Emmanuel LANGELLIER, Media365: published on Wednesday September 21, 2022 at 12:04 p.m.
Robert Lewandowski, captain of Poland, will wear an armband in the colors of Ukraine at the next World Cup.
While the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is generating many controversial comments and some are planning to boycott it like Eric Cantona, positive news is emerging. Two months before the start of the competition, which will be held from November 20 to December 18 in the small, maligned country of the Gulf, we have learned that Robert Lewandowski, the captain of Poland, will wear an armband in the colors of Ukraine during of the competition in which the eastern country will not participate. A sign of strong support for the “neighbor”.
Lewandowski “very proud”
On Tuesday, the star striker of the Polish selection was symbolically presented with this yellow and blue armband by Andrei Chevchenko, the former coach and striker of Ukraine, an emblematic national figure of the country where the war has been going on since February 24. and the invasion of Russia. “For me, it represents power and attachment to my country. Thank you very much again, it’s up to you, ”shevchenko said, handing the armband to Lewandowski. “I am very proud because I know what it means to support the people, we Ukrainian know what it means to fight for freedom. We know the history, our history and that is why for me it was clear to help our neighbours, to help the Ukrainian people and I am very proud to wear this armband and to be on this side. I am very happy and also very grateful for everything,” Lewandowski said alongside the 2004 France Football Ballon d’Or.
“I know that since the war started and we talk about this situation, I know that it is still happening and that we cannot forget it. It’s not over yet and that’s why we are always thinking about Ukraine, our neighbors and how we can support them and of course that will be the case in the future as well,” added the Polish striker, spent this summer from Bayern Munich to FC Barcelona. Placed in Group C at the World Cup, Poland will face Mexico (November 22), Saudi Arabia (26/11) and Argentina (30/11) in Qatar.