Smuda unfazed by stadium switch
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Poland manager Franciszek Smuda is unfazed by a venue switch for the UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts' friendly against France, arguing that it gives his squad a dry run for next year's contest.

"Every cloud has a silver lining," Smuda told reporters today. "We'll be playing two games back to back in Warsaw in the space of four days, and that's the same as at the European Championships," he said.

After several days of doubts, Poland were forced to shift their 9 June match against France to a new venue yesterday. Stadium-construction delays in the Baltic port of Gdansk meant the game will now take place in the capital Warsaw, where Poland will also face Argentina in a friendly on 5 June.

Every cloud has a silver lining.
Franciszek Smuda, Poland manager

That timetable is a near-copy of UEFA EURO 2012, which Poland kick-off in Warsaw on 8 June next year, before playing their second match on 12 June. The France game was meant to mark the gala opening of Gdansk's PGE Arena, one of four Polish EURO 2012 venues. However, both the France and Argentina matches will now take place at a new stadium in Warsaw run by top-flight club Legia. Gdansk officials have insisted the ground will be ready by the end of June. 

As the first edition of the high-profile competition behind the former Iron Curtain, EURO 2012 is a crucial showcase of the region. The first Polish stadium for the tournament, in the western city of Poznan, opened last September.