Pole star desperate to shine
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Poland's Jacek Krzynowek is hoping to put a bad 12 months behind him on Friday.
Polish midfielder Jacek Krzynowek says he will be hoping to put a bad 12 months behind him when Pawel Janas's side kick off their World Cup campaign against Ecuador on Friday night.
The left-sided star has recently been transferred from Bayer Leverkusen to Wolfsburg after suffering an injury afflicted campaign, but he still remains one of Poland's most effective performers and will be hoping to make a mark in Germany.
After undergoing ankle surgery in August that curtailed his involvement at Leverkusen, Krzynowek insists he is now ready to shine on the international stage.
"My problems were largely due to injury," said Krzynowek. "And then somehow I didn't fit with the trainer's vision for the team.
"Tomorrow we will see what form I'm in. But it all looks good at the moment.
"I feel really good. My form is only getting better. I've scored several times at the Schalke stadium, for me it's a lucky stadium.
"I hope it will be tomorrow too."
Reflecting further on his time at Leverkusen, the Polish international held out hope that his move to Wolfsburg would result in a marked improvement.
"What's there to say? This season has not been a success," Krzynowek added.
"I've signed a new contract now and I'm just trying to concentrate on the tournament.
"Hopefully, I will come out of it well and things will go better next year."