- When he saw Robert Lewandowski Kiwior, he couldn’t believe how good this soccer player is. A television camera caught him praising the young player
- From childhood, he was brought up according to training standards … Dutch. That’s why it outperforms most players today. In terms of training
- When he was 11 years old, he was omitted by the coaches of the Upper Silesian team. While he was great with the ball at his feet, he was smaller than his peers
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This article is part of the Employee Roots series. Team Roots is a series by Onet Sports Review, in which we present the future leaders of the national team.
“I looked at Cuba and was very proud, but I wasn’t surprised. I had the impression that he was doing what he had always done, since the age of four, when he came to the first training – Krzysztof Berger, his first coach, told us after the player’s debut in the national team.
Kiyoor and the Polish national team were love at first sight. Likewise. Every selector, but also a coach, wants to have a player they can talk about as their discovery. Unclear player. And that’s what Kiwior has become for Michniewicz.
Too weak for the Silesian team
In the photo taken after the tournament in Warsaw, there are two representatives of Poland. They were and they came. Władysław Żmuda had played in 91 matches for the national team, and was 56 years old when the photo was taken. The future is 10 years old, and he will play for the national team only after 12 years.
The young player from the Italian Spezia Calcio came to the team in June as an unknown player. At least for those who don’t watch the youth teams or the lower regions of Serie A. So it can be said that the majority. In any case, from the age of 16, the football player from Tychy played outside Poland, so that he had an extraordinary talent who knew who was supposed to.
Today, just five months after that moment, he is the main player in the team. Michniewicz threw him into deep water, even very deep. Two matches against the Netherlands, one against Belgium and one against Wales. He stood out in all of them, with Wales it was his act that decided to stay in Group A.
Perhaps Robert Lewandowski gave him the best opinion. A camera captured part of his conversation with Łukasz Piszczek and Jerzy Dudek. “Lewy” says there: “Kiwior. Jesus, I’ll tell you: player. Warming up before Holland, I saw him, because during training, you know, there’s no chance, what kind of player is he? reroll. I say: Damn, what kind of Guys this? Then I look at the game, huge. Great potential.”
This 22-year-old competitor is not only technically good, but also fast, powerful and a complete finisher. And not without meaning, left-handed.
Contact with Belgian or Dutch football was not really new to him. He was brought up in the Dutch spirit, and spent three years, from ages 16 to 19, in Belgium.
“Great ball control, he knows exactly what he wants to do, he’s shown he can deliver the ball, there’s no panic, every move he makes is calculated, logical. That’s the way he played at Grosme Techi and this is the way he plays at national team today,” Berger said.
ball, judo and acrobatics
He remembers how in 2008 his team won the Deichmann Championship and went to England as a prize. Younger than Watford and older for Bolton. Then Berger told a journalist: “If one of the team’s players goes to the Polish national team, it will be a great success for me.” Of course, Kiwior was one of the main candidates. He was eight years old at the time, but as the coach says, “he was outstanding in his age group”.
So much so that at some point he started going to tournaments with boys three years older than him. – We had an excellent team there and traveled all over Poland and beat the biggest clubs. And Cuba would go for a few minutes in the finals, gain more experience, and it was our investment in him,” says Berger.
The boys won many championships in the country, and in the province of Silesia the hardest battles were fought with Gwyzd Rhoda Aliska and Mosir Jastrzeby, where the best player was Shimon Churkowski, who is three years older than Kiyoor. At that time, they sometimes played against each other to meet in the first team years later.
From the very beginning, Berger operated differently from the rest. From the Baptist Rector of Tychy, Marcin Kuśnierz (later also Rector of the Academy in Tychy) he received CDs with Coerver’s exercises at that time. – This is the Dutch training system. We have seen a different world. We understood where the difference between our players and the Dutch players comes from, why they have strength and the ball at their feet, ”says Berger. After many years, his student will be one of the few Polish footballers who do not mind football. In addition, the coaches added judo and acrobatics To training “so that the boys are not so cruel.”
– There was a lot of general development activities, we played a lot in the hall, because we assumed that matches on small surfaces would give him more. I watched different teams and saw these guys run from line to line touching the ball twice an hour. And in the lower leagues, you had the ball all the time, ”explains Berger. In addition, the boys played a lot on the beach soccer field in the summer, and then everyone wanted to score goals from the top kick.
Several boys from this team (born in 1997-2000) went to a higher level, but their careers did not go as they would like. There were high hopes for Mateusz Zlink, but illness kept him out of the match. Nicholas Wróblewski, who competed with the Kiwior for the title of greatest talent, sustained an injury, which doctors misdiagnosed and his career slowed. Today he plays in Goczałkowice. Damian Nieśmiełowski entered the First League. Thomas Hajto even predicted a brilliant career for him, but due to an injury, the footballer finished the match at only 22 years old. Kiwior escaped without injury.
“He put a lot of effort into him, a very polite and calm lad. He was just on the pitch, it was his world,” says Marcin Kummers.
Kiwi grew very quickly. He listened and understood. We’d call these hoaxes our way, I’d say “Cruyff’s hoax!” And he did it automatically, “Beckham feint!” And again flawless. He had a knack for catching everything quickly,” says Berger.
– At the Dishman Cup tournaments I organized, it was immediately clear that the boy was up to something. He did all set pieces and had very good footwork. The ball flew where he wanted – says Marcin Koemmers.
The road to glory through Slovakia
At the age of 10, he left for UKS GKS Tychy, where he was led by Damien Gallega. “You can always meet him on the school field. In any case, you can see in his game that he spends a lot of time in the yard and plays outside training. He ran the ball freely, easily absorbing new drills – says coach Gallega.
From there, to the GKS Tychy Football Academy, created from the merger of several regional clubs. Although the locals knew he was an exceptional talent, when he was 11 years old he was removed from the Silesian provincial team. At that time, he mainly relied on boys from big clubs.
After a few years at the Academy, Anderlecht arrived in Brussels. At the last minute, Ajax applied, but Cuba and his father, Pyotr, made up their minds. They are going to Belgium. The two of us, because the father decided to watch the boy for a while if something went wrong.
“My father didn’t want to let me go alone at such a young age. So that I wouldn’t end up sitting somewhere in a broken boarding school because something went wrong with the training or I didn’t understand anything because of the language barrier. So he decided to put the construction company on hold and come with me. He was lucky that he had such an opportunity – he said in an interview with the program “PS” in January.
He finally left Anderlecht after three years, and the road to the big ball ran through Slovakia. – Kuba trained with the first team at Anderlecht at the age of 19 but didn’t get a chance. We thought he should play for the first team. At the time, two players from the Slovak League had moved to Anderlecht, so it seemed like a good option. Incidentally, Podbrezów is a town a two-hour drive from Tychy and Kuba’s father can finally come home after three years in Belgium. Another factor was the fact that coach Michal Hanek played for Bologna clubs Polonia Bytom and Zagupje Lubin, and there were no problems with communication, – says the player’s agent Pawe Zimonczyk.
Kiwior quickly became one of the best defenders in the Slovak League. There were a lot of inquiries from Poland, a couple of offers from Denmark and from Slovak Zilina. He chose the latter. And from Jelena he went to Spezia, Italy. – Žilina does well with young people. Milan Skriniar, who today plays for Inter Milan and is the subject of sighs for managers from the world’s largest clubs. In Slovakia, Cuba was often compared to him, he said.
– What distinguishes him? Talent, work, a brilliant mind. He made his debut in Rotterdam against the Netherlands, and played his first home match in a crowded National Stadium, as well as against a strong team. Many successful players would have trouble coming out of such an attempt victorious. And he left Cuba.
After the first assembly, Michniewicz summed up in an interview with TVP Sport: “Kuba Kiwior could be one of the biggest winners of the bunch. He came in as an unknown player, his attitude showed he could be a player we’ve been looking for for years, left footed, great composure, preparation and technique.” Smart.
Since then, the athlete has made great strides. Eleven TV journalist Mateusz Choichiki recently wrote: “He is the best player in Spezia next to N’Zola, all matches in the first team, most matches won, interceptions, blocked shots, even most passes in the team.”
It’s funny that in March no one bet on this player in the team, and today most experts begin to designate the starting eleven from him.
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