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Poland out for revenge

Lodz, Poland, June 2, 2005 – Pool C’s top of the table clash between Poland and Greece in Lodz starting on Friday sees the home side out for revenge after losing to Greece during pool play at the 2004 Olympics.

Both sides enter this weekend’s Intercontinental second round having recording two victories on the opening weekend – Poland beat Argentina, Greece beat Serbia and Montenegro –and with plenty of injury concerns, but for Poland coach Raul Lozano, he is looking for an improved performance from round one and to reverse the result from Athens last year.

“During the last three days in Spala we have worked really hard,” Lozano said. “We can’t deny that these matches will be some kind of revenge for us after our loss in Athens. I am sure will make another step forward and show our true potential. In reference to Greece’s injury worries, I would like to add that we are also lacking in key players, but that’s why we allocated 18 players. It’s not the absent who are important, but the skills of those 12 players who tomorrow will show their best. We were forced to make one change in our line-up. Instead of Winiarski who is sick, Sebastian Swiderski will play.”

Greece coach Kostas Charitonidis said despite his side’s injury problems he is hoping to add to their victory tally against Poland.

“We will try to do our best,” he said. “We won twice against Serbia & Montenegro, but we have many new players – four players from the first line-up during the Olympic Games in Athens are unfortunately injured. I have great confidence in my team who will try to present their best side this weekend.”

Friday’s first match starts at 19:00 local time.
 
 
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