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Poland names former captain Brzeczek as new coach

Jerzy Brzeczek, a former captain of Poland's national team, has been chosen as the team's new coach after Adam Nawalka's contract was not extended following Poland's World Cup exit, the Polish Football Association said in a statement on Thursday.

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Japanese content as Nishino's gamble pays off

It was a gamble to replace their coach two months before the World Cup, it was a gamble to make sweeping changes to the starting line-up for Thursday's match against Poland, and it was a gamble to settle for a 1-0 loss and hope Senegal couldn't steal their spot in the last 16.

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Poland face difficult rebuild after World Cup humbling

Poland will take no comfort from their consolation win over Japan in their last match at the 2018 World Cup and will need fresh players and possibly a new coach in order to move on from their shambolic campaign in Russia.

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Japan squeeze into last 16 on disciplinary rule

Japan lost 1-0 to Poland on Thursday but survived to become the only Asian side to qualify for last 16 of the World Cup in Russia -- and the first team ever to progress thanks to FIFA's new disciplinary tie-breaker rule.

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Japan coach had to gamble to stay in World Cup

Japan coach Akira Nishino knew he was taking a big gamble in the World Cup on Thursday when he ordered his team to settle for a 1-0 loss to eliminated Poland, and he prayed that Senegal would not snatch the Samurai Blue's spot in the last 16.

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Japan milk 'fair play' system in World Cup first

The jeers that rained down on Japan during their 1-0 defeat by Poland in Volgograd may suggest otherwise, but the Samurai Blue's unedifying decision to wind down the clock and forgo the push for an equaliser had 'fair play' at its heart.

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Poland needed to prove they weren't quitters, says coach

Poland coach Adam Nawalka said his team had needed to beat Japan in their final World Cup match on Thursday to prove they were not quitters and bring some joy to their country's football fans after a miserable campaign in Russia.

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