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In the week that Polish football celebrated a 2-0 home-victory over World Champions Germany, many of the country's players were invited by players union PZP to select their FIFA FIFPro World XI, as well as the best players in Polish football.

The PZP combines the two elections in one visit to many of the nation's dressing rooms. The representatives ask the players to select the best eleven players worldwide for the World XI, as well as the best 11 players from the Polish League XI, the best player, best Polish player, best revelation and best coach.

"Voting for the World XI is great fun", said Rafał Augustyniak, Widzew Lodz defender. Last season, the club relegated to the Polish second league. "Every one of us has put his favorite players in their squad. In my opinion, the performances of players at this year's World Cup in Brazil were decisive."

Team captain and midfielder Piotr Mroziński added: "Thanks to the World XI vote, we feel that we really are a part of the football community." The former youth international jokingly continued: "I also checked some of my team-mates' choices and I tried to persuade them that my choice was better."

Bosnian Goalkeeper Dino Hamzić: "I like these events very much. We exchanged our views and discussed what XI will be the best."

The players liked the invitation for the World XI vote, but encountered some problems as well. Rafał Augustyniak: "I had problems to choose a left defender. There are so many good players on this position." Piotr Mroziński: "I had a few problems, for example I had a very difficult time deciding on which three strikers to choose."

Goalkeeper Hamzic came up with some advice for his colleagues: "I had no problem whatsoever with picking my World XI. I'm regularly watching Champions League matches, so I know who excels on the pitch."

The PZP will announce the winners of the Polish awards on January 12th, exactly the same date as FIFPro and FIFA will announce the 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI.


Widzew Lodz: click to enlarge