Smuda takes over as Poland coach
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Poland's FA have appointed Franciszek Smuda to replace Leo Beenhakker who was fired last month after they failed to reach the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals™.

Smuda's contract will run through to 2012, when Poland co-host UEFA EURO 2012 tournament with Ukraine. As hosts both Poland and Ukraine enjoy automatic qualification for Europe's showcase tournament.

Following their September elimination from the FIFA World Cup, Poland will not play any competitive matches until 9 June, 2012 when EURO 2012 gets underway.

The 61-year-old, who will make his debut as national coach on 14 November when Poland meet Romania in a friendly, played in Poland, the USA and Germany before taking up coaching in the 1980s.

Smuda has managed several Premier League teams in Poland, including Lech Poznan Wisla Krakow and Legia Warsaw. He was sounded out as coach of Poland in August and will replace Stefan Majewski who worked as interim manager after Beenhakker's sacking.