Thanks for the extended reply. Would be nice to see Polish sides do well in Europe. It's getting a bit boring with the same old sides in the CL and Europa League.
I'm sure that's only question of time when our teams will be doing better in EL & CL. Unfortunately we don't have as large amounts of money from oligarchs as Russia or Ukraine already have, so our progress must be more gradual. But I can't imagine that with those several world class stadiums our league won't jump to TOP15 of UEFA Ranking in next years at least. Especially that Lech's already showed how the rest teams should earning nice money by the playing in ECups - each match in Poznan was played with full capacity 42.000, even if tickets was not cheap.
How do you rate Radoslaw Matusiak btw? he looked promising for the NT before he went to Palermo and Heerenveen later, he seemed to completely lose it. What went wrong? just not so good or something silly like becoming an alcoholic, gambler etc?
He was simply not so good. All from his good shape in 2005-2007 years was a huge merit of Orest Lenczyk, the GKS Belchatow coach in this times, who's well known from great physical preparation of own footballers wherever he was - e.g. current good end of round by Śląsk Wrocław is also his merit, before Lenczyk came to Wrocław they earned only 4 points in 7 games and after that their score was 16 points in next 9 games.
And both Matusiak and Garguła, another "star" from those good for Belchatow times, achieved top of own possibilities exactly thanks to Lenczyk's physical preparation. Earlier Matusiak was mr nobody in PL's football untill he was 24, so it's difficult to say he was great talent or something like that. Their strongest side was exactly physical combining his tall height and strength with good pace and agility - it makes from unknown guy from our league a nice playing striker. And he went to Palermo he completely lost that, it seems that lost that for ever. But that's all, he had no problems with alcohol or something like that - he's even well know from play the stock market and generally from investing a money, that's why he even wanted to end own football career after his adventure in Wisła Kraków.
Totally different situation is with Lewandowski, who surely has that divine spark, but if he doesn't improve his goalscoring in simple situations (like yesterday), he'll be only another Valdez...
BTW what could you say about Stan Valckx & Robert Maaskant duo? How's general opinion about they in Netherlands?