualify for the round of 16 of the World Cup, the entire squad would receive a sum of 6 million 700 thousand dollars.
In addition to the pride of representing the country in the World Cup, there was extra motivation for the entire team led by coach Czeslaw Michniewicz. Then, the ‘Águilas Blancas’ took to the field for the debut against Mexico and added their first point by 0-0 against the representative of Concacaf.
Immediately, the Poles prevailed over Saudi Arabia and lost against Argentina, to close the first stage. Despite this, it was enough to qualify for the national team tournament. Already in the round of 16, the table that has reference to Lewandowski fell against France and said goodbye to the competition.
Despite the goodbye, Poland achieved its best participation in the World Cup since the edition in Mexico 1986. And it is that UEFA could not overcome the groups in Korea and Japan 2002, Germany 2006 and Russia 2018. They only obtained a victory in those championships, like recently, but it was not enough to continue in the race.
What happened to the prize for Poland?
Lewandowski and his colleagues complied with what was agreed in the anteroom with the prime minister of the nation. However, the political parties in opposition to Mateusz Morawiecki leaked to the press the deal between the official and the athletes. Immediately afterwards, there was a commotion throughout the country, because they are going through problems with the economy.
Thus, Morawiecki had no choice but to back down and break the promise he made to those selected. “In the end, no government money will go to bonuses for soccer players”he specified through a statement that he disseminated through his social networks.
Although, the Polish press assured that the agreement never crystallized due to Lewandowski’s position. The national team’s goalscorer did not want to share the almost 7 million dollars with coach Michniewicz or his coaching staff.
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