A a few days ago it was reported by the Poland national team’s manager, Jan de Zeeuw, that the reason Poland lost World Cup qualifying was because of alcohol and too much partying. Players on the Polish national team have been quite so far on this touchy subject, but one – Roger Guerreiro.
“I never drank, nor did I ever fool around. I’m not that type of person.” protests Guerreiro.
“I can only speak for myself: I do not drink. Everyone probably already knows that I do not drink. It is not only because I am a professional football player, I simply do not enjoy or like alcohol.”
The former Legia Warsaw player is widely known in Poland to dislike alcohol, especially during the UEFA EURO 2008 where the Pole won a life time supply of Polish brand name beer. Instead of rejecting, he politely accepted and gave the prize to his fellow teammates on the Bialo-czerwoni.
“And the others? I do not know, I didn’t see anything, so I can’t say anything. I usually go to bed early when on international duty, so that means I’m always the first on the team to hit the hay.”
“However, I also cannot deny or confirm that there were things within the team that should not have been happening.” adds the Brazilian-Pole.
Guerreiro also ensures that he never escaped his hotel room after the match with Northern Ireland to party, which reportedly a few players from the team did.
“Again, I can only speak for myself. I was never at any disco. Moreover, such revelations only happened when the team fails. For some reason, I feel that as if we had won with Slovenia, there wouldn’t had been any talk of players ditching the hotel for disco parties.”
The AEK Athens midfielder only hopes that the recent string of failing results does not mentally damage the Polish national team. As long as there is still a mathematical chance to qualify, Guerreiro believes the team must continue fighting to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa.
“After the match with Slovenia, I was furious. But then I remembered this saying in Brazil, perhaps in Poland it is probably the same: “Hope Dies Last.” When at least there is still a theoretical chance to qualify, we must continue to fight.”
“When I first became a Pole, I swore that I would do everything in my power to help Poland qualify for the World Cup. I do not plan to go back on my promise anytime soon.” ends Roger Guerreiro.
While Guerreiro still believes in Poland’s chances at qualifying and continues to keep morale within the team, now one question remains to be answered: does anyone else?
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