Thursday, June 7, 2012

Obraniak's Polish pride

Ludovic Obraniak has defended his decision to represent Poland at international level, despite being born and raised in France.

Midfielder Obraniak hails from Metz and plays his club football for Bordeaux, but qualifies to represent the Poles through a grandparent.

The selection of his country of heritage over his birthplace has attracted criticism from some observers, but the 27-year-old insists he is not breaking any rules.

“I'm here for three years and I'm a Pole. I like the Poles, I like the colleagues on my team. The group has a good atmosphere and I am happy here,” he said.

Obraniak made his Poland debut in 2009 and has since made 23 appearances for his adopted nation, scoring five goals.

The Poles kick-off their European Championship campaign on home soil on Friday evening when they entertain Greece.

The Poland v Greece betting markets have experienced a flurry of interest, with most punters predicting a win for Obraniak and his team-mates.

Elsewhere in Group A, Russia take on the Czech Republic in what is a vital match for two teams who have been among the continent’s footballing front-runners for a number of years.

Russia v Czech Republic betting markets have also attracted the attention of supporters, and it is Dick Advocaat's men who are favoured by most to get their campaign off to the perfect start.

Group B, Group C and Group D opening fixtures take place in the days that follow, and English eyes will already be focused on Donetsk - the setting for England’s showdown with France on Monday.

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