President attends Polish Football Association centenary

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President Andrzej Duda on Friday in Warsaw attended a gala marking the 100th anniversary of the Polish Football Association (PZPN). In his address he said that over the years Polish footballers have provided Poles with "many unforgettable moments."

Duda also recounted Poland's participation in major football events, and said he could still remember the emotions that accompanied such occasions, especially the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

"It is really an emotional moment when we look back at the past century of Polish football. I was born in 1972, and I clearly remember the year 1978 and the World Cup in Argentina, when, as a young boy, I watched the games in the middle of the night and my parents were unable to keep me away from them," the president said.

Duda recalled the names of known Polish football greats, from pre-war star forward Henryk Reyman to current world-class striker Robert Lewandowski. He also thanked players, coaches and activists for their contribution to the success of Polish football.

Present at the gala among others were the heads of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Gianni Infantino and Aleksander Ceferin.

The Polish Football Association was founded in December 1919.