This Monday, March 27 during the narrow victory against Armenia (1-0) as part of the qualifications for Euro 2024, the jerseys of the Polish players were flocked in the name of their female counterparts.
During the warm-up at the Warsaw stadium on Monday evening, the jersey of Robert Lewandoski was flocked… Eva Pajorthe Wolfsburg striker and captain of the national team.
The explanation is simple. By displaying the name of their female counterparts, the Białe Orły (“White eagles”) support the candidature of their country which wishes to organize theWomen’s Euro 2025.
France also a candidate
Three other countries have applied: Francethe Suisseand a common organization of four scandinavian nations (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland). Like France (which organized the Women’s World Cup on its soil in 2019), Poland has never hosted a Women’s Euro.
The winner should be chosen on April 4, during the UEFA executive committee, which will be held in Lisbon. If Poland wins, they will automatically qualify for the competition as the host country. A potential boon for the Poles, who have never participated in a Euro or a World Cup.
On the men’s side, Poland had co-organized with Ukraine theEuro 2012competition during which the selection had been eliminated from the group stages.
Football shirts thus have a new use: to convey messages. This was already the case at Lens a few weeks ago against Angers: the northerners all wore a jersey in the name of one of their teammates. An initiative taken as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
More recently, during the Moroccan victory against Brazil (2-1) in a gala match, the Brazilians displayed an additional “Pelé” flocking below their number. A tribute to the legend of Santos FC, died on December 29 at the age of 82.