Gornik Zabrze’s financial problems are no secret. It was announced last week that the club must pay a fine of PLN 50,000. PLN for “Violation of Standard F.09 of the Licensing Manual for Ekstraklasa Clubs for the 2023/2024 Season”, i.e. “There are no overdue obligations towards football clubs resulting from transfer activities and no overdue obligations towards employees and due to the final rulings of the Football Arbitration Court of the Polish Football Association The foot.”
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Slippages in payments to players appear regularly. The hope of reducing debt in the future may be to sell players such as Darius Stalmach to Milan. The Italians paid 700 thousand for his transportation. euro.
The students are Gornik Zabrze’s hope of getting out of debt
From the outside, it seems that nothing is missing at Gornik Academy, and the talent factory in Zabrze is fully operational. In June, Gornik’s under-17 players won the Polish Championship, defeating their counterparts from Legia in the final. Players from Zabrze, two years older than them, became vice-champions of the country. The most important thing now is to introduce these players to football, but the prospects in Zabrze are promising. Two of Gornik’s young players, Krzysztof Kolanko and Dominik Zala (the defender is not a Roosevelt alumnus), are currently preparing in Indonesia with the Polish national team for the U-17 World Championship. Recently, in a match for the Polish national team, which is one year younger than him, six players from Gornik’s academy played in the starting lineup.
The academy offers hope for a better future for Gornik, but its sad image emerges from the message sent by increasingly frustrated coaches. We read in it:
We have never “bragged” loudly in the media about what we and our friends have achieved thanks to our participation and that of our friends, but when some of the success and development of the Academy is attributed to ourselves by people who have little influence on this development, we are forced to speak the truth out loud! With reference to President Krzysztof Lewandowski’s statement about the successful sale of Darius Stalmach and Krzysztof Kubica, “so far we have not obtained bonuses for coaches included in Gornik’s decision” regarding bonuses for coaches who influence the training of the above-mentioned players.
The academy coaches also have reservations about settling on the recent successes of Gornik’s juniors – a championship (CLJ U-17) and Polish runner-up title (CLJ U-19):
“We consider the way in which the academy, the coaches and the players who achieved this success were treated as a scandal. To this day, the coaches have not received rewards for these titles. Aside from being invited to the field before the match against Piast, “the players did not receive even a small gift.” That would definitely be appreciated by them. So far, according to our knowledge, the bonus amount of PLN 200,000 for winning the championship and second place in Poland has not been transferred to the Academy. Cabinets.
The Gornik Academy players’ balloon collapsed under the pressure of the snow
Talent mining officials present a terrifying sight regarding the part of the infrastructure in which the academy players train. Last year, the balloon stadium on Rataga Street was opened to great fanfare in Zabrze, where young footballers were scheduled to train on winter evenings. The cost of this investment amounted to PLN 10 million. A month after opening it, the balloon collapsed. Captain Wojciech Strojacz said: “As a result of the pressure of snow on the roof of the hall, its layers opened. Fortunately, there was no one on the site. The services secured the area, which then took over supervision of the construction.” From the municipal headquarters of the State Fire Service in “Dzinik Zakodny” in Zabrze.
A year has passed and the balloon has not been erected. Children can still practice on this playground, but with the dome gone, so has the lighting.
“The stadium built on Rataga Street has no lighting, and therefore after the time change it would be practically unusable had it not been for our initiative to install lighting. The installation of the lights that will enable us to use the stadium all year round was made possible thanks to the help of many good people who have selflessly helped us since the beginning of the academy.
In their letter, the coaches appreciate the role of the city of Zabrze (the club’s owner), and direct their complaints to the Gornik authorities. According to them, they are overlooked and the club academy is neglected.
“For years, we have been following the principle that together we should create one joint mining family, unfortunately, from time to time, the activities of the club and the people directly related to the city of Zabrze give us a completely different understanding. We hope that our message will give all interested parties the appropriate incentive to organize some matters and solve problems, which will allow us to continue working peacefully.
Full text of the message from the Gornik Zabrze Academy coaches:
“Due to the online statements of representatives of the Zabrze city authorities (Mrs. Dr. Malgorzata Manka Šulik and Vice President Krzysztof Lewandowski) and the situation at the Gornik Zabrze Academy, we, as coaches of the Academy, decided to speak out publicly. For many years we have been involved in the process of training children and young people and building the Gornik Zabrze Academy Some of us have been in the club since the beginning of its resumption and we remember all the stages of its development. We remember the moment of reactivation and the problems in collecting balls for the first training sessions, the first sporting successes, two Polish championships, second place and many other local and foreign successes. The beginnings were not easy. Problems in The equipment, the training space, but also the optimism of working with children, who increasingly appear in the academy every day, pushing us to work hard and daily.
We appreciate the role and assistance of the City of Zabrze in helping us work. The annual subsidy (one of the lowest aids that major league club academies receive from cities), the replacement of the stadium in Walls and the construction of a now-defunct airship in the Mujahideen. Rataga (we are currently using the remaining pitch here) has helped us a lot in our development and training. The stadium was built on ul. Rataga has no lighting, so after the time change, it would be practically unusable had it not been for our initiative to install lighting. The lights have been installed which will enable us to use the pitch all year round thanks to the help of many friendly people who have selflessly helped us since the beginning of the Academy. They participate and create a number of projects that help us raise funds, get sponsors, purchase equipment and improve infrastructure.
A great success was the construction of a grass pitch in Walka, which gave us the opportunity to train younger age groups at the academy. Without these people, many of the things we have today would not have seen the light of day. This situation makes us happy, but it also saddens us because we ask ourselves, where would we be today without these people? Often, representatives of the academy turned to the city and the club due to everyday problems. Our requests and questions were often unanswered, and thanks to ourselves, the people who helped us, and our determination, we were able to solve problems and slowly build our academy. I have never “bragged” out loud in the media about what we have been able to achieve thanks to our commitment and the commitment of our friends, but in the face of some of the successes and development of the Academy that are attributed to us by people who have little influence and on this development we are forced to speak the truth out loud!
With reference to the President’s statement about the successful sale of our players Dariusz Stalmach and Krzysztof Kubica, we have not yet received bonuses for the coaches included in Gornik Zabrze’s decision on bonuses for coaches who influence the coaching of the above-mentioned players. We deliberately do not provide all the details here (if necessary, we will do so in due course), we want City and Górnik Zabrze SA to finally treat us as a partner and one of the most important elements of the club! We never complain, we always perform the duties assigned to us diligently, but we see that we have reached a limit beyond which we cannot go. Payment problems and amounts, which should not happen in one of the best football academies in the country, are just some of the few things that “forced” us to write this letter.
We consider winning the Polish Championship and runner-up last season and the way the academy, coaches and players who achieved this success were treated as a scandal. So far, trainers have not received rewards for these titles. Apart from being invited to the field before the match against Piast, the players did not receive even a small gift, which would have certainly been a great highlight for them. So far, according to our knowledge, the amount of PLN 200,000 bonuses for winning the championship and second place in Poland has not been transferred to the Academy’s coffers. So far, a new director of the academy has not been appointed, which means that we do not officially have someone who should manage us, but we are also struggling with the necessary matters for further development, and the ultimate effect of this is to introduce as many of our students as possible to the first team. After leaving the Łukasz Milik Academy, Thomas Stani became the “unofficial” director. What we do not understand is the situation in which he was not officially appointed to this position. We know from the club’s leaks that his nomination is not accepted by President Dr. Małgorzata Mańka Szulik. How, according to media statements of the city authorities, one of the best universities in Poland is managed by a person without any appointment or support from the city.
Only coordinated work planned for many years, supported with the help of Górnik Zabrze SA and the City of Zabrze, can make our academy grow stronger and truly become the best in Poland. Górnik Zabrze SA, which will be the biggest beneficiary of the good work done at the Academy, has often shown a lack of assistance, but also actions that significantly hamper our daily work and development. Failure to pay tournament bonuses, and delays in payments due to the Academy (due to such actions, we often received our modest salaries late), are just a few of the allegations we mention here. For years, we have been following the principle that together we should create one mining family. Unfortunately, from time to time, the actions of the club and people directly related to the city of Zabrze give us a completely different understanding. We hope that our message will give all parties concerned a suitable incentive to settle some issues and solve problems, which will allow us to continue working peacefully.
source:Onet Sports Review
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